There are a lot of question marks for homeowners new to using home heating oil. What is the best type of home heating oil? What is a reasonable price for home heating oil? What are my home heating oil delivery options? What home heating oil tank maintenance is necessary? But one topic that is often the most confusing to those new to using home heating oil is understanding when to buy it. For many, the idea of checking off refilling their home heating oil tank before the fall weather sets in is appealing. However, is it the right choice?
There are pros and cons to refilling your tank in the off-season, but overall, it is recommended. Consulting a professional oil delivery company will ensure you make the best choice for your specific circumstances. However, as temperatures rise and the demand for home heating oil naturally decreases, refilling your tank in the summer is an excellent option for those looking to save money.
Pros of Refilling Your Tank in Summer
You will likely get a better deal on your oil in the summer. The decreased demand for heating fuel in summer makes it an opportune time for homeowners to top off their tanks. You can stay up to date on the price of home heating oil in Massachusetts at the Mass.gov website.
2. Reduced Corrosion:
An empty tank will fill with humid air and cause condensation on the tank’s interior walls. Microorganisms then begin to create sediment that corrodes the tank and produces rust. A rusty tank is more likely to lead to leaks, clogs, and other malfunctions. Filling your tank in the summer can eliminate the chance of this happening.
3. Winter Preparation:
By refilling your tank in the summer, come fall, you’ll be prepared for the colder weather. The weather can be unpredictable in Massachusetts, so being extra cautious is advised. And by preparing ahead, you won’t have to worry about potential discomfort and the need for emergency deliveries when the demand is higher.
4. Timely Deliveries:
Since most people refill their tanks in the winter, home oil heating delivery companies must keep up with extremely high demand. If you wait to schedule your delivery for when it’s already cold outside, you may not get the oil when you need it most. Filling your tank ahead of time can help you beat the rush.
Before you refill your home heating oil in the summer, consult your delivery and maintenance company about oil stability and potential contamination. Home heating oil exposed to temperature fluctuations and moisture can degrade over time. Additionally, if a little bit of oil is left over from the last season, it should be removed. Otherwise, sediment or water at the bottom of the tank will be mixed in with the new oil and can cause issues with the burner and filters.
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