Boost your A/C efficiency and longevity in 4 simple steps.

central air conditioning Shepherdstown, WV According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, roughly 52% of the average American home’s energy use goes to HVAC equipment. Additionally, your heating and cooling systems are some of the priciest things in your home. It only stands to reason that you’ll want to keep your central air conditioning equipment running as efficiently as possible — and for its longest lifespan.

Typically, a central air conditioner will last from 10 to 15 years before needing to be replaced. However, if you’re diligent in taking care of your equipment, it will keep you and your loved ones comfortable for lots of summers, potentially longer than the standard life expectancy.

The HVAC team at Roach Energy has been servicing and installing top-of-the-line cooling equipment in Shepherdstown and throughout the Eastern Panhandle for decades. Here are four tips we offer homeowners to extend their central A/C’s lifespan.

1. Don’t Neglect Your Air Filters.

Your forced-air cooling system has an air filter, which prevents dust, debris, mold, pollen and other airborne pollutants from entering your living spaces. If this filter becomes clogged, it will obstruct airflow. As a result, your A/C system will work harder, inflating your energy bills and speeding up wear and tear.

We recommend you check your air filter once a month in peak cooling seasons. Replace it (or clean reusable filters) if it’s dirty. This is a quick, inexpensive process, but it pays off big in A/C performance and longevity.

2. Protect Your Outdoor A/C Equipment.

Your central A/C system’s outdoor condenser is crucial in delivering cool air to your home. You don’t want it to be obstructed with plant life, grass clippings and other yard debris. For this reason, we suggest you maintain 18 to 30 inches of clear space around your outdoor unit and never stack anything on top of it.

3. Be Smart with Your Central A/C Usage.

A surefire way to shorten your air conditioning equipment’s lifespan is to run it more often than you need to. So, think critically about how you manage your thermostat settings. We suggest that you:

  • Program your air conditioning system to 78°F when you are home and awake.
  • Program your A/C to shut off 20 to 30 minutes before you leave home each day and come back 20 to 30 minutes before you return home.
  • Program reductions in cooling to begin 60 minutes before you go to sleep and return to normal comfort levels 30 minutes before you wake up.
  • Run ceiling fans whenever possible. They circulate air and make your rooms feel cooler, so you can keep your thermostat a bit higher.

By taking these simple steps, you can reduce your energy consumption and slow wear and tear on your A/C equipment.

4. Arrange Annual A/C Maintenance from Roach Energy.

If you want your cooling equipment to last for the longest time possible, you need to get it serviced every year. An annual tune-up will keep it running efficiently and slow down the deterioration of critical parts. The result is a longer service life and lower energy costs.

We also suggest you protect your A/C with a Roach Energy service plan. This coverage includes:

  • A free annual tune-up
  • Priority service
  • Up to a 25% discount on parts and labor (depending on plan level)

Our Gold Level plans include full coverage of many key A/C parts like your contractor, capacitor, wire connectors, nonprogrammable thermostat, disconnect and insulation on the refrigerant line.

Get total peace of mind with central air conditioning maintenance from Roach Energy. Contact us today to request service.

Propane safety training and awareness to protect your loved ones and property.

propane Hedgesville, WV There’s a reason propane is a smart — and popular — fuel choice for so many households in Hedgesville and across the Eastern Panhandle region. It’s efficient, eco-friendly, and versatile. It’s also a very safe energy source. However, leaks can happen, and it’s important that you and your family know how to detect a propane leak and respond appropriately.

Recognizing a Gas Leak

Make sure everyone in your family can identify the smell of leaking propane gas and take these precautions to make sure any leaking fuel is detected quickly.

  • Know the Smell: All propane has an additive (ethyl mercaptan) that smells like rotten eggs or skunk spray so that it’s quickly and easily identified.
  • Install Gas Leak Detectors: We recommend placing UL-listed gas detectors near your propane appliances. These are not the same as carbon monoxide detectors, which — while essential for a safe home — don’t detect propane leaks.
  • Arrange Regular Service: Roach Energy can inspect and service all your propane-fired equipment.

