Bioheat® is a type of heating oil that is blended with biodiesel, which is made from renewable resources such as vegetable oils or animal fats. Despite its environmental benefits, there are some myths and misconceptions associated with Bioheat. Read on to see a few of those common myths debunked!
Myth: Bioheat is Not as Efficient as Traditional Heating Oil.
Fact: Bioheat is just as efficient as traditional heating oil. In fact, it can often burn more cleanly and efficiently, resulting in reduced emissions and improved efficiency.
Myth: Bioheat is Expensive.
Fact: While the initial cost of Bioheat may be slightly higher than traditional heating oil, the long-term benefits, such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions and support for domestic agriculture, can make it a cost-effective and environmentally friendly choice.
Myth: Bioheat Requires Special Equipment.
Fact: Bioheat can be used in existing heating oil systems without any modifications. It is compatible with standard oil-burning equipment, making the transition to Bioheat relatively seamless.
Myth: Bioheat is Harmful to the Environment.
Fact: Bioheat is considered a more environmentally friendly option compared to traditional heating oil. It is derived from renewable resources, which helps reduce dependence on fossil fuels and lowers greenhouse gas emissions.
Myth: Bioheat Production Competes with Food Production.
Fact: Biodiesel used in Bioheat is typically made from recycled cooking oil, algae, or non-food-grade crops. It does not contribute to the demand for edible oils, and efforts are made to use feedstocks that do not impact food supplies.
Myth: Bioheat Freezes Easily.
Fact: The cold flow properties of Bioheat are similar to those of traditional heating oil. Additives can be used to improve its cold weather performance, ensuring that it remains a reliable heating option in colder climates.
Myth: Bioheat has Limited Availability.
Fact: The availability of Bioheat has been increasing, and many heating oil providers offer Bioheat blends. As awareness of renewable energy grows, it is likely to become even more widely available.
Myth: Bioheat is Not Regulated.
Fact: Bioheat is subject to regulations and standards to ensure its quality and performance. Standards such as ASTM D6751 and ASTM D396 provide guidelines for biodiesel and heating oil, respectively.
Myth: Bioheat Has a Short Shelf Life.
Fact: Like traditional heating oil, Bioheat has a long shelf life and can be stored for an extended period without degradation.
Myth: Bioheat Requires More Maintenance.
Fact: Bioheat does not require additional maintenance compared to traditional heating oil. Regular maintenance practices for heating oil systems are applicable to both Bioheat and traditional heating oil.
When you use Oehlert Bros., you get much more than run-of-the-mill heating oil. Since 2007, we’ve been creating our own Bioheat Plus® heating oil blend on-site, using refined soybean oil.
Turn to Oehlert Bros. for cleaner-burning Bioheat Plus Heating Oil for your eastern Pennsylvania home. Find out if you’re in our service area and become a customer today.