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.
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.
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.
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.