Have you been struggling to pay outrageous electricity bills through the winter because the furnace that heats your home runs on electricity? Well, those high electricity bills don't have to continue to plague your winters – it's time to think about pulling that old electric furnace out of your home and making the change to propane.
Many times, homeowners opt for electric heat because they don't think that they have any other options. For example, gas lines aren't run through all very rural communities, so it can be impossible for some homeowners to get gas for heat, but just about anyone can get propane.
Locating the Propane Tank
One concern that many people have is where the propane tank will be located – they don't want an ugly old propane tank taking away from the look of their homes. Well, you don't have to worry about an unsightly tank.
After the tank is put in place, you can build a surround to conceal it. A few fencing panels and some hinges are all that it will take to put up a surround that can easily be removed or opened when the tank needs to be refilled or serviced.
Buy or Lease the Tank
Don't worry too much about not being able to foot the bill to buy a huge propane tank for your heating system – you can lease it from the company that comes out to fill it up. When you lease the tank, you won't have to worry about anything more than paying your bill on time. You won't have to worry about any repairs that may be needed.
Installing the Piping
You will need to run a line from the propane tank to the furnace, but this is a job that is best left to the professionals. Running propane lines may seem like a simple enough project, but a small error could cost you your home – or your life.
Selecting the Furnace
Now that you have more options in furnaces to choose from, you'll have to do your due diligence to find the furnace that will produce enough heat to efficiently heat the home. You can find BTU guides online that allow you to input the square footage of your home and learn how many BTUs the furnace must produce in order to work well in your home.
Talk with your local propane supplier and your HVAC technician to learn more about making the change to more affordable heat for your home.