Skip to main content

How do you pick your heating company?

What do you fact the most price, service, or reputation?

After last winter the thing that anyone wants to hear is that it's going to be cold and snowy again this year.  With the current price of oil pretty low as October 7, 2014 do other factors start to effect your decision to stay with your current provider or jump ship and shop around.

The first and most prevalent factor that goes into to picking your heating provider is the price per gallon. With COD or cash on delivery companies the price can be fairly low right now if you visit NewEngland Oil you'll notice several companies with prices in the low $3.00 range.  The down side with those companies is a lack of a service department. If you're heating system fails in the middle of a cold snap they don't have the staff to come out and fix it.  If price is the most important factor to you, make sure that you're heating system is in good condition or you might have more than the price of fuel to worry about.

Service, when knowing your heating will be fixed in a timely fashion if or when it breaks down is your leading factor when it comes to picking an heating provider then a full service company is the way to go. Full Service companies have a special group of staff members that are trained to know the inter workings of your heating equipment and be able to fix most issues that could come up.  This includes servicing the oil burner, nozzles, hoses, and general cleaning. This can also help with full system failures, as COD companies usually don't have a service department or a small one reducing their ability to come to your aid if a situation comes up. These departments can also install new heating or cooling equipment like energy efficient boilers or central AC units.

Another factor is reputation, either from a friend, the internet or both.  If you hear that a company is always late, rude, or prices their service unfairly then you're more than likely going to pass even before giving that company a chance.  Maybe your friend just caught them on a bad and you decide to see what people have said about them online.  With several online review sites like Yelp, Google+, Angie's List, and Foursqure a companies reputation can be painted quite positively or negatively. If a potential customer see 5 positive reviews from 5 years ago and see there are 3 negative reviews from two weeks ago, those negative reviews are going to carry more weight.  However negative reviews aren't always a negative if the company responds to the issues and tries to rectify the problem.

With brand loyalty being something that resonates more with older demographics unless you're Apple or Samsung price will be the most important factor in any purchasing decision. Remember the old saying, "you get what you pay for, good or bad".

Robert Stahelski

ckSmithSuperior Santoro Oil Gas Doctor

Popular posts from this blog

Being More Energy Efficient in the New Year

What is your New Year's Resolution?Many of us make resolutions to lose weight, get that promotion at work, find our soul mate, or to save or spend less money in the New Year. If your resolution is the later a great place to start is your home.
Some of these suggestions might involve an up front cost but will save you money over several years. There are many appliances, devices, and products that we use on a daily basis in our home that could be eating up your money. From your water heater, to your heating system, light bulbs, tv's, and other electrical devices.
Water heaters are a great place to start, with a lifespan of 7-9 on average and taking up 25% of your home's energy consumption, an update could help to reduce your monthly bills.  When looking for a new water heater it is important to take in consideration your needs or demands for hot water. How many people are in your home, what type of fuel source do you have in your home, how your want your water to be heated. Fo…

Just wait five minutes the weather will change

New England Weather is Ever Changing.La Nina, El Nino's little sister, cousin, crazy aunt was and may still arrive for winter 2016, however it looks like there will be a much lower chance of it arriving. The NOAA also believes that it does arrive it will show up much later than originally thought. As the old saying goes wait a minute the weather will change, it seems like the same applies for the weather predictions.

La Nina is the opposite of El Nino, where El Nino brought a warm water bubble in the pacific ocean. La Nina is suppose to feature a cold water blob in the pacific ocean, La Nina has not taken a step that traditional La Nina's do. The cooling of water in specific spots that affect wind patterns has not occurred yet and has lead the NOAA to reduce it's chances of a La Nina happening from 70% to 40%.

The NOAA now believes that we will have a neutral pacific weather pattern, neither an El Nino or a La Nina. What does that mean for our winter? It would appear that pe…

Wi-Fi and Programmable thermostat

Control your Home Comfort with a Programmable ThermostatThis past week I bought a wifi thermostat to replace the programmable thermostat that controls the first floor of my home. During installation I found out that currenting wiring is not compatible with my new wifi thermostat. This is going to become a common issue issue as wifi thermostats become cheaper and more common in homes.  The big question is what is the difference between a programmable thermostat and a wifi thermostat and what is the benefit.
Programmable thermostats are a great way to help you save on your energy usage and tailor your heating and cooling to your needs.  Most programmable thermostats allow you to schedule a week schedule with 4 time point throughout each day. This allows you to schedule when your heat or cooling will turn on for during the weekdays and the weekends and at what time each day. The best times for the schedule to run would be before you wake up, when you leave for work, before you return home…