Oil Conservation in Home Heating

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A. C. S. Hayden, R. W. Braaten, T. D. Brown

Canadian Combustion Research Laboratory, Energy Research Laboratories, CANMET, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Ottawa, Canada

J. Eng. Power 99(3), 413-417 (Jul 01, 1977) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3446518 History: Received August 04, 1976; Online July 14, 2010


Field studies of the oil consumption characteristics of oil-fired residential heating systems have been carried out in several homes in a severe winter climate. Daily recording of the fuel consumption, cycling frequency and cycle length allowed the data to be used in conjunction with hourly meteorological records to establish baseline consumption patterns for comparison with consumption levels measured during the use of selected residential oil conservation techniques. Improved burner performance and overnight thermostat cutback are each shown to offer greater fuel savings than the use of a positive chimney damper designed to minimize “off” cycle losses.

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