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Ensuring the safety and reliability of your home propane tank

propane tanks Jefferson County, WV If you own a propane tank in Jefferson County or elsewhere in the Eastern Panhandle region, maintaining it is essential to safeguard your household’s comfort and safety. This critical storage equipment could provide fuel for your home’s heating, hot water equipment, stove, dryer and many other appliances and amenities.

It can be easy to disregard your propane tank, which is often out of sight on a day-to-day basis. However, when you own a tank (as opposed to leasing one from your propane company), its upkeep is on your shoulders. The team at Roach Energy can provide some guidance on warning signs that your propane tank is nearing retirement.

What’s a home propane tank’s lifespan?

Stationary propane tanks that power a home’s comfort systems and appliances are built to last. When properly maintained, aboveground tanks will serve a household for 30 years or more. Underground tanks may only last about two decades.

Some variables that can determine precisely how long your tank will last include the quality of material and craftsmanship in the manufacturing process, how often it faces severe weather events and how well it’s maintained.

How can I tell if my propane tank is failing?

It’s not always easy to tell if an older propane tank is nearing retirement. Excessive rusting, discoloration and corrosion are standard warning signs. (Some rusting is normal for an outdoor fuel tank.)

If you smell gas near your tank, you should immediately get out of the area and extinguish any ignition sources, like grills, cigarettes, firepits and candles. Contact Roach Energy and emergency services to address the issue.

As a general rule, you will need a trained propane service technician to determine the overall health of your propane tank. Roach Energy is available to inspect your tank and advise if you need to replace it.

We also offer propane tank leasing that can relieve you of the stress of having to maintain and repair your own tank.

Why should you consider leasing a tank from Roach Energy?

There are many compelling reasons why the majority of Roach Energy propane customers choose to lease their propane tank from us. Here are a few of them:

  • We carry a range of aboveground and underground tank sizes and can advise you on the best one for your home.
  • We handle installation, connecting the tank and safety testing it.
  • As long as you lease a tank from us, we take care of all the upkeep and any repairs necessary.
  • If your fuel needs change, we can swap out the propane tank for another size — it’s totally hassle-free!

If you’re interested in exploring your propane tank leasing options, we encourage you to reach out to us to discuss them. Our team is happy to discuss your propane needs and how we can address them.

Our team is standing by to speak with you. Contact us today for a tank inspection or a no-obligation consultation on leasing a propane tank.

Keep your HVAC system running efficiently all summer.

central air Berkeley County, WV According to the U.S. Department of Energy, roughly 52% of the average home’s energy usage goes to heating and cooling. As we look ahead to the arrival of summer in the Eastern Panhandle region, it’s crucial to take good care of your central air conditioning equipment. If you properly maintain your cooling system with the tips below, you can safeguard your summertime comfort and keep your energy bills low.

1. Check Your Air Filters

With a forced air heating and cooling system, your air filter is the first line of defense against indoor air pollutants. They catch dust, pollen, bacteria, mold and other airborne agents that can negatively impact your home. It’s crucial to check your filters each month in the peak heating and cooling season.
If your air filter is dirty or clogged, clean it (if it’s reusable) or replace it (if it’s disposable). Clogged air filters impede airflow and make your A/C equipment cycle more often.

2. Manage Your Thermostat Settings

You can lower your cooling costs by up to 10% by turning up your thermostat by 7 to 10 degrees for 8 hours a day. With a programmable thermostat, you can reduce your A/C usage in the evenings and while the house is empty.

You can also go a step further with a Wi-Fi-enabled smart thermostat. These fantastic devices allow you to adjust your temperatures remotely from a smartphone. They also can make their own energy-saving adjustments.

3. Take Care of Your Outdoor A/C Unit

The condenser unit of a central A/C system releases heat that has been absorbed from your home and returns cooled air to the rooms. It’s important to keep this outdoor unit clean and well-maintained. Here are some ways to do it:

  • When you’re mowing the grass, turn off the outdoor A/C unit.
  • Position your lawnmower to minimize the amount of clippings and other debris getting blown in the direction of the unit.
  • After mowing your lawn, spray the condenser unit with a hose. It only takes a minute to rinse away the debris.
  • Clear away plants, shrubs or other objects to create 18 to 30 inches of space around the outdoor unit — allowing it to “breathe.”
  • Don’t stack garden hoses, landscaping tools or anything else on top of the outdoor unit.

