As propane home appliances gain traction in Nova Scotia you may find yourself buying a new home with propane already installed. If you’re not familiar with using propane in your home, here are five things you may want to ask so you can get a better understanding of if it’s right for you!
- What’s the propane being used for? Propane isn’t just a heating fuel. Many people use it in their kitchens for their oven and stove, outside for the BBQ, or even in the laundry room to run a clothes dryer. You’ll want to know which appliances are connected to propane and also consider whether you want to upgrade any others to propane systems.
- Who owns the propane tank? Some people will buy their own propane tank outright and when you buy the house you may be buying the propane tank too. This means you won’t have to worry about monthly rental fees, however you will be responsible for any tank maintenance. Some tanks are provided as a rental by the propane company and when you buy the house they are happy to transfer over the rental agreement. This means the company is responsible for maintaining the tank but you’ll have a monthly fee to cover.
- How big is the propane tank? This will help you determine how often you’ll need to have it filled which can affect your monthly budgeting plans.
- Is the tank above or below-ground? Rental tanks are usually above ground to make it easier to access for maintenance and removal. Some people prefer a below ground tank for aesthetic reasons.
- Can you have access to the propane tank maintenance records? Regular maintenance is very important to ensure the tank is working optimally. Take a look at the maintenance records to ensure the tank has been properly cared for and you won’t end up with a high maintenance bill in the future. Having the tank inspected by a licensed professional is also important before buying a house with propane.
Buying a new home is exciting and we hope these questions will help you determine if a home with propane is right for you! Interested in learning more about home propane head over to our page here. Make sure to contact your closest West Nova Fuels or Superline Fuels branch when you move into your new home and we can take the stress out getting your heating set up!