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Reading your heating oil tank gauge

heating oil tankOne of the simplest and most important tasks you have as the owner of an oil-fired heating system is reading your tank gauge. If you have never had to do it, it pays to learn now, before frigid temperatures settle into the Hudson Valley this winter.

Here are some heating oil tank gauge-reading basics:

Once you know the size of tank you have and how much fuel is in it, you can use our handy calculator to determine how much heating oil to order.

Remember: don’t wait until the last minute to order fuel!

Although many things will affect the speed at which heating oil is used (the efficiency and age of your equipment, your furnace or burner’s size relative to your home, and how well it has been installed and maintained, to name a few), this rule of thumb should give you some idea of how quickly your heating oil will burn: if temperatures average about 32° over a 24-hour period, a 2,500 square foot house will burn about six or seven gallons of heating oil per day.

So, for example, if temperatures are right around the freezing mark and you have a quarter of a tank of oil left in your 275-gallon tank (which, remember, holds 225 gallons), you’ll have enough oil to last about a week (this is why we urge you to schedule your heating oil delivery when your tank reaches no less than one-quarter full). Colder temperatures, a larger home, and poorly maintained equipment will accelerate this combustion rate.

If you have any other questions about your heating oil tank or heating oil deliveries, please let us know – we’re happy to help. And remember: for reliable, low-cost heating oil delivery anywhere in our Hudson Valley service area, no one beats Valley Oil.