WHY USE A HEATING OIL MONITOR?
Technology in the field of heating oil monitoring has made great progress in recent years and, therefore, a heating oil monitor is no longer just a tool for informing you about the levels of oil you have in your tank. There are many great advantages to keeping a close eye on your heating oil with a good tank monitor. These include:
- Oil levels ‒ Knowing how much oil you have left in your tank at any given time will allow you to more accurately assess how much more you will need when you schedule your next delivery.
- Protection ‒ The latest heating oil monitors allow you to readily view how much oil you have in your tank so that you can spot sudden or unexpected drops. Some monitors even allow you to set up alerts that will inform you if there is a sudden drop in levels because of theft.
- Notifications ‒ You can set your monitor to notify you when the oil level falls below a certain amount helping to make sure you don’t run out before your next delivery.
- Monitoring remotely ‒ Many of the newest heating oil monitors use wireless technology eliminating the need to run cables or run outside in freezing weather to check your tank. It’s also a much cleaner and easier method of measuring your oil levels than pulling out a dipstick!
- Special features ‒ A “days to empty” function can be a distinct advantage if you are trying to predict when you are going to need oil. If you employ this feature while also monitoring oil prices, it may help you to schedule your next delivery when heating oil prices are lower.
- Energy conservation ‒ If your oil monitor has the ability to add the cost of your oil, it will be able to show you your usage as it relates to cost. This can be very informative and will assist you in determining ways to reduce your heating oil consumption. Some monitors will also display the estimated carbon emissions which can give homeowners needed motivation to reduce their usage and take energy saving measures.
While the advantages of using a heating oil monitor are widely recognized, many homeowners are deterred by the perceived difficulty of getting one installed and set up properly. This has become more feasible in recent years with most modern oil tanks now having a pre-drilled opening to install a monitor. Also, manufacturers of heating oil monitors will always give clear directions on how to measure your tank even if it is bunded. After the monitor is installed, there will not be much more that is required of you. You will quickly find the numerous benefits provided by the monitor will outweigh any difficulties posed by the installation process.