Surviving Winter – Oil Heating Tips

Surviving-Winter--Oil-Heating-TipsWinter is indeed here in Nova Scotia. Cold days, cold nights, sometimes snow, sometimes rain, sometimes freezing rain, sometimes sunshine. The weather in the winter can be tough and unpredictable. Scotia Fuels has a few tips to help you stay warm, worry-free and best equipped to survive the winter.

  • Keep your oil tank and fill pipes free of snow and ice. This helps the oil delivery person find and fill your oil tank. As well, a build-up of snow and ice on outside tanks can damage the oil line and valve. Be mindful not to damage oil lines when removing snow and ice.
  • Shovel a path to allow access to your oil tank. This is important during snowfalls so you can enjoy an uninterrupted supply of heating oil when you need it most. If snow levels get too high, your delivery person may not be able to get to the tank.
  • Keep your Direct Vent clear of snow. If your home is so equipped, a Direct Vent is the system that vents the furnace exhaust out from the side of your home. During snowstorms or blowing snow, the Direct Vent can become plugged with snow. If this happens your furnace will shut down. Thankfully the fix is usually easy. Once the snow is removed, simply press the ‘Reset’ button once and the furnace should start again.
  • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home. Plugged ventilation through vents and chimneys could cause odorless fumes from furnaces to build up inside your home, which can be very dangerous.
  • Turn up the thermostat to prevent pipes from freezing in the winter. This may seem counter-intuitive, as you may think you’ll spend more on oil by increasing the temperature. In fact, the extra cost will be far less than the repair of a frozen pipe that breaks. Heating pipes will freeze when they are exposed to cold air and the water inside the pipe is not moving. By turning your heat up, you will help keep water moving inside your pipes and help prevent freeze-ups.
  • Clear driveways. Some properties have long driveways which oil delivery trucks must negotiate to get close to the oil tank and fill it. In the winter, these driveways become far more difficult, if not impossible to drive on when there is snow and ice. Even if your personal vehicle can get up and down your driveway, it does not mean a large oil truck can. Ideally, these trucks require a 12-foot wide clearance and heavily sanded/salted driveways to safely make deliveries.
  • Finally, get outside and enjoy all that winter in Nova Scotia has to offer! Being stuck inside in the winter is tough. Being outside in the fresh air is good for the heart and soul.

Scotia Fuels is your locally-owned full-service home heating company. Our staff is ready and willing to help you when needed, 24 hours a day.

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We hope you have an enjoyable winter season!