Propane Autogas Vehicles Vs. Electric Vehicles

As a long-time propane provider in the Delaware Valley, we’re proud to provide a fuel that produces next-to-zero greenhouse gas emissions or air pollutants, making it a cleaner-burning energy source. This American-made fuel can reliably and efficiently heat homes and water, as well as fuel multiple indoor and outdoor appliances. Yet, many people still don’t realize that propane can also be used as an alternative motor fuel, which is known as propane autogas.

According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center, 60% of alternative-fuel vehicles nationwide now run on propane, from school buses to vans and fleet trucks to forklifts, lawnmowers and farm tractors. It is the third most popular vehicle fuel, next to gasoline and diesel.

Since propane has a lower carbon content, it burns cleaner and creates fewer toxic emissions. Converting a vehicle to propane can potentially reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 90%.

Wilson Oil and Propane is an environmentally conscious company, and that’s why we run most of our vehicle fleet on propane autogas. By doing this for years now, we have displaced tens of thousands of gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel, which produce far more emissions than propane autogas. We’ve also helped many businesses in the Delaware Valley go green by setting them up with a propane autogas dispensing station on their property or scheduling regular on-site fueling by our delivery trucks.

Propane Vs. Electric Vehicles

There has been a lot of talk about achieving net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050, and transitioning to all-electric vehicles has been a big part of the conversation because electricity is considered a “clean fuel” by many.

Although a battery-powered electric car itself doesn’t produce any emissions, the power plant that generates the electricity used to charge those batteries probably does. And those power plants are among the largest sources of greenhouse gas pollution in the United States. We’re a long way from getting our energy primarily from sources like wind and solar.

Other obstacles slowing the move toward electric vehicles include low supply, charging infrastructure challenges, expensive upfront costs, and limited mileage range.

Here’s an example. According to the International Council on Clean Transportation, it’s estimated that nearly 700,000 chargers will be needed nationwide just to accommodate the 1 million Class 4-8 medium- and heavy-duty Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) anticipated to be deployed by 2030. Those 700,000 chargers will consume 140,000 megawatts of electricity every day. That is the equivalent of the monthly energy needs of more than 100 million American homes!

Unfortunately, practical eco-friendly options like converting from gasoline and diesel engines to propane autogas have been virtually ignored by lawmakers.

Converting Engines to Propane Autogas

For fleet owners who want the cost benefits of propane autogas but need the flexibility of a gasoline backup or who aren’t ready to purchase new vehicles, EPA-certified bi-fuel conversion kits can be installed on existing vehicles.

You can count on propane refueling technology to deliver as dependably as the vehicles themselves. Refueling with propane autogas is quick, quiet and safe. It’s the same experience as refueling with diesel or gasoline, making the transition to propane autogas easy for fleets.

Propane autogas fleet operators can also save money by taking advantage of the Alternative Fuel Tax Credit, which was just one of the many components of the Inflation Reduction Act passed by Congress. You can qualify to claim a credit for every gasoline gallon equivalent of propane autogas purchased.

Propane Autogas in New Castle County, PA

Partner with Wilson Oil and Propane in southeast Pennsylvania and you will save time and improve your bottom line. We can set you up with a secure storage container and put you on a propane autogas delivery schedule to suit your needs. Instead of your employees losing time stopping at a fueling station every day to fill up with gasoline, we’ll deliver to your business so you can get to your customers faster.

Please reach out to us today to learn more about the environmental and cost benefits of using propane autogas.

Annual Tune-Ups Make a Difference

If your Delaware Valley home depends on a heating oil boiler or propane gas boiler for warmth, then it’s important that you have annual maintenance service visits from us.

To make it easier, Wilson Oil and Propane offers equipment service plans that include boiler maintenance. An annual tune-up will ensure you lower the risk of expensive repairs and get as much efficiency as possible out of your heating system. But more on that later.

What Does a Heating Tune-Up Include?

While the tune-up checklist our technician follows will be slightly different for a heating oil system as compared to a propane gas heating systems, as well as a boiler vs. a furnace, some of the basic tasks we do to take care of your heating system include cleaning the burner and adjusting for efficiency, inspecting the combustion chamber, lubricating all moving parts, such as circulators, and checking all safety and operating controls. You can find out more about what we do during tune-ups by visiting the Service Plans section on our website.

