New to home heating oil - FAQ’s

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By AdFeatures | Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 09:23

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Whether you are thinking about switching to home heating oil or have just moved into a property that has a tank you may have a few questions that require answering. The following FAQ’s are a comprehensive list of the most commonly raised queries from property owners.

1. What is home heating oil and are there different types?

Home heating oil is a clear, highly refined, cleaner fuel that is also known as Kerosene, Burning Oil or 28 Second Burning Oil. If you are unsure about which oil you presently use then check your tank as there is usually a sticker or marking on the side indicating the type.

2. Is it safe?

Very. Kerosene is non-flammable at room temperature and therefore it is widely regarded as one of the safest forms of energy. Additionally most modern oil installations have a built in fire valve that shuts off the supply if a serious problem should arise.

3. How much does it cost?

Home heating oil is traditionally cheaper than other fuels and is priced competitively within its market. The costs will depend on many factors such as demand, location and quantity so it’s a good idea to shop around online for instant quotes.

4. How do I choose a supplier?

Aside from cost you should choose a supplier that is local to your area, has a good reputation for friendly, customer service and most importantly that you’re fully satisfied with both their ethos and procedures. You want to ensure the company is someone you can trust and who makes customer care a priority so you have complete confidence in them as your chosen provider.

5. How do I know how much to order?

The volume of your tank should be labelled somewhere upon it but if it isn’t then you can simply check by either taking the measurements or by ascertaining the serial number which your supplier will happily verify for you when providing a quote. A good way to monitor your fuel use for quantity and cost is by getting an electronic tank gauge that will keep track of your usage and will automatically order more oil when it reads you are running low.

6. How often should I get my boiler serviced?

It is recommended to get your boiler serviced annually by an OFTEC registered engineer.

If you have any more questions relating to your home heating oil then contact a local supplier such as Rix Petroleum who has a dedicated, friendly team to help with any enquiries you may have.



  • Profile image for DaveW888

    Great article for new home owners using oil for the first time. I just want to add there are online services for checking heating oil prices and ordering such and

    I'd also add, it is important not to wait until the last day to order your oil, give yourself a at least 2 weeks, especially during busy winter periods.

    By DaveW888 at 22:09 on 23/01/13

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