The pros and cons of automatic heating oil delivery
Homeowners with oil heat want to know the easiest and most cost-effective way to pay for their oil deliveries. Delivery services offer a range of options for customers. Some are a better deal than others depending on market trends and customer preferences. At M.L. Halle Oil, we offer customers automatic oil delivery and will-call oil delivery. Which choice is right for you? Let’s look at the pros and cons.
Automatic Oil Delivery
Homeowners that choose automatic oil delivery never have to worry about remembering to call for an oil delivery. Automatic delivery also ensures you will never run out of oil. This delivery system is based on your previous oil usage, size of your home and something called “degree days,” a measured used to determine the demand for home heating fuel. This is a system used by a number of oil delivery companies and is very accurate.
People often choose automatic oil delivery because it is convenient and protects against running out of oil and incurring additional fees for emergency response. Customers like that they do not have to monitor the level of oil in their tank, knowing oil will come when needed.
Another benefit with automatic delivery is you do not have to pay at time-of-delivery. Depending on your delivery service, you can arrange payment either before or after delivery. Some offer payment plans and fixed price plans that allow people to lock in a guaranteed price for a set period of time. This can save people some money, but only if the price of oil rises during the set period.
Some companies also offer pre-buy plans, where homeowners pay for their oil before delivery at a lower price than the current market price. Homeowners choose this option to lock in a set price, letting them know just how much they must pay throughout the winter. There are some considerations you must make with to pre-buy plans. One is that it requires an upfront cost for homeowners. Another is that the savings diminishes if the price of home heating oil goes down.
Will-Call Oil Delivery
Will-call customer must monitor their own oil usage. This also requires homeowner call when they need a delivery. At M.L. Halle, we recommend that you call when the tank is 1/4 full. It’s best to give companies advance notice of 1-2 business days for delivery, especially during the months of December through March when delivery services are busy. Delivery times may depend on the area where you live, as some places are serviced only one day per week. If you forget to call and you are close to running out, this could lead to additional charges for emergency delivery service.
If you have questions about the different kinds of oil delivery service, or would like to know more about your payment options, call M.L. Halle Oil today. We have a variety of payment plans and delivery options that can make it easier to plan and budget for your winter heating costs.