Service Plan Coverage for Your Oil or Gas Boiler

To make it easier to keep your heating oil or gas boiler properly maintained, we recommend enrolling in a service plan. Our customers can enroll in a heating oil service plan or a propane/natural gas service plan.

All our service plans cover the cost of an annual preventative maintenance tune-up. Service plans from Wilson Oil and Propane also include free parts and labor for many heating system repairs, priority service, no overtime charges, and a $75 annual credit that can go towards the purchase of new equipment from us.

Benefits of Annual Boiler Maintenance

Regular maintenance is a vital money-saving investment for your heating oil or gas boiler because it can keep your equipment running at peak efficiency and trouble-free. Four out of five heating system breakdowns are preventable if you follow the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations. You will also be able to enhance safety even further by taking care of boiler maintenance regularly.

This tune-up service allows a licensed Wilson service technician to fix minor issues before they become big problems (worn parts, etc.)

Regular tune-ups can also help you conserve heating fuel over the winter because this service will help your system run at the best possible efficiency. The best time to get your boiler maintenance done is during the off-season, in the spring or summer.

Boiler Maintenance: Tasks You Can Do Yourself

If you have an older steam boiler, check the water gauge periodically during the heating season. Low water levels are a leading cause of boiler shutdowns. Steam boilers should also be flushed when the water in the gauge looks rusty.

If you have a modern hot water boiler, the boiler’s automatic filling system should maintain the proper water level.

You should also make sure nothing flammable, such as newspapers or paint cans, is stored anywhere near your heating system.

When to Replace Your Boiler

Like any piece of equipment, your boiler will eventually have to be replaced one day. If you think it’s time to replace your old boiler, please contact us. If you have an old heating system that’s been prone to repairs lately, a replacement system may be a better option than annual boiler maintenance.

Heating Service in Delaware County, PA

Wilson Oil & Propane is the company that people in the Delaware Valley region of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey can depend on when they need boiler maintenance or boiler repair. Our service area includes the towns of Media, Wallingford, Swarthmore, Springfield, Broomall, and Newtown Square, among others. We have professional and experienced technicians who can handle all types of boiler service, from annual maintenance to emergency heating repairs to top-notch heating equipment replacement.

Improve Your Indoor Air & Lower Energy Costs

Like your air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump, your ventilation system also needs regular maintenance. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems tend to collect a variety of contaminants such as mold, fungi, bacteria and very small particles of dust that have the potential to affect overall health. The removal of these contaminants from the HVAC system and home should be considered one component in an overall plan to improve indoor air quality, says the NADCA.

At Wilson Oil and Propane, we recommend our Aeroseal duct-sealing service to complete the process after your ducts are clean. If you have duct leaks, you will experience reduced indoor air quality, including excessive dust and allergens. Leaky ducts also compromise system efficiency.

If parts of your ductwork are leaking air, this could increase your annual energy costs by as much as 30%. Your home will also not feel as comfortable as it should be. The quality of your indoor air will also deteriorate.

The Aeroseal process we use is designed to seal the leaks in your duct system—even the ones hidden behind walls and under your home’s insulation. These hidden areas account for about 90% of your total ductwork.

Wilson Oil and Propane is an authorized dealer for Aeroseal duct sealing. This advanced technology is considered by most experts to be the premier method for sealing ducts available today.

In fact, Aeroseal has been used in thousands of homes, schools, hospitals, and government installations throughout the country and the world. The U.S. Department of Energy has proclaimed Aeroseal technology to be one of the top 23 most important energy conservation technologies for consumers to be released since the department was first established in 1977.

The process usually takes less than one day to finish and we will provide you with a “Certificate of Completion” that illustrates the before and after results.

Comfort, Health and Safety: Benefits of Duct Sealing

Once your ducts are properly sealed, you will save more than just money on energy costs. You will also improve:

How Do I Get Started with Duct Sealing?

Please complete and submit our brief Comfort Survey.

so we can learn a little more about any problems you may be having.

