What do you think the average Montgomery County resident is thinking about right now? After the long, harsh winter residents experienced, most are probably more than happy to go outside and enjoy the much overdue warmth and snow-free weather. Summer can be a season full of vacations and fun, but it can also be stressful for the average homeowner. Pennsylvania summers are far from boring, and residents are going to be dealing with storms and oppressive and humid heat. If you want your home (and your utility bills) to be in good shape this summer, you should consider following these tips.
Turn off your HVAC system when you aren’t at home
They say that this year’s El Nino pattern will keep temperatures from getting out of control, so temperatures may be a bit more tolerable this summer. But when you consider the fact that many near-by counties have already had temperatures in the high 80s, it seems that the dream of a bearable summer isn’t going to happen. If you want to save some money this summer, shut down your HVAC system when nobody is home. It may not seem like that much of an energy or money loss, but you’re essentially running your system for 1/3rd of the day for no real benefit. It won’t take long for your home to cool down when you turn it on once you get home, and leaving it off can save you a considerable amount of money on your energy bills.
Get a propane generator
When most people think about summer weather, they mostly think about the heat, but summer is also a season that has a lot of severe weather. Last summer, Montgomery and Bucks County had to deal with brownouts during the height of the summer heat. Bad thunderstorms and extreme temperatures can knock out power for a few hours, and in some instances, a few days. Being stuck in your home without power during the summer can be difficult, and if you want to avoid spending a few days like this, you should get a propane generator for your home. Propane in Montgomery County is affordable, and can easily and efficiently power a propane generator.
Replace your windows
If you want to do something that won’t just keep your home comfortable during the summer, but also during the winter, you should consider replacing your windows. Environmentally-friendly windows can help to reduce the amount of heat lost in your home during the winter, and the amount of heat in your home during the summer. Window replacement can help lower your energy bills, and keep your home more comfortable. New windows can also keep strong wind gusts and debris out of your home during storms.
When it comes to forms of energy people use to heat their homes, everyone has their own opinion. Some people swear by some forms because they put in hours of research before they commit to one source. And others simply end up using whatever was installed in the home. When we talk to new customers, we’re surprised about what they claim to know about propane. There’s a lot of misinformation about propane that is presented as a fact to the average person, and those misinterpreted “facts” end up leading to a lot of confusion about what the gas is capable of. We’re going to do you a favor and dispel a lot of so-called facts about using propane.
1. Propane takes too long too heat
Some people choose not to use propane to heat their homes because they think that it’ll take too long to heat, and usually chalk it up to the equipment and gas. Propane tanks are attached directly to your heating equipment, and that close attachment can create a surprising amount of efficiency in your heating system. The right kind of equipment can provide quick warmth to your home, so if you’re concerned about efficient heating, propane would be the perfect system for you.
2. Propane is expensive
Cost is one of the main things people are concerned with in terms of their energy usage, and some people tend to shy away from using propane since they believe that it is too expensive. If you’re concerned about energy costs and your monthly bills, propane is your best energy choice. Residential propane prices are extremely affordable, and may even be cheaper than the fuel you’re using now. Propane is a highly efficient gas, so you’ll be getting the most out of your monthly payments.
3. Propane tanks and systems are big and ugly
This myth is most likely persistent because many people are used to seeing propane grills, and they assume that all propane heating systems look like large and clunky tanks attached to pipes. It’s understandable since it’s estimated that 47 million Americans use propane heating for their grills, but the assertion is still false. There are a wide variety of propane systems available, depending on what they’re needed for. You can have an elegant-looking system for your propane heated fireplace, or have a simply designed and compact system to fit into a small space in your home.
4. Propane is unsafe
Some people worry about using propane because they’re worried that it’s unsafe, but residential propane heating systems are just as secure as your other leading heating systems. Leaked liquid propane vaporizes and dissipates into the air. With models that come with automatic fuel shut-offs and leak alarms, you’ll be prepared for any emergency situation.
Summer time is just around the corner and most of us are already itching to get uncover the pool, break out the cold drinks, and – of course – fire up the ol’ grill. When it comes to preparing delicious burgers, juicy hot dogs, and perfect steaks, there’s no doubt that propane makes for the best grilling fuel. The clean burning gas keeps food tasting wonderful without compromising quality or time, and has for generations. Yet, is making a tasty meal for your family and friends the only purpose propane can serve during the year? Of course not, as this natural combustible can be useful in many other tasks when not working at the grill!
Keeping the Water Warm
While we may want our pool water ice cold during the summer, what about the rest of the year? Likewise, saunas, whirlpools, and hot tubs are always expected to be piping hot to help soothe sore muscles. Thankfully, propane makes for the perfect solution when fueling the heaters of these luxury water basins. As of 2012, over one million families and businesses are already relying on propane to make their favorite soaking pastime nice and warm.
Get your Motor Running
Most vehicles today rely on petrol or diesel to propel their combustion engines, making them some of the most commonly purchased products in the United States. Unfortunately, this has the added effect of inflating prices, making it more difficult to afford each year. Furthermore, petrol exhaust contributes to a great deal of air pollution. Propane-powered vehicles, on the other hand, have been proven to offer the best combination of durability, performance, and driving range with none environment threatening pollution. In the US alone, more than 80,000 service vehicles are fueled by propane, a number that will hopefully continue to grow over time.
Keep the House Heated
Many people are surprised to hear that propane actually makes for one of the best methods of heating and cooling their home. According to the 2007 Residential Energy Consumption Survey published by the U.S. Department of Energy 9.2 million households rely on propane for a majority of their non-electrical energy. Several townships even have local residential propane service locations, allowing for customers to conveniently purchase propane whenever they need it. When it comes to finding a clean, affordable, efficient, and easy to manage energy source for your home, look no further than the unmatched power of propane.