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After a relatively warm winter coupled with low heating oil prices, it might be tempting to delay a decision on whether or not to convert from heating oil to some other energy source for heating. While it was nice to have a break from high heating oil prices this winter, but the cost of heating oil is volatile and will remain so in the foreseeable future.

Heating oil could be your backup

Our heating oil comes from many different places, but Venezuela, Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia are some of our major suppliers. Most heating oil used in the United States is imported from elsewhere as crude oil, and refined here in the US. The price of heating oil isn’t quite a volatile as the price of gasoline, but it still varies widely.

If you rely on heating oil exclusively for your winter heat, you’re subjected to this volatility when you buy oil in the fall and again when you refill your tank during the winter. You never quite know how much you’ll need, and how much it will set you back.

One solid strategy for reducing the impact of heating oil on your household budget is to switch from heating oil to another source of heat, but again, you’re reliant on a single source. If the price of that source increases, you’re back to square one.

Ductless heating offers you the ability to leverage the cost of heating your home over two different fuel sources. If the price of heating oil unexpectedly soars, you can rely on ductless heating to keep your home warm. If the temperature dips drastically, or stays in the sub-zero range for a long period, you still have the comfort and reliability of your heating oil furnace or boiler as a backup.

As an added benefit, a ductless heating system doubles as an air conditioner in the summer. With no added ductwork, it’s the most efficient cooling system available in today’s marketplace. You also have exceptional control over the thermostat. Each indoor unit has its own temperature controls, so you heat (or cool) a zone to your preferred temperature without heating (or cooling) the rest of the house. Every room stays perfectly comfortable, and you can slash your heating and cooling bills at the same time.

Ductless heating and cooling are also clean. There’s no combustion, so there’s no need to vent to the outside, as there is with oil and natural gas. You reduce your carbon footprint by reducing your reliance on combustible heat sources. Ductless heating and cooling eliminate the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning in the home, too.

When you have a ductless heating and cooling system, you get safe, clean and reliable year-round heating and cooling, with stable, predictable energy costs, and you reduce your carbon footprint at the same time!

If you’d like more information about switching to ductless heating and cooling, or installing a ductless heating and cooling system as a primary or secondary heating and cooling source for your home, call us at New England Ductless at (617) 915-2803 for more details. We’ll be happy to show you how you can take advantage of this opportunity to reduce your energy costs, reduce your environmental impact and make your home safer and more comfortable year-round.

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