We at Como Oil & Propane (and the heating industry by and large) use a few terms you might not be familiar with. Here are a few common terms and their meanings.

AFUE
Abbreviation for "Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency", is an energy-efficiency ratio comparing the useful energy produced by an appliance in a year with the amount of energy it consumes. Thus, the higher the AFUE rating, the better the efficiency.

Autogas
Propane autogas is a by-product of natural gas and oil refining used for vehicle fleets. 98% of autogas comes from United States production.

Boiler
A gas, oil, propane, or solid-fuel-burning appliance that produces hot water or steam which is circulated through pipes to heat-radiating devices in a room.

Bill Pay
A convenient, online payment system for customers enabling you to make automatic payments directly from your bank account. 

BTU
Abbreviation for "British Thermal Unit" which is a traditional measurement for the amount of heat needed to raise one pound of water 1° F from a starting point of 39.2°F. BTUH stands for British Thermal Unit Per Hour to measure BTU input or output over time. MBH stands for 1,000 BTUH.

Carbon Monoxide
A colorless, odorless gas that affects the central nervous system and can cause death through asphyxiation. Carbon Monoxide can be produced by improperly vented, or poorly adjusted propane appliances.

Convected Heat
Warmth transmitted to a colder body through physical contact with a substance, such as air.

Degree Days
The difference in temperature between 65°F and the average temperature over the previous 24-hour period. For example, if the average temperature over the previous 24-hour period was 30°F, 35 degree-days have elapsed.

Fuel Oil
#1 or #2 grade diesel fuel that is burned to produce heat.

Hydronic
Refers to temperature control systems that circulate heated or cooled water to maintain comfort.

Level Pay Plan
A fixed payment plan that allows customers to spread their annual heating costs out over 8-11 months.  Click here for more information.

Propane
A heavy gas stored under pressure and burned to produce heat.

Radiant Heat
Warmth transmitted to a colder body by the direct contact of infrared rays. See "convected heat".

Scheduled Delivery
Como's Scheduled Delivery is our automatic delivery program that ensures consistent, timely fuel delivery to your home based on usage. Click here for more information.

Will Call
For Como customers not on Scheduled Delivery, a delivery option where the customer calls to order fuel and schedule a fuel delivery.

Zoning
A method of regulating temperatures by using a dedicated thermostat and system of valves and hydronic heating devices for each area of a home.




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