There are many different ways to heat your home during the cold winter months here in Massachusetts. At Basnett Plumbing, Heating, AC & Electrical, we have experience with all types of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Call us at any time to discuss the best one for your MetroWest Boston home.
Lately, we have been fielding residential calls regarding oil-fired systems, or oil furnaces. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Massachusetts is one of the top five heating oil-consuming states in the country.
How Do Oil Furnaces Work?
To understand how these oil-fired systems, or oil furnaces, work, you need to know there are only three ways for them to distribute heat:
- Warm air through vents
- Hot water through baseboards
- Steam through radiators
When a room in your home falls below a targeted temperature, your thermostat signals your oil furnace to provide heat. This begins the process of your oil furnace. Your system pulls oil from a storage tank, sending it to the burner via a pump. There it becomes a fine mist mixed with air. This fuel/air mixture injects into the burner where it is ignited in the combustion chamber.
From there, the system works differently to send the heat throughout your home depending on your system. In the two types of water-based systems (hot water and steam), water is heated in either a cast iron or steel boiler before moving through your home.
In the hot water system, radiators and baseboards disperse the heated circulated water. In a steam system, water condenses to steam and runs through the pipes to the radiators.
In a warm air system, your furnace heats the air, and a blower forces the heated air through the ducts to the vents on your floors or walls.
With an oil furnace, the oil must be delivered to your home and kept in a storage tank. It is not dispensed through a pipe like a gas furnace. Basnett Plumbing, Heating, AC & Electrical can take care of that task for you. Call us, and we would be happy to go over the details in oil delivery.
Some customers like to have their oil delivered right before the cold season hits to take advantage of lower oil costs. Others like to wait until they need to use their furnace before they have it delivered. Either way, we can set up a schedule that works best for your needs.
Oil Furnace Installations
Oil furnaces typically can last 15 to 20 years with regular maintenance. If you notice your furnace is no longer running efficiently, or if it simply quits working, it is time to replace it.
When that time occurs, call our knowledgeable professionals. We can be in and out with little inconvenience to you and your lifestyle. We make it our goal to work around your schedule.
If you have an older oil furnace, it may be time to upgrade. We can help you with that as well. A newer, more efficient oil furnace can reduce oil consumption by up to 25 percent, making it a worthwhile investment to consider.
Oil Furnace Repairs
When your oil furnace begins to make a strange noise or if it only blows cool air, it is time to call in our HVAC professionals. Our highly trained team members will promptly come out to your Littleton, MA home to quickly diagnose and repair the issue.
Because we service and install a wide range of furnace makes and models, we will get right to work since we know precisely what needs to be done. We work with a comprehensive range of furnaces, and it is likely we will have your needed part in stock and handy, so you do not need to wait for us to order it.
When your furnace has a problem, we are here for you. We offer 24/7 emergency repair services for whenever you need us. Your comfort and satisfaction are at the top of our priority list.
Oil Furnace Maintenance
Proper maintenance can extend the service life of your oil furnace and keep it in good working order. That is why we offer Ultimate Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical Maintenance Plans for your heating and cooling system.
Our expert team will schedule a preventative maintenance program customized just for you and your needs. With regular maintenance, you can expect an inspection and cleaning of your furnace and its components. This helps to lower your utility bills, saving you money year after year.
Call Us for Your Oil Furnace Needs
At Basnett Plumbing, Heating, AC & Electrical, we have been working with the Littleton, MA, area’s furnaces since 1987. There is not too much we do not know about furnaces. Our experience and knowledge, coupled with our professionalism and courtesy, make us the perfect team for your furnace needs. Call us today at 978-431-2906 or request service online to talk oil furnaces, no matter what you need.