We will then contact you and arrange for a FREE duct leakage inspection before scheduling your duct sealing service. During our home performance evaluation, we pressure test your ductwork to calculate duct leakage. We can then tackle those leaks with Aeroseal and close the leaks that we can’t even see! On average, we’ve been able to reduce air leakage by up to 90% through the Aeroseal process. The Aeroseal product is entirely non-toxic and comes with a 10-year warranty.

IAQ Services in Southeast PA and Beyond

Family-owned and community-focused, Wilson Oil and Propane can help with all your indoor air quality issues. Whether you live in Media PA or anywhere else in our Delaware Valley service area, please reach out today to learn more about duct sealing and our other HVAC services.

A noisy boiler can be a fairly common problem for people who have a closed loop hot water boiler. Similar to a radiator in your car, your boiler is filled with water. But if air leaks into the system, the pressure rushes through the pipes. This results in a banging noise.

Why does this happen? Air can be drawn into the system in several different ways. This includes a defective valve, a broken bleed screw, a pressure leak, or previous repairs done to piping.

Another possibility is a problem with the expansion tank. Because water expands when it’s heated and contracts when it’s cooled, extra space is needed to store air. This extra space is called an expansion tank. But air can be drawn back into the boiler from this device.

To solve this problem, you should contact us and request an evaluation of your boiler.

How Often Should I Get Boiler Maintenance?

Getting yearly tune-ups on your boiler system is the most important thing you can do to ensure your home heating equipment runs as efficiently as possible. This will lower your annual heating expenses because you’ll conserve fuel. This is among the many benefits of getting annual service done on your boiler. Here are three more benefits.

  1. A longer life span for your boiler.
  2. Better for the planet: equipment that runs at top efficiency will emit fewer emissions.
  3. Preventing big problems: a tune-up allows our expert technicians to spot minor issues before they become big problems (worn parts, a burner that needs adjustment, etc.) Problems tend to pop up during the worst times—such as when your boiler conks out during single-digit temperatures.

The Best Time to Schedule Your Maintenance Service

Spring and summer are the best times to get your heating system maintenance done. Here’s why:

Service Plans: Added Protection

We strongly recommend enrolling in a service plan. Our service plans are a great way to make sure that heating equipment gets vital service. All our service plans include an annual preventative maintenance tune-up.

Service plans from Wilson also include free parts and labor for many heating repairs, priority service, no overtime charges, and a $75 annual credit that can go towards the purchase of new equipment from us.

Heating Repairs and Installation in Southeast PA

Wilson Oil & Propane is the company that people in the Delaware Valley region of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey can depend on. Our service area includes the town of Wallingford and surrounding communities.

We have a staff of professional technicians who can handle all types of service, from annual maintenance (tune-ups) to emergency heating and cooling system repairs to top-notch equipment replacement.

Reach out to us and become a customer today.

A Closer Look at Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG)

In 1910, American chemist Walter O. Snelling conducted research into gasoline evaporation and storage and found that certain evaporating gases could be changed into liquids. Out of all the gases, propane proved to be the most plentiful.

Snelling then created a method to bottle this liquid gas, leading to the creation of the propane industry. Bottle gas, or bottled gas, is a term still being used today for propane, which is formally called Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG).

Over the years, businesses and scientists have worked diligently to make propane the viable fuel source it represents today. The process itself of making propane has evolved over the last century or so. Right now, there are two primary ways propane is produced.

Crude Oil Refining and Propane

Some propane is created during the process of crude oil refining. There are a lot of products that can be derived from crude oil refining, including gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, jet fuel and heating oil—and propane gas as well. During the stabilization phase of the refining, the heavier hydrocarbons fall to the bottom. But propane, being a lighter hydrocarbon, is at the top and it’s easily extracted.

Propane from Natural Gas Production

The process of crude oil refining plays a small role in the production of propane, however. Most propane is derived today from natural gas production. When natural gas is taken out of the earth, it is a mix of different gases. One of these gases is propane.

