Home heating oil is typically a type of fuel oil known as “No. 2 heating oil,” which is a distillate fuel. This means that it is made by distilling crude oil and refining it to remove impurities. The resulting product is a liquid that is a mixture of hydrocarbons, with a chemical structure that is similar to gasoline. It is a light, low-viscosity oil that is easy to handle and burn.
Home heating oil is used in oil-fired furnaces and boilers to generate heat for homes and buildings. It is also used in some types of water heaters and space heaters. It is generally less expensive than natural gas, and it is a popular choice for heating in areas where natural gas is not available.