Frequently Asked Questions
Safety. Oil heat is safe heat. While natural gas explosions risk a real cost in human life, fuel oil will not ignite until it has been preheated to 140 degrees.
Reliability. Regardless of time or weather, we will have a technician readily available to assist your need. Gas parts may have to be shipped from the manufacturer and can take days to fix. There is always an immediate solution for oil heat.
Cost. Fuel Oil is market driven and the price will fluctuate with market demand and competition. Natural gas companies are working hard to expand into commercial vehicle fueling and exporting in the form of LNG (liquefied natural gas) which will certainly add upward pressure to pricing.
The environment. Natural Gas is mainly composed of methane, which escapes into the atmosphere through vast amounts of pipeline leaks. Methane traps up to 100 times more heat than carbon dioxide, and poses more of a threat to Global Warming. Gas companies have publicly stated they will not repair these small pipeline leaks that damage our environment.
Flexibility. You are not locked in to a utility which is guaranteed a profit and sets their own rates. In addition to the actual cost of the gas you have transmission charges, distribution charges, cost adjustment charges, taxes, franchise fees etc.
Yes, particularly if you burn a lot of wood in your fireplace. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) recommends a chimney be inspected annually and cleaned every other year. Spring and summer offer the best opportunity to have this done.
Our budget plan is a simple way to take the higher costs associated with mid-winter heating and spreading them over a longer period. When budget payments are made as agreed there are no finance charges on your account for heating oil or the service contract (Anderson Plan). We pay a budget bonus (interest) on your account when you have a credit balance. By taking your estimated annual fuel usage, the cost of your service plan and dividing the total into 11 equal payments. The budget amount for each year is based on the forecasted price for the coming heating season. We will send out adjusted figures if conditions warrant. Budget payments start in August and end in June, with July as the settlement month for any remaining balance.