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Do You Have Hard-to-Heat Spaces in Your Home?

Take the Chill Off This Season with a Propane Space Heater!

space heaters north carolinaIf you need a smart solution for warming up hard-to-heat rooms, Admiral Propane has the answer. Propane space heaters are a safe and energy-efficient way to warm additions, in-law suites, and any rooms that don’t get sufficient heat from your main system. We also have options for unheated areas like garages, outbuildings, and sheds.

There are loads of benefits to these versatile heating units, and here are our top three:

1. Improve Comfort—Without Ductwork

Propane space heaters are easy to install and require no ductwork. We have a range of wall-mounted and free-standing models that deliver from 10,000 to 65,000 Btu’s to heat just about any sized space.

These aren’t rickety portable space heaters. Many units are self-adjusting, with variable-speed blowers to eliminate cold spots for consistent, even heat. Temperature-sensing technology means they can control Btu output, burning only as much gas as needed to maintain your desired temperature and save you money!

2. Heat Exactly When You Need It

Propane space heaters can help you keep a space in your home warm, even when the power is out. Don’t be at the mercy of the utility trucks when extreme weather knocks out the electricity!

3. Save on Monthly Heating Costs

Propane space heaters can warm a room quickly, while a central heating system can take 30 minutes or more to get to a comfortable temperature. In the fall or spring, a space heater can warm specific rooms on a chilly day rather than cranking up your heating system—and your heating bill.

With multiple units, we can help you set up a zoned heating system for your home, customizing how your home is heated, saving you energy and money.

Direct-Vent vs. Vent Free

While both types of heaters are great ways to provide supplemental heat for you home or hard to heat spaces, there are some differences that can affect your choice. Here’s what you need to know:

Direct vent space heaters are usually wall-mounted and direct exhaust fumes outside your home via a small pipe through an exterior wall. They offer precision control, with the ability to vary intensity and fan speed and some even come programmable thermostats and other automated settings. While they are more expensive to install, they can produce as much as twice the heat, although they can also be less efficient.

Since they don’t need to be placed on an outside wall, vent-free propane heaters offer greater installation flexibility, and they can be wall-mounted or freestanding. These units produce a fair amount of heat, but because they don’t vent exhaust outside your home, vent-free space heaters can only burn a certain amount of fuel per hour to operate safely. Keep in mind that it’s illegal to install vent-free heaters in rooms where people sleep for this reason, and some local building codes do not allow them to be installed at all.

The experts at Admiral Propane can answer all your questions and help you choose the right type of heater for your home, whether you’re in eastern Tennessee, Southern Virginia, or Northwest North Carolina. And you can count on us to install and service your propane space heater properly—along with all your propane needs. Contact us today for more information!

Time for Your Fall Tune-up: The Clock’s Ticking!

Don’t Skip Your Seasonal Maintenance Before the Winter Season Arrives

fall heating maintenance virginiaWould you consider yourself a procrastinator? Don’t worry if so—we’re all guilty of that at some point or another! Maybe you don’t want—or can—allocate the cost of a tune-up of your home-heating system right now. But what if you could slash your energy consumption and save on your heating bills throughout the whole winter, which, by the way, is forecast to be a bear? It’s all made possible when your propane-powered heating furnace or boiler is firing at peak efficiency, which requires periodic preventive maintenance by a trained technician, like the experts at Admiral Propane.

Preventative Maintenance Pays Off

Dust, dirt, and other particulates that gather in a unit throughout the year hurt performance, causing utility bills to subsequently skyrocket. A professional heating system tune-up and cleaning eliminates the grime and ensures all components are tiptop. Fall tune-ups also drastically cut the risk of a system’s failure. Maintenance also minimizes the chance of needing a major repair, and emergency service always costs more than preventive, so a yearly fall tune-up makes sound financial sense.
Scheduling a furnace or boiler tune-up in the fall also buys time for the technician to conduct a full inspection and make repairs before the temperatures turn frigid.

What Exactly Goes into a Professional Checkup?

Below, we list some of the tasks performed by one of our expert technicians at Admiral:

  • Clean your heating unit of dirt, dust, and gunk.
  • Check your thermostat settings to ensure energy efficiency and comfort for your family.
  • Reset specifications, as needed, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, and check all safety components.
  • Check all electrical connections, motors, and controls.
  • Inspect the fuel connections, pressure, and burner combustion.
  • Check vents, drafts, and flues for leaks. A ductwork leak can cause a heating loss of about 20 percent or more.
  • Inspect the heat exchanger. If the exchanger’s physical integrity is compromised, it can cause carbon monoxide to leak into the home.
  • Test the airflow. Restricted flow hurts your unit’s efficiency and can cause a rise in energy costs.

