The Best Time of Year to Order Heating Oil

Written on: September 4, 2023

Now is the time to fill your heating oil tank!

order heating oil clinton, me With the recent summer weather here in Central Maine, you are likely putting off thoughts about sweater weather and needing to heat your home in the winter months.

However, doing that could mean that you’ll miss out on a great opportunity. Late summer into early fall is the optimal time to have a heating oil delivery from AFC.

For starters, you’ll beat the rush! You’ll get a faster delivery now than later in the fall, when everyone else is wanting their heating oil tank filled. Also, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that no matter when the first cold snap is, your home will have the heating oil it needs to stay warm, safe, and comfortable.

This is also a great time to enroll in Automatic Delivery! We’ll track your heating oil usage and schedule a delivery when you need one, so you can be assured that you’ll always have heating oil.

You may save some money with an early heating oil delivery

There are many things that can impact how much you pay for heating oil. Among them are supply and demand, geopolitical conflicts, and weather such as hurricanes and extreme heat creating problems at refineries and distribution points.

Buying your heating oil ahead of season makes good fiscal sense. Thanks to the laws of supply and demand, there is a lower demand for heating oil in the warmer weather. That means the odds are quite good that you will pay a lower price per gallon now than in just a month or so when demand rises.

Another way you can save money in the future is enrolling in AFC’s pricing and payment options.

A full tank is a protected tank

Filling your heating oil tank ahead of heating season also protects the tank.

When your heating oil tank is not filled completely, condensation can accumulate on the exposed interior walls of the tank. This process occurs more rapidly during warmer temperatures, such as in late summer and early fall.

The presence of condensation in your oil tank can give rise to numerous issues, including bacterial growth and the subsequent formation of sludge. This can obstruct fuel lines, reduce heating efficiency, and potentially lead to a complete breakdown of your heating system. Such a scenario not only necessitates costly repairs but also puts you at risk of enduring an uncomfortably cold home and the possibility of frozen pipes.

Additionally, condensation may accumulate within the heating oil tank, resulting in dripping from the exposed walls and mixing with the heating oil. This condensed moisture, being denser than the oil, settles at the tank’s bottom, potentially fostering the growth of bacteria and sediment. Over time, the sediment can lead to corrosion within the heating oil tank.

If your heating oil tank corrodes and fails, you’ll be faced with a hefty expenditure. Not only will you need to replace the tank, but you’ll also have to handle the removal process and clean up any fuel leaks in compliance with regulatory standards.

Act now and have peace of mind come heating season! Schedule your heating oil delivery from AFC today and enroll in Automatic Delivery!