Common Heating Oil Delivery Questions
A Full-Service Heating Oil Company Makes Winter Fill-ups Easy
When you’re enjoying the golden days of September, winter weather seems far off. But before you know it, there will be a crispness in the air. It’s never too early to make sure you have a reliable company for heating oil delivery before the cold weather sets in. If you haven’t given much thought to the benefits of a having a full-service heating company, now is a great time to learn how Bolkema can make winter fill-ups hassle-free.
Here are the questions you should be thinking about—and the answers to make heating oil delivery easy.
How many heating oil deliveries will I need? The number of heating oil deliveries you’d need in a winter would depend on two main factors: the size of your tank and the weather. The colder it is, the more heating oil you will burn, although more efficient equipment combined with a well-sealed and insulated home will use less fuel. As a general rule of thumb, a 275-gallon tank will last between a month and six weeks, depending on how cold it is. That’s for a 2000-square foot home with a 275-gallon tank, but it should be about the same timing for a larger home with a larger tank.
How do I know when I need a delivery? If you like to call to schedule your heating oil deliveries, you should let us know when your tank is at about 25% or a quarter full. That ensures we have time to dispatch your delivery before you run out of fuel. That means you need to check the gauge on your heating oil tank regularly, and more often during extra cold weather. If you forget, and order when your tank is empty or almost empty, an emergency fill-up will cost extra. Plus, you run the risk of losing your heat—which can lead to frozen pipes and more expensive repairs.
Or, you can enroll in convenient automatic delivery service.
What is automatic delivery? Automatic delivery is exactly what it sounds like: We automatically deliver heating oil when you need it. It’s a free service that we offer our customers. It makes your life easier, and helps us too: We can plan delivery routes efficiently, which helps us keep our costs down and our trucks on time.
How does automatic delivery work? Automatic delivery is designed to make your life easier. We use a proven system based on your typical usage and the weather to know when you will need a heating oil delivery. If there’s been a stretch of serious cold, or if there’s a big storm in the forecast, we adjust our delivery schedule to make sure none of our customers run out of heating oil.
How do I need to prepare for a heating oil delivery? Our delivery drivers really appreciate it when you keep a path open to your fill pipe, especially after a big snow. It’s important to make sure your fill pipe is unobstructed year-round, so always clear fallen branches and leaves, and take a few extra minutes to shovel a path to your pipe. Also, don’t forget to secure pets on delivery days. This is for safety’s sake as much as making our drivers’ job a little easier.
Need A Heating Oil Delivery?
We understand you’ve got a lot of choices when it comes to heating oil dealers. There’s a reason so many of your neighbors in Bergen County and the surrounding areas choose Bolkema for all their home heating and cooling needs. We’re here for you 24/7, not just for heating oil deliveries, but for emergency repairs, maintenance, and heating and cooling equipment installations. We’ve got you covered with convenient services (like automatic deliver—and so much more!) that give you real value, not just a cheap price per gallon.
Contact us today to learn more and become a customer.