To stop condensation from forming in natural gas pipelines, propane is extracted from liquid compounds as the natural gas is being processed. Butane is also extracted during this process. Propane, being much denser as a liquid than as a gas, is stored and transported as a liquid in this form of production.

Because propane is created through the processing of natural gas and crude oil, it is a fuel that is largely a domestic product. In fact, about 90% of the American propane supply is generated right here in the United States! That abundant, right-at-home supply makes propane a reliable fuel choice for your Delaware Valley home or business, and all its appliances and equipment, throughout the year.

The Future: a Renewable, Carbon Neutral Process

Homes and businesses all over the U.S., including here in the Delaware Valley, will eventually be able to use renewable propane. Since it is molecularly identical to propane, there will be no need to replace or alter existing propane appliances and equipment. As usage of renewable propane increases, it will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions nationwide, helping fight the effects of climate change.

Renewable propane’s carbon intensity — or the carbon emitted for every unit of energy it produces — is lower than conventional propane because it’s produced from bio-based or renewable sources.

Just as conventional propane is a coproduct of crude oil and natural gas extraction, most renewable propane can be considered a coproduct of biofuel creation. Many of the same feedstocks that go into creating biofuel — animal oils, vegetable oils, biomass — are used to create renewable propane.

While it is not in common use yet, renewable propane gas has positioned itself to be a major part of the clean fuel conversation in the years ahead.

Propane and the Environment

Propane is a clean-burning fuel that was recognized as an alternative fuel in both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy. Unlike natural gas, propane does not contain methane, a potent greenhouse gas. In the rare event of a leak, propane has no detrimental impact on the air, soil, water, aquatic life, marine life, or plant life.

Today’s high-efficiency propane heating systems and other propane appliances such as water heaters have high efficiency ratings. That efficiency, along with propane’s clean-burning properties, allows you to reduce your home’s carbon footprint without having to sacrifice comfort or convenience.

The bottom line: propane is one of the safest sources of energy around – not to mention one of the most versatile and efficient ways to power just about any equipment you need to keep your family safe and comfortable in any season.

Propane Delivery in Southeast PA and Beyond

Family-owned and community-focused, Wilson Oil and Propane can help with all your propane needs. We offer competitive prices and would love to share more about how propane would be a great choice for your home, whether you live in Glen Mills, PA or anywhere else in our service area. Reach out today to learn more about propane delivery and our other propane services.

Heating Oil Is Clean, Safe and Efficient

People in Springfield, PA and other communities in the Delaware Valley can rest easy knowing they can always rely on heating oil to keep them safe and comfortable.

Heating Oil and Energy Efficiency

Heating oil generates nearly 140,000 Btu of heat for every gallon burned and warms a home evenly and efficiently.

This is because the flame in a heating oil system burns much hotter than many other energy systems. This produces more heat and hotter air or water. So, when the outdoor temperatures are below freezing, that powerful heat output can help keep your home as cozy as ever.

Technology has also brought great improvements in heating oil equipment efficiency that has reduced annual fuel consumption by 20% or more. This has saved heating oil consumers a lot of money on fuel.

Today’s heating equipment regularly achieves efficiency levels of 85% or better. And thanks to the advent of Bioheat® fuel, we are seeing more super high-efficiency systems available in the U.S. These systems achieve efficiency levels of 90% or more!

Is Heating Oil Safe?

Heating oil is a remarkably safe home heating fuel. First, heating oil cannot explode. The fuel that sits in your tank is as likely to explode as the water in your backyard swimming pool. It’s that safe.

Plus, with a heating oil tank on your property, you can always count on having a secure, on-site supply. Heating oil is carefully transported and expertly handled by highly trained professionals, who use equipment and techniques that keep safety at the forefront.

Additionally, a heating oil system poses a very low risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If an oil burner malfunctions (most often due to a lack of maintenance), the safety devices in the unit will typically shut the heating oil furnace or heating oil boiler off.

Bioheat® Fuel Raises the Bar

Wilson Oil and Propane delivers B20 Bioheat Plus® fuel to our heating oil customers and it is an absolute game-changer when it comes to heating your home, saving you money, and helping the environment.

