Interested in a Cleaner Energy Source in Pennsylvania? 10 Things To Know About Propane

By: | October 13th, 2023

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Propane gas is generally considered a cleaner, more cost-efficient fuel source. We’re here to provide you with a few interesting facts that you might not know about propane gas.

1- A Propane Tankless Water Heater Can Achieve 98% Efficiency

Propane tankless water heaters offer efficiency levels as high as 98%. You can also expect a longer life cycle, sometimes up to 20 years, with a propane water heater.

2- Propane Can Be a More Effective Cooking Option

Cooking outside can help reduce your home’s electric bills. Outdoor cooking during the summer also reduces how much heat escapes into your home, thus making your HVAC system work harder.

3- Propane Tanks Are Relatively Safe

Propane tanks are also considered safe since they’re designed specifically to minimize the risk of an explosion. Propane tank suppliers only fill the tank to a maximum of 80% to give the fuel room to expand as temperature increases. This means that your tank shouldn’t ever explode, even when it’s in a location in direct sunlight.

4- Tanks Can Last a Long Time

The initial cost of installing a propane tank may seem high, but when you factor in how long they last, the cost is well worth it. Of course, routine maintenance and inspections can help maintain your equipment while maximizing its lifespan. You should have your propane tank inspected and certified after 12 years and again every five years. It’s also important to note that this timeline isn’t a suggestion; it’s actually a requirement by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

5. Propane Doesn’t Smell

Many homeowners are surprised to learn that gas doesn’t have a smell. Most gas is odor-free; suppliers add a chemical to it to make it smell. This makes it easier for you to notice a leak.

6. It’s Important To Choose the Right Propane Tank Size

Propane tank size may be more important than you think when choosing the right tank. Propane tanks are available in a wide range of sizes, from 20 to 1,000 gallons. A 20-30-pound tank isn’t usually an option for heating your home and is more for personal barbeque use. Most homes and businesses will require at least a 120-gallon tank.

Keep in mind that suppliers only fill the propane tank to 80% of its maximum capacity to allow room for combustion, so you’ll want to account for that when choosing the best size.

7. You Can Install Your Propane Tank Underground

Interested in a propane tank, but not sure you have enough yard room? You may be able to install your propane tank underground. However, make sure you follow all federal and state requirements. For example, most building codes require an underground propane tank to be at least 10 feet away from your home, nearby buildings, and traffic. The ability to put your tank underground means you can still create the backyard of your dreams, complete with water features.

8. You Can Shop Around for Propane Pricing

Once you browse propane tanks for sale and choose one, you then have the opportunity to shop around for the best fuel prices. This isn’t the case when you rent a propane tank. When you rent, you’re typically subject to the supplier’s prices, which may also include an annual fee. Rented propane tanks also usually have more upkeep and maintenance costs.

9. You Can Easily Monitor Your Tank Levels

Some property owners may worry about running out of propane without knowing. However, this is no longer a thing with the use of smart technologies. You can easily monitor your tank levels using a smartphone app. This allows you to schedule a delivery when your fuel levels get low, ensuring you always have enough.

10. Above-Ground Tanks May Require More Maintenance

Above-ground tanks may require more maintenance, especially if they’re exposed to the elements. However, while there may be more maintenance requirements, maintenance is typically easier to complete since the tank is completely above-ground.  For one, you should keep the ground around your propane tank clear of snow and leaves, making adding fuel easier for the supplier. You should also take care to avoid damaging the tank with outdoor tools, like the lawn mower, weed whippers, or metal rakes or brooms.

Propane tanks offer many benefits to homeowners, including lower costs and more control over fuel usage. Modern technologies are also making it easier to own a propane tank, especially since you can now track fuel levels and order delivery before running out. You’ll want to choose the right propane tank size and a trustworthy installation company for the best results.


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