As you know, the price you pay for heating oil can vary quite a bit from year to year. That’s because the market price of oil is tied to factors that are always changing.
Of these factors, the price of crude oil is the most important. Heating oil, gasoline and diesel fuel are among the many products refined from crude oil. The problem is that crude oil is a globally traded commodity, which means it’s subject to many forces that drive its value up or down.
Unrest in oil-exporting countries, new U.S. sanctions against Iran that will hamper exports, and other perceived shortages, often related to the weather, all contribute to the “fear factor” for commodities traders.
Their actions cause world oil-market prices to rise and fall on a daily basis.Locally, seasonal demand, operational costs (including overtime) and even competition between dealers can result in price variation.
All of this is beyond our control, but, as our customer, you can always count on a fair rate from us. Plus, we have ways of helping you control your heating costs. Please take a look in this newsletter: You’ll find helpful suggestions that can make your life much easier this winter.
Dell M. Cromie
Q: Does it cost extra for automatic deliveries?
A: No. We provide this as a free service so customers don’t have to worry about running out of fuel. We use a computer program that estimates your usage based on the weather. When your
tank is about a quarter full, we’ll deliver fuel. No worries, no run-outs and no cost to you.
Q: What should I do if I lose my heat?
A: Usually, there’s a simple solution to the problem. Try these easy troubleshooting steps first before calling your service provider:
- See if you have a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse.
- Check that the power switch for your furnace or boiler wasn’t accidentally shut off.
- Press the “reset” button on the electrical box mounted on the furnace.
- Check the setting and the batteries on your thermostat.
- Make sure you have fuel in your tank; if you are out of oil, call us and we’ll get you filled up promptly, either the same day or the next business day!
To get the most out of your oil heat system, check out these tips on how to keep it running safely and efficiently.
- Keep the area around your system as clean and clutter free as possible. Never store anything flammable near your system!
- Keep registers, baseboards and radiators clean and unobstructed to ensure maximum airflow.
- If you have a steam boiler, check the water gauge periodically. Low water levels are a leading cause for shutdowns. Steam boilers should also be “flushed” when the water in the gauge looks rusty.
- If you have an oil furnace, change or clean the filter on a regular basis during the heating season. Dust, dirt, pet hair and other debris all get trapped by your filter. A dirty filter compromises efficiency and can even result in a shutdown.
- Never set your thermostat below 60 degrees. When your thermostat setting is too low, you risk frozen pipes. Water pipes near outside walls or in unheated spaces are especially prone to freeze-ups.
We have seen significant improvements in oil heat’s efficiency and cleanliness, thanks in large part to vast reductions in the sulfur content of heating oil.
Every gallon of oil we deliver is low-sulfur fuel, which means it burns more cleanly, with lower
emissions, for improved heating efficiency and easier maintenance.
Plus, we only deliver Ultra Heat Premium Oil, which includes an additive that helps prevent the formation of sludge and algae in your tank. This means that fuel lines won’t become clogged, a common cause for system shutdowns.
Heating oil with a low sulfur content opens the door to super-efficient heating systems, which can increase the advantages of heating oil over natural gas even more.
Heating oil is already more efficient than natural gas. You need to burn about 40% more natural gas to receive the heating equivalent of oil. That’s another reason more people are sticking with oil and not switching over to gas.
So don’t miss out by converting to another fuel that is less efficient and less safe than oil heat, which keeps getting better with every passing year.
To sign up for oil heat delivery, give us a call, or contact us online.