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In the Minnesota and Wisconsin area, we know winters can get pretty cold. So if you’re new to propane, you may be wondering if those frigid temperatures could freeze your propane system and appliances.
The answer is probably not. Propane freezes when the air around it drops to below -44 degrees Fahrenheit. While Minnesota has seen winter days as cold as -60 F, they’re not the norm.
But, let’s not tempt fate by saying we won’t get a day that cold. If it does happen, here’s some advice on how to prepare for it by The University of Alaska Fairbank’s Cooperative Extension.
Shield and insulate your propane tank and lines.Just make sure the tank is in a well-ventilated area. Because of possible leaks, you shouldn’t move your tank inside even if the temperature is going to drop. The UAF article suggests an insulated frame shelter or loose snow piled around the tank. Whichever option you choose, it should allow ventilation and be a light color.
Try heat stripping. But use a product that is specifically designed for propane tanks.
Have more questions about using propane in cold weather? Contact us.
If you’re looking for the most energy-efficient way to heat your home and power your appliances, you might be looking into propane and natural gas. They have similar benefits, but propane has some advantages natural gas does not. Here are some reasons it might be a better choice for you, courtesy of Propane Minnesota.
It’s stored on your property: Once you’ve got a full propane tank, you don’t have to worry about shortages or increased demand because of cold weather. Your fuel is there when you need it.
Cost efficient: Propane is generally a bit more expensive than natural gas, but produces twice as much energy than the same amount of natural gas, making it more cost efficient.
Ready to take the plunge with propane? Give us a call.
Not sure what to give your wife for Christmas? Running out of time to find the perfect gift for your husband?
Have you thought about a propane-powered fireplace?
Today’s models feature realistic-looking faux flames and provide extra heat to keep you warm during our harsh winters. And with designs ranging from old-fashioned stoves to modern glass cases, there’s something to complement every room in your house.
Here are some other reasons you’ll love propane-powered fireplaces.
- No need to chop, buy, carry or store firewood
- Propane is an environmentally friendly fuel that burns clean
- Some models feature added benefits, like remote control and adjustable thermostats
- They can be installed anywhere, so you can make your garage, patio, or basement cozy
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If you use propane appliances, you already know they’re more efficient than their electric counterparts. And you already enjoy great
energy savings. But there are easy steps you can take to save even more. Follow these easy tips from this handy Propane.com video.
Your propane furnace: Annual maintenance by a trained professional can keep your propane-powered furnace running like it should. You should also clean your air filters every month and replace them as needed.
Your propane water heater: For optimal efficiency, keep your water heater at or below 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If it’s over five years old, wrap it in an insulated jacket to prevent loss of heat.
A programmable thermostat: You can set it for the perfect temperatures for when you’re home, away, and asleep. Once you do, you’ll conserve energy when you’re not at home and enjoy optimal temperatures when you are.
For more tips, watch the video.
When you first hear about tankless water heaters, you might be skeptical. Will you run out of hot water? Are you trading more storage space for icy morning showers?
Don’t worry. Propane-powered tankless water heaters actually solve the problems created by traditional water heaters. They provide an endless supply of hot water, so you can use the washing machine and dishwasher while taking a hot shower without running out of hot water.
So, how do they work?
These water heaters feature a flame so hot it heats water instantly as it flows through the system, without storing heated water. This can save you plenty of space —about 12 feet of floor space— without sacrificing your hot water supply.
Propane Minnesota does a great job of illustrating the entire process here.
Here are some other reasons a tankless water heater might be useful in your home.
- Heats water only when needed
- Saves more than $150 per year on energy costs when compared to traditional water heaters
- Creates up to 60 percent lower CO2 emissions compared to traditional water heaters
- New purchases may qualify for rebates, which can further increase your savings
Thinking about a tankless water heater? Take Propane Minnesota’s handy quiz to find out which water heater is best for you.
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