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How Efficient is Propane for Heating Your Home?

Feb 7th 2015 at 2:01 AM

Propane can be a good fuel source for heating your home. You will be surprised to learn that propane is highly efficient in keeping your home warm and reducing your overall heating costs. Propane can be a versatile fuel for various home heating systems, including space heaters and built-in heaters that specifically run on propane.

A space heater is a simple device that is inserted into a fireplace or recessed into your walls. It requires natural gas from a source, which can be an external propane storage tank that is connected to it via a gas line. Propane heaters allow you to heat a specific part of the house. They are convenient if you share your home with different occupants who might prefer different temperatures. There are propane heaters with a built-in thermostat that lets you lower the flame when the room achieves a certain temperature. This way, you can truly save money on your heating bills.

Propane space heaters are considered more efficient than using firewood to heat a room. They are cleaner, too. With firewood, you usually have to clean the ashes and might find it difficult to adjust the flame and heat. Propane keeps the flames within the unit, so you do not have to worry about fire spitting out of the heater.

Propane is environmentally friendlier than traditional fuel oil. It produces 50% less carbon. The Environmental Protection Agency also found that propane heating generates 68% fewer greenhouse gases than electricity. These are the reasons why propane was approved as an alternative fuel source and recognized in the Clean Air Act of 1990, and why it is also a qualified fuel for tax incentives under the 2005 Energy Policy Act.

There are propane heaters that can be supplied as a central heating system that pushes the warm air through ducts installed throughout the home. Warm air is delivered efficiently to different rooms in the house. A high-quality centralized propane heating system can provide a similar amount of heat as an electric heating system could, but at a lower price. This means that propane heating provides better BTU than electric heating systems, hence, the high energy efficiency.

Propane can be convenient in times of emergencies as well. When there is a power outage due to inclement weather, you can still heat your home with propane. This way, you can keep yourself warm and comfortable until the power comes back.

About the Author:

This article was written by ThompsonGas. The 16th largest retail propane company in the U.S., ThompsonGas has been family owned and operated since 1946. The propane gas dealer provides cheap propane for residential and commercial propane gas service to customers across 10 states in the East and Southeast.

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