Bioheat fuel is a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil combined with premium biofuels made from renewable resources such as animal fats, recycled restaurant cooking oils, algae, and plant oils such as soybeans and sunflower.

Because it is cleaner burning, generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional heating oil and natural gas, Bioheat fuel helps to increase system efficiency, which reduces your home heating expenses while keeping your home comfortable.

Because it is so clean burning, Bioheat fuel leaves fewer deposits on your system’s internal parts. That helps to reduce wear and tear, meaning you will likely have fewer breakdowns and a longer life expectancy for your heating oil boiler or heating oil furnace compared to running it with traditional heating oil. You don’t have to add anything to or modify your boiler or furnace in any way to use our B20 Bioheat Plus fuel.

Bioheat Fuel Delivery in Southeast PA and Beyond

You may be able to enjoy all the benefits of B20 Bioheat Plus fuel right now with your next heating oil delivery when you become a Wilson Oil and Propane customer.

Founded in 1926, Wilson Oil and Propane strives to provide excellent service to our customers every single day. In addition to reliable B20 Bioheat Plus Fuel deliveries, you can also count on us for propane deliveries, expert HVAC services and new heating and cooling equipment installations. In short, we offer our customers many ways to lower their energy costs and enhance their comfort.

Why not reach out to us today to find out more about all that we can offer?

Keep the Air Filter Clean to Improve Efficiency

With proper maintenance, the average furnace can last 15 years or longer. One simple way to make sure your system reaches its life span and operates efficiently is to perform an easy, do-it-yourself maintenance task–changing or cleaning your furnace’s air filter as often as the manufacturer recommends. To be on the safe side, you should generally check the filter’s condition about once a month during the heating season and change/clean it if it looks dirty.

4 Fast Facts about Furnace Filters

  1. Filters are located either inside the furnace or inside the return air vent.
  2. Some filter models are designed to be discarded and replaced with a new one.
  3. If your filter has a plastic frame, it can be cleaned and reused.
  4. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and be sure to shut the furnace off before handling the filter.

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Furnace Air Filter

If you’re not sure how to change the air filter in your HVAC system yourself but would like to, please talk with our service technician the next time he visits your home.

Other Home Efficiency Tips to Save Money

There are many ways to conserve energy and lower your costs. Some are easy and bring you small savings, but these can add up! Others take more work and require an investment, but this can result in big returns, such as upgrading to a high-efficiency heating oil system. Here are just a few ideas to think about.

Repair Leaky Ducts

Another way to improve home energy efficiency is to get your ductwork sealed to prevent air leaks. If parts of your ductwork are leaking air, this could increase your annual energy costs by as much as 30%. Your home will also not feel as comfortable as it should be. The quality of your indoor air will also deteriorate.

We have a proven method to repair leaky ductwork. The Aeroseal process we use is designed to seal the leaks in your duct system—even the ones hidden behind walls and under your home’s insulation. These hidden areas account for about 90% of your total ductwork.

Aeroseal has been used in thousands of homes, schools, hospitals, and government installations throughout the country and the world. The process usually takes less than one day to complete and we will provide you with a “Certificate of Completion” that illustrates the before and after results. Read more about duct sealing.

Contact Wilson Oil and Propane

Wilson Oil & Propane is the company that people in the Delaware Valley region of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey can depend on when they need HVAC maintenance or HVAC repair of their heating systems. Our service area includes the towns of Newtown Square, PA and many other towns in the Delaware Valley.

We have a talented crew of professional technicians who can handle all types of HVAC service, from annual maintenance to emergency heating system repairs to top-notch heating equipment replacement.

Become a Wilson Oil and Propane customer and start meeting The People You Can Trust.

How Does a Heating Oil Boiler Work?

Your heating oil boiler uses either hot water or steam to heat your Delaware Valley home. Another name for a boiler is a hydronic heating system, which is defined as a system that transfers heat via a circulating fluid, such as water, in a closed system of pipes.

Steam boilers can still be found in older homes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, usually ones built before the 1950s. If you have this type of system, your boiler stays true to its name because it needs to boil water to make steam before your heat can be distributed through your home.