Admiral Propane is here for you and your home across our Tri-Cities service area and beyond. To schedule your annual fall tune-up of your propane heating systems and appliances, contact us today! You’ll thank yourself that you did!

Should You Consider Installing a Gas Log Set In Your Existing Wood Fireplace This Season?

propane fireplace tennesseeThe winters in the greater Tennessee region can be breathtaking in more ways than one. And while the snow-covered mountain caps on the Great Smokey Mountains are beautiful, the temperature in the surrounding communities can quickly drop to sub-zero levels within a matter of hours during a cold snap. Having a fireplace in your home not only gives you a way to escape the cold but provides a great space to snuggle up with your favorite book, person, or pet.

We hear—quite commonly—that people assume their traditional wood fireplaces can get the job done, but this isn’t always the case. In fact, there are several benefits that come with having a gas log fireplace as opposed to your existing wood-burning setup. Let’s look at some of the direct comparisons:

Propane Gas Logs are Easier to Use

Everyone loves the idea of a traditional wood fireplace—that is, until it comes time to actually use it. The process of collecting firewood and kindling to start the fire can be time consuming, and it can take even longer to get the fire going! Comparatively, with most gas log fireplaces, it takes a matter of seconds to start your fire. Simply press a button and your fire is burning brightly.

Not to mention you don’t have to get up to throw another log on the fire to keep it going. Gas log fireplaces will continue to produce a warm, beautiful flame up until you turn them off.

Propane Gas Logs Require Less Maintenance and Cleanup

Anyone who owns a wood burning fireplace knows what a pain it can be to clean them after its last use—and additionally perform routine maintenance. One of the biggest benefits with gas log fireplaces is that there is no afterburn clean up required. Since you aren’t burning actual logs, you won’t have to worry about cleaning the ashes, or look online or in the phonebook for a professional chimney cleaning service.

We will point out however that it’s recommended you have annual maintenance performed on your gas log fireplace—which can be taken care of in a quick, in-and-out visit from our propane professionals. In addition to any maintenance, our team of experts can also help troubleshoot or fix existing issues with your fireplace. Just make sure you are located within the Admiral Propane service area!

Propane Gas Logs Pose Less Safety Risks

When we think about a warm, crackling fireplace we don’t often think about the safety risks they might pose. With traditional wood fireplaces there is a higher risk of a fire spreading throughout your home. It also poses more of a risk to children or animals who may accidentally find a way past the fire screen you put in place.

With gas logs, the fire is contained and the risk of a fire spreading to other parts of your home is much less likely to happen. Also, most gas fireplaces have a protective barrier to prevent anyone from getting too close to the flames.

Call Admiral Propane for Your Propane Gas Fireplace Installation Today!

There’s nothing quite like snuggling down in front of a warm fire. We make it easy for that to happen with our full array of products from top manufacturers like Buck Stove, White Mountain Hearth, Real Fyre, & Empire Comfort. No more chopping wood, no more kindling, no more ashes, no more soot, and no more stress!

Our team of experts are here to help you pick the perfect gas logs for your home—and your budget. Contact us today to discuss your options and find the perfect fireplace for to keep you warm and cozy for the winter season ahead!

Buying A Propane-Powered Home? 3 Questions to Ask

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If you’ve got your eye on a Tennessee or northern North Carolina home that is powered by propane gas, congratulations – we think it’s a very smart move.

But before you put that deposit down, you’ll need some clarity about a few things – issues that don’t apply necessarily apply to a home that uses heating oil, electricity or natural gas as an energy source.

