As the tristate area suffers through yet another heat wave, we cannot help but daydream of fall and winter and all that comes with the temperature relief! The start of football season, the return of pumpkin spice lattes, the many holiday celebrations like trick or treating (if we are lucky this year!) and warming up by the fire on those cool nights! It is hard to believe we will be bundling in sweaters and sweatshirts in just a month or two.
Thoughts of fall and winter not only focuses on the fun stuff but also on “housekeeping” items like, how can we cut expenses and potentially get a break on our increased gas/electric bill that is sure to come during those chilly months! As much as you keep a good check on your thermostat and choose to add a layer of clothing or a blanket instead of bumping the heat up, most people manage to get hit with a few overly high heating bills as we make our way through January and February each year. Although we are currently searching for a relief from the heat, what better time than now to plan for the colder weather that is just around the corner?
One common way to supplement your heating system is to install a propane fireplace. When comparing propane fireplaces to gas and electric heating or to traditional wood burning fireplaces, there are loads of benefits. Propane fireplaces are known to cut overall energy costs by using a fraction of the BTU’s that other heating sources use. Whether you choose to install a direct vent unit that draws outside air to keep the flame lit or you install a vent free unit that works with indoor air combustion, you are bound to see a break in your budget.
Another benefit of a propane fireplace is that propane is considered a non-toxic fuel. It produces no fumes, particles, or pollutants in your home. There is no soot and very minimal, if any, clean up or maintenance required. By choosing propane, you can be rest assured you are creating a safe environment for your family and helping to keep the planet clean!
Propane fireplaces are also simple to install and maintain. You can convert a traditional wood burning fireplace to propane or you can purchase a new free-standing unit. Direct venting can easily be installed through the wall or roof or you can opt for one of the vent free models. If a fireplace is the only propane source in your home, a small tank can be purchased and refilled as needed. Or, if you use propane for other appliances as well as the fireplace, a larger tank can be arranged to service all sources. The propane tank can be filled each season or setup to fill on whatever reoccurring schedule is necessary.
When you are ready for a tank refill, give us a call for our propane delivery service.
As you sit by the pool or escape the heat in the comfort of your AC, take some time to plan for the colder temps soon to come. Installing a propane fireplace now will prepare you for the east coast winter ahead! As you sip your latte and enjoy family time around the fire in late January, you (and your bank account) will be thankful that you did!
Many of us have spent more time cooking at home, giving us plenty of time this season for our favorite summer pastime of grilling. There has long since been a debate among propane grilling enthusiasts and charcoal grillers over which method is the most efficient and, while charcoal is not without its benefits, Gastec acknowledges that there are a host of benefits for grilling with propane. For the benefit of those considering purchasing a grill this summer, Gastec includes a few benefits that propane grills have over their charcoal counterparts.
Convenient to Use
One of the inherent benefits of grilling with propane is the ease of use. Those that have used a charcoal grill know that it can take a few attempts to properly light, but that is simply not the case with gas grills. With just a turn of the dial, a propane grill is up and ready to go. Propane grills also heat up quicker and maintain a steady temperature much more easily than alternatives.
Experts have found that grilling with propane is notably healthier than using charcoal. The reasoning for this is because propane grilling reduces the risks of carcinogens polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heterocyclic amines, or PAHs and HCAs, being imparted onto your food during the cooking process. This typically occurs when charcoal causes fat drippings from meat to fall onto the coals under the grate, which generates smoke underneath that can potentially introduce the carcinogens to your food. Gastec notes that this is not an issue when using propane grills instead.
More Efficient Temperature Control
Those that have used gas stoves in their households know that precise control of cooking temperatures is a great benefit, and propane allows for similar control when grilling. Propane grills maintain temperatures easily, reach peak temperatures after only 15 minutes after startup, and are not susceptible to the unpredictable heats or dwindling heats that charcoal grills can fall victim to. Remember that your meats reach a certain cook because of their internal temperature, and it can be easy to make a mistake if the temperature of your grill is constantly fluctuating. With propane grills, you can ensure consistent results much easier.
Propane has a cleaner burn than coal, and after use you do not need to worry about disposing of soot, briquettes, and other messes. When cleaning a propane grill, you only need to scrape off and wipe down the grates and you are ready to cook again. Propane grilling ensures that we do not need to spend our newly acquired free time cleaning up a messy grill and can get on to the next tasks quickly and efficiently.
When you are ready for a tank refill, come on by to our Bucks County location in Ivyland, PA. We offer walk-in propane tank refills. Only $9.95 for a 20lb Propane Tank.