How To Pick A Heating Oil Supplier For Your Home
If you’re in the market for a new heating oil supplier, it can be tempting to shop for one based purely on their per-gallon price of oil. We understand why: owning and operating a home in southeastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island these days isn’t cheap.
Unfortunately, when it comes to shopping for home energy fuel, you usually get what you pay for: if a deal for heating oil sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Rather than simply shopping for the cheapest fuel and ending up in a no-heat emergency when your supplier can’t delivery when you need it most, we encourage you to shop for the best value in fueling – an equation that includes considerations of reliability, support, and peace of mind for you.
What to ask a potential heating oil company
Here are four questions you should ask when shopping for a high-value heating oil supplier:
- What is their reputation? Your personal network of friends and colleagues are a great place to start your research for a heating oil supplier; online reviews can help, too.
- Do they offer flexible payment options? Heating bills can mount quickly here in MA and RI, and the result can be an ugly winter surprise in your mailbox. Look for suppliers who offer a heating oil budget plan that allows you to spread out your fuel payments (with no financing fees) over the course of a year. This will take stress off your household bill paying by making your heating costs fixed rather than variable.
- Can they help me in an emergency? Reliable heating oil deliveries are great, but what happens if your equipment fails, or isn’t performing the way it should? Look for suppliers that offer expert heating oil equipment service and installation by licensed, bonded technicians to complement their heating oil deliveries.
- Do they guarantee reliable fuel delivery? Most fuel companies guarantee heating oil deliveries, but how do they back it up? Top heating oil suppliers will have an extensive stock of heating oil on-hand to get their customers through periods of high demand, plus strong relationships with wholesalers to bridge any supply gaps along the way. They’ll also have a well-maintained fleet that can stay on the road in any weather, driven by trained experts who can deliver fuel safely in challenging conditions.