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The Main Benefits of Switching to Propane to Heat Your Pool

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After another brutally cold winter, we are happy to have helped many families and businesses stay warm with propane deliveries in Hunterdon County. With the arrival of spring, we know how important it is for locals to get the very most out of the warm weather season. It’s our goal to help everyone extend the time they can enjoy their summers through our propane pool heaters. With a propane pool heater, the typical 3-4 months of fun in the sun can be extended deep into the fall season. Today, we will examine some of the many benefits of utilizing propane to heat your Hunterdon County pool.

Environmentally Friendly – Many people look to solar pool heaters as a means of being environmentally conscious. These heaters rely on natural sunlight to be effective and do not provide as much control as their propane heater counterparts. The good news is that propane heaters are environmentally friendly as well. As a clean burning fuel, propane saves energy and works to reduce the carbon footprint.  Pool water runs through copper coils and returns to the pool at the desired temperature. This process is quicker than solar heaters and provides a higher level of control in regards to pool temperature.

Financial Benefits – Our experts understand how to ensure that a pool heater is sized properly for the pool and the elements of our area. The proper match is critical to fuel efficiency. Solar pumps will raise an electric bill by $300 to $950 a year as you have to keep the pump running at all times. Because propane heaters heat a pool so quickly, it’s much more of a pay as you go system.

Health Benefits – Warm water can help you relax sore muscles, increase blood flow to injured areas of your body and lower your stress levels. There’s something therapeutic about taking a dip in a warm pool after a long day at work.

We want to provide you with the best pool heating propane service for your unique needs.  Our propane heaters also give you the flexibility of utilizing propane to fire up your grill for a barbecue or heat an outdoor patio space on a cool evening. The power of propane is limitless. Click here to learn more about our propane pool heating in Hunterdon County and the greater Delaware Valley!

 

What to Know About Propane Safety Before Using the Grill this Summer

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Before you fire up the grill this summer, GasTec wants to help you review some important safety tips for using propane fuel.

Location, Location, Location

Make sure you’re grilling in an appropriate place. That means somewhere outdoors in a well-ventilated space. Never grill inside the garage or in the house. Place the grill away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 27 percent of home structure fires involving grills start on a courtyard, terrace or patio; 29 percent start on an exterior balcony or open porch; 6 percent start in the kitchen.

Check for Leaks

When you take your grill out for the first time after storing it for the winter, check the liquid propane tank for any leaks or general disrepair. If you suspect a leak, turn off all of the grill’s controls and turn the propane tank to the full “on” position. Don’t use a flame to check for gas leaks. Use a solution of dishwashing soap and water, and spray it on all of the propane tank’s fittings. Look for any bubbles where gas is escaping. If you find a leak, get it serviced by our propane professionals or exchange the tank.

Chain of Command

Once you’re ready to cook, turn on the propane tank first, then the grill. When you’re done, turn the propane off first and then turn off the grill to minimize the amount of residual pressure left in the gas hose. Keep the grill off and propane tank valve closed when not in use.

Better Safe than Sorry

You should always keep some sort of fire extinguishing device nearby when using a grill fueled by propane gas. A commercial fire extinguisher is probably the best bet because it can cover a wider area than conventional extinguishers. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher handy, keep a box of baking soda lying around for grease fires. Sand and even cat litter can also be used to extinguish flames. Worse comes to worst, know where the garden hose is located.

Transporting the Tank

Driving with a propane tank is perfectly fine as long as you’re cautious. Even if the tank is empty, make sure the valve is closed tightly and keep the tank in an upright position. Also, keep the car well-ventilated by cracking the window open. And definitely don’t keep the tank in a hot car for a prolonged period of time.

Storage

If storing a gas grill indoors, make sure the propane tank is completely disconnected, removed and stored separately outdoors. Never store a propane tank indoors.

Don’t be Stupid

If you smell gas while you’re cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Also, don’t ever smoke while handling a propane tank.