When it comes to heating a home, there are a variety of fueling options. Propane is one of them and it happens to be one of the most versatile (it can power dryers, water heaters, spa heaters, pools, stoves, fireplaces and grills) fuels out there on the market. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs, which makes it cost effective and efficient. Plus, it’s safe, reliable and will last longer than a system powered by other types of fuel.
If you’ve recently purchased a home (or are considering purchasing a home) with propane-powered heat, here are some things you should know:
The tank’s maintenance history Records of a propane tank’s last service should be available to you as a new (or prospective) homeowner. It is recommended that you schedule a servicing appointment if no recent maintenance was performed on the system.
If the propane system is running properly Any propane system that is 10 years or older should be inspected by a professional who can determine if that system is running properly and to the best of its ability.
If other appliances in the home are powered by propane As mentioned above, dryers, water heaters, spa heaters, pools, stoves, fireplaces and grills can all be powered by propane. Knowing exactly which appliances in the home are propane powered will help you get an idea of the cost of your monthly bills and will help determine what size propane tank the home should have.
The size of the propane tank If propane is powering a long list of your home appliances, make sure it’s big enough to do the job and that you won’t need to refill it on a regular basis.
If the tank belongs to the home or is leased Homeowners have the option to buy a propane tank or to lease a propane tank. Of course, a rental tank may be associated with monthly rental fees, but the advantage is that the rental company typically covers repairs and maintenance fees.
The location of the tank Propane tanks can be placed either aboveground or underground. While underground tanks certainly give a home a nicer look, they are not always the most convenient when it comes to fixing problems or performing maintenance.
Pioneer Oil and Propane is here to answer all your propane-related questions. We also deliver heating oil to Worcester, Sturbridge, Auburn, Oxford, and other nearby Massachusetts communities. Contact us today!