Propane Questions For A New Home

Here are three questions to ask when considering a home that uses propane as its primary fuel:

  1. Which appliances run on propane? Just because a house has a propane tank, it doesn’t mean that all the appliances within it are propane powered. For example, a home could have propane water heater and furnace, but an electric-powered clothes dryer and range. Ask your owner to provide the home’s most recent safety inspection, which should list all propane-powered appliances used in the home. If your seller can’t produce a safety inspection papers, we highly recommend a professional inspection before committing to buy.
  2. Who owns the propane tank? Propane tanks can be property of the homeowner or leased from the propane supplier. If the seller owns the tank, make sure ownership of the tank is included in the terms of the house sale, and be sure to get all maintenance paperwork for the tank. If the propane tanks are underground, ask for proof that they are protected against rust and erosion (which is called cathodic protection). And remember: the choice about who provides your propane deliveries is yours, no matter who owns the tank!
  3. How big is the propane tank? Ideally, your propane tank should have enough capacity do the job you’re asking it to do without excessive refilling, and without spending more than you have to when filling the tank. If you plan to add new propane appliances to your home – a propane fireplace, for example – or if you plan to upsize any of the appliances currently in place, make sure the current tank has enough capacity to keep up with your increased energy demands without causing you to run out of fuel every few weeks.

If you’re ready to take the plunge on a propane-powered home within our service area, welcome to the neighborhood! Now power that home with reliable propane gas deliveries from Admiral Propane. Watch for our pink trucks this October as we honor Susan G. Komen and Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2019!

Admiral Propane is your propane choice from the Tri-Cities to Greenville, TN to Abingdon, VA & Marshall, NC and everything in-between!

Easier Propane Bill Management Tips

propane fuel servie tennesseeIt’s fair to say that most of us have had our share of unpredictability over the last few years. While we can’t control what you’ll see on the evening news, we can offer two FREE services that will bring a little more certainty to your life in the coming months. These include our Easy Payment and PreBuy Plans!

Our Easy Payment Plan

Even, Predictable Monthly Payments!

If you pay for your propane delivery as you go (or otherwise known as “will call” delivery), you have probably gotten a higher-than-expected fuel bill at some point over the years. That’s because you’re paying for most of your years’ worth of propane during a concentrated three- or four-month period.

If you were an Easy Payment customer, on the other hand, you would barely feel a change during peak winter heating season. With our Easy Payment Plan, we spread your annual fuel bill into even and manageable payments, with no finance charges; we can make any needed adjustments, up (bill) or down (credit) and set your plan pricing for the coming year on the last payment.

Best of all, you’ll get that peace of mind at no additional cost to you since there are no finance charges for this service and no cost to enroll!

Our PreBuy Options

Lock-in Your Gallons at the Lowest Price!

Want even more peace of mind for next season’s fuel payments? Combine Easy Payment with our PreBuy Plan.

With PreBuy, you purchase the propane before the heating season starts, when fuel prices are typically lower. With Admiral Propane, you’ll get the lowest preseason pricing available at the time of enrollment, pay NO enrollment fees, and your price will be locked in for the entire heating season; if the market price for propane goes up, you’ll pay the same low price for every gallon you use!

In uncertain times, get stable heating bills with PreBuy and Easy Payment Plans from Admiral Propane! Contact us today to get started.

And remember: for reliable propane deliveries in Eastern Tennessee, Southern Virginia, and Northwest North Carolina, nobody beats the pros at Admiral Propane – especially with Summer Fill Pricing Specials underway! Contact us today to learn more.

Keep An Eye On That Propane Gauge This Summer

—Or Let Us Do It For You!

tank monitor installation tennesseeJust because you don’t need to heat your home in the summer doesn’t mean you won’t use propane in the coming months—in fact, you may be surprised at how much of it you use for other appliances during the home heating offseason.

If you get a bill that’s higher than you expect this time of year, you might even think you have a leak in your system. While that’s possible (and something you should make the effort to rule out), most of the time you will have simply underestimated how much propane you’ve actually used.

To get an idea of how much propane you might use during summer, check out some of these averages for common appliances:

  • Gas cooktop/range @ 65,000 BTU/hour: 5 to 10 gallons per month
  • Built-in propane grill (four burner): .75 gallons/hour (all burners on medium)
  • Tankless water heater @40,000 BTU/hour: 1.5 gallons per day
  • Pool Heater (average size – about 21,000 gallons): 4 gallons/hour
  • Gas clothes dryer @ 35,000 BTU/hr: About one gallon per day when in operation

As you can see, the gallons can add up quickly—and if you’re not careful, you could run out of propane and need to restart your system (a requirement if you run out of propane).

But there’s an easy way to avoid that: install a propane tank monitor!

Propane Tank Monitors Provide Cost-Effective Peace Of Mind

Although propane use for home heating can vary with the weather, overall it typically falls within an average range from year to year. That’s when Automatic Fill can really come in handy. By contrast, propane use in the summer can vary considerably from day to day, since appliances aren’t used in a predictable way.

