Buying a House with Propane Heat? Be Thorough with the Inspection

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Propane is one of the nation’s most versatile, efficient and environmentally clean sources of energy, which is why more homeowners are choosing it instead of dirty oil or costly electric. Some home buyers may encounter properties heated with propane and feel they’re not informed enough to know whether it’s right for them. Following is a list of suggestions for buyers considering purchasing a home with propane heat.

What is Propane?

Propane is a non-toxic, colorless and nearly odorless gas. (As with natural gas, an odor is added so leaks are easier to detect.) Nearly 97 percent of propane used in the United States is produced in North America. Propane is used by more than 12.6 million U.S. households – about five percent of homes nationwide —  for heating, cooking and other purposes, and by millions of other Americans for agricultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation applications. A properly functioning propane heating system can reduce both energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Why Is Propane Desirable?

In addition to being clean and affordable, propane is an excellent choice for targeted home zone heating. Many people describe the heat provided by propane as warmer than heat from electric sources. Propane can also be adapted to fuel stoves, fireplaces and even washer and dryers, reducing your reliance on expensive electricity. Propane can be paired with a variety of standard heating options such as a furnace or boiler.

What Should You Know About Propane Heat?

Heating with propane often comes with more responsibilities for homeowners. Since there is no central delivery system for propane (unlike electricity or natural gas), it’s not fed into your home through pre-established networks of pipes. It will be your responsibility to ensure that propane is delivered on a regular basis to meet your needs so you don’t run out. You’ll also have an external, above-ground tank near your home to store the propane.

It’s also critical to observe all safety precautions (just as you would with natural gas or electricity) and ensure that your home’s propane heating system is working properly. Before you buy any home with propane, be sure to get the system thoroughly inspected.

Engage a Professional Home Inspection Service

A well-trained home inspector will examine the home’s propane heat system (and other home systems) and prepare a report with easy-to-understand details, as well as information about fixing any problems that are identified with the propane. The inspector can also address any specific concerns or questions homeowners may have and deliver a full report at the end of the inspection.

Accuracy Plus is a premier home inspection company located in Wallingford, Connecticut. Contact us at 203-284-1278 or visit our Web site.