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Keep Your Room Warm With Home Heating Propane

Apr 14th 2015 at 11:56 PM

Heating costs can pile up in the colder months and during winter. Conventional heaters and electric heaters can become expensive to operate. If you want a cleaner, energy efficient, and relatively cheaper fuel, consider heating your home with propane-run heaters or a gas insert. Propane uses less energy and heats faster than electricity. You might be able to save up to 50 percent or more on your energy and heating bill if you replace your existing electric heating appliance or conventional wood burning fireplace with a propane unit.

There are many benefits to propane heat. It is cheaper than electricity, and it can easily be installed. It is environmentally friendly, as well, making it a good alternative for space heating and other heating applications. Propane is not an entirely new type of fuel for heating homes, but it is continuously becoming popular as more homeowners are switching to energy saving environmentally friendly fuels.

The 1997 Residential Energy Consumption Survey reports, published by the Energy Information Administration of the US Department of Energy found that 8.1 million households used propane at that time. It also said that 4.6 percent of those homes relied on propane as their initial heating source. Moreover, of the 6.3 million manufactured and mobile homes in America, about 16 percent use propane as their main fuel for heating.

Today, approximately 60 million Americans use propane. Eight billion gallons of propane are used at home. Propane is often supplied as liquefied petroleum gas or LP-gas, and encompasses about four percent of America's overall energy needs. It exists as a gas and liquid, and it is odorless, nontoxic, and colorless. Manufacturers add an identifying odor to propane, so you can safely and easily detect a leak. Propane for home use is often supplied in tanks or an approved cylinder container in liquid form, which is its most compact form. Hence, liquid propane is easy to transport and more economical to store.

Propane furnaces typically have Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating of 95 or higher, making them more efficient to have at home. It is possible to lower your energy costs by up to 30 percent when you upgrade to a high-efficiency propane boiler or furnace. Propane gas furnace is capable of heating a room much better, at about 130 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. That is significantly higher than what an electric pump heater can produce. A propane heater can be more dependable, too, especially when a power outage occurs. You can still run it and keep yourself warm, even when electrical power is unavailable.

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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