Winter is hard in areas where snow or cold temperatures reign. Your home should be a refuge from the cold, so that means you must have the heat on at all or almost all times. You could do this by building a fire, but then you have to keep feeding more wood, which is a tiresome and unending chore. And that is if you even have a fireplace in the house. Instead, you will likely want a heater, which means you will have to learn how to order heating oil in order to keep your tank full and your family warm for the winter.
Most systems use kerosene or some kind of similar oil to provide heat to your home. The system likely includes a tank that stores the oil and a boiler or furnace of some sort that converts the oil to heat, which is then distributed all over the house. It is a neat and orderly system that is highly effective, provided you have enough fuel in your tank to sustain the heating.
It is pretty easy to figure out how much oil you have left and whether or not you actually need to place an order for more. Most have some kind of fuel gauge that tells you just how much you have left. There is a sight tube somewhere on the outside that shows you the gauge. However, older systems may not have this gauge. If that is the case, you can use a dip stick to see how many gallons or liters are left. The vast majority of home tanks hold anywhere from 1,000 liters to 2,500, depending on the size of your home.
Most sellers will advise you only to place an order for more after your tank is more than half empty, but before it gets to less than a quarter full. So once your level is half of its capacity, it is now time to schedule a delivery.
Most services have a website where you can place an order and schedule a time or day for the truck to come to your house and fill you up. You prepay in advance and get a receipt telling you how much fuel was delivered. If you overpaid, you will get a refund for the difference in the amount. If you underpaid, you will have to authorize a charge for the remaining cost.
You may be asked if you want premium or standard oil when you place the order. Premium costs more, but is more environmentally friendly. It also produces less sludge, so your stays cleaner and more efficient, which saves you money in the long run.
Standard works well too, so don’t worry about buying standard if you are trying to save money. With cold weather comes the cost of the holidays, so it may make sense to use regular oil so you can have more holiday money to spend.
Of course, if you have any questions about the process, you can call your chosen provider. They are happy to help you out anytime you may have a question or concern.