Technological advancements in today’s oilheat are truly revolutionizing how homeowners in Connecticut heat their homes. One of the most exciting advancements is happening right now and will make an enormous difference to homeowners and home inspectors. As of July 1, 2018 all heating oil in the state of Connecticut is mandated to be ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO).
Here’s what that means:
- Heating oil has had very low levels of sulfur for years, but ULSHO will have 15 parts per million (ppm) of sulfur or less.
- ULSHO will significantly reduce particulate emissions, including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. It will cut sulfur dioxide emissions by 99 percent, other airborne emissions by 97 percent and nitrogen oxide by 30 percent.
- Boilers and furnaces will operate more efficiently with ULSHO, because the fuel will produce 90 percent less ash and 40 times less soot than regular heating oil. This means that more of the fuel is turned into heat to heat your home and fewer deposits inside the heating system will lead to better operation, less maintenance issues and a longer lifespan.
Homeowners in Connecticut are poised to reap the benefits of these industry advancements. Over time, the use of ultra-low sulfur heating oil will also mean that home inspectors like yourself will experience fewer problems when you are conducting inspections of your customers’ heating oil systems. It’s truly a win for everyone involved!