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RB, Home Buyer in Montclair, NJ

Thinking about making an offer on a house in Ptown which is heated by Propane. There is a large unit on the floor in the living room which heats the

Asked by RB, Montclair, NJ Mon Nov 29, 2010

entire unit. I am not familiar with propane....is it safe, effecient, etc? Should I have concerns? Thanks

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Propane is in widespread use throughout the US, and is considered safe and efficient. The link at the bottom shows comparisons of various fuels for your information.

This link compares oil vs propane: http://www.homeconstructionimprovement.com/oil-vs-propane-fo…

Another site: http://www.hartandiliff.com/questions_oilvspropane.html

and finally, a fuel calculator : http://www.homeconstructionimprovement.com/oil-vs-propane-fu…

I hope these links help, best wishes in Ptown, it is beautiful out that way. Our family used to take our summer vacations there when I was a kid...just beautiful!

Jim HSOA.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 30, 2010
This type of heating is very common here in Provincetown. We do not have natural gas so all are propane. In some cases the heat is provided by a gas log fireplace and in many cases space type heaters. In any purchase you will want to have a home inspection which will entail testing the heating system. Good luck in purchase!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 6, 2013
Propane is common in certain areas. I have a vaction home heated by propane and its basically natural gas in a bottle instead of a direct line. Just be sure to be on an automatic fill.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 1, 2010
Here seems to be an unbiased opinion of propane vs. electric. http://www.thefrugallife.com/heating.html

Propane works great. Just make sure you have a service so you do not run out while you are away.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 29, 2010
Thanks for all this helpful information. We are looking to use the unit occasionally in the winter months and rent it out during the peak summer season - so making sure the heat is sufficient is very important to us.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 29, 2010
RB,

You have received some great information from the trulia Pros.

We would like to add that many of the Cape's older homes are seasonal in nature or may have only a partial cellar. In the event that the current heating arrangement is not sufficient, it would be advisable to have a clear understanding of your future options that may be limited by crawl spaces or limited cellar space.

Our recommendation is that you consider not only having a structural inspection but a heating system evaluation by an established HVAC contractor.

Ptown is a fun town and now is a wonderful time to be considering purchase options.

Bill
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 29, 2010
Propane heat is basically the same as natural gas for home heating and cooking. On Cape Cod, natural gas is only available up through Eastham, beyond that your choices are then oil, propane or electric for heating. In general, propane and natural gas have been more efficient and less expensive than heating with oil or electricity. Additionally propane burns cleaner than oil and leaves no detectable odor when burning, It is recommended to have a propane furnace serviced at the same intervals as a natural gas furnace, generally every year or two depending on recommendations by furnace manufacturer. You should have the unit inspected thoroughly by your home inspector, especially if it is older, to make sure it is in good working order and has proper venting. Massachusetts requires all homes to be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors so that in the event of a problem it would be detected. FA Days Propane is a local provider here in town and could answer any other specific questions that you may have (508.487.0041). So yes, propane is very safe and efficient.
Web Reference: http://www.toddrousher.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 29, 2010
Propane is very common on the cape. You would want the unit inpsected by your home insector or the heating company. Newer units have been judged very safe, if it is an older unit they would check it for to see if it is functioning properly and contains the safety features of newer units.
Web Reference: http://www.ScottSellsNH.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 29, 2010
On the Outer Cape, (Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown), the only heating/cooking gas we use due to our fragile infrastrucure, is LP or liqued propane. It is perfectly safe. The RINNAI propane heaters are perfectly safe. I would suggest a licensed home inspector inspect the unit once you have a agreed upon offer, and set up a yearly maintenance schedule with our local propane supplier who will ensure that it is in good working order. Most of my clients, when not in the unit during the winter season, keep the thermostat set at 45 degrees; When they arrive, the heater gets the unit to a comfortable range in a matter of 15 minutes. Happy Buying!!
Web Reference: http://www.ptownhomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 29, 2010
These types of heaters are common in older homes. My experience has been that they work quite well and are not unsafe.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 29, 2010
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