Heating with propane is more economical and efficient than electric heat. Virtually anything in a house, restaurant or building that can run on electricity can run on propane.
The cost of a propane-fueled home is less than the cost of electric heat. The costs of electricity and propane home heaters can be compared and calculated using the BTU (British Thermal Unit), which measures the heating value of each fuel. National fuel prices from the U.S. Department of Energy show that historically the cost of electricity is more than twice the cost of propane. While electricity is measured in hard-to-understand "kilowatt hours," propane is measured in familiar "gallons" with propane, what you see is what you get.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating a home in the U.S. with a propane heating system costs far less than heating with an electric system. In addition, over time, propane water heaters can cost one-third less to operate and heat water twice as quickly as electric water heaters.
A propane powered furnace heats air from 130°F to 140°F and operates in short intervals to minimize operating costs. An electric heat pump produces heat below body temperature (98.6°F), so the air actually feels cool when placing your hand in front of a vent.
Propane-fueled furnaces last 5 to 10 years longer than electric heat pumps, on average. Your furnace is one of the most important investments and appliances in your home. Investing in equipment built to last, like a propane furnace, means you will save money on repairs and replacements in the long run.
Propane can be stored safely in a tank on your property, while electricity is subject to power outages. You can rely on propane to work when and where other energy sources don't – which makes it quite versatile.
Propane has long been recognized as "green" energy. By using it, homeowners can help cut emissions and protect the environment. Propane is an approved alternative fuel listed in both the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. Moreover, because propane is gas heat, it doesn't spill, pool, or leave a residue.
Propane has a remarkable safety record, due in large part to the stringent codes and regulations developed by the propane industry and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Propane heat also has built-in safety properties: It won't ignite when combined with air unless the source of ignition reaches 940°F. Propane gas is non-toxic, produces minimal emissions and is not harmful to soil or water.
With propane, you get 24/7 customer service and support from your local Petro team - who all live and work where you do - not from the big power companies.
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