What is the Average Cost to Heat a Home with Oil in Pennsylvania?

It’s hard to beat home heating oil when it comes to creating a toasty warmth through winter and other chilly times of the year.

Homeowners contemplating whether to use oil to heat their home or for those hoping to budget their home heating costs may wonder what the average cost will be per year.

Many variables, including home size, your home’s insulation, your comfort threshold, the frequency of extreme seasonal temperatures, current fuel prices, tank size, and your service enrollment plan will impact the average cost to heat your home annually.

For an “average size” home of 1,650 square feet, you can estimate to use about 5 gallons of fuel oil per day to keep your home heated through Pennsylvania’s cold months. At 5 months (November-March, 245 days), you would need about 1,225 gallons of fuel oil. Based on $1.69 per gallon, the annual cost could be a little more than $2,000. Purchasing home heating oil through a Young’s Home Comfort Plan can lessen that annual costs through price discounts and increased system efficiencies.

Other Variables To Heating Oil Costs

Again, home heating budgets may vary because there are so many factors involved in final costs. Just to name a few, the size of your tank will determine heating oil prices, your threshold of “comfort” will impact usage, and the condition of your HVAC system and your home will affect annual usage and costs.

Our job is to keep your home comfortable every day of the year. We have dedicated technicians whose heating oil delivery keeps you warm in winter and whose routine A/C inspections keep your unit running reliably in summer. We work with our customers to help them choose the HVAC services plan that best suits their needs and budgets.

What Is The Price Of Home Heating Oil?

Young’s Home Comfort offers Select Fuel Oil Purchasing programs. Your cost per gallon for heating oil will depend on the program you choose.

Our current fuel oil prices are between $1.60-$1.89 per gallon. You can find updated information on current fuel oil prices on our website.

Heating Oil Prices*Capacity
$1.890100-149 gallons
$1.690150-299 gallons
$1.660300-549 gallons
$1.640550+ gallons

Note: These prices are as of Nov. 4, 2020.

How Long Does Home Heating Oil Last?

The variables we mentioned earlier will impact how long your home heating oil lasts. We offer automatic oil delivery or call-to-order oil delivery services. We encourage automatic heating oil delivery plans because they ensure your tank is never empty. We keep track of when your home will need another fuel delivery. We estimate when it will be 25% full and we’ll schedule automatic home oil delivery.

What Size Heating Oil Tank Should I Get?

Residential, above-ground tanks can range from 220 gallons up to 1,000 gallons. An average-sized home needs a 275-gallon tank. If your home has more than two bedrooms, you likely need a larger tank.

Square footage in your home can help determine the size tank you need. Our technicians can help you determine what size tank is best for your needs and budget.

How To Save Money On Home Heating Oil?

In addition to opting for one of our Select Fuel Oil Purchasing plans, dressing in layers through Pennsylvania’s colder months is one of the best ways you can save on home heating use and save money. Following are some other money-saving ideas:

  • Seal drafts around windows and doors
  • Use a programmable thermostat to set temperatures lower while you are out of the home
  • Place your home’s HVAC system on a maintenance plan
  • Schedule annual inspection of above-ground tanks
  • Allow daytime sunlight to help heat rooms (keep shades up)
  • Ensure furniture placement and objects don’t impede your heating ventilation system
  • Ensure you have adequate insulation in your home’s attic
  • Consider using temporary, over-the-counter window insulation kits to seal windows
  • Close off rooms you don’t frequently use

Is Financial Assistance Available for Heating Oil?

We offer our customers financial options to help with heating and cooling equipment installations, including an interest-free loan for up to 18 months. We also offer specials that can help you save money.

We can work with the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help low-income families afford their heating bills through a cash grant. Visit the Department of Human services LIHEAP page for details.

Where Can I Buy Home Heating Oil?

There are home oil delivery services located in nearly every county. We are a family-owned, local business serving Upper Perkiomen Valley for more than a century. Through Young’s Home Comfort, you can order oil delivery online or call.