Most domestic fuel suppliers offer the choice between Standard Kerosene and Premium Kerosene to heat your home. Premium heating oil is quite simply, standard kerosene, with an additive, which is usually added at the point of delivery and works to improve the efficiency of your heating oil.
So Why Use Premium Heating Oil?
In 2007 the British standard specification for heating oil was changed and the maximum sulfur content was halved. This has meant that boiler injectors and burners can quickly have a build-up of soot, leading to more service issues and a decreased efficiency.
Premium kerosene oil can help deal with this problem, as well as providing a number of benefits:
- Helps to disperse sludge build up from the bottom of your tank that could cause filter or injector blockages. This also helps to provide a consistent temperature output.
- Increases fuel stability.
- Increases shelf life of fuel while in the tank.
- Lowers carbon dioxide emissions.
- Increases overall heating system efficiency.
Since the change in the specification, range style cookers have also suffered, with problems such as an increase in the amount of carbon deposits (also known as clinkers) building up around the burners. This build up can then affect the efficiency of your cooker and the level of temperature output. For more information on the benefits of Premium Kerosene for cookers please click here.
Many oil fired range cookers are supplied by the same fuel tank that supplies the boiler for the house. If this is the case with your system, your boiler will also benefit from the premium fuel.
Whilst premium kerosene has many benefits and can help look after your heating system, we always recommend you continue to have your oil fired cooker serviced every six months, and heating boiler serviced annually by an OFTEC registered engineer.