If you’re a homeowner who uses oil-fired central heating, you’ll appreciate just how important a dependable oil delivery service is! You’ll appreciate it even more this winter, as the weather people tell us it’s going to be the coldest for a number of years!
Most heating oil suppliers have been in business for many years – decades, even, so they know their business inside-out and they also know how vital it is to offer cheap, trustworthy and well-informed services to their clients. Some suppliers partner with plumbers and qualified heating technicians so they can offer a comprehensive installation, repair and top-up service, keeping people warm, safe and comfortable throughout the year.
If you’re in receipt of a regular heating oil delivery, there are a few things you can do – all year round – to get the best out of your supplier, your oil and your boiler.
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Get Any Repairs Done As Soon As Possible
Although it seems like boilers go on the fritz out of the blue (usually when it’s really cold), the truth is that trouble has been developing for a while. This is why it’s important to have your boiler serviced at least once a year – and especially before winter – to spot any potential problems and head them off at the pass with repairs or replacements. Even if there’s nothing wrong, just getting your boiler re-tuned and cleaned helps it to run more efficiently. Your oil supplier will probably sell a premium version of your usual oil; this oil has additives in that condition it and help it to burn better, keeping the internal workings of the boiler clean.
Eventually, though, your boiler will need to be replaced, which is actually good news because modern boilers are really fuel-efficient, which, along with low heating oil prices, can only save you money.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
This doesn’t have to be expensive, and it’s guaranteed to save some money anyway! A programmable thermostat means you can set your heating to come on and go off when you need it to. You can even synch some thermostats with your smartphone, so if you’re working late, you can set the timer for later than usual from your desk, saving a couple of hours’ heat!
Book Your Oil Deliveries And top-ups ahead of Time
Some times of the year are busier than others, with winter and Christmas being the peak periods. If you know you’ll be running low on oil by mid-December, book a delivery in October so you’re not competing for slots with other panicking householders!
Make Sure Your Tank Has Easy Access
You need to maintain clear pathways to your tank and fill point at all times. If there’s a lot of snow, clear it away as you never know whether you’ll need a technician or top-up suddenly. If they have to wait for you to clear the way, it’ll delay their schedule.
Ask Your Supplier for Advice
If you’re not sure how much oil you’ll need, and when, then you can always ask your supplier. They’ll be able to take you through a series of questions to work out how much oil you and your family will need, as well as a delivery schedule so you’re secure and cosy all winter.