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4 Reasons to Convert to Propane - and How to Do it Safely

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How you can switch to propane for a cost-effective, worry-free approach to home heating

So you’re moving into a new home and would like to convert to propane. Or, you’re in the market for a new furnace and are considering a switch from oil to propane. Perhaps you’re one of the 21 percent of homeowners ages 25 to 40 who regret buying their home because of the added maintenance costs.

Whatever the motivation, you’re in the right place: Propane is an efficient, reliable energy source for a host of applications in the home. Beyond that, converting to propane can relieve some of the typical burdens of cost and maintenance associated with home heating. Let’s look at some of the details...

Propane heating often reduces up-front costs. Although fuel costs are widely variable and depend on many factors, propane typically costs less per gallon than heating oil. Further, converting to propane gives you the option to rent your tank rather than own it — offering significant up-front savings.

Switching to propane allows you to outsource maintenance. If convenience matters to you, then converting to propane is an excellent choice. If you choose to rent your tank, the cost (and labor, and time) of maintaining equipment is handled by your propane company. Leaving you the freedom to simply enjoy efficient, cozy home heating.

Propane can power more than just your furnace. When you convert to a propane tank, you can fuel most appliances in your home, including generators, stoves, dryers, grills, fire pits, water heaters, pools, fireplaces, and more. Remember to account for all of these when deciding what size tank to install. According to the Propane Education and Research Council, a 500-gallon tank is usually sufficient for a four-bedroom house. (Learn more about tank sizes for your home.) Individual usage and needs vary, so be sure to consult with a propane expert as early in the planning stage as you can.

Converting appliances to propane is relatively easy and flexible. Considering propane but all your appliances run on another fuel? Instead of replacing them altogether, you may want to transition them to propane as well. To convert single appliances such as stoves and water heaters after you’re set up with your propane furnace, contact a certified technician.

When you’re ready to make the switch to propane, call an expert. There are a lot of DIY propane conversion kits out there, for furnaces as well as home appliances. DIY is not recommended. For your safety, and to make sure your equipment stays in top working order (especially if altering a product will void its warranty), consult with an HVAC expert. A certified technician or contractor can get you up and running after your propane tank has been installed.

Propane: no regrets. Whether you’re settling into a new house or updating the place you’ve called home for decades, your goal is the same — to have safe, efficient, reliable heat. When you convert to propane, you get a trusted energy source, with a trusted provider. So you can stay cozy in your home — without any regrets.

Ready to talk tank options? Get in touch with an expert now.