A propane tank monitor mounts to your tank and keeps track of how much propane is in your tank in real-time. That information is relayed to our delivery teams (and to you, via a smart phone app) so everyone knows exactly when you need a propane delivery.

Installing a propane tank monitor takes just a few minutes and costs just a few cents a day—contact us today to learn more about it. And remember that for the most reliable propane delivery in East Tennessee and the surrounding Tri-Cities area, trust the pros at Admiral Propane!

How Do I Safely Remove A Propane Cylinder From My Grill?

May is National BBQ month—time to get out and cooking on your propane grill!

If you’ve already been enjoying flame-broiled goodness from your grill this spring, you might soon need to replace or refill your 20-lb. propane cylinder. Just be sure to do it safely!

Removing A Propane Cylinder From A Grill

Need a quick refresher? Here’s how:

  1. Make sure your propane grill is turned off.
  2. Find your propane cylinder; it may be behind a door (depending on the design of your grill)
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  4. There are two parts of your grill that you will need to be concerned with: the propane cylinder’s tank valve and the barbecue’s pressure regulator (see illustration).
  5. Before you disconnect the pressure regulator, close the tank valve (turn it all the way to the right, or clockwise).
  6. Once the valve is shut, twist off the threaded pressure regulator.
  7. Remove the tank (on some propane grills, the tank is attached to the barbecue by a restraining bolt or screw; simply loosen this to remove the tank).
  8. When transporting your tank, put it in a secure, well-ventilated location in your vehicle. Place it upright and take it directly to the refilling location. Do not leave the tank unaccompanied in the vehicle.
  9. Reverse the process to reconnect your propane tank, making sure the tank valve is closed when reconnecting the pressure regulator. Replacement propane cylinders often come with a plastic safety cap over the tank valve assembly – simply remove this.

Transporting Your Propane Cylinder Safely

Thinking about safety doesn’t end once your propane cylinder is disconnected! If you’re transporting a propane cylinder for refilling, always:

  • Transport it upright (with the valve on top) in a secure position to prevent rolling
  • Close and plug the cylinder valve
  • Place the cylinder in a well-vented area inside the vehicle
  • Refrain from leaving the cylinder alone in a hot vehicle; go straight to your propane dealer and straight home when you pick it up.

Keep your outdoor cooking season going with propane cylinder refills from Admiral Propane at our locations in Blountville (Tri-Cities Area) and Greeneville, Tennessee!

You can also get our propane at:

  • A & L RV, 4503 Bristol Hwy, Johnson City, TN
  • A & L RV, 3269 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Sevierville, TN
  • EG Trailer Sales, 4421 Bristol Highway, Johnson City, TN
  • Greene Farmers Co-op, 1414 W. Main St, Greeneville, TN
  • K.O.A., 425 Rocky Branch Rd, Blountville, TN
  • Old Creek General Store, 6700 Hwy 212, Marshall, NC
  • South West Tractor, 7601 Nickelsville Highway, Nickelsville, VA
  • Trailer King Sales & Service, 4081 Hwy 11E, Bluff City, TN

Happy grilling!

Forklift Cylinder Exchange: Saving You Time And Money

forklift propane service virginiaWant an easy way to boost profits and distance yourself from competitors in a commercial construction project or warehouse? Enroll in the Admiral Propane forklift cylinder tank exchange program!

Compared to conventional forklift tank refilling, our cost-effective propane tank exchange program is:

  • More productive: Traditional refilling can take 15 minutes or more every time for each tank. With our cylinder exchange, your workers will simply return their tank, grab another, and get right back to work.
  • Safer: With tank cylinders, all filling is done at our facilities rather than yours – which means you won’t have to deal with safety risks or compliance issues. And with lightweight aluminum cylinders, your technicians won’t hurt themselves moving tanks.
  • More economical: Aluminum tanks won’t corrode on the inside, so there will be no more fuel injector-blocking rust to reduce your efficiency or cause equipment breakdowns.

Propane Is A Fuel-Forward Solution For Your Forklift Fleet!

