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How To Estimate Your Daily Heating Oil Use

Get an idea of your heating oil consumption

heating oil Ulster County, NY Have you ever wondered how much heating oil your Hudson Valley home uses in a day? Keep reading to find out how to figure it out.

Heating oil is a popular fuel source for many households—especially so during the colder months of the year. It is important to make sure that you have an adequate amount of fuel in your tank to keep your Ulster County home warm and comfortable throughout the winter season. In this blog post, we will discuss how to estimate your daily heating oil use.

A typical home that’s 2,500 square feet and located in the northeast (like we are) will consume roughly 880 gallons of heating oil per year. The amount of heating oil that a household uses in a day depends on several factors. Here are some of the factors that need to be considered: the size of the house, the temperature outside, the temperature inside, and the efficiency of the heating system. Each of these variables influence how much heating oil gets used. Generally, the colder the temperature outdoors, the warmer the temperature needs to be indoors, and that means more heating oil will be used. Also, the bigger the house, the bigger the quantity of heating oil that will be used. Typically, the warmer it is outside, the less heating oil your heating system will need to use to bring your home up to a comfortable temperature. That means the winter months can lead to a very sharp and sustained increase in heating oil usage versus the warmer months.

How much heating oil am I using?

To estimate your daily heating oil use, you can use a heating oil consumption calculator or crunch the numbers yourself. For example, if you have a 275-gallon oil tank and you use about 2.75 gallons of heating oil each day, the fuel in the tank will last you about 100 days.

Another way to estimate you daily heating oil use is to study factors like home size, regional temperatures, and historical statistics. Your heating oil company can also help you come up with an estimate.

It is important to note that the energy efficiency of your heating system also has an effect on the amount of heating oil you use daily. The more energy-efficient your heating system is, the less oil you will go through each day—even on colder days.

The efficiency of a heating system, such as a furnace or boiler, is measured using the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). The AFUE compares the amount of heat produced by the furnace or boiler compared to the amount of fuel it uses. When a system has a higher AFUE rating, it means it is more efficient. For example, a furnace with an AFUE rating of 88% uses 88% of the fuel to produce heat. The remaining 12% of the fuel is “lost,” either by traveling up the chimney or otherwise escaping. Typically, a very efficient heating system will have an AFUE rating above 90%. The least efficient models tend to have AFUE ratings below 80%.

Estimating your daily heating oil use is important to ensure that you have enough fuel in your tank to keep your home warm and comfortable throughout the winter season—especially if you’re not an automatic delivery customer. You can use a heating oil consumption calculator or study factors like home size, regional temperatures, and historical statistics to estimate your daily heating oil use. Remember that the energy efficiency of your heating system also has an effect on the amount of heating oil you use daily. By taking these factors into account, you can make sure that you have enough heating oil to last you throughout the winter season.

Valley Oil Offers Value

Regardless of how much heating oil your home in or around Ulster County, NY uses in a day, when you’re a Valley Oil customer, you get top-quality heating oil delivered to your home at the best prices available in the Hudson Valley. Value is high on our list. So we’re committed to offering a heating oil product that won’t overwhelm your budget. We also add value for our customers by offering a budget plan, price protection, and reliable automatic delivery.

Valley Oil is here to help our customers pay less and smile more. Contact us today to sign up for automatic delivery or to learn more about our services.