Getting Started With Home Heating Oil
Whether you have just moved into new house that uses home heating oil or are considering a change from a traditional gas supply you may be asking yourself a few questions. Our essential guide below provides you with the answers you’re looking for so you can make the right decision about whether home heating oil’s the right choice for you.
1. What is home heating oil?
Home heating oil (otherwise known as Kerosene, Burning Oil or 28 Second Burning Oil) is distilled from crude oil and provides a clear, thin liquid. It has risen in popularity partly because of its cheaper cost and reputation for giving a cleaner, more efficient burn in market comparison.
2. What are the benefits of home heating oil over other methods?
Safe, reliable and efficient – home heating oil is one of the most economical types of fuel used in properties throughout the UK. It is also a cheaper and offers better value for money than other methods of heating your home.
3. Where can I get the best heating oil prices?
There are loads of home heating oil suppliers to choose from but finding the one with the best heating oil prices and service requires some research. When trying to find the right supplier for you a good place to start would be through using Google and searching for the terms ‘Heating Oil Prices’ and ‘Home Heating Oil’. This will bring the most relevant results for you to compare prices and also, by looking on their website, give you a feel for what each company is about, their values and what they promise to deliver you as a customer.
Once you’ve had a shop around online it’s a good idea to contact each one directly to see how well their support teams are in dealing with your enquiry, whether they are helpful, friendly and if they really do match up to the ethos they portray on their website.
It’s important to remember that home heating oil is an essential commodity. Your supplier needs to provide you with the full package and although a good price is one of the main driving forces in selection it is important to take into consideration the reputation of the company for their delivery times, customer service and importantly response during winter so you know that in case of an emergency you won’t get caught short. Having a look at some of the testimonials from other customers can give you a good insight into the company.
4. Roughly how much home heating oil will I need?
The amount of heating oil used will depend on a number of factors including the size of your home, how many tenants are living there and how often you use your heating appliances to name a few. If your property already has a home heating oil tank then a good way of finding out how much you will need is to ask the previous owners / tenants or neighbouring properties for their monthly or yearly usage to use as a guide.
5. How is home heating oil stored?
Heating oil is stored in either plastic or steel tanks that can be above or underground external to your property. If purchasing a new tank always check it is secure with a lock and / or alarm to help protect against syphoning.
6. How do I know if the heating oil tank needs replacing?
If you have just moved into a property and want to check whether the tank needs replacing but are unsure of what to look out for or don’t have the boiler history documentation then you can ring the customer care team at a local supplier such as Rix Petroleum, who will happily arrange a visit to your property for a full inspection with an OFTEC engineer.