Now that the weather has warmed up and you’re more likely to run your AC, you might be tempted to think less about your heating oil tank and let the level get much lower than you would during the winter. That’s not a good idea. You should keep your tank full all year long. That includes the summer months. We’ll explain why in a bit.
When are the best months to buy heating oil? Thanks to supply and demand, April through September heating oil costs are usually at their lowest for the year. That makes right now a great time to fill your tank. And cost isn’t the only reason to keep a full tank this summer.
There are a couple reasons why you should keep your tank full this summer. When you don’t keep your heating oil tank as full as possible, debris can clog your oil filters. Clogged oil filters reduce the efficiency of your heating system and can even cause it to fail altogether. Both of those scenarios will cost you more money in energy and/or repair costs.
When you don’t keep your tank full, you also need to worry about condensation. That’s especially true during the summer months when you have hot and humid days followed by cooler nights. Conditions during the summer months can accelerate condensation buildup in your tank. The water formed by condensation forms an ideal environment for bacteria to build up and create heating oil sludge in your tank. Again, if that sludge gets into your filters, it will decrease your system’s efficiency or cause it to fail.
Your tank is even more susceptible to condensation if it’s aboveground, outside, or in an unshaded area.
Another reason condensation is an issue is that if water is allowed to build up in your tank, it can cause rust, and that rust can cause your heating system to fail.
By keeping enough heating oil in your tank, you can avoid the above costly problems.
How full is full enough? Try to keep your tank at least half full (though fuller is better) all summer long. All year long, actually. Not sure how much heating oil to order, Economy Oil has an easy oil delivery calculator on our website.
Whenever it’s time to order more heating oil for your home, choose Economy Oil. We offer the same high quality heating oil our competitors do, we just do it for less. Enjoy same-day or next-day delivery as well as no hidden fees, service fees, or contracts.
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