As the leaves change and the temperature drops, it’s clear that winter is just around the corner. While many people associate winter preparations with cozy sweaters and hot cocoa, getting your home ready for the cold months ahead is essential. At Superior Fuel, we understand the importance of a warm and comfortable home during the winter season. In this blog post, we’ll share some of the best ways to prepare your home for winter, ensuring that you stay toasty and energy-efficient throughout the chilly months.


1. Service Your Heating System

Your heating system is the backbone of your winter comfort. Check your heating system’s functions to ensure everything works properly. If you haven’t used the heater for six months, turn it on to see how it’s running. Inspecting your heating system when you don’t need heat is wise. If you wait until the temperatures fall, scheduling maintenance service can be more challenging. The price might go up, too.

Scheduling an inspection of your home’s heating system can help you detect any minor issues before they become big problems. The inspection should examine the components that distribute heat throughout your house. You should schedule an inspection before the cold weather starts so that you know that your system is ready to go once the colder temperatures roll around.

Our experienced HVAC technicians at Superior Fuel are eager to provide you with customized advice, guaranteeing the efficient and effective operation of your heating system.
Don’t delay; book your system inspection today to enhance energy efficiency, lower the chances of breakdowns, and prolong the lifespan of your equipment.


2. Check Your Propane or Fuel Oil Supply

Monitor your propane or fuel oil supply levels regularly as the temperatures start to dip. Even if you have a half-tank, once the leaves begin to fall, the tank could be nearly empty by the  beginning of winter. Keeping an eye on your supply levels can help avoid running out of propane or fuel oil during a freezing, long weekend.

At Superior Fuel, we take the hassle out of propane with our Stable Monitor Program. Enrolling in our stable monitored program allows you to sign up for our no-run-out guarantee. That’s
our promise to keep your tank filled throughout the year, and we back it up with a $250 credit to your account if we fail to keep our promise to you.



Make it easy to find an outdoor propane tank after a significant snowfall by placing something tall next to it. You can drive a pole, flag, or stick into the ground near your tank to see its location, even when there’s a lot of snow.

Marking the tank means it’s less likely to be run into by a snowplow or another vehicle. It also makes it easier for a technician to find the tank when you need a refill.

4. Keep a Clear Path to the Tank

A fuel delivery truck needs easy access to your home’s propane tank. Keep the area clear of bushes or shrubbery and objects such as trash cans or play structures that might make it difficult for a delivery person to reach the tank.

Remember that most propane delivery trucks are large vehicles, roughly double that of most cars, vans, or SUVs. If, for example, you live on a large stretch of acreage and the tank is
far from the driveway, the path that leads to the tank should always be clear for the delivery vehicle.


5. Check and Insulate Your Home

Before the winter chill sets in, inspect your home for drafts and air leaks. Caulk and weatherstrip windows and doors keep cold and warm air out. Proper insulation can save you a
significant amount on your energy bills and improve the overall comfort of your home. Remember to check your attic and basement, as these are common areas where heat can escape.


6. Consider a Programmable Thermostat

Investing in a programmable thermostat allows you to set a heating schedule that aligns with your daily routine. You can lower the temperature when you’re not at home or asleep and
have it automatically warm up before you return. This not only increases energy efficiency but also reduces your heating costs.


Preparing your home for winter is not only about staying warm but also about saving energy and money. You can ensure a comfortable, efficient, and cozy winter season by following 
these steps and properly caring for your propane or fuel oil system. At Superior Fuel, we’re here to help you with all your propane needs, from inspections and refills to expert advice. Stay warm and safe this winter!


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