Have you recently moved into a home with a heating oil system? If you’ve never been in an oil-heated home before, you might have questions about when to order fuel.
The good news is that heating oil offers just about the most robust heat generation of any fuel. But you must maintain a full heating oil tank to keep this warmth flowing through a frigid Massachusetts winter.
At Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling, we typically advise our “Will Call” customers to reach out to us when their heating oil tank is around one-quarter full. Waiting longer than that could result in an unexpected and unwelcome run-out.
Not sure how much fuel is in your tank? Checking the gauge is simple. You will find it on top of the heating oil tank. It’s a glass or plastic vial with markings like a car’s gas meter — F, ¾, ½ and ¼. A marker or float rests in the vial, and its position tells you how full your oil tank is. If the float in your gauge is at or near the bottom of the vial (or you can’t see it at all), your tank is empty or close to it. Contact us right away for a refill.
We don’t need to tell you that the winters in Middlesex and Norfolk County can get downright glacial. Your boiler or furnace will be working hard to keep your family warm on these freezing days and nights. What will that mean for your heating oil consumption?
Several factors affect how much oil you will use:
During a period of sustained freezing temperatures, you might find yourself contacting us for a heating oil delivery every three weeks or so. You can also avoid all the uncertainty by signing up for FREE automatic delivery.
When you sign up for our automatic heating oil delivery schedule, the Needham Oil team handles all the planning. Our computerized system accounts for all the factors listed above — including current weather conditions — to determine when you’ll likely need more heating fuel. Then, we schedule your delivery well in advance. There’s no cost for this service, and it takes all the stress out of tracking your heating oil in winter.
If you haven’t arranged your start-of-winter tank fill yet, contact our friendly, professional team today.