When homeowners think about heating, they normally think of the usual suspects — electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, etc., but one fuel source that's often left off most homeowners' minds is propane. Also known as liquefied petroleum gas or LPG for short, most people think of propane as a fuel for camping and cooking, but propane also offers a high energy alternative to natural gas and other traditional fuels.
If you're in the market for a new heating solution for your home, consider the following reasons for switching to propane heating.
Propane Offers Eco-Friendly Heating
Propane happens to be one of the cleanest fuels available, even when compared to natural gas. In fact, propane is so clean that it's not considered a greenhouse gas when released into the atmosphere. Propane also burns cleaner than other fossil fuels, resulting in fewer emissions due to its relatively low carbon content.
If you're interested in a heating solution that also offers a relatively low carbon footprint, a propane-fired furnace offers an eco-friendly alternative to traditional furnaces. Like their natural gas-fired counterparts, modern propane furnaces are extraordinarily efficient, offering AFUE ratings of up to 97 percent, in many cases.
Propane Works in Areas With Limited Natural Gas Availability
Natural gas may be one of the most abundant sources of energy in the United States, but there are still plenty of areas where natural gas service is seldom offered. These areas may lack the infrastructure needed to route natural gas lines to your home.
If you want to experience the benefits of natural gas heating without spending a fortune on natural gas hookups, propane heating offers a viable alternative. The propane needed to sustain your home's heating and other propane-fired appliances is stored in a durable above-ground or below-ground tank. With regularly scheduled fuel deliveries, you'll be able to enjoy a reliable heating solution even in areas without natural gas.
It's Always Available in Emergencies
A sudden power outage can spell disaster in the dead of winter, especially if your home relies solely on electric heating. A reliable heating failsafe can mean the difference between a cold night buried under a bunch of blankets and a comfortable night spent with reliable heat.
Propane heating offers a safe and reliable failsafe for those times when you lose electricity, but don't want to lose your home's heating. Wall-mounted propane heaters can reliably operate without electricity, making them ideal whether you use them as a primary means of heating or as a backup heating source for your primary electric furnace.
If you're interested in learning more about propane heating or are looking for a reliable heating repair service, call your nearest HVAC contractor today.