What’s The Difference?

home space heaters north carolinaDoes your home have unheated, or inadequately, heated rooms and spaces?
You’re not alone. Many homes here in North Carolina do.
Perhaps it’s a former sunporch converted to living space, an addition built onto your home, or a garage or shed you use as a workshop.
We offer a solution that doesn’t involve the hassle and expense of running new ductwork or baseboards: vent-free propane heaters from LG Jordan!
Our heaters are of outstanding quality, and are made by top manufacturers Rinnai, Empire, and Heatstar.
With propane heaters, you can:

  • Get heating in spaces without heating, or that aren’t reached very well by your home’s heating system
  • Zone your home’s heating, so you only heat the space you’re in while not using your heating system to heat areas you’re not using, saving you on energy costs
  • Get your room warm faster than with central heating alone!

There are two kinds of propane heaters: vent-free and vented. Both have their distinct advantages. Read on to see what works best for your living situation!

Vent-free Propane Heaters

With a vent-free propane heater, ductwork and vents aren’t required. Installation is easier as well as less expensive than vented heaters.
You can also install them places you can’t install a vented heater, because vent-free heaters don’t need access to an external wall for venting.
They come in a wide range of sizes, so you’ll be able to find the right one for your space.
Today’s vent-free propane heaters come with safety features such as an oxygen depletion sensor, overheating protection, and automatic shutoff. But because exhaust is released inside the home, it is illegal to install vent-free heaters in rooms where people sleep. And some municipalities may ban them altogether. Check your local codes to clarification.
There are two basic types of vent-free propane heaters blue flame or infrared.

Infrared vent

free heaters use propane to heat ceramic panels that radiate heat onto objects (or people) in the room rather than by heating the air itself. Because infrared heaters are an extremely targeted heat source, they’re great to be near if you’re coming in from the cold outside.

Blue flame vent-free heaters

 warm the air in the room using convection. That makes them take a little longer to heat a room. However, you get more consistent temperature control than with an infrared heater. These heaters are the best choice for insulated spaces.

Vented Propane Heaters

Vented propane heaters are vented out from the back of the unit into a chimney or a vent pipe so any dangerous combustion exhausts are directed outside.
They offer a more precise heat that you have more control over. However, they do need to be installed on an exterior wall, so that may limit your placement options for the space you are looking to heat.
Because of also having to install the necessary venting equipment, installation takes longer and is more expensive than vent-free heaters.
Trust LG Jordan with safe, expert installation of a heater that’ll perfectly fit and warm up your residential space. Contact us today to get started with a FREE no-obligation estimate!

Why propane from LG Jordan makes sense

propane's advantagePropane and natural gas are both popular choices for home heating here in North Carolina.
For those of you who have to decide whether to use propane or natural gas in your home, we have some information that tilts the scale well in favor of propane. Here’s why!

Propane is more energy efficient

Have you ever seen BTU mentioned when discussing energy efficiency? It’s an abbreviation for British Thermal Units, which are used to measure heat. Natural gas has 1,030 BTU per cubic foot. Propane leaves that in the dust with 2,490 BTU per cubic foot. With propane, you get the heat you want, all while using less energy. That’s more money in staying right in your wallet!

Enjoy the versatility of propane

Propane can do that. It can heat your water better than an electric water heater. Propane heats double the amount of water an hour compared with electricity. And because propane also comes in cylinders, it can be used to run your BBQ grill, fire pit, patio heaters and more!

You can get propane anywhere

If you want natural gas, you have to live in a neighborhood where there is a natural gas line. Propane is stored in a tank on your property, so you can have propane wherever you live.

Propane is better for the planet

Unlike natural gas, propane is not a greenhouse gas. And it won’t harm water, soil or water if there is a leak.

You can count on propane

With natural gas, you are dependent on the natural gas lines in your community. If something happens to a gas line in your area, your gas supply is cut off. You won’t have fuel for heating, hot water, cooking or anything else you do with gas in your home, possibly for days. That’s not an issue with propane. And, when you get automatic propane delivery from LG Jordan, you won’t have to worry about a propane run-out!
Find out more about what propane can do for you. Get in touch with LG Jordan today, and see if your home or business is in our service area!

Propane is one of the safest sources of home energy around – but like any fuel, you have to know how to use it safely. When it comes to propane safety, the most important thing to remember is how to detect a leak and what to do if you have one.
If you have a gas leak, your house will smell like rotten eggs – this is an odorant added to propane so you can more easily detect the leak (since propane itself is odorless). Make sure everyone in the house can recognize the odor.
If you smell a gas leak:

  • Avoid touching any equipment that could cause a spark (lights or light switches, appliances, telephones, cell phones, etc.). A spark can cause an explosion.
  • Get everyone out of your house immediately and call 911 from a safe distance away (don’t forget your pets!)
  • If it is safe to do so, turn off the propane gas at the main tank. If you don’t know how to do this, contact us – this is important information for the adults in your home to know.
  • Go back in your home only after inspectors say it’s safe to do so. Don’t use your propane equipment again until a professional inspects it.
  • Remember: if your propane system is turned off for any reason – including a leak – the law requires it to be professionally inspected and pressure-tested before it can be turned on again.

Two other things to keep in mind:

  1. In North Carolina homes permitted or built after July 1, 2008, carbon monoxide alarms are required within 10 feet of every room used for sleeping. If your home does not have a detector, we URGE you to install these invaluable and inexpensive devices your home whether or not it is required by law.The same is true for propane detectors, which add a failsafe in the event that something inhibits the rotten egg smell of the gas (rust inside your tank, for example, can reduce the strength of the rotten egg smell – more on this in a future blog).
  2. Have your propane heating and fuel-burning home comfort equipment serviced every year – it will keep you safer, lower your monthly bills, and help your technician spot a small issue that can lead to a bigger and more dangerous problem down the road.

Your safety is always our priority! If you have any propane safety questions, contact us any time!