4. Contact Roach Energy for Regular A/C Maintenance

Annual maintenance is essential to ensure the efficient and dependable operation of your central A/C equipment. A yearly tune-up practically pays for itself in lower electricity usage and fewer repair calls. You can protect your cooling equipment with a Roach Energy Central Air Conditioning Service Plan. This coverage includes an annual tune-up, plus priority service and significant savings if you need a repair.

Spring is a great time to arrange your annual cooling equipment tune-up in Berkeley County. Temperatures are milder, and our technicians are more available for routine maintenance. Request service today, and we’ll have your central A/C ready before temperatures rise.

Three simple ways to confirm the fill level of your propane cylinder.

grill tank exchange Berkeley Springs, WV After so many weeks of frigid weather in Berkeley Springs and throughout the Eastern Panhandle region, we wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t thought about your grill for a while. But the warm weather is coming soon, and with that, we expect to see Roach Energy customers lighting up their propane grills.

Do you recall how much propane was in your grill tank the last time you cooked out?

Many of today’s freestanding grills have scales in their storage compartments where you attach your 20-pound propane cylinder with a restraining bolt, and the scale tells you how full it is.

How can you gauge the amount of propane left in your cylinder if your grill doesn’t have a cylinder scale? Here are three simple methods:

1. Weighing the Propane Cylinder on a Home Scale

You can use a regular home scale to figure out your grill tank’s current fill percentage. Start by looking for two numbers on the neck of your cylinder:

  • TW (Tare Weight): The weight of the empty cylinder
  • WC (Water Capacity): The propane capacity of the cylinder

Weigh the cylinder on your home scale, subtract the TW, and then divide the result by the WC. This calculation is the current percentage fill of your grill’s tank.

2. Using Hot Water to Find Your Fill Line

Remember that propane is stored in your cylinder as a compressed liquid. By finding the fill line on your grill tank, you can determine approximately how much fuel is left for your grill. To do this, all you need is some hot water.

Fill a bucket with hot water and pour it over the side of your cylinder. Propane absorbs heat, so the cylinder metal will feel cool where there’s fuel. This method provides an indication of the current fill level.

3. Purchasing an External Tank Gauge

External tank gauges are excellent, convenient ways to keep constant track of how much grilling propane you have. These devices are available on Amazon and at most hardware stores. They attach between the grill’s regulator and the cylinder service valve. Depending on the model, you can access analog or digital readouts. In addition to always knowing the fill percentage of the grill time, you might be able to see the remaining cooking time, and some external tank gauges even have smartphone connectivity!

Need propane for the barbecue? Contact Roach Energy!

You can get a head start on grilling season by refilling or exchanging your empty propane cylinder at one of Roach Energy’s convenient cylinder locations. We supply propane cylinder exchanges and refill stations at local businesses in Shepherdstown, Falling Waters, Inwood and Martinsburg. You can fill any safe portable propane tank, whether it’s a 20-pound cylinder or a 100-pound tank for a home appliance. Get the propane you need quickly and be ready for your first warm-weather gathering.

Need information about the nearest propane cylinder refilling or exchange to your home? Contact Roach Energy today. We’re more than happy to help!

You can upgrade to a top-notch tank or tankless propane water heater.

water heater Inwood, WV Like so many of the things we depend on every day, hot water is easy to take for granted. Indeed, many homeowners only think about their water heater when it fails, and they’re left without hot water. At Roach Energy, we talk to customers all the time about how to take care of their water heaters and when it might be time to update to something newer and more efficient.

Warning Signs Your Water Heater Is Struggling

The average lifespan of a traditional tank water heater is about 8 to 12 years. Tankless systems have longer lifespans. If your water heater is approaching 10 years of service, you should start thinking about a replacement.

The most common cause of a water heater failure is internal corrosion caused by long-term exposure to particles in water. A sacrificial anode rod in your tank will slow corrosion for a while, but eventually, the particles will eat away at your tank.

Here are some early warning signs your water heater may be struggling:

  • Hot water not lasting as long
  • Strange noises inside the water tank
  • Water pooling at the base of the unit
  • Brown, rusty or otherwise discolored water from the tap
  • Unexplained increases in energy bills

Get in touch with us right away if you notice these issues. We can get started securing a high-quality water heater replacement before your current unit fails, saving you a lot of headaches.

