The Benefits of Bioheat® for Air Quality

Written on: July 8, 2024

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Keep Your Home Warm

bioheat Hyde Park, NY Remember last summer, when smoke from Canadian wildfires made the skies here in the northeast turn orange and hazy? The air made peoples’ eyes and throats burn, and it was dangerous for anyone with health issues. It made a big impact anyone not old enough to remember the smoggy air from the ’70s, before eliminating air pollution became a priority.

We’ve come a long way from those days, and a big part of that is the scientific advances in creating cleaner energy—including cleaner-burning heating oil. One of the biggest changes in heating oil in recent years has been the development of ultra-low sulfur heating oil and biofuel blends. Bioheat® fuel is a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) and biofuels. Biofuels are made from renewable resources such as animal fats, recycled restaurant oils and plant oils such as soybean.

Reduced Emissions, Cleaner Air

Blending ULSHO with biofuels creates a cleaner-burning heating fuel that emits up to 80% less sulfur dioxide as well as 20% less carbon dioxide than traditional heating oils. Fewer greenhouse gases mean cleaner air and a more sustainable future for everyone!

Meanwhile, methane emissions produced by natural gas are nearly 82 times more destructive to the environment over a 20-year period compared to carbon dioxide emissions.

And according to the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management, Bioheat fuel also reduces sulfur oxide, particulate matter and mercury emissions. Bottom line: By choosing Bioheat heating oil to heat your home, you contribute to better air quality for all of us and help in the fight against climate change.

Cleaner Air, Better Health

Most of the media puts the focus on how carbon emissions contribute to climate change. There’s less attention put on how it can affect health, but it’s a serious issue. The fact is, all that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases ozone levels and exacerbates pollution. The result is a higher incidence of respiratory diseases including asthma and emphysema, not to mention cancer. Poor air quality also leads to worsened allergies and longer allergy season.

Of course, the increasing high temperatures and extreme weather cause by climate change are deadly themselves: Last month, most of the country was sizzling under a heat dome with record high temperatures and heat indices.

A big part of the solution is cleaner air, which means clean-burning, low -emission fuels are essential in curbing climate change.

Affordable Change

Another benefit to choosing Bioheat to heat your home is that you don’t need to spend a dime on new or upgraded heating equipment. The oil heating system you have now will operate the same with Bioheat fuel. Of course, if you’re ready for new equipment, an investment in a high-efficiency boiler or furnace will help you keep heating costs down.

On the other hand, changing to a different fuel or switching to electric will require all new heating equipment and possibly upgrades to your electric service. Those costs can really add up, and your electric bill could spike as well.

Ready to Learn More?

If you want to learn more about Bioheat, or set up reliable deliveries of Bioheat fuel for your home, contact us today!