Heating Oil Delivery 101: What You Should Know

30 August 2021
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Heating oil is one of the most common heat sources for homeowners. If you've recently moved into a home with an oil-burning furnace for the first time, it's important to be prepared for your current and future oil delivery needs. If you want to be sure that you never run out of heating oil, there are some things that you should know. Here are some tips to help you manage your home heating oil deliveries.

Consider Automatic Delivery

One of the first things that you should think about is opting for automatic delivery for your heating oil. Most suppliers will provide you with either will-call or automatic delivery. If you choose will-call, you'll have to call and schedule a delivery every time your tank gets low. 

With automatic delivery, the company will base your delivery schedule on an estimate of how much oil you'll use. They will automatically schedule your heating oil deliveries for specific intervals based on that estimated usage. Then, they will test your heating oil level in the tank at each delivery to adjust the schedule as needed based on actual usage.

The benefit to automatic delivery is that you are far less likely to run out of heating oil. You don't have to worry about forgetting to call the delivery company. And you have the option to call for an emergency delivery in the event that your tank does run lower than you'd like.

Ensure Access To The Tank

One of the things that many people don't think about, especially in areas with snowy, icy winters, is the access to their heating oil tank. When the oil delivery truck shows up, you need to be sure that the driver has clear, easy access to your tank. This means shoveling a clear path from your driveway to the tank and treating it with ice melt if it's particularly icy outside.

Remember that it's your liability if the heating oil delivery driver is injured on your property, and some drivers won't even deliver at all if they can't easily access the tank. Take time to talk with your heating oil company about their access expectations so that you can be sure that you'll get the heating oil that you need when you need it. 

These are two of the most important considerations when you're dealing with heating oil to fuel your home's furnace. Talk with a heating oil delivery company today for more information.