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If you’ve got a home heating oil system for your home heating needs, getting automatic delivery will make sure that you don’t run out of oil during the coldest winter months. While automatic delivery of heating oil works similarly to other automatic delivery systems for other common household needs, there are a few things you might have questions about. Here are a few of the most common questions about heating oil automatic delivery. 

How does automatic delivery work?

Essentially, a specific algorithm is used by the delivery company to figure out how much oil you are using in a specific time period. This will help the company know how much and how often to deliver your oil. The algorithm is based on a few factors: 

  • Heating Degree Day: Because outside temperatures can fluctuate drastically from day to day, there needs to be a method of measurement to determine how much energy is needed to keep your home warm. The HDD represents that need and can change every day. Calculations are made and remade according to the day’s outdoor temperature to account for your needs. While this is just an estimate, it is usually quite accurate and ensures you will receive the right amount of oil on the right day. 
  • System Efficiency: Each home varies due to differences in age and construction materials. If your house is much older than others you could find that it is not as well insulated as newer homes, which means it requires more heating oil to stay warm. Also, your furnace itself could vary in efficiency, and this will also affect when your deliveries of oil are made. 
  • Usage and Capacity: Your previous deliveries will affect your future ones because they already account for your regular usage. This usage helps the delivery company make estimates of what you are likely to use in the future. Furthermore, the capacity of your tank will affect your deliveries. A smaller tank will need to be refilled more often than a larger one, for instance. 

Why should I get automatic delivery?

In essence, automatic delivery ensures that you won’t run out of oil at the time that you need it the most. Because of the in-depth measurements and variables that are taken into account by delivery companies, you will have peace of mind knowing that your needs are taken care of. As an extra bonus, you won’t have to worry about overtime rates for employees that may need to come deliver oil if you run out on a weekend or over a holiday. Automatic delivery makes sure that you have oil when you need it, without costing you anything extra. 

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If you’ve ever wondered if automatic delivery of your heating oil is the right option for you, hopefully the above FAQs and answers will give you some clarity to make the right choice. Get a head start on winter now and sign up for automatic delivery to ensure a warm winter the whole season long.