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How your oil home heating system works.

At Petro Home Services, keeping your home environment as comfortable as possible in any weather condition is our goal—and with our home heating oil offerings and services, we can help you stay warm even in the coldest weather. Learn how your home heating oil system works to keep your home warm and find key tips for choosing the right oil heat provider for you and your needs. Contact Petro Home Services to chat with a heating oil provider near you today!

Oil-fired heating systems distribute heat in one of three ways: warm air through vents, hot water through baseboards, or steam through radiators. Your thermostat senses that the room temperature has fallen below your thermostat setting and sends a signal to your heating system to provide heat for your home.
When your oil burner is engaged, heating oil travels from the tank to the burner by way of a pump where it becomes a fine mist mixed with air. The fuel/air mixture is then injected into the burner where it is ignited in the combustion chamber.

Types of home heating systems.
Depending on the type of system you have, water-based or warm air, the system works differently to disperse heat throughout your home.

There are two main types of water-based systems: hot water systems and steam systems. Water is heated in either a cast iron or steel boiler before it is dispersed throughout your home.

In a hot water system, the heated water is circulated through radiators or baseboards.

In a steam system, the water turns to steam and rises through pipes to the radiators.

In a warm air system, your furnace heats air. A blower then sends the heated air up through the ducts and out of vents in your floors or walls. The air gets drawn back to the furnace through a return duct and the cycle repeats.

Finally, the emissions from the combustion of fuel and air exit the system through a flue pipe that runs out of your home through the chimney.

Get more information from the experts at Petro.
Heat your home with confidence, knowing how your system works with these essential heating oil tips and information provided by the experts at Petro Home Services.

Learn more tips for heating your home safely, facts on why home heating oil is a great value, and find out which sources of home heating fuel are most eco-friendly. 

Be sure to check our heating oil pricing plans and special offers. Remember to contact Petro today for inquiries about your home heating system, heating oil services, hot water heater services, propane services, and more!

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