Taking Care of Your Water Heater

One of the best ways to keep your water heater working efficiently and for the longest lifespan possible is by flushing it of sediment every year. To do this, you would turn off the burner and close the cold water intake, then attach a hose to the drain valve. You can drain the water outside or into a floor drain, shower or utility sink. Then, you close the drain valve, refill the tank and turn the burner back on.

For specific instructions for your water heater, consult the owner’s manual. The Roach Energy team is also available to help.

Benefits of Upgrading to a More Efficient Water Heater

Did you know that almost 20% of the average U.S. home’s energy use is for heating water?

It’s a good idea to invest in the most efficient water heater to save you money and ensure superior hot water for your showers, faucets and appliances.

If you have an inefficient electric water heater right now, converting to a propane water heater can do wonders for your energy usage. Propane water heaters can heat water at roughly twice the speed of an electric unit.

A propane tankless water heater is even more efficient. These products generate nearly endless hot water whenever you need it. They don’t reheat unused water in a storage tank, which eliminates “standby losses” and significantly lowers how much energy you use. The Propane Education & Research Council crunched the numbers and found that a 2,400-square-foot home in the Midwest can save about $355 per year by converting from a traditional electric water heater to a tankless propane unit.

Roach Energy handles water heater installations and maintenance in Inwood and throughout the Eastern Panhandle region. Contact us to request service or an evaluation for your unit.

How hot (and how efficiently) can propane burn?

propane Charlestown, WV Is propane currently powering the furnace or boiler that’s warming your Eastern Panhandle home? What about the water heater that keeps your showers steamy and your dishes and clothes clean? Do you rely on propane to fuel these and other crucial home comfort appliances?

Every day, we talk to homeowners in Charleston and across our service area about the value of propane HVAC systems and other products. Propane generates robust, efficient power in a wide range of appliances.

Here’s a rundown of just how hot propane’s flame is.

How hot is a propane flame?

When propane burns efficiently, its flame is blue. The temperature of that flame is 3,596° F. If your propane flame is yellow or orange, that means the gas is not burning completely. An orange or yellow flame’s temperature is probably way down at 1,832° F. You’re losing out on a lot of warmth., and much of your fuel is going right out of the chimney. It’s important to reach out to a propane technician like the folks at Roach Energy. We can fix your burner to ensure your propane is burning safely and efficiently.

It’s worth noting that the flame of natural gas burns about as hot as propane — but that doesn’t mean that they’re equally efficient at generating heat energy.

What are British thermal units?

A British thermal unit (or Btu) is the amount of heat energy required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by 1° F. One Btu is roughly equivalent to the energy released by burning a match. Using Btu’s to measure heat generation is useful because it tells you how effective an energy source is at generating heat.

One gallon of propane can generate about 91,452 Btu’s. You would need about 27 kilowatt hours of electricity to produce the same number of Btu’s. When you measure propane gas by cubic feet, you’ll see that propane generates over twice as many Btu’s per cubic foot as natural gas.

How efficient are propane products?

Propane systems and appliances are some of the most energy-efficient on the market. Today’s propane furnaces have fuel efficiency ratings as high as 98.5%. Pretty much all the fuel you burn in these products goes to heating your home, and these furnaces consistently deliver air heated to 120°–140°F, even on icy winter nights.
Propane water heaters, when new and properly sized, have about double the hot water recovery rates of electric units. Propane tankless water heaters produce virtually unlimited hot water on demand — using even less fuel.

Propane dryers get laundry dry in considerably less time than electric products. They also leave fewer wrinkles, cutting down on your ironing.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg for high-performance propane products. There are also professional-quality gas ranges, dependable standby generators, gas fireplaces, outdoor amenities and more.

Roach Energy — For All Your Propane Needs

If your West Virginia home depends on propane appliances, Roach Energy can be your one-stop shop for reliable propane delivery and expert HVAC services. Our friendly, professional team is always at your service to keep your home warm and comfortable.

Want a propane company that truly values your home comfort? Become a Roach Energy customer today.

If your heating oil tank is indoors, you’re probably safe.

heating oil Shepherdstown, WV We’ve already had our share of icy weather this winter. In Shepherdstown and elsewhere in the Eastern Panhandle region, January brought many nights of sustained freezing temperatures. We don’t need to tell you that a lot can go wrong when temperatures get this low. Cars won’t start. Home heating systems break down from overwork.

At this time of the year, many of our customers are grateful they use heating oil to heat their homes. It might be numbingly cold outside, but heating oil still generates a robust 138,500 Btu of heat energy per gallon. To put that in context, you would need about 134 cubic feet of natural gas or 41 kilowatt hours of electricity to achieve that amount of heat production.

