If your home uses heating oil, you know how important it is to maintain an adequate supply. In the United States, approximately 5.7 million homes use heating oil to warm their property in cold weather. While you may think that all oil delivery services are the same, there are a few important things to consider before hiring an oil delivery service.
- Customer Service. Your oil delivery service should be accessible and have a helpline around the clock in case you run out of oil, develop a leak, or have an emergency. Some oil delivery services claim to have dependable support but are difficult to reach to resolve billing issues and are slow to respond to emergencies.
- Safety and Experience. The safety record of a company is critical for a driver who is handling and transporting large quantities of flammable oil. Training and licensing are required, but some companies may break the rules if no one is watching. Do your research on the company to see if they have had any accidents.
- Additional Services. Oil heating systems typically need an annual inspection before you begin using them again, and instead of hiring a separate company, you can see if your oil delivery service offers HVAC services. A yearly inspection will not only protect your safety, it will also extend the life of your system through preventative maintenance.
- Equal Payment Plan. Heating oil is only needed during the cold months and paying for it all at once can be a burden for some. A company that offers an equal payment plan that spreads out your payments over the year can make your heating oil costs more manageable.
If your home uses heating oil and you would like more information about our oil delivery services, please give us a call at Bumgarner Oil today!