Improving energy efficiency with propane
If you read this blog, you probably already know that propane is one of the most versatile ways to power your home. But that wouldn’t matter all that much if it didn’t also do the job really well.
Because propane burns hot and clean, propane appliances can achieve efficiency ratings that reach well into the 90s, with some propane water heaters and propane furnaces reaching as high as 98 percent efficiency!
In fact, when it comes to efficiency, propane will outperform its other-powered counterparts in just about any home comfort application, including:
- Water heating – A propane water heater can deliver that hot water at half the cost of an electric water heater – or even less if you use a tankless system.
- Home heating – A propane gas furnace will heat air to about 130 degrees for short bursts – a great way to keep you warm for less money. This is different than an electric heat pump, which operates almost continuously and produces air that feels cool to the touch. When temperatures drop below freezing, a heat pump typically relies on a backup system to keep pace; once that backup system kicks in, efficiency – one of the big selling points of a heat pump – drops dramatically.
- Propane fireplaces – It costs anywhere from 30 to 60 percent less to operate a propane fireplace per hour than a wood-burning fireplace, which loses much of its heat to your chimney (it’s also much more convenient!).
- Space heaters – High efficiency propane space heaters can be used to create a zone heating set-up in your home, enabling you to target difficult to heat rooms and spaces rather than the house as a whole.
The bottom line: When it comes to efficiently powering your home comfort equipment, propane delivers, especially when compared to electricity – which means lower bills, more comfort, and a smaller carbon footprint for you.
Thinking about adding a propane-powered appliance? Now is a GREAT time, thanks to our friends at Propane North Carolina! Contact us today to find out how you could save hundreds on propane water heaters, room heaters and more!