Crisp leaves, cool weather, and pumpkin picking season: these are all signs that fall is here.
The beginning of autumn is the perfect time to prep your propane tank for cooler temperatures. And if you live in New Jersey or Delaware, you know precisely why! Temperatures can go from blistering heat to sub-zero in a blink of an eye. Before we know it, we’ll be trading sunny skies for snowy days.
Preparing your propane tank for the changing weather is the best way to keep your family warm through the winter. Here are a few ways you can prep your propane tank before cold weather hits:
Top off Your Tank
Long gone are the days of waiting until the temperature goes below freezing. Instead of waiting until the first flake falls, refill your tank now. Propane prices are lower at the beginning of the season, making fall the perfect time to top off your tank and even save money while doing so. Everyone knows that propane prices skyrocket when the temperatures drop, so a little advance planning is the best way to maximize savings.
Also, you can also sign up for auto-refill, which means no more waking up in an igloo during the fall and winter.
Tend to Propane Repairs
Just like your HVAC, your propane tank also needs annual inspection and maintenance. Regular service can identify leaks or any other problems quickly before they become expensive repairs. Scheduling off-season prep also helps to prevent mid-season emergency calls when the cost is also inflated. As with most things in life, when the demand is high, so is the price.
Finally, you can also have the technician inspect your appliances. When your appliances are running at maximum capacity, you save money, conserve fuel and again ward off any unexpected repairs during the winter. Who wants to wake up without heat or hot water?
Install a New Thermostat
Did you know that a malfunctioning thermostat can cost you hundreds of dollars each year? When your thermostat is working right, it can cause your heat to kick on more often than it should or run at longer intervals to keep the desired temperature.
Installing a programmable thermostat can save you as much as 10 percent on your heating bills. Also, you’re able to set it to go on and off based on your work schedule.
Let the Sun Shine in
Who doesn’t like the feeling of warm sunshine on their face? Maximize your energy savings by pulling up your shades to let your home absorb the heat. The natural warmth from the sun will heat your home, not to mention give you a daily dose of Vitamin D.
Just don’t forget to close your blinds at night. If your window treatments are on the flimsy side, you always upgrade them too. High-quality window treatments allow natural sunlight in without taking away your privacy.
Check Water Temperature
Most water heaters have a default temperature, which is about 120 degrees. However, you can lower it. Adjust it accordingly and install low-flow showerheads to reduce energy consumption.
Many people now rely on propane to heat and fuel their homes, so it’s crucial to prep before the mad dash. Schedule your propane prep now, so you can sit back and relax all season long.
Harris Propane Services
At Harris, we offer a complete list of services to keep your propane tank up and running:
- Automatic delivery – We monitor your tank remotely and automatically refill it when levels are low.
- Price protection – Forget about fluctuating fuel prices with our price protection program, which lets you pre-buy your propane for the year and lock in rates at their current cost.
- Gas level payment plan – We estimate your annual propane heating costs based on the last three years of use, then divide that total into 12 equal payments.
- Oil to propane conversion – Find out how much you can save annually by switching from oil to propane!
- Propane safety – Using propane still requires a few safety precautions, and our team is more than happy to provide you with advice on safe propane use.
If your propane tank or furnace is giving you trouble this fall, turn to Harris Plumbing, Heating, Air & Propane. We’re ready to provide you with timely and practical solutions at a competitive rate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Give us a call at (856) 522-4492 to make home heating easier for you and your family!