At Roach Energy, we sometimes hear from customers worried about whether their heating oil can freeze — and what that could mean for their heating systems.

Does heating oil freeze?

In temperatures at or below 16°F, heating oil starts to solidify. It doesn’t turn to ice like water does. Instead, it undergoes a process called “gelling,” transforming into a thicker, viscous, waxy sludge.

What does this mean for your heating equipment? Gelling heating oil will expand and settle on the bottom of your oil tank. This means that less burnable fuel is available for your furnace or boiler. Gelling oil also affects your fuel lines. It builds up inside them and narrows the passage to your heating system’s burners, lowering your heating equipment’s fuel efficiency.

Additionally, your equipment’s atomizing nozzle — which turns heating oil into vapor so it can be burned — can become blocked with gelling fuel. So can your system’s fuel filter. The repair cost to replace these parts may be pricy, not to mention the inconvenience of your heating equipment breaking down.

Is your heating oil at risk of gelling?

If your heating oil tank is located in a basement or attached garage, as most tanks tend to be, you are probably safe from gelling issues. These tanks receive the benefit of heat from your home, which tends to keep them above the “gel point” temperature. The same is true of older underground oil tanks. The ground generally insulates them and lowers the risk of gelling.

Talk to Roach Energy about your heating oil tank.

If your heating oil tank is vulnerable to freezing temperatures, the professionals at Roach Energy can discuss options with you to reduce the risk of gelling. We can insulate your heating oil tank, bury fuel lines or install wider fuel lines to lower the chance of blockages. These are just a few of the options we offer.
We also have solutions for households and mobile homes that need heating fuel with a lower gel point. Roach Energy proudly delivers top-quality kerosene to customers who need it.

Don’t worry this winter that gelling heating fuel will damage your equipment. Reach out to Roach Energy. Together, we can address your concerns and keep you and your loved ones safe and warm.

Roach Energy offers FREE automatic propane delivery.

propane tank Hedgesville, WV How many of your home’s systems, appliances and amenities depend on propane? Many Roach Energy customers in Hedgesville and elsewhere in eastern West Virginia use this versatile fuel to heat their homes all winter, generate robust hot water, cook meals, dry clothes and provide backup power. Propane powers gas logs, firepits, grills, patio heaters and other fantastic products that improve your quality of life.

Having a propane tank on your property, you can enjoy energy independence. You control your own heating fuel instead of relying on a utility with under-maintained infrastructure. With Roach Energy as your partner, you can rest easy that we’ll get to you when you need a propane delivery.

That said, it’s important to know how to read your propane tank gauge and when to contact us for more fuel.

Finding and Reading a Propane Tank Gauge

You will find your gauge on top of your home’s propane tank. There’s a small dome lid covering it. Lift it, and you’ll find a gauge resembling a car’s speedometer with numbers from 5 to 95. This number indicates the percentage full your tank is, based on the current volume of your propane (how much space it takes up) using a float on the end of a stem.

We recommend that customers contact us when their tank gauge is around 30%.

Volume Changes in Your Propane Tank

Propane is transported and stored under pressure as a liquid. Propane’s volume can expand and contract depending on several factors, including outdoor temperatures. Like water, propane expands as the temperature rises. But propane’s volume increases nearly 17 times the volume of water over the same temperature increase.
This can affect the reading on your tank gauge. For example, in moderate temperatures (around 60°F), the gauge of a 250-gallon propane tank containing 100 gallons of propane would read about 40%. But if the temperature drops in the evening, that 100 gallons of propane would contract, and the tank gauge might show a lower percentage fill with the same amount of fuel.

The question of volume expansion also affects how propane companies fill tanks. Roach Energy and all other companies follow the “80-20 fill rule.” When we do propane delivery for an aboveground tank, we only fill it to about 80%. Leaving space allows the propane to expand safely in warmer weather.

Roach Energy’s FREE Automatic Delivery

With so many responsibilities and challenges in daily life, it can be all too easy to forget to check your propane tank gauge. You don’t want the first reminder that you’re low on fuel to be a heating system that won’t come on. An unexpected run-out means you’ll need to arrange an emergency propane delivery, and we’ll also need to perform a safety leak test before filling your tank. It can be an expensive and inconvenient situation.

