5 Things You Should Know About Your Heating Oil
A heating oil storage tank plays an important role in being able to safely and securely store your heating oil to heat your home. If you have a domestic oil tank you should read the following five things you need to know about your home heating oil tank with guidelines to ensure it is working efficiently and effectively.
- Annual Inspection
It is essential that your tank is inspected annually to ensure it is in good working order, this should include any underground pipe work. Oil should only ever be stored in tanks that are in good condition and are registered with a recognised industry trade association. This is especially true if you have recently moved into a new property and decide to keep the existing oil tank – which most people do.
- Oftec Standards
A home heating oil system can be bought readily online or through a local, independent company. However, it is important that you get one that is manufactured to Oftec standards. An Oftec-registered technician will help you decide on the type of tank you need and where it can or should be placed so that it complies with regulations. There are regulations determining where and how tanks should be installed to curb environmental and fire risks, as well as ensuring it complies with building regulations.
- Tank Sizes
Tanks can differ in size from around 1,000 to more than 3,500 litres (mostly for commercial use). Prices can range from around €500 for a small single-skinned tank to more than €2,000 for a large integrally bunded one. There are currently manufacturers who can offer a bespoke service to create a tank to suit the consumer’s needs.
- Oil usage
Monitor how much oil you use. If the volume of oil being used suddenly increases, there could be a leak. Don’t assume that oil has been stolen if you notice a drop in oil level as leaks of underground fuel lines can often be ongoing for some before oil contamination becomes visible. If the level of oil in your tank drops suddenly, if your boiler starts cutting-out or if you detect any unexplained odours or ground movement, it’s vital to contact an Oftec-registered technician to examine your tank.
- Monitor usage
Try and monitor how much oil you are using. Most heating oil tanks should have a gauge in one form or another to indicate how much oil remains in the tank. This may be on the tank, next to the tank, or displayed remotely. If your tank doesn’t have one, you can buy one which may cost around €25 for a basic gauge to more than €80 for a digital remote one. Try also to keep a close eye on your oil tank gauge so your supply doesn’t get too low.
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