In comparison, newer boilers do not need to boil the water to make steam. Instead, they use hot water to distribute heat through a home’s piping. The heat is distributed through your home by either radiators or baseboards.

Because a boiler is a closed-loop system, water does not need to be constantly brought in or replaced, making it more efficient.

Some of the key components of a boiler system include:

Is a Boiler a Good Way to Heat My Home?

Yes. Many homeowners prefer hot water heating to warm air systems like furnaces because the heat that boilers create does not dry out the air. Plus, the heat generated by your hydronic heating system can also be used to heat water in your home, creating an efficient two-in-one space and water heating solution. Heated water is stored in a separate tank that’s connected to the boiler for later use.

What Is a Condensing Heating Oil Boiler?

A more efficient version of the hot water boiler is the condensing boiler, which is designed to keep heat loss to a minimum. By recycling heat from the exhaust process – and by operating at lower temperatures overall – your condensing boiler can improve operating efficiency by 10-15% compared to a non-condensing boiler.
However, a condensing boiler is not practical for all homes. Plus, condensing boilers cost more to manufacture. Installing a condensing boiler correctly requires highly trained technicians who know how to capitalize on the efficiency benefits of these ultra-modern heating oil systems.

How Do I Keep My Boiler Running Efficiently?

Regular maintenance is a vital money-saving investment for heating systems– not just because it can keep your equipment running safely and at peak efficiency, but also because four out of five heating system breakdowns are preventable if you follow the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations.

A system tune-up allows your heating oil technician to fix minor issues before they become big problems (worn parts, etc.). Regular tune-ups can also help you conserve heating fuel over the winter.

Your professional heating oil technician will conduct a series of tests to make sure your heating system is running at the best possible efficiency. Any adjustments and repairs can then be done after this initial evaluation.

How Do I Know When to Replace My Boiler?

While the average boiler will last about 20-25 years—as long as a proper maintenance schedule has been followed–there are many home boilers out there that are even older than that. And while they may still be keeping homes warm enough, their efficiency rate is much lower than a new hot water boiler, which means you are using more fuel to generate heat.

Besides age, other signs that your boiler may be wearing out include signs of corrosion, frequent breakdowns, and expensive repairs.

Wilson Oil and Propane has been handling the service and installation of home heating oil boilers for a long time. If you live in Broomall, PA or surrounding towns in southeastern Pennsylvania, the chances are pretty good that at least one of the boilers in your neighborhood was installed by a Wilson boiler technician. Contact Wilson Oil and Propane today for your home’s boiler service needs.

How Much Propane Does a Stove Use?

Fast fact: 96% of professional chefs prefer cooking with gas over electricity! That’s because gas is the gold standard for people who like to cook — whether professionally or at home.

It’s no wonder, then, that propane gas consumers in Media, Wallingford, Swarthmore, Springfield and many other communities want to know more about gas stoves, as well as other propane appliances. Here are answers to some of the frequent questions we hear on our end about propane gas stoves.

What’s the Difference Between a Propane Gas Stove and a Natural Gas Stove?

Besides the type of gas used to power your stove, the major difference between a propane stove and a natural gas stove are the gas jet nozzles. Propane gas jet nozzles have much smaller holes than those for natural gas. That’s the reason propane and natural gas stoves can’t be interchanged as is. If you wanted to switch from a natural gas stove to one that’s fueled by propane, you would need to get a propane conversion kit for stoves. This is needed to replace the gas jets. For safety reasons, this job is best left to a professional from your propane company.

How Much Propane Do You Need for a Gas Stove?

Generally, a propane gas stove for residential use will only need about 35 gallons of propane per year. If your family does a lot of cooking, anticipate higher usage in the 60-gallon range. You may be surprised by this relatively low annual usage, but there is a good reason. Propane gas ranges are incredibly efficient. One gallon of propane produces about 91,502 Btu of heat energy.

If one of the larger burners on your propane range produces 18,000 Btu per hour, then one gallon of propane will power that burner for over five hours.
That means you can power a propane-fired stove and oven — plus other propane appliances with a modestly sized propane tank on your property that doesn’t require too many fuel deliveries over the course of the year.

What Are the Other Benefits of a Propane Stove?