We can help you avoid this situation altogether with our FREE automatic delivery schedule. Roach Energy tracks your fuel usage and plans the next delivery for you. You don’t need to monitor your tank or call us for propane — and you can be confident that you won’t run out.

To enroll in our on-fee, no-stress automatic delivery service, reach out to Roach Energy today.

Hearth inserts and gas logs ensure comfort, safety, and efficiency.

gas fireplace Martinsburg, WV We don’t need to tell you that Martinsburg and eastern West Virginia can get mighty frigid this time of year. Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy a bit of additional heat on a freezing night, especially when it comes with a stunning fire in your hearth?

At Roach Energy, we sell, install and service propane fireplace products throughout the Eastern Panhandle region. These convenient, attractive appliances also offer fantastic efficiency and safety.

Fuel Efficiency for Gas Fireplaces

Propane fireplaces are already some of the most convenient ways to enjoy supplemental heat and charming ambiance from your hearth. You can get an instant, spellbinding flame with the turn of the dial, the push of a remote or even a swipe on a smartphone app. This is infinitely easier than chopping and lugging wood around, getting down on the floor to stoke a flame and waiting all night for the embers to die down.

Today’s gas fireplaces are also highly efficient. Propane hearth products can achieve Fireplace Efficiency (FE) ratings of over 90%, compared to only about 15% FE for wood fireplaces. If you only occasionally use your propane fireplace, it may require as few as 25 gallons of propane per year.

Lower Emissions with Propane Fireplaces

From an environmental and air quality perspective, propane hearth products have excellent benefits. Wood smoke contains fine particulate matter that, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, can trigger asthma symptoms and cause illnesses like bronchitis. Propane emits virtually no particulate matter.

Propane also has a lower carbon intensity (the amount of carbon dioxide released to generate a given amount of energy) than pretty much any other home fuel besides natural gas. Unlike natural gas, propane contains no methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas.

Efficiency of Vented vs. Vent-Free Gas Fireplaces

There are both direct-vent or vent-free propane fireplace products, and the one you choose will determine how efficient its heat generation is. Direct-vent fireplaces require an open chimney or flue to vent combustion products outdoors. They have more realistic flames, but you lose some heating efficiency through the venting process.

Vent-free fireplaces have better heating efficiency but smaller flames. And you cannot place them in enclosed spaces or bedrooms. (Some local ordinances prohibit vent-free products inside homes altogether.)

Roach Energy ensures your gas fireplace efficiency!

At Roach Energy, we are proud to sell and install top-quality propane hearth products from Heat & Glo, Monessen, and other trusted brands. Our friendly propane technicians will help you choose the best gas fireplace for your space and budget.

Also, we are always available for propane fireplace maintenance. Having your gas-fired product serviced every year or so will extend its lifespan, maintain its fuel efficiency and prevent safety issues from developing.

Are you ready to start exploring your propane fireplace options? Reach out to the Roach Energy team, and we’ll put you on a pathway to enjoying a cozy fire whenever you like.

Is heating oil bad for the planet?

heating oil Berkeley county, wv At Roach Energy, we speak to homeowners every day who want to know if they are making the best home energy choices for their families and the planet. Many households in the Eastern Panhandle use heating oil, and they mistakenly think this fuel still generates black smoke and lots of soot.

Heating oil has undergone many changes since we started doing business in Berkeley, Morgan, Jefferson, and Washington counties in 1952. It’s greener than ever and almost unparalleled for efficient heat generation.

Is heating oil green?

Today’s heating oil is light years cleaner than the heating oil your grandparents used. For example, all the heating oil you use today is ultra-low sulfur. It contains a sulfur content of 15 ppm (parts per million) compared to the old fuel’s content of roughly 4,000 ppm. This makes a significant difference in improving air quality.

And the heating fuel industry is not finished. More heating oil than ever contains biodiesel made from recycled and renewable feedstocks. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions dramatically!

How efficient is heating oil?

Heating your home with oil is also incredibly efficient these days. Firstly, heating oil can generate a lot of warmth: 138,500 Btu (British thermal units) per gallon, according to the Department of Energy. You would need about 134 cubic feet of natural gas or 41 kilowatt hours of electricity to produce that amount of heat.

And today’s heating oil-powered furnaces and boilers are more fuel-efficient than ever before. On average, contemporary heating oil systems consume about 500 gallons less each year than in the 1970s. That helps the environment and your bottom line!

How does heating oil compare to electricity?

