There are pros and cons to each type of fuel or energy you use for your home. Many people weigh the pros and cons of natural gas and propane to decide which fuel type is best for their home and needs. Is a natural gas or propane conversion right for you?
Some factors to consider are cost, efficiency, and safety. If you are considering converting your home’s fuel source, there are a few things to consider before beginning your conversion.
Things to Consider Before Converting Your Fuel Source
The best way to determine what type of fuel is best and safest for your home is to have your home and goals assessed by a professional. In the meantime, as you consider your options, consider these important factors.
Of course, you want your home and appliances to run as efficiently as possible. Generally speaking, propane is more efficient than natural gas. However, you will use more propane than natural gas, and will usually have a higher expense. If you consider those factors, you may find that natural gas is actually more efficient for YOUR needs.
We mentioned that propane may be a bigger expense when you need to fill up. Depending on what time of year you need propane, the costs will fluctuate. Generally, there is a minimum number of gallons required in order for the company to refill your tank. That cost can run into the hundreds of dollars. The pro here is that a full tank could last you for months, or the entire winter season.
With natural gas, you will pay less at a time, usually a monthly payment. However, you may be locked into a rate with the company that owns your gas lines. This can lead to a higher cost over time.
Before installing gas lines, a propane tank, or converting appliances, it is important to have a professional assess your home and needs. Gas lines, tanks, and appliances must be installed properly in order for your home to be safe. If you are installing natural gas, you may need quite a bit of piping throughout your home. If you are installing a propane tank, make sure your tank is adequate for your fuel needs.
If you are considering converting your home or certain appliances from natural gas to propane, or vice versa, be mindful that a conversion kit may not be all you need. You can easily order a conversion kit for most appliances. But if you aren’t familiar with gas lines and how to properly install them, you should contact a professional. Inappropriately installed gas lines and appliances can increase the risk of gas leaks and health hazards.
Testing Appliance Settings
Once your gas lines and appliances are installed, it is important to test them. You may need to adjust certain settings to ensure you have proper water and heating temperatures. If something seems wrong when you test your appliances, contact a professional for inspection and service.
Contact a Professional for Natural Gas or Propane Conversions
If we haven’t reiterated it enough – when it comes to gas line installation or repair, appliance conversions, or home conversions, it is best to contact a professional. Working with gas lines can be dangerous. Mistakes or cutting safety corners can cause flammable and dangerous gasses to fill your home.
Having a professional assess your needs and goals can ensure your home is safe, your health is not compromised, and you are getting the most out of your investment.
For help with natural gas or propane conversions or gas line installation or repair, call The Fire Man LLC. The Fire Man serves the North Georgia Mountain communities, including Blairsville, Blue Ridge, and Hiawassee. Get a quote online, or call us at (706) 897-1873.