How to Winterize A Propane Furnace
Winter is the coldest time of the year and brings with it some unique home heating challenges. Some folks don't like to think about their propane furnace until it's the middle of January and they're having issues getting their home warm (or even thinking about turning down the heat). With that said, winterizing your propane furnace should be a routine part of maintaining your home.
TIP! Strong winds can blow out piolet lights of propane furnace and water heaters. If there have been particularly strong winds and you notice your water isn't heating, check the piolet light!
How To Winterize a Propane Fireplace
Preparing your propane fireplace for winter use is an easy process. It simply involves cleaning the vent of debris and cobwebs, and dusting off the ceramic logs. Check the glass door to your fireplace to make sure it doesn't have any cracks. Then light your piolet light and you're good to go!
If you have an outdoor propane fireplace, that requires a little more end-of-season cleaning. Use a water and soap mix to clean off the burner. Clear out any leaves, sticks or trash that made its way into the fire pit. Inspect the outdoor propane fireplace for cracks. Finally, cover it all up with a tarp (especially if snow is in the forecast).
Avoiding Common Propane Tank Problems During Winter
When it snows, clear a path to your propane tank so you can easily check on it in case of emergency. Ensure you can always see the tank and it does not get buried in snow.
Check valves for signs of wear and tear. Chances are you have not been using much propane during the summer. Now is a good time to inspect your tank to make sure its in good condition. If it is rusting, that is an indication a leak may develop. Call you propane provider to give an official tank inspection.
Ensure you always have enough. Always keep your propane tank above at least 20%. Ideally, propane levels shouldn't go below half a tank. This is in case of a winter emergency when propane trucks may not be able to make it to your home for deliveries. You can do this by either manually checking it, or signing up for automatic delivery with your provider.
Managing Propane Heating Costs
The cost of heating a home with propane varies from winter to winter, due to outdoor temperatures. It also varies because the price of propane fluctuates every year because of supply changes. Furthermore, the average price is not an accurate reflection of many people's lifestyles, because a single person home is going to consume much less propane than a 5 person family.
Expect to pay between $57-$150 a month for propane in the winter. If you are racking up a huge propane bill, there are things you can do to reduce your usage, such as turning the thermostat off at night, turning it down a few degrees during the day, or investing in more efficient equipment.
Getting a more efficient propane furnace or propane water heater has a high upfront cost, but can end up paying for itself over the years you use it because of the savings you will get from not needing to buy as much propane.
Takeaway: Tips On How To Prepare Your Home Propane Appliances For Winter
Winterize your propane furnace and propane water heater
- Inspect your propane tank to avoid common propane tank problems during winter
- Clean and prepare your indoor or outdoor propane fireplace.
- Keep an eye on your bill and lower the thermostat just a bit if you want some savings.