Tips to Prepare Your Propane Home For Winter
The heavy coats, hats, and mittens may still be packed away in storage for a few more weeks, but it’s already time to start preparing your home if you use propane. Readying your home for winter doesn’t have to be a complicated process. In fact, in just a few simple steps, you can ensure your loved ones remain safe and comfortable all season long.
Refill Your Home’s Propane Tank Early.
Protect your family and prepare your propane-powered home to endure winter safely and comfortably. Millions of homeowners choose to enjoy the more efficient and comfortable heat that propane provides. Don’t wait until winter is in full force to plan for the home heating season.
Order A Propane Refill in Advance of Winter.
Friendly comfort specialists will be glad to walk you through all the details and make the ordering and refilling process easy. Be sure to ask about automatic refills or scheduled visits throughout the season to determine if there is enough propane in the tank.
Double-check the Heating System and Appliances Are Running Efficiently.
Before the start of each heating season, have a qualified service technician inspect and service your home’s appliances and propane system. When appliances are running as efficiently as possible, your home will conserve fuel, save money, and avoid unexpected mid-season repairs.
Install and Set A Programmable Thermostat.
Homes save an estimated 10 percent per year on heating costs by using a programmable thermostat. Resetting it when the family is asleep or away from home saves money without sacrificing comfort.
Take Advantage of Sunlight.
During winter months, take advantage of sunlight by opening the curtains and blinds during the day to allow the sun to naturally heat your home.
Be Efficient with Water Heating.
Water heating can be a large energy expense, accounting for about 14 to 18 percent of most home utility bills. Set your water heater to 120º Fahrenheit or less and install low-flow showerheads or temperature sensitive shower valves to reduce energy consumption and reduce your water heating bill.
Download our Propane Safety Manual. Learn what to do if you smell propane, why you shouldn’t let your propane run out and more.
Information provided by propane council.org