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New Oil Furnace Installation - Extras To Keep Fuel Clean

If the heating system in your home has broken, then it is time to choose a new system to warm your house. If you live in an area where natural gas is not available, then a heating oil variety may be your best option. It is always wise to find an oil boiler model that is as efficient as possible to reduce fuel costs. Newer boilers or furnaces are between 83% and 94% efficient. If you want to make sure that efficiency remains consistent throughout the heating season, then there are few things you should make sure are installed when the heating system is placed in your home. Some installations will ensure that fuel is clean. 

Dual Filters 

Heating oil will run through a small fuel line from the oil tank to the furnace burner. Before the fuel makes its way to the furnace, it will run through a filter. This filter helps to remove dirt, oil wax, and other fuel contaminants. If you live in an extremely cold area, then fuel wax may be a serious issue. This wax will form as the heating oil becomes cold, and it can clog the sprayer nozzle that feeds the burner. While most oil systems will have a single inline filter, dual filtration can help to remove wax and other debris more effectively. 

Most dual oil filters are installed parallel to one another. This means that half the heating oil will flow through one filter while the other half of the oil will flow through the other. This way, the filters will not become encrusted with wax as quickly, and filter cleaning and replacement will not need to occur as often. This is generally a service that is completed by a heating specialist, so this will reduce your maintenance costs as well as keep the fuel oil clean. 

Insulated Fuel Lines

Another good way to keep oil clean and wax free is to make sure that the heating oil is not exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Most oil lines are placed above the ground and fed through the foundation of the home. An in-ground oil line can help to reduce exposure to the cold. You can also ask your heating installation expert to utilize insulated copper piping that is fitted with a thermal sleeve.

If you feel that insulated piping increases your heating installation costs, then you can also ask your heating specialist to wrap electric heat tape around the outdoor fuel line. A long piece of foam pipe insulation material can be secured over the pipe as well. If you do go with an above ground fuel line, just make sure that the ice and snow are cleared away from the pipe at all times to keep fuel from freezing. 


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