Propane is a good alternative to other heating fuels for your home. It is more eco-friendly and burns cleaner than oil costs, less than electricity, and is more energy efficient than gas. You will need to have an HVAC technician come to make the change to your system. Once that is done, you have a few decisions to make before calling to have a propane company deliver a tank and fill it:
Size of the Tank
When it comes to how big of a tank you need, you should consider the number of people, the square footage, and the different appliances that will use propane. Discuss the figures with the HVAC technician. He or she should be able to help you determine how big of a tank you need for regularly scheduled fills. However, you may want to get something a bit bigger. This way, you can take advantage of any price drops for the propane. Buy as much as you can when the prices are low and you can save money.
Own or Rent the Tank
Once you know how big of a tank you want, you need to decide whether you should buy the tank or rent it. Renting it means that you will not have to worry about needing to perform maintenance on it. However, if you rent the tank you will be stuck in a rental contract and have to make monthly payments. In addition, most of the time it means you will have to buy the propane from the same company that rents it to you. When you own it, you can shop around for the best price, changing companies for every delivery if you want.
Above or Underground Tank
If you have a lot of space and do not mind having a large tank sitting on the ground outside the house, having the tank placed above ground is not a big deal. Many rentals can only be placed above ground. However, having a tank buried means that you won't have to look at it and you can still use the area for outdoor activities. If you want to rent, but also want an underground tank, talk to the company about a rent to own scenario.
While you have a few things to think about before having your heat running on propane, you will be glad you made the change. Your home will stay warm for less of a price. In addition, you will lower your carbon footprint and help save the environment.