Summer is a great time to take care of some home maintenance and make sure your home, boiler and oil tank are all in good shape ready for the cold winter months. We appreciate that home heating oil is an expensive commodity so here we provide you with some simple tips to help you be organised and take advantage of those quieter summer months.
- Room for a top up? Prices for heating oil are nearly always lower than in winter so now is a good time to take advantage and top up your tank early. If you plan ahead you can take advantage of cheaper delivery costs too.
- Now is a great time to check your tank maintenance. It’s important to have an annual boiler and tank service by a qualified oil-fired heating engineer to avoid any risks of carbon monoxide poisoning or house fires. With less demand for services during summer, take advantage of the quieter months to make sure your boiler and tank are in top condition and ready for winter. Visit oftec.org.uk for more information and to find a qualified home heating oil engineer.
- A key way to reduce your heating bills is to make sure that your home is energy efficient. Rather than waiting until winter, consider if there are any home improvements you can make now, such as installing improved insulation and reducing drafts in your home.
- Check your home insurance is up to date and that it also includes your oil tank. Many insurance companies don’t cover this as standard so it’s important to make sure you are fully covered for things such as the environmental clean up in the event of a leak, and also the loss of fuel through theft or spills.
- Make sure your tank is fully secure. It’s never a good situation to lose heating oil through theft, but having to replace this during the winter months could result in some chilly nights waiting to have your oil replaced, or costly emergency deliveries. It’s worth taking the time to regularly check the security of your tank and make any necessary repairs or improvements now, such as installing improved locks, alarms, security lights or CCTV. More information on heating oil security can be found here.