OFTEC is the Oil Fired Technical Association. It is recognised by the Government, oil companies, heating appliance and tank manufacturers as being the acceptable trade body in technician training and assessment for the domestic heating, oil distribution and commercial oil firing industry.
For the oil industry in England and Wales, OFTEC registered technicians are the only people defined as ‘competent’ and able to self-certify their work without the need for informing the local building control department.
If you live in one of the four million households in the UK that are not on the mains gas network then oil central heating then oil fuelled central heating may be the best option for heating your home.
Heating oil is normally used in a ‘wet’ heating system, where an oil-fired boiler heats water then provides central heating via radiators and hot water through the taps in your home. Heat-only and combination condensing oil-fired boiler types are both available, and most oil-fired combination boilers have an internal hot water store to supply domestic hot water rather than the instantaneous heating more common in gas boilers.
According to Which? the average annual cost for heating and hot water using heating oil in the UK is £425 when consuming around 12,500 kWh a year. This price is based on data from October 2016, when oil prices tend to be a little higher than in the summer months.