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Do You Have Enough Heating Oil for the Coldest Months?

Posted: December 25, 2023

Automatic Delivery from Pioneer Oil and Propane gives you peace of mind

heating oil Athol, ma We’ve had some wacky weather here in Central Massachusetts as winter has gotten underway, and who knows what the rest of the winter will bring?

Whatever Old Man Winter sends our way, you can be assured that you’ll always have heating oil with Automatic Delivery from Pioneer Oil and Propane! We use the latest software that factors in your heating oil usage history and current and future temperature forecasts to accurately predict when you’ll need more heating oil. We use this data to schedule a heating oil delivery to your home before you run low.

How long will my heating oil last?

This calculation provides an approximate estimate of your oil usage based on the hourly running time of your oil burner. It’s important to note that oil burners utilize a spray nozzle that delivers oil at a flow rate ranging from 0.8 to 1.7 gallons per hour. Additionally, you will need to know the size of your oil tank and the current oil level (if it is not full).

Based on the given calculation, if your oil consumption rate is 1.7 gallons per hour and you spend about 10 hours at home each day, you would use around 17 gallons of oil daily. Consequently, a 330-gallon tank would generally last you approximately 19 days (dividing the 330-gallon tank by 17 gallons per day gives an approximate result of 19.4 days).

How to calculate your daily heating oil usage

Here’s a helpful guideline for estimating heating oil usage in an average-sized home of 2,400 square feet. Assuming outdoor temperatures around 32° throughout the day, a home of this size typically consumes approximately six to seven gallons of heating oil per day. It’s important to note that if temperatures remain above freezing and you live in a smaller home, your daily heating oil consumption will be lower.

The table below presents an estimate of your daily heating oil usage, factoring in the outside temperature.

Average outside temperatureGallons of heating oil used per day
 15° 7.8
 20° 7.0
 25° 6.2
 30° 5.3
 35° 4.5
 40° 3.7
 45° 2.8
 50° 2.0

How to read your heating oil tank gauge

The heating oil tank is equipped with a transparent glass or plastic cube that resembles a fuel gauge commonly found in cars. This gauge is conveniently labeled with numerical indicators such as “Full”, “Three-Quarters”, “Half”, and “Quarter”. A red marker or float is typically used to indicate the remaining fuel level in the tank. If the float is positioned at the bottom or not visible, it indicates that the tank is either empty or nearly empty. If you happen to come across any concerns regarding the gauge, kindly reach out to us immediately. Avoid leaving the management of your heating oil supply to luck or uncertainty.

With Automatic Delivery from Pioneer Oil and Propane, you can be assured your home will have heating oil to get you through winter’s cold snaps! Contact us today to enroll.