Responding to a Propane Leak

If you smell gas or receive an alert from a gas leak detector, please immediately follow these propane safety procedures:

  • Leave the Area Right Away: Get everyone out of the building or the area where you detected a gas leak. Extinguish all sources of ignition, like cigarettes or candles. Make sure no one does anything that could create a spark: no one should use a phone, switch lights on or off, or use any appliances.
  • Shut Off the Propane Tank: ONLY if it is safe to do so, close the shutoff valve to your home propane tank or propane cylinder.
  • Call for Help: As soon as everyone is away — across the street or down the block is good — call 911 and then call us.

Everyone should stay away from the building until first responders have told you it’s safe, even if you no longer smell gas.

We also recommend you prominently post important numbers for your family, including your local emergency services and propane supplier.

Propane Safety Dos and Don’ts

If you use propane cylinders for your home, make sure you know how to handle the tanks safely.

  • Do have all propane equipment and tanks inspected regularly.
  • Don’t store propane cylinders near cleaning fluids or flammable substances.
  • Do store propane cylinders outdoors, protected from sunlight and rain.
  • Do not smoke anywhere near your propane cylinder storage.

If you use propane for cooking:

  • Don’t attempt to relight a pilot light if you smell gas. If you do relight a pilot light yourself, follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly.
  • Do call us if a pilot light goes out frequently, if flames are yellow, or if you notice a significant amount of soot. Gas flames should be mainly blue when burning correctly.

Roach Energy is Here for Your Safety.

Your safety is important to us, and we know it’s important to you. Our technicians are trained to install and repair propane equipment and appliances safely. We are always available to help ensure your propane appliances and storage are safe and working correctly.

If you have any questions about propane safety for your West Virginia home, contact us any time.

Efficient, long-term cooling with ductless mini-splits

ductless home cooling Martinsburg, WV When you have a smaller home, apartment, duplex, tiny house or another residence with limited space, every inch counts. Roach Energy customers in Martinsburg and around the Eastern Panhandle who prefer a cozy living space often ask us what the most efficient, compact HVAC options are.

As we approach warmer months in our part of the country, we recommend that residents of smaller homes consider ditching loud, cumbersome, inefficient window air conditioners. Ductless air conditioning provides a much better option for these spaces.

What is ductless A/C?

Ductless mini-splits use heat pump technology to reliably cool your rooms without ductwork. These systems consist of indoor air handlers that are mounted on your walls and an outdoor compressor/condenser. Thin tubes with power cables, refrigerant lines and other connectors link the indoor and outdoor equipment.
When you need to cool down your home, your indoor air handlers draw in warm air from your home. Refrigerant then transfers the heat outside, where it’s expelled. Cooled air returns to your home.

Why are ductless mini-splits great for small homes?

Installing ductwork is disruptive and costly. It can take away valuable living space, too.

Ductless mini-splits require no ductwork, and installation typically requires only drilling to mount the equipment and run tubing. We can normally complete a whole-home installation in less than one day.

Unlike window units, ductless A/C is in place year-round. It won’t block your sunlight or mar your home’s outside appearance. You won’t need to worry about cooled or heated air escaping through gaps in window units anymore.

And ductless systems are incredibly adaptable when it comes to housing space. Depending on the size and configuration of your home, you might be able to get by with a small number of indoor air handlers.

What are the other benefits of ductless mini-splits?

By choosing ductless A/C, you can enjoy a range of fantastic benefits, including the following:

  • Efficient zoned cooling. Each of your indoor units works independently, so you’ll only cool down zones that are inhabited, saving you money.
  • No duct losses. Air lost via leaky ducts can account for over 30% of energy consumption for A/C. Ductless systems eliminate this issue.
  • Attractive, quiet and discreet. Today’s ductless A/C equipment is compact, whisper-quiet and sleekly designed. We can help you position your units for maximum coverage and low visibility.
  • Long service life. With appropriate maintenance, your ductless A/C can last for 20 years or more.
  • Supplemental heat. Some ductless products also provide home heating in fall and early winter.

Need Ductless A/C? Contact Roach Energy

We perform more ductless mini-split installations than almost anyone else in our region. Spring is an excellent time to upgrade your home’s cooling equipment. We can provide a free, no-obligation assessment of your living space and identify the ideal air conditioning option for you. We’ll secure your equipment and install it quickly. Roach Energy is also at your service for A/C maintenance to keep your ductless mini-splits running effectively for decades!

Get in touch with us today to explore your ductless A/C options.

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.

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.