Residential Propane Information

Posted on: 26 August 2019

If you recently inherited property from a deceased relative and plan on cleaning up the property and moving into the residence this winter, one of the things that needs to be addressed is the heating source. After discovering that a propane tank is on the property, you should get to work locating a supplier and keeping up with the heating costs and tank refilling needs.

What Is Propane?

Propane is a natural gas that is relatively safe and burns cleanly. Propane is naturally clear and odorless, but manufacturers of propane tend to add a scent to the gas. This scent may be deemed as unpleasant, but the reason for this is to alert the consumer in the case of a leak. Being familiar with the scent will allow a quick response to a potential hazard, which could end up saving someone's life.

The main things for you to focus on are having the heating vents and propane tank inspected prior to having fuel added to the reservoir. You wouldn't want to rely on there being any propane left in the tank, especially if the heat hasn't been turned on for quite some time. Additionally, it is wise to make sure that there are no existing problems with the heating components, since this could subject you to being cold if the vents are blocked or damaged.

Who Should You Call?

Propane suppliers allow customers to preorder the heating fuel that they need. Another option is to have propane delivered at set times. Contact a business that provides a delivery service and let the customer representative know the address, the date that you will be moving in, and the size of the tank. If you are uncertain about the size of the tank then it won't make much of a difference, but you may not receive an estimate for the total cost of the fuel that you will be receiving.

During the delivery of the fuel, the person who will be adding the propane will measure the amount of fuel that is already in the tank. Afterward, the remainder of the tank will be filled. You will pay a specific amount for each gallon of fuel that is added. Keep tabs on how much you pay over the course of several months and the amount of fuel that is needed on subsequent refilling sessions. This will give you an idea of how much fuel is consumed, so that you aren't surprised by future bill amounts. 

For more information, contact companies like Apollo Propane Inc.