Homeowners all over our service area here in North Carolina use propane or kerosene to keep their homes warm and comfortable. And no matter which fuel you choose, LG Jordan is here for you with dependable, safe propane and kerosene delivery.
But, if you are buying a home, or building a new home, the choice between these fuels can factor into your decision making. We’ve put together some information to help you figure things out:
Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), was first identified in 1910 by chemist Walter O. Snelling while he was investigating gasoline evaporation and storage. The vast majority of today’s propane comes from domestic natural gas production, although some comes from oil refinement as well. More than 90% of the United States’ propane supply is made here domestically, or just north in Canada.
Kerosene is a light fuel oil derived from distilling petroleum. It was first distilled from bituminous coal and oil shale by Canadian physician and geologist Abraham Gