5 Ways to Prepare Your Propane-Powered Home for Winter
Stay comfortable—and save some money—on your energy costs!
With fall coming soon to Western Pennsylvania region, we’ll soon be feeling a nip in the air and changing out our shorts for sweaters.
Is your propane-powered home ready for the cold weather coming? Here are five things to do to make sure that you’ll be warm and comfy all winter long!
Enroll in Keep Full Automatic Delivery (if you haven’t already!)
Life can get busy. We fully understand that! However, if you forget to regularly check your propane tank gauge levels, you could face a precarious propane run-out that leaves your home without heat. Keep Full uses your propane usage history alongside the current weather patterns to accurately predict when you’ll need propane—helping us to schedule a delivery before you run low. You don’t even have to call us!
Sign Up for Wireless Propane Tank Monitoring
If you want the ultimate in ease, convenience, and peace of mind, our Tank Utility wireless propane tank monitoring is for you! Tank Utility uses wireless and cellular technology to track your propane supply 24/7. Once your propane tank reaches a set level, we are instantly alerted and deliver your propane as soon as possible. You can also track your propane usage with the included app on your smartphone or tablet!
Get Your Heating System Tuned-Up
A tune-up of your home’s heating system by a professional service technician ensures that your furnace or boiler is working at its peak efficiency and performance throughout the winter months—when it’s running at full capacity. When on-site, the service technician is also able to thoroughly examine your heating unit and make any required repairs before potential breakdown-causing issues occur.
Program Your Thermostat Properly
If you don’t own a programmable and/or smart thermostat, now is an ideal time to get one. They are reasonably priced and can be found at local home improvement stores and online through outlets such as Amazon. Programming your thermostat correctly can save you up to 10% on your heating costs! This is what the U.S. Department of Energy recommends:
- When you’re at home and awake, set the thermostat for 68°.
- Lower temperatures by 10° for the hours you’re asleep or away from home.
Do Some Work Around the House
If you use a furnace for forced-air heating, now is an excellent time to vacuum and clean the vents, ensuring that they work effectively and do not distribute dust and other allergies throughout your home. Also, make sure there are no obstructions such as curtains or furniture near the vents so air can circulate more freely. If you haven’t had your ductwork cleaned in the last five years, schedule a cleaning today. Not only will clean ductwork help keep the air in your home cleaner and safer, but the ductwork cleaners will also be able to find and fix leaks in your ductwork to help further reduce your heating costs.
Before you turn on your heating system, make sure there’s plenty of space around it. There should be at least three feet of clear space around your boiler or furnace. Vacuum the outside of the furnace or boiler to remove dust and cobwebs.
Get rid of drafts around doors, windows, and exterior walls with some easy DIY work and caulk, weatherstripping, and expanding foam.
You can count on ProGas for reliable propane delivery all year long—and especially when the colder temperatures roll in! Become a customer today and experience the difference we can make for your local Pennsylvania home or business.