What Size Oil Tank Do You Need For Your Home?
- 1 So, what size oil tank do you need for your home?
- 2 What sizes of domestic oil tanks are available?
- 3 Things to consider when you are replacing an oil tank
- 4 Things to consider when you are installing a new oil tank
When it comes to domestic oil tanks, there is a wide range available including different materials, shapes, sizes and capacity.
Whether you are replacing an oil tank or looking to install one, there are a few things you need to consider first to find the right size tank for your home. To get you started, have a read through the different considerations and factors below that will help you make your choice.
What sizes of domestic oil tanks are available?
On average, home heating oil tank sizes range from 500 litres to 10,000 litres. There is really no standard size as it all depends on your requirements, usage, and available space. But it is worth noting that deliveries start at a minimum of 500 litres, so the size of your oil tank will influence the amount of deliveries you will need, to keep it topped up.
So, how do you know what size oil tank is best for you?
Things to consider when you are replacing an oil tank
This is an easy one, as most people keep it simple by swapping their oil tank like for like. However, it is worth taking a look at your usage and how many times your tank needs to be refilled within a year, as a larger tank with fewer deliveries may be more beneficial. Have a look at your available space and if you can safely install a larger oil tank, it could save you time and money in the long run.
Things to consider when you are installing a new oil tank
If you are moving into a house that needs an oil tank, or looking to install one into your current property, there are several factors to think about when it comes to choosing the size. We have pulled together the top considerations for you:
How many rooms are in your house?
As a minimum, it takes about 500 litres of oil to heat an average sized room each year. So, the amount of rooms you have, will influence the quantity of oil needed. 500 litres of oil, on average, lasts around 2-3 months in the winter.
How many people are living in your home?
This is important because the more people there are, the quicker you will go through your oil supply. Meaning more refills might be needed.
How often will you need to refill your oil tank?
If there are more people, you may have to refill more regularly. In these instances, a larger oil tank requiring fewer refills might be more suitable and cost-effective.
How much space do you have for an oil tank?
With domestic oil tanks, you need to ensure they are in a safe location and following OFTEC tank guidelines. This may determine where your oil tank will sit and therefore, what size tank will fit the space.
If you need more information about the location of your oil tank, read our blog on the best location for an oil tank.
Picking your oil tank size
The factors above should help you narrow down your choice and find the best size oil tank for your home. Just remember these important points:
- your tank needs to be sufficient for your usage as you don’t want to get caught short
- consider the number and cost of refills
- pick a tank that fits safely within its location.
If possible, we would recommend opting for a bigger tank as this will reduce the risk of shortages and reduce the amount of deliveries. But as long as your oil tank fits with the points we have highlighted, you should have everything covered.