7 Ways To Stop Running Out Of Home Heating Oil
Here it comes: everyone’s favourite season of all, autumn. Darker nights, a slight chill in the air and an odd flick of the switch to keep the house warm. Many people leave ordering their home heating oil until the last minute, or until they run out.
If you have ever run out of heating oil you will know how uncomfortable and frustrating it can be without central heating and hot water. If your home heating oil has run out quicker than you expected, ask yourself these questions:
- When was the last home heating oil top-up?
- Have you changed the frequency of your heating on your timer?
- Have you increased the temperature on the thermostat?
- Have you recently turned on some additional radiators in the house?
- Is your oil tank secure, or have you been the victim of fuel theft?
- Is the boiler working properly? When was the last time you had it serviced?
Having a constant supply of oil is even more important for vulnerable people with the elderly and very young most at risk. Even increasingly so this autumn/winter with the pandemic and possible localised lockdown. You want to make sure you are prepared and have your home ready.
So – what can you do to avoid running out of home heating oil?
1. Emergency Oil Drum
Have an emergency drum of oil handy at your home. Paying more for an emergency delivery of heating oil, or having to track down drums of emergency oil at a petrol station can be an expensive nightmare. Plan ahead – just to be on the safe side.
2. Oil Tank Gauge
Keep an eye on the amount of oil remaining if you tank or invest in a Watchman Sonic Oil Tank Gauge which allows you to monitor your oil tank contents at a glance from the comfort of your home, and without the need to walk outside to the tank.
Allowing your tank to run down to empty or to very low levels can cause disturbing sludge that builds up in the bottom of the tank when you have a delivery. This often results in this sludge getting into filters and causing your boiler to fail. You may then need a heating engineer to repair the problem.
3. Bleed Your Radiators At Least Once A Year
Hot water radiators should be bled at least once a year – and that tends to be at the start of the autumn/winter season. Also, if you ever happen to run out of oil it can cause an airlock in the system, so you might have to bleed the burner on the boiler then too.
4. Plan Ahead
Plan ahead, if you leave ordering until the last minute then it might be too late before a delivery can get to you. Try to order when you’ve got at least a ¼ of the tank left. There is the added bonus of our Super Day Delivery too, by being flexible on the delivery day we can deliver more oil to certain areas on certain days, making our deliveries more efficient – we then pass those savings onto you!
5. Bulk Buy
Buy in bulk when the prices are low, home heating oil has gone through a period of very low prices during Covid-19. Now that the markets are showing signs of recovery there is a chance that prices could increase. Buy as much as your tank and your budget will allow while the prices are still low.
6. Home Heating Oil Monitor
Similar to the oil tank gauge , a home heating oil monitor is a good idea too, it will monitor your oil levels and alert you if the level drops below a certain point. It can also indicate a heating oil theft if the oil levels suddenly plummet. If you can’t afford a system like this, then get into the habit of manually checking the levels, you could set a reminder on your phone to ensure you don’t forget.
7. Service Your Boiler
Book a boiler service, this is something we often forget about until it is too late, but by ensuring your boiler is running well you can improve your boiler’s efficiency. And reduce the chance of expensive breakdowns or maintenance issues over the colder months. Your boiler could be working harder and using more fuel than is needed to heat your home. Like all items that are in regular use, it is important to have your boiler serviced regularly. With an inefficient boiler, you could run out of oil long before you expected to need a top-up.
If you happen to run out of heating oil, take immediate steps to retain the heat you have in your house such as closing curtains, block under-door drafts, hang blankets over doorways, etc. If you have other heating appliances such as a fireplace, space heater, or electric heater, use them.
Never use outdoor equipment (barbecues, outdoor stoves, etc.) indoors, as carbon monoxide build-up can be extremely dangerous or even deadly. At Super Saver Oil we have provided some useful tips previously on how to Keep Your House Warm And Save Money.