It’s that time of year again; winter has officially arrived on the East Coast. Last week, the first snowstorm of the season dropped between 6 to 31 inches on towns across the state of Pennsylvania, causing state-wide travel restrictions. In response, Pennsylvanian families have now started to gather winter essentials to better prepare for any future snowfalls. GasTec, the primary propane company of Chester County, PA, encourages local residents to purchase their propane before a snowstorm prediction in order to avoid limited supplies. Below, GasTec will discuss some of the reasons Pennsylvanians should stock up on propane early in the season and the many uses of propane during the winter months.
Ask any Chester County, PA resident, and they will tell you that a fireplace cannot be underutilized during the cold winter months. In recent years, many Pennsylvanians have made the switch from a wood-burning fireplace to a gas fireplace to more efficiently heat their homes. GasTec recommends that families who heat their homes primarily through their gas fireplaces to go to their local propane supplier early in the season and purchase enough propane for 3-4 weeks. This will ensure homeowners have enough propane within their supply to last through a severe snowstorm.
Hot Water Heater
In the summer months, cold showers can be an excellent way to start your morning. However, after November, the number of people who would prefer a cold shower to a hot one becomes significantly reduced. To guarantee hot showers in the winter months, owners of propane-fueled hot water heaters should have extra canisters of propane available in the event of heavy snowfall or travel restrictions.
Since the beginning of COVID-19, numerous families across the US have started to utilize unused outdoor space in an effort to add much needed square footage to their homes during the stay at home orders. Families have done this by renovating their backyards, adding outdoor kitchens, refinished decks, and even hot tubs. Hot tubs are an excellent way to comfortably enjoy the great outdoors throughout the summer and winter months. For the many families in Chester County who have purchased a hot tub this year, GasTec recommends keeping a separate supply of propane handy. By doing this, homeowners can ensure enough propane for hot tub use without taking from their essential propane supplies.
Throughout Philadelphia, Delaware, and Bucks county, families are switching from wood-burning fireplaces to safe and affordable propane-fueled indoor units. For many years, Pennsylvanians have used wood-burning fireplaces as a focal point within their homes and as a heat source during the winter months. Now, families across the state are choosing gas fireplaces after realizing the numerous benefits they can bring to a home. GasTec, one of the leading suppliers of propane services in Bucks County PA, has helped many families make the switch from wood to gas fireplaces this holiday season, and today, will discuss the various benefits gas fireplaces bring to Pennsylvanian families.
Compared to classic wood-burning fireplaces, propane-fueled fireplaces have a much smaller environmental footprint and, on average, produce fewer emissions and carbon monoxide gases. Old-fashioned fireplaces are known to emit a steady stream dangerous substances and lung irritants such as benzene, formaldehyde, benzoapyrene, and soot particles. Propane fireplaces use gas logs to simulate a wood-burning fireplace without producing the same dangerous emissions while burning at higher, more efficient temperatures.
Propane fireplaces are an excellent option for families with young children and pets, as they do not allow access to the open flame. These fireplaces are designed with a glass layer to prevent household accidents and regulate and better distribute heat within a room. Wood-burning fireplaces require users to maintain a flame, making the open flame easily accessible to young children. A propane fireplace is considered one of the safest models of fireplaces if the fireplace has been properly installed and includes a top or side vent.
For many people, heat output is a major consideration when choosing a fireplace. Propane fireplaces are known for their heat efficiency and, on average, deliver up to five times the heating capacity of electric fireplaces and six times of wood-burning fireplaces. The heat output of fireplaces is measured using British Thermal Units, or BTUs, which are defined as the amount of heat needed to raise a pound of water temperature by one degree Fahrenheit. On average, wood-burning fireplaces emit between 20,000-40,000 BTUs, while gas fireplaces can emit anywhere between 8,000 – 60,000 BTUs. For those looking to use a fireplace to heat their home or large room, GasTec recommends a gas fireplace for maximum heat efficiency.