Thinking about changing to propane for your home heating? Propane is one of the safest, most affordable ways to heat your home and run certain appliances. However, like any heat source, there are certain precautions that you must take to ensure the safety of your home and family, and to keep your system working efficiently. Here are some of the steps you’ll have to take if you are considering switching to propane:
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
If your propane system is functioning correctly, you should never be in danger of carbon monoxide poisoning; nonetheless, malfunctions can happen and these are the most likely scenarios in which the substance can collect in your home. Carbon monoxide is especially dangerous as it’s tasteless, odorless, and invisible, meaning that you could be exposed without realizing it. The good news is that there’s an easy solution to this problem that will keep you and your family safe. Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home and they will alert you of any leakage before it becomes lethal. Make sure to check the detector every so often to ensure that the batteries are still working and teach your children to get out of the house if they hear the device go off.
Maintain Your Propane Levels
As beneficial and inexpensive as propane heating is, it’s not one of those things you can afford to run out of. In order to maintain maximum safety, the propane tank must be under a certain amount of pressure. If a tank is seriously close to running out of propane, it will begin to lose pressure, which could have some very serious consequences (such as fire or explosion) if not handled correctly. Luckily, any risky situations can be avoided entirely by simply scheduling regular propane deliveries. Check your gauge every so often to ensure that the levels are above about 20%, and call us immediately at GasTec if they drop below that level!
Size Does Matter
Propane heaters are so efficient and strong that even the smaller ones pack a mean punch. However, it’s still important to pick a heater that is relative in size to the home you will be heating. Since propane tends to be much hotter than electricity fueled heat, a little goes a long way in the home. Do your research and speak to one of our professionals with experience in residential propane tanks. They will help you to choose the correct heating system size for your needs, at a price that you can handle and with safety in mind.