There are many reasons that propane stoves have been so prevalent in new home construction. Here are just three.

Are Propane Stoves Safe for My Home?

Some homeowners may be reasonably concerned about the safety and eco-friendliness of propane stoves. But many of the emissions at the center of the current debate don’t come into play with propane. For example, propane itself is entirely methane-free and emits virtually no particulate matter.

Particulate matter refers to microscopic solids or liquid droplets that can be inhaled and cause health problems. It’s worth noting, though, that all cooking produces some particulate matter, regardless of whether it involves a gas, electric or wood stove.

But particulate matter and other emissions can be largely mitigated with proper ventilation. If you want additional peace of mind, consider indoor air quality products. At Wilson Oil and Propane, we usually recommend using an air purifier with a HEPA filter, which can significantly help reduce the level of nitrogen oxides that tend to build up in homes.

Find out more about our indoor quality solutions. Then read more about indoor air quality and gas stoves.

Many Variables Affect the Number of Gallons Used

Throughout the heating season, homeowners in our service area usually need anywhere from 700 to 900 gallons of heating oil during a normal winter. If you have a 1,000-gallon underground tank, in theory, you could possibly make it through the heating season if that tank is full right now. Keep in mind, however, that the capacity of a 1,000-gallon tank is only about 900 gallons. That’s because space needs to be left in the tank to allow for expansion and prevent any spillage upon delivery.

This is but one example. Many of our customers own 275-gallon aboveground heating oil tanks, which typically hold about 230 gallons of fuel when full. A full tank should give you enough heating fuel to last from 4-6 weeks if you own a 2,000 square foot home.

Of course, these are just rough estimates. Many variables affect the amount of fuel you consume. This includes the outdoor temperature, the size of your home, the quality of insulation in your home, the efficiency of your heating system and how well it’s been maintained, and the thermostat setting you choose.

Here’s one way your actual usage can vary. In an average size home, (about 2,400 square feet), if the temperature during a 24-hour period averaged 20 degrees, you probably would burn about seven gallons. On the other hand, if the average temperature was 40 degrees the next day, you would probably use a shade under 4 gallons during that time.

Watch Your Tank Levels

If you call us to order fuel, make sure to check your heating oil tank regularly—especially in the middle of a cold snap. Don’t wait until your fuel level gets too low. We recommend calling when your oil tank is about ¼ full.

Combine Automatic Delivery with a Tank Monitor

Automatic delivery is a free service that takes away the hassle of having to check your tank and order your fuel. It also lowers the risk of running out of heating oil. We can install a device that wirelessly monitors your fuel usage so we will always know the actual amount of fuel in your tank.

Read more about heating oil delivery.

Keep It Clear for Your Delivery Driver

After a snow or ice storm, please clear a path to your oil fill pipe or aboveground tank so your driver can reach it quickly and safely. We also need you to shovel/plow your driveway so it is free of snow and ice. Safety codes prohibit us from trying to navigate slippery driveways. Our trucks need a space wide enough for an ambulance to get through.

Pay Attention to Your Heating System

If you have an oil furnace, change or clean the air filter a few times during the heating season. A dirty filter compromises efficiency and can even result in a shutdown if it gets clogged with dust and other particles.

If you have a steam boiler, check the water gauge periodically. Low water levels are a leading cause for boiler shutdowns. Steam boilers should also be flushed when the water in the gauge looks rusty. Talk with us if you’re not familiar with this procedure.

If you have a hot water boiler, its automatic filling system, controlled by the pressure-reducing valve, should maintain the proper water level at 12 to 15 psi of pressure. If there isn’t a pressure-reducing valve, manually feed the boiler by opening the water feed valve until the boiler pressure reaches 12 psi.

Finally, for safety’s sake, keep the area around your oil boiler or oil furnace as clean and clutter-free as possible. Never store anything flammable anywhere near your system.

Contact Wilson Oil and Propane in PA, NJ and DE

Founded in 1926, Wilson Oil and Propane strives to provide excellent service to our customers every single day. Always feel free to contact us if you have any concerns or questions about staying safe and warm this winter. Remember, we’re The People You Can Trust.