Switching to Propane? Here Is What You Need to Know

Your home’s heating and cooling is one of its most important systems. Not only does effective heating and cooling keep you comfortable, but it also keeps you safe. Extreme hot and cold temperatures can be life-threatening.

When it comes to heating, what’s the best way to fuel your home? Propane is a popular and growing source for its many benefits, including:

Reliability: When you choose electric heating, you’re at the mercy of the grid. An ice storm can lead to fallen branches, which then wreak havoc on power lines. If your electricity is out, you have no heating until maintenance crews can get out and make repairs.

When you switch from electric to propane, however, you are independent of the grid. And, if you get on a regular autofill schedule, you never have to worry about your heat shutting off or your propane running out.

Safety: In addition to the safety that emerges from reliable operation, propane is also a nonpoisonous, nontoxic fuel that poses no threat to soil or groundwater. When you live in an area that is out of reach for gas lines, you can bury a propane tank for reliable, safe operation that does not impose on your outdoor space.

Performance: Propane is a powerful and affordable fuel that can run your space heating, water heating, appliances, clothes dryer, backup power generators and more. You stay comfortable in your home while also reducing emissions and energy costs.

Efficiency: Homeowners who switch to propane discover increased value and comfort when compared to most fuel sources. It’s this value and comfort that provides the greatest differentiator when considering your heating options.

Environmental friendliness: The Clean Air Act of 1990 endorses propane as a clean alternative fuel. When you choose propane, you prevent the emission of the significant greenhouse gasses you find with other fuel sources.

How to Switch to Propane

Perhaps you’re already convinced of propane’s many benefits. If so, here are a few tips on navigating the conversion process quickly and safely.

  1. Convert appliances: Most appliances are designed to run on both natural gas and propane, but switching to propane from natural gas does necessitate special gas utilization fittings. The manufacturer often includes these when you purchase an appliance. If the propane fitting is not included or you cannot find it, contact the manufacturer.
  2. Get professional help: There’s no reason to go it alone when converting to propane. Call a qualified technician for help with appliance conversions and a full evaluation of your home before getting started.
  3. Find bargain prices: Mid-summer is the best time to rent a propane tank. Most tanks come full, and propane prices are at their lowest well before the cooler months of the year.

Your Propane Expert

Foster Fuels is your local source for propane guidance, service and products. Family-owned since 1921, we can provide access to the affordability, efficiency and safety of propane home-heating systems. Our friendly, knowledgeable team members can walk you through propane and a variety of home-heating decisions — no matter the time of year.

Visit our home heating page for more information, or contact us today to learn more about your propane options.

8 thoughts on “Switching to Propane? Here Is What You Need to Know”

  1. Nash Rich says:

    I think it’s interesting that propane is becoming more and more popular. I like that it’s nontoxic and isn’t a threat to the ground. I also didn’t realize how efficient it is. I’m a big fan of efficiency, and saving money!

  2. Kyle Winters says:

    Converting to propane can be quite difficult, especially if your appliances aren’t already set up to take it. That is why it is important to heed the article’s advice and get professional help. That way you can get your appliances safely set up to use propane as a power source.

  3. Kylie Dotts says:

    I didn’t know that must appliances are designed to run on natural gas and propane. It makes a lot of sense to do this because it would be a cheaper way to sell a more versatile product. Maybe we should see if we can change out our electric stovetop for a propane one.

  4. Derek Dewitt says:

    My wife and I have been thinking about switching to propane appliances but we aren’t sure if it would benefit us. I like that you mention how propane can lower emissions and energy costs. We want to cut back on the power bill in any way we can so this would be really helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Spencer Montgomery says:

    Thanks for sharing an informative post! I’ve been thinking of switching from electronic to propane. It’s good to know that propane is a non-poisonous and non-toxic fuel. I’ll make sure to keep this in mind.

  6. Spencer Montgomery says:

    I like how you mentioned that homeowners who switch to propane discover increased value and comfort when compared to most fuel sources. Who wouldn’t want that, right? I’ll definitely convince my husband to switch to propane.

  7. Kayla says:

    I didn’t know that propane as is a powerful and affordable fuel that can run space heating and many more. My dad is planning to replace our gas. My uncle suggested having propane gas and shared this article with him. It says that we can stay comfortably at home while also reducing emissions and energy costs.

  8. David Falardeau says:

    Would it be feasible for the community’s that lost gas in the merrimack valley to be temporary change over to propane. It going to take a lot longer than they think.

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