If you've just moved into a home with oil heating, it might take you some time to get used to this type of heating system. One of the biggest differences between oil heat and other forms of heat, such as natural gas heat, is the fact that you'll need to have your oil tank filled periodically. Here are some tips to keep in mind the first time you have heating oil delivered.
Order oil long before you need it.
Do not wait until your tank is nearly empty to have it filled. A good guideline is to call your oil delivery company as soon as your tank is down to 1/4 full. This way, if your delivery service cannot get to you for a week or two, you won't end up without oil in the meantime.
Homeowners sometimes delay having their tank filled because they think doing so will get them more oil for the price they pay. But oil companies usually charge by the gallon, not by the tank, so you don't actually save money by letting your tank become too empty.
Clear the way for the oil company.
Oil delivery companies usually come with big tanker trucks that are holding their oil. These trucks will need plenty of space to access your oil tank. So, before your delivery is scheduled to occur, spend some time moving items out of the way. Clear away patio furniture, put away toys, and move any backyard items that are between the road and your oil tank.
Be available and on-site.
Once you get to know your oil delivery company, you won't need to be there when they fill your tank. They'll just fill the tank and send you a bill. The first time you have your tank filled, though, you really want to be on-site and available. This way, your oil delivery technician can let you know if there are any problems with your tank. They can also advise you on the best time to have your tank filled in the future. Plus, many companies want the payment to be made in-person the first time around just to ensure you do pay.
Having your oil tank filled might seem a little strange at first, but it's just another maintenance chore that you'll get used to over time. Make sure you follow the tips above the first time around. It will make things easier on you and on the oil company.