Most homeowners around the country are always looking for ways to cut their utility bills while having reliable heat and hot water. For many people around the country, filtered propane is a good option. By some estimates, 14.3 million households in the United States use filtered propane fuel. In terms of heating their homes, about 6.88 million households are heated with filtered propane fuel. There are some good reasons for this.
Reasons to Consider Propane Fuel:
- It is a cost efficient fuel. Accessories that use propane, such as tankless water heater, are very cost effective and efficient. When it comes to heating a home or running a host of appliances, propane cannot be beat.
- It is an an environmentally friendly fuel. Filtered propane is a very clean burning fuel. It does not produce much in the way of carbon dioxide. When compared to heating oil and natural gas, propane is much cleaner. If an oil tank bursts, it will contaminate all the soil that it touches and any water it gets into. The same cannot be said of propane. It is non-toxic and is not poisonous.
- It is a safe fuel. Filtered propane is a very hard substance to ignite. It has been said that a filtered propane tank is very hard to puncture. When it is moved in cylinders as a liquid, it becomes a gas when it is exposed to normal atmospheric pressure and at temperatures above -44 degrees Fahrenheit, it turns into a gas. An odorant is always added to make people aware of any leaks in the tank, which are rare.
- It is easy to transport. Propane is moved in its liquid form, which is 270 times smaller than its gas state. This is a very easy fuel to transport, which is one of the qualities that makes it so attractive to people who like to grill food. There are at least 47 million propane grills in the United States.
If your home is heated with filtered propane or you are looking to buy a house with propane, here are some questions you need to ask:
- Who do the filtered propane tanks belong to? The propane tanks that are used for residential needs can be rented or purchased. If the tanks are rented, there will be a monthly fee that has to be paid to the propane services company. The upside to that is they will take care of any maintenance that needs to be done on the propane tanks. If you buy a home with propane and the tanks are rentals, usually, you can have the rental agreement transferred to be in your name. Buying propane tanks can be a very expensive endeavor. The upside is there are no rental fees and you can do with the tanks what you want.
- What is the size of the tank or tanks? You need to know how often you will need to have your filtered propane delivered. The last thing you want is to get to the middle of winter and run out of propane. Last minute fuel deliveries can be more expensive but there is always the chance that you will have to wait. Keep your family comfortable by knowing how often you need to schedule your deliveries.
- Where are the tanks? Some people put their tanks under ground. This looks better and leaves more of the yard available for other things but they are harder to fill up when that is needed. By contrast, above ground filtered propane tanks are easier to fill but they take up space and are not pretty to look at. Either way, you have to know where they are.
- What kind of maintenance have they had? When you are looking at homes, you will want to see what maintenance was done on all of your appliances and the propane tanks. If the records are not available for the propane tanks, you should be very wary. This may indicate there was a problem with the tanks that you will need to look into.
Homeowners have a lot of options today when it comes to heating their homes. While many people only think of propane for grilling, it is a great fuel to heat a home. It is clean, inexpensive and safe.