Many people claim that converting to all-electric heating can reduce a home’s carbon impact. But that ignores the reality that the power plants producing the energy to run electric home heating are far from green. West Virginia’s power grid is heavily reliant on coal for generation. Its carbon intensity is incredibly high, and that’s before you consider the lower energy efficiency that many electric home heating systems offer.

Roach Energy is your heating oil delivery partner.

With frigid winter weather arriving, it’s important to have a home comfort company that can ensure your safety and warmth. Roach Energy is that partner.

With our automatic heating oil delivery option, you won’t run out of fuel on a frigid night. Our computerized system calculates your heating oil use based on your past usage and the current weather. Then, we arrange a fuel delivery before you run low.

Roach Energy also has a friendly, experienced team of technicians who can ensure your heating system runs efficiently. Arranging boiler or furnace maintenance can lower your annual energy spending and shrink your home’s carbon footprint. Plus, we can help you find a new, high-efficiency heating oil system if your current equipment is nearing retirement.

For the most reliable heating oil delivery in the Eastern Panhandle, join the family of Roach Energy customers.

Propane offers efficiency, affordability and reliability.

propane appliances washington county, wv Eastern Panhandle homeowners evaluate many considerations when upgrading their home comfort systems and appliances. What will provide the best heating and hot water? Which products can save me time and lower my energy bills? How can I reduce my home’s carbon footprint?

At Roach Energy, we speak to people weighing whether they should consider electric or propane appliances. Here are some things you should know if you’re choosing between these two energy sources.

Electricity and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Electric furnaces, water heaters, clothes dryers and other appliances may not produce greenhouse gas emissions from your home, but the power stations generating that electricity do. West Virginia’s grid’s carbon intensity (how much carbon dioxide is generated to produce a given amount of energy) is nearly 3.5 times higher than propane’s carbon intensity. Our grid is heavily reliant on coal for power generation.

Home Heating — Propane vs. Electricity

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has found that roughly 29% of the average home’s energy use comes from heating. It makes sense to have the most efficient heating option.

Propane furnaces are exceptionally efficient, with Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings between 90% and 98%. They consistently generate heated air of 120 degrees in icy winter months.

Electric heat pumps often top out below the human body temperature (98.6 degrees). These systems can struggle to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures in sustained freezing weather.

Water Heaters — Propane vs. Electricity

Hot water generation comprises roughly 20% of U.S. home energy usage, per the DOE. Propane storage tank water heaters can warm up water about twice as fast as electric models. Meanwhile, propane-powered tankless water heaters are even more efficient! They can supply virtually unlimited hot water on demand while using even less fuel.

Home cooking —Propane vs. Electricity

In a survey of 100 professional chefs, 96% said they preferred cooking with gas over electricity. Gas-fired ranges and ovens generate quick, robust heat and offer precise temperature control. Unlike electric stoves, they will still work in a blackout.

You might have heard some concerns recently about “gas stoves” and indoor air quality. Some recent studies have drawn a link between cooking with gas and respiratory issues, but there has been a lot of fearmongering that isn’t borne out by facts.

For example, most of these studies involve natural gas stoves, and the health concerns they raise aren’t relevant to propane stoves. Many point to the issue of methane leaks, but propane contains no methane.

Another concern is particulate matter, the microscopic liquids and solids humans can inhale. All cooking produces particulate matter, including cooking with electric stoves. That’s why it’s so important to ventilate your cooking space with a stove hood or an open window. This will minimize the presence of particulate matter and other emissions.

And the link between gas cooking and respiratory health is far from uniform. A Lancet Respiratory Medicine abstract found “no evidence of an association between the use of gas as a cooking fuel and either asthma symptoms or asthma diagnosis.”

Finally, it’s worth considering the safety concerns of electric stoves, too. The National Fire Protection Association found that electric ranges cause household fires at a rate 2.6 times greater than gas ranges; civilian injuries at a rate 4.8 times higher; and civilian deaths at a rate 3.4 times higher.

Roach Energy Is Your Propane Appliance Partner.

Propane can power other appliances with incredible efficiency. Propane clothes dryers typically have shorter drying times than electric products (and also leave fewer wrinkles and less static electricity).

Plus, there are lifestyle-enhancing appliances that you can propane can power but not electricity. These include fire pits, standby generators and gas fireplaces.

Talk to the friendly team at Roach Energy to explore your propane equipment options.

Sources: The Propane Education & Research Council, Choose Energy (“Electricity Generation by State”)