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Horizontal vs. Vertical Heating Oil Tank

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Nov 29, 2021 8:00:00 AM

In a world where many energy options exist for heating your home, you may find yourself considering heating oil. Or, perhaps you've been using heating oil for years and have decided to upgrade your fuel storage tank.

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Topics: heating oil, heating systems

How to Clean Your Oil Tank Vent Whistle

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Nov 16, 2021 8:00:00 AM

If you are one of many homeowners who use an oil tank to heat their home, you know that there are several crucial steps to maintaining it properly. From servicing your oil furnace and tank regularly to keeping up with new oil deliveries, proper maintenance is essential for your home's proper heating safety and efficiency.

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Topics: heating oil, oil, oil tanks

Wi-Fi Thermostats for Oil Heat

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Jun 28, 2021 3:17:24 PM

When the cold winter months of the Northeastern United States arrive, proper heating is essential. You rely on your oil heater to keep you comfortable and warm, but how often do you think about your thermostat? If you have an old-school dial thermostat, it may be time for an upgrade. 

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Topics: heating oil, oil

How to Remove Sludge and Clean a Heating Oil Tank

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Dec 22, 2020 2:24:38 PM

Heating oil tanks accumulate thick, gel-like sediment, also known as sludge, over time. Every few years, as the sludge begins to grow, you might find yourself unsure of what to do. Is it a big problem? Do you need to clean it? Is it so bad that your tank needs replacement? Don't let heating oil sludge cause you stress this winter. Be proactive by cleaning your tank or calling in a professional to take that sludge off your hands.

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Topics: heating oil

Changing Your Heating Oil Filter

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Nov 11, 2020 11:22:09 AM

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Heating is a significant undertaking in most homes. Heating costs more and consumes more energy than any other household system, generally accounting for around 42% of a home's utility bill. You need your system to run efficiently to give you the most value for your investment. 

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Topics: heating oil, heating systems

How to Get Rid of a Heating Oil Spill Smell

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Apr 8, 2020 12:15:00 AM

Millions of American homes rely on heating oil to keep them warm during colder months. Heating oil, also known as fuel oil No. 2, has a distinct oil smell, but in most cases, it is well-contained. That means you typically won't notice the smell at all, or will only catch a faint whiff just after getting your tank refilled. When you note a strong oil odor, it is probably due to a more severe issue such as a spill. 

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Topics: heating oil

Route Heating Oil Delivery Takes to Reach Residence

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Apr 1, 2020 11:17:02 AM

As winter comes to an end and we start moving into the warmer spring months, most people aren't thinking about their heating oil levels or when they need to place an order to replenish the supply the used during the cold winter months. Today, companies transport more than 3.2 billion gallons of heating oil to homes in the Northeast every single year.  Where does all that heating oil come from and how does it get to your house?

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Topics: heating oil

Why You Should Service Your Oil Furnace Every Year

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Dec 24, 2019 4:23:00 PM

For many homes in the United States, an oil furnace is the preferred source of heat. As a natural source of warmth, an oil furnace can provide well-distributed warmth throughout all the rooms in a house. For the furnace to work when you need it most, you must have it serviced at least once per year. The following reasons best summarize the importance of furnace maintenance.

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Topics: heating oil, heating systems, inspection

How to Check Oil Levels Manually and Fix an Oil Tank Gauge

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Dec 17, 2019 4:00:21 PM

As the weather gets colder, your home must have plenty of heating oil in the oil tank.  The best way to avoid running dangerously low on heating oil is to monitor the level in your tank regularly. You can do this by consulting your oil tank gauge and conducting manual inspections of your oil level with a gauge stick.

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Topics: heating oil, oil tanks

Top 10 Tips on How to Avoid Extra Fuel Charges

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Jan 24, 2019 7:58:00 AM

Wintertime is fuel time for homeowners with oil and propane heaters, both of which are common features in homes along the northeast U.S. As outdoor temperatures get colder, indoor heating costs typically go up because this is when fuel is in high demand. When homeowners approach this season unprepared, most are left to fill their tanks at the most urgent of times. Consequently, many of these people have to cope with extra fuel charges and emergency delivery fees.

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Topics: heating oil

 

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