Useful FAQs about Heating Oil

01/03/2021 | Fuelfighter
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How Does Heating Oil Work

Domestic Heating oil, also known as Kerosene and 28 Second Heating Oil, is formed from the distillation of crude oil and is commonly used as heating oil to heat homes and works similar to central gas heating. Kerosene burns hotter than standard gas oil and should only be in use in outdoor oil tanks. 

Your heating oil tank is unique to your property and not shared by anyone else. Ideally, your oil tank needs to be filled with a plentiful supply of heating oil to ensure you never run out, especially during the winter months. 

Homes are kept warm by pumping heating oil from your kerosene tank to an oil burner that generates hot exhaust gases. These gases then travel through a heat exchanger that eventually turns into heated water. This heated water then gets transferred to your radiators which subsequently heats your home. 

What Are Heating Oil Prices Today?

Kerosene oil prices are ever-changing and is affected by many factors such as the weather and politics. It is worth noting that the price of heating oil has dramatically fallen during the year 2020 and is likely due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The cost of domestic heating oil is still currently lower than it was at the beginning of last year, so now is a great time to stock up and take advantage of the lower prices. 

Buying heating oil in the summer months can be a cheaper way of investing as the demand tends to be lower and reflects a price reduction. However, this isn’t always the best way - keeping a watch on oil prices throughout the year is a better strategy. To keep an eye on the latest price of domestic heating oil, visit the ONS website

Can Heating Oil Freeze?

Heating oil can stop working in places where the temperatures get very cold - around -15 degrees Celsius. However, here in the UK, it is unlikely that temperatures will fall low enough to cause your heating oil to freeze unless your oil pipes get exposed to extreme wind chill. If your oil pipe blocks during winter, it is more likely down to beads of water freezing and expanding, causing a blockage. 

If this happens, do not attempt to fix the problem yourself without seeking professional advice. Always contact an OFTEC registered technician to resolve any issues you have with your boiler. We also recommend that your tank is also regularly serviced.

How Much heating Oil Do I Need?

The answer to this will be different for every household and depends on whether they use the oil to heat only the rooms, hot water, or both. You will also need to take into consideration the individual user and how efficient their oil burner is. As a guide, 2000 litres of domestic heating oil would probably last a year for an average 2-3 bedroom house.

How Long Does Heating Oil Last?

Heating oil can last for an average of around 18 to 24 months, provided it is stored correctly, your tank is clean from impurities and in good condition. Contaminated oil can affect the efficiency of your boiler. If your tank is not working, contact an OFTEC registered technician to check it over. 

Planning Ahead

Fuel Fighter can supply three types of heating oil: Kerosene Heating Oil, Premium Kerosene for Boilers, and Premium Kerosene for Agas. You can buy Fuel Fighter’s heating oil online and the minimum order amount is 500 litres.  

You can also save money with Fuel Fighter by choosing the 10-day economy delivery service - this will help minimise transportation costs. These savings on tanker mileage are not only better for the environment, but reduce costs for the supplier, meaning they can pass these savings on to you by way of a lower rate. In times where you need your fuel quicker, express or emergency deliveries may be available for your area. 

At Fuel Fighter, we aim to keep prices competitive. Contact us to see if we can give you best price on heating oil. Order home heating oil online today.

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