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Energy-efficient propane has become the “fuel of choice” for savvy homeowners and renters, providing a cleaner alternative to other, more traditional heat sources. We offer local, reliable propane delivery, sales and equipment installations in select areas in Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
People are choosing propane over traditional fuel sources. Find out why.
We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions about propane.
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Energy-efficient propane has become the “fuel of choice” for savvy homeowners and renters. Compared to oil and electric energy sources, propane offers you:
Propane is a safe, clean and non-toxic fuel alternative listed in the Clean Air Act and Energy Policy Act. With tight controls placed on pumps to eliminate any risk of overfill, propane is safer to store and transfer than any other fossil fuel. Propane appliances emit lower Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions than electric water heaters.
Propane is perhaps best known as a fuel of choice for BBQ tanks, but it’s far more versatile than that! Did you know that propane can also power your home’s heat pump, furnace/boiler, water heater, space heaters, fireplace, gas range, refrigerator, clothes dryer, pool heater, generator, and more?
Propane contains more energy per cubic metre than natural gas. For home heating, this provides a more consistent and even distribution of air temperature supply.
Propane gas furnaces and heaters last longer - up to 20 years on average - compared to 14 years for electric heating pumps. A longer life cycle for equipment means less waste in landfills.
Propane equipment often requires less physical space than traditional energy sources, taking up a smaller amount of room in your home.
A wide range of high-quality home heating propane products are available in select locations - from furnaces and boilers to water heaters, fireplaces and other equipment.
We’ll come to your home and provide everything you need, including:
Propane is a versatile, multi-purpose fuel that is highly portable, clean burning, safe and non-toxic. It is a gas at standard temperature and pressure but can be compressed to a transportable liquid.
As an alternative fuel source to oil and electric energy, propane can power your home’s heat pump, furnace/boiler, water heater, space heaters, fireplace, gas range, refrigerator, clothes dryer, pool heater, generator, and more.
Owning a propane tank requires extra steps beyond the purchase itself. There are legal requirements such as registration, obtaining liability insurance (the Canadian industry standard is $5 million liability) and getting a regulated inspection to comply with provincial regulatory boards.
We only lease propane tanks to customers. That way, our customers enjoy a hassle-free service. We take care of the legal requirements - so you can enjoy an easy installation experience and convenient propane fuel deliveries.
Each Ultramar cylinder and tank are delivered and installed by qualified, licensed technicians who comply with all safety requirements and our own Quality Assurance programs.
Additionally, Ultramar will complete a documented inspection of every propane tank every year.
Yes. While most gas furnaces are configured for natural gas, they can be easily converted to propane.
Yes. These "dual-fuel" or "hybrid" systems use propane for heating and an electric heat pump for cooling.
Together, they can improve energy efficiency and comfort, especially in mixed climates.
A hybrid heating system can switch to propane heat, which provides better comfort and more efficient heating in colder climates.
Generally, a 500-gallon (1,892-litre) tank can hold enough propane to meet the annual energy needs of an average four-bedroom home.
Tanks of 1,000 gallons (3,785 litres) or more may be needed for larger homes with swimming pools and hot tubs.
A permit is required. Permits are included with the Ultramar installation service package.
If the tank percentage fell quickly after a delivery, especially if the weather has been cold, this is normal.
Although your tank gauge may read 80% right after a fill, inspecting the gauge the following morning may show a percentage drop of up to 5%, even if no gas has been used.
This occurs because your propane gas is delivered as a liquid. Like all liquids, it expands as temperatures rise and contracts when temperatures fall. (Actually, the liquid propane in a tank will expand 270 times its volume once it vaporizes into a gas.).
You will still have the same number of litres of propane, but it will occupy less (or more) volume depending on changes in temperature.
For this reason - whether the tank is filled partially or fully - the delivery driver relies on the bleeder valve (and not the gauge) to measure how much propane fuel is being added.
Important reminder: The gauge reading on your tank only measures the level of liquid remaining in the tank. It will vaporize into gas, which is what your equipment and appliances burn in order to operate.