Confused About What To Do With Your Home Oil Heater? Tips To Help You Out

If you recently bought or rented a house that has an oil heater rather than a natural gas furnace or electric heating system, you may find yourself slightly confounded with the situation. After all, using an oil-based heating system can be a big transition and change. Once you learn more about how to handle and maintain a home heating oil system, though, it will be just as easy to deal with.

Schedule Heating Maintenance for Autumn

Home oil heaters, just like other heating systems, require regular maintenance. Until you are comfortable doing maintenance inspections, heating repairs, and cleaning the system yourself (if ever), you will want to make sure that you at least have an annual home heating system inspection before you will need to use the system regularly. Schedule an appointment with a company like Advanced Heating & Cooling to have your home oil heater inspected as soon as possible when you first move into your home. The sooner you know the condition of your heating system, the sooner you can get heating repairs completed that you may need before winter.

However, on a regular, annual basis, early autumn is the best time to schedule your home oil heater maintenance and cleaning. That way, if cold winter weather hits earlier than usual, you will know that your heating system is good to go as soon as you need it.

Change Your Oil Heater Filters Every Month

Using oil as a fuel for your home heating system is different from natural gas or electricity in that oil tends to create more of a residue. Because of this, you need to change your filters frequently.

To best maintain your oil heating system and keep it as efficient as possible, you will want to change those filters once a month. This will ensure that all the residue that builds up on the filters is removed and that the air that flows through the system is properly filtered so that it is as pure as possible. Your air quality will be vastly improved by this filter changing schedule.

Get Set Up With A Home Heating Oil Delivery Service

Another change that you will need to get used to is the fact that you will not have the fuel source for your home heating system automatically brought into your home by municipal lines. Homes with natural gas furnaces have underground natural gas lines to carry it in from the gas company. Electrical lines run similarly.

However, home heating oil needs to be added to your heating system regularly from a tank or barrels that you keep in your home. To make the process of adding fuel to your heating system easier, you may want to get yourself set up with a home heating oil delivery service.

When you initially contact the heating oil delivery service, they will work with you to gauge your home heating oil needs based on your family size, temperature preferences for your home in the winter, and the size of your house (i.e., the square footage), and the like. Then, you will set up a regular home heating oil delivery schedule. If you end up using your heating oil more quickly, you can request additional deliveries, but the benefit of the routine deliveries is that you will not need worry about running out of heating oil in a pinch or about going out and buying it yourself if you run out.

These home heating oil tips will help you to better adjust to your new home heating system and ensure that you transition as easily as possible.