Residential LP Gas Delivery in Durham
Couch Oil Company added propane gas to our product line in 1989, and it has been popular with our customers ever since. Propane fuel is valued for being a diverse and versatile, from cooking and heating your home to powering everyday appliances. Our team installs propane tanks in new and existing homes, working closely with the building companies and heating and air conditioning companies to ensure the installation of your propane tank is done correctly.
Durham Propane Services Include:
- Delivery to your home or office
- Tank installation for new and existing homes
- Free consultations and estimates for new tank installations
- Propane tanks for sale in every size
- Automatic fill and budget payment plans
- Refill LP grill and forklift tanks at our Durham office
Related Propane (LP Gas) Fees:
- Weekend Delivery: $150.00 (does not include system test)
- System Test: $95.00 (test system and light pilots)
- Minimum Usage Fee: $75.00/ year unless you use 200 gallons in heating season (June 1- May 31)
- Emergency Weekday: $95.00 (deliveries will be made within 5 business days)
Benefits and Advantages of Using Propane Gas
Storage – Propane is stored very easily, which is one reason why our residential and commercial customers choose it over other types of fuel. Because it can be stored quickly and painlessly, allowing you to prioritize things other than power outages and short circuits. When opting for propane gas, you are in control of your energy source unlike electricity!
Clean Energy – Propane’s environmental safety is another reason why it’s chosen over other types of fuel, as it’s non-toxic for water and land. This is due to the strict guidelines enforced by the organizations such as the National Fire Protection Association. If you do experience an unexpected propane, it’s important to know that it will evaporate into the air in an non-harmful manner.
Versatility and Cost – Propane is very versatile and can perform a wide range of residential and commercial functions such as cooking, drying, fueling a fireplace, fueling machinery, and heating garages or offices. This clean-burning fuel is 20 degrees warmer when in comparison to electric heat pumps. Along with that, propane costs half as much per BTU as electricity and Gas fireplaces tend to cost anywhere from 30 to 60 percent less per hour of energy than wood fireplaces. Learn more about how propane can save you money by contacting us today at 919-286-5408.
Safety – Rigorous regulations and codes developed by the propane industry and the National Fire Protection Agency ensure that propane is safe and used responsibly. Other than outside help, propane has its own built-in safety features. For instance, it will not ignite when combined with air unless the source igniting it has a Fahrenheit temperature of 940 degrees. Naturally non-toxic, propane gas poses no threat to soil or water.
Clean Energy – Recognized as a clean source of energy, homeowners have been able to reduce the number of emissions being produced. Since propane is a gas it does not spill, pool, or create residue. Propane heating systems are 20 degrees warmer when compared to electric heat pumps. At the same time, propane costs half as much per BTU as electricity. In addition, gas fireplaces tend to cost anywhere from 30 to 60 percent less per hour of energy than wood fireplaces. Propane also produces 40 times fewer harmful emissions than wood burning.
Efficiency – Known as a clean energy source, propane gas can drastically decrease overall energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 68 percent. Propane furnaces round out with an annual fuel efficiency of 95 percent or higher, which is exceptionally better than electric furnaces. When homeowners are dissatisfied with their heat pump, the common concern is that their house is too drafty, which propane eliminates. If you’re looking for a snug, liveable home, propane is for you!
Propane offers not just a heating service but also a sense of comfort and calm that comes with a home that is adequately heated. Electric heaters cost more and are less efficient than propane heaters. The U.S. Department of Energy has even shown that electricity can end up costing twice as much as propane.
Household Uses for Propane
Propane Furnace – One of the reasons that homeowners are switching to propane furnaces is because of its longevity. Propane furnaces, on average, last five to ten years longer than their electric counterparts. In addition, propane furnaces operate for a little over twenty years.
Propane furnaces are also flexible in the sense that they do not need to be connected to municipal gas lines. It is because of this that propane heating systems can be made available to homes in rural areas without gas lines. Propane burns hotter than many fuels, heating the air within your home faster. This, in turn, circulates hot air throughout more effectively.
Propane Boilers – Propane boilers are very effective in cutting down overall energy use, which in turn cuts down the energy bill. This heating system emits 37 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than electricity and requires less maintenance.
Propane Fireplaces – Propane fireplaces provide a much more effective dispersion of heat than wood fireplaces. It has also been known to burn 40 times as long without the harmful emissions while providing five to six times the heating capacity.
Water Heating – The third largest energy use in the home is residential water heating. Propane water heaters can reduce your energy bill to half that of electric water heaters. Water heaters also reduce greenhouse gas emission by 60 percent.
Backup (Standby) Generators – Hurricanes and floods can easily result in power disruption that has several repercussions such as spoiled and wasted food and missed alarm notifications. Be prepared for the worst weather conditions with propane-powered backup generators!
Propane Gas Tank Sizes
Residential Propane Gas Tank Dimensions
Reading Your Propane Tank Percentage Gauge
Knowing how to read your propane tank percentage gauge ensures you always have the fuel you need, when you need it. Even if your gauge says your tank is at 5%, it may actually be empty so it’s important to call before it reaches 25%!
What About Other Types of Heat?
Propane Vs. Electric Heating
Because propane heat blows at small intervals as opposed to running over long periods of time, it’s much more cost-effective long-term. Propane heat pumps also heat the air at between 130 and 140 F, where as electric heat pumps reach about 98 F, which is just below our body temperature.
Thanks to the National Fire Protection Association’s regulations, propane has become well-known for being safe and user-friendly. It is non-toxic, produces minimal emissions, and is environmentally friendly.
Propane Vs. Oil Heating
Propane is typically priced lower than heating oil. It’s also considered to be more efficient because it can power other appliances such as water heaters, pool heaters, and ranges from one single fuel tank. Propane appliances can be vented through basic PVC pipes through a wall or roof, whereas oil heating-based appliances typically need to be vented through a chimney. Oil-burning appliances need to be maintained more meticulously than propane-burning appliances. It’s tough to beat the efficiency of propane-buring appliances!
How Much Propane Gas Do I Need For My Durham Home?
Propane is measured in BTU’s (British Thermal Units) and while estimating how much commercial propane fuel you need, it’s important to keep intended use in mind.
Estimating how much residential heating oil you need without knowing the square footage of your home and the average temperature outside is challenging. After factoring in those details, we’ll likely be able to estimate how much fuel you’ll need within a 24-hour timeframe at your desired temperature. Some residential homes may need 200 gallons, while others may need 700 gallons!
Schedule Your Durham Area Propane Delivery Today
If you live in the Durham area, please contact Couch Oil Company to schedule your propane gas delivery. You can set up monthly automated fill-ups or just a one-time fill. To get started with your order, fill out the easy-to-use form on the right side of the page or call now: 919-286-5408
Couch Oil Company is proud to offer propane gas in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, Hillsborough, Carrboro, Rougemont, Moriah, Bahama, Cedar Grove, Mebane, Efland, Butner, Hurdle Mills, Timberlake, and surrounding communities.