Heating oil has more longevity than you might expect. In fact, it lasts for up to two years, provided it is stored properly. There are a few factors that can impact your stored heating oil’s quality, though. Read on to learn some helpful tips for making sure your heating oil is poised to live a long, healthy life.
Choose automatic delivery with monitoring
Because heating oil has a relatively long lifespan of 18-24 months, it’s not likely going to go bad while in your tank, unless you’re storing far, far more heating oil than you could reasonably use in a season. Of course, you never want to risk having too little fuel on hand either. By choosing auto delivery service, you can rest assured that you’ll never run out of heating oil, while also having the peace of mind that your fuel provider is keeping an eye on your usage patterns.
At Rucci, we keep track of your fuel use, and when you need heating oil, we automatically come and fill your tank. And the best part is, we don’t charge you extra for this service. If a nor’easter is on the way or we are gripped by a prolonged cold spell, we plan extra deliveries and make sure you have plenty of heating oil in plenty of time. When temperatures are more moderate and you use less fuel, the time between deliveries is longer.
Avoid contaminants that degrade your heating oil
Water: We’ve all heard the saying that “water and oil don’t mix,” and it holds true for heating oil. Water doesn’t belong in your heating oil tank, so make sure your heating oil tank is not corroded or exposed to the elements in a way that allows water, ice, snow, or condensation to make its way inside your tank.
Sludge: Sludge develops when heating oil mixes with anything else, be it debris, dirt, dust, leaves, rust, paint chips, etc. Like water, sludge doesn’t belong in heating oil and will break down its purity over time.
Bacteria: You want your heating oil to be clean, not crawling with disease-causing organisms that’ll be cycled through your heating system and into the air your family breathes. Unfortunately, if water or sludge creep into your heating oil tank, bacteria is probably not far behind.
If you are experiencing contaminants entering your heating oil tank, the tank itself may need to be repaired, replaced or even relocated. Give us a call and we’ll get it figured out.
Use long-lasting, clean-burning Bioheat® fuel
Higher-quality heating oil lasts longer and is better for the environment. As part of our commitment to fuel efficiency and energy conservation, Rucci delivers Bioheat® fuel. This is the industry’s official name for a fuel that consists of a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and renewable biodiesel that’s made from organic and recycled products, including soybean oil, inedible corn oil, canola, tallow, fats and algae.
Rely on Rucci for great heating oil pricing in New York and New Jersey
Many homes and businesses in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Jersey City area rely on Rucci to deliver their heating oil and to keep them warm and comfortable throughout our often-frigid winters.
Our loyal heating oil customers depend on us—and stay with us—because of our professional, courteous service and our expertise with all types of oil heating equipment. When you’re ready to join our family of customers, Rucci’s professional staff is ready to get you all set up.