Propane can be a great cost-effective way to heat your home in the winter. Heating with propane tends to be cheaper than heating with electricity, and propane heat systems tend to last about 30 percent longer than electric heat pumps, and could pay for themselves in a few years, according to the Propane Education and Resource Council. And following a few simple steps can help you save even more money with propane during cold weather.
- Change your furnace filter regularly. It is recommended filters be changed every month. Clean filters increase efficiency and airflow, and can help reduce dust and other allergens in your home, so you don’t need to plug in your air purifier.
- If you have a tank-style water heater, drain it every six months to remove mineral deposits and increase its efficiency.
- Use kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans carefully. In as little as an hour, they can pull out all the air you’ve just spent money to warm. Turn them off as soon as you’re done using them.
- Make sure your vents are not blocked. Arrange furniture and draperies so they do not block vents or baseboard units. Unobstructed vents create good airflow, which will heat rooms using less energy.
- Have your heating system inspected and serviced every year by a qualified technician. A well maintained heating system is more efficient and will save you money.
- Invest in a furnace thermostat timer. You can set it to lower your homes temperature while you’re at work. Even a drop of 7 degrees can save you 10 percent on your heating bill every year. There’s no need to spend money to make an empty house toasty warm.
- Keep your warm air inside. Use caulk and weather strips on windows, doors and ducts to protect against drafts. You’ll keep the cold outside and the heat you paid for inside.
- Consider switching to a propane water heater. They can save you up to one-third on your energy bills over time, and they recover hot water twice as fast as electric water heaters.