Still using diesel fuel, gasoline, or electricity to power your forklifts? Then you’re missing out on some great propane benefits, including:

  • Less downtime: With cleaner-burning fuel, your equipment will spend less time in the shop.
  • Lower operating costs: Propane’s efficiency and lower cost means a better bottom line for you.
  • Fewer emissions: Propane produces significantly fewer emissions than diesel or gas-powered forklifts—good for your business, good for the planet.
  • More durable operation: Propane propane-powered forklifts can be used outside in the rain and snow—something an electric forklift can’t do.

If you need to keep product moving all day, every day in your warehouse worksite, remember: not all forklifts are created equal. To get the best forklift performance, you’ll need the best forklift fuel: propane gas. Contact Admiral Propane today to learn more about propane forklift cylinder exchange in the Tri-Cities region of eastern Tennessee, southern Virginia and northwestern North Carolina.

Reasons To Consider A Tankless Water Heater

tankless water heater installation virginiaWhy pay to heat water you’re not going to use—or to reheat already warmed water that’s been sitting in a tank?

That’s the thinking behind a tankless propane water heater, which instantly heats the water you need—and only the water you need—to use! Operating this way gives a tankless system some advantages over a conventional water heater (one with a storage tank) including:

  1. Virtually Unlimited Hot Water – A tankless water heater can warm your water about as fast as cold water can circulate through it, so you’ll never run out (as long as your water heater is right-sized for your home.) Contact us to learn more about right-sizing your water heater!
  2. Lower Bills – Since a tankless system only operates when you need hot water, you’ll use less energy to run it. In fact, you could save as much as 50 percent on your monthly water heater bills by replacing your storage-type electric water heater with a high efficiency tankless unit.
  3. More Placement Flexibility – Since they don’t have a tank, tankless systems are about the size of a suitcase—much smaller than conventional water heaters. That means a tankless system can used housed in crawl spaces, attics, and other spaces too small for a conventional water heater. If you’re space challenged, a tankless system is the way to go.
  4. More Value for Your Home – A tankless water heater can improve your Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and LEED scores, which can add value to your home if you choose to sell it down the road (a high efficiency conventional water heater can do this, too).

Of course, a conventional water heater can be a great choice, too – as long it’s powered by propane gas and NOT electricity!

Thinking about installing a new water heater? Now is the perfect time! Check out our current Special on a Rinnai Tankless water heater here —or contact us today to learn more about finding the right propane water heater solution for your home!

Why Choose Propane Over Natural Gas?

switch to natural gas tennesseeThere’s a lot of information out there about natural gas and propane –two clean-burning, cost-effective, gas-based home energy alternatives.

While marketing often tells a story of natural gas as the clear winner in a head-to-head comparison of the fuels, the truth is more complicated than that. In fact, propane offers several advantages over natural gas that could tip the scale in its favor, depending on your priorities.

5 Propane Perks

Here are five key reasons to consider choosing (or sticking with) propane rather than switching to natural gas.

  1. Propane produces more energy—Propane contains double the amount of usable energy content per cubic foot as natural gas—about 2,490 BTUs versus 1,030. More energy means more heat and more power for your appliances.
  2. Propane is safer to move and doesn’t require a pipeline—Propane can easily be compressed for safe transport, where it is handled by trained technicians using equipment and methods that are heavily regulated by federal, state, and local laws. Natural gas, on the other hand, is difficult to compress, which means it must be delivered via pipeline—and not all pipelines are maintained with equal attention to detail. If there are no pipelines near your home—a problem in many rural areas—you can’t use natural gas; if there are pipelines near your home, you run the risk of a potentially disastrous pipeline failure at any given time.
  3. Propane is more flexible to use—In most cases, a propane line can enter the home wherever you want it to, as long as there’s a tank nearby (while there are some requirements for distance from the home for a propane tank, they are not overly restrictive). This may not be true with a natural gas line.
  4. Propane produces almost no greenhouse gas when burned—While both fuels are considered to be “clean,” natural gas is a fossil fuel that releases methane – a gas that is far more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas.
  5. As a fuel, propane is also safer—Propane has a much narrower range of flammability (minimum and maximum burn temperatures) than natural gas; propane will not ignite when combined with air unless the ignition source reaches at least 920 degrees F.

When it comes down to it, you will probably pay a little more for propane than you will for natural gas, but it could still be far and away the right choice for you.

Expert propane installations and reliable propane deliveries—two ways Admiral Propane puts customers like you first. To learn more about our professional propane appliance installations in Blountville, Greeneville, and beyond, contact the pros at Admiral Propane today.