Make sure you can keep your home warm when chilly weather arrives

change filterWith the arrival of the pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween candy displays and “Brace yourselves … Winter is coming” memes, there’s no denying that fall is nearly here.
And that brings the arrival of something else: turning on the heat in your North Carolina home.
Use our five tips here to make sure your home’s propane space and wall heaters, are ready to work at their most efficient so you can keep your home warm and comfortable while enjoying savings on your energy bills and not having to worry about them conking out in a cold spell.

Tune up your heaters

When you schedule the annual tune-up for your home heating system (You are doing that, right?), schedule one for your propane heaters. Not only will your propane wall and space heaters and heating system last longer, but they’ll run at peak efficiency, meaning you’ll use less energy and save money on your energy bills. Annual maintenance should be done by a professional and should include a cleaning and thorough inspection of the heater, testing it, and adjusting the burner flame if it’s needed.

Use your propane heater smartly

Propane heaters are a great way to supplement your home’s heating system. If you want to be able to use an unheated space like a sunroom, finished attic, garage or wall addition, a propane heater can make that happen. And when you’re not using it, you’re not burning energy heating them. Also, on days where you just want to heat one space, a propane heater does that while using less energy than a whole-house propane heating system.

Make sure you have enough propane

Get a fresh and full propane cylinder for your portable space heaters. If you have a wall heater, using it means you’re using more propane from your propane tank. Have the peace of mind that you won’t run out of propane by signing up for LG Jordan’s automatic propane delivery!

Keep a clear space

A good rule is to keep furniture, electronics, draperies and anything else at least three feet away from a propane heater, whether it’s a space heater or a wall heater. Not only is it for safety, but clear space around a heater allows the heated air to circulate more efficiently instead of being trapped in one space. And never use your propane space heater as a table and put things on it.

Know and practice propane safety

Do you know how to safely use your propane heater? There are some key things to know. With your propane space heater, you need to know how to swap your current propane cylinder out for a full one. When you leave the room, turn the heater off. If you have a circulating propane heater with flames, the flames should be blue. If they start turning orange, turn the heater off and contact your service technician. If you aren’t sure about anything, read the manual or contact LG Jordan. Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re working properly, and put in fresh batteries.

End the leaks

Lower your heating bills with this one old trick! The edges and bases around windows and doors are the main locations for drafts that let cold air into your home and heated air out. Those drafts can make your heater work harder, which will burn more energy and more of your money. Adding caulking and weather stripping is an inexpensive way to reduce drafts.
Want to know more about how propane space and wall heaters can work in your North Carolina home? Contact the pros at LG Jordan and we’ll be glad to help!