Choosing A Heating Oil Company

Heating oil is essential in many parts of the country for getting through long winters. Choosing a heating oil company is something families must do all the time. Unfortunately, it isn't necessarily an easy decision to make. Many heating oil companies are constantly competing for your attention and willing to make incredible introductory offers, in some cases, to get your business. But there are a few things you should consider before choosing a heating oil company, including the things listed below.

The Reputation of the Heating Oil Company

The reputation of the business is important when you choose a heating oil company. While you want to know you're doing business with a company that has a reputation for providing honest service, you also need to know that the company has a reputation for the following:

  • Timely delivery.
  • Steady supply stream (meaning they don't run out of heating oil during cold snaps).
  • Fail billing practices.

Check out social media feeds and impartial review services to learn more about the reputation of the heating oil company you are considering before you sign any long-term contracts.

Contract Requirements

Many heating oil companies require contracts for their services. Minimum contracts are usually for a period of 12 months. In exchange for you signing the contract, many heating oil providers will offer incentives or bonuses to entice you into signing their contracts. Make sure you read the small print and make absolute apples to apples comparisons when choosing between one heating oil company and another.

Location or Proximity

While you might not believe this is a big deal, it can be. You want to consider the location of the heating oil company and its proximity to your home when choosing. The reality is that a few miles won't make much of a difference unless you're paying mileage. But long-distance deliveries may have hidden surcharges in addition to mileage fees. Plus, if you run out of heating oil altogether, they have a longer distance to travel to make the delivery.

Services Offered

Look for a heating oil company that offers more than the basics. Some of the best options include services such as the following:

  • 24/7 delivery options.
  • Preventative maintenance services.
  • Budget pricing plans (allowing you to pay in 10 or 12 monthly installments).
  • Adjusting or replacing burner components, nozzles, etc.

These types of services can save you time and money and endear a heating oil company to your family.

Keep these things in mind when choosing a heating oil company so you can sign with confidence that you're making the right choice to keep your family warm this winter.

For further tips and information, reach out to a local heating oil company.