Summer is in full swing here in the Hudson Valley, and your heating system is taking a much-needed rest from almost 10 months of hard work keeping your family safe and comfortable. But before you put your heating system completely out of your mind for the season, we suggest doing two things, if you haven’t already: schedule routine heating maintenance and top of your tank.
The first of these suggestions probably makes sense – after all, just about any home comfort equipment needs proper care to keep it running reliably year after year. But why order fuel now when you’re not going to use your furnace or boiler for another few months?
To prevent corrosion in your oil storage tank.
As seasons change, water (condensation) forms inside your heating oil tank, the same way it forms on a cold glass during the summer. More water will form inside an empty tank than one filled with fuel.
That water is bad for your tank for two reasons. First, the bacteria that live in your oil thrive in humidity; over time, they will turn your heating oil into a thick fuel line- and burner nozzle-clogging sludge. Second, water that falls from the tank sides will settle at the bottom of the tank, rusting it from the inside out. That will eventually lead to a tank leak, or possibly even a tank failure if left untreated.
The bottom line is that condensation is bad for your heating oil tank, and a great way to minimize it is to keep heating oil in your tank year-round. Scheduling an oil delivery now could also be a good way to save some money, since heating oil prices are often at their lowest when demand for fuel is low.
Need to top off your heating tank this summer? We can help you with an offseason heating oil delivery in Dutchess and Ulster Counties. Contact Valley Oil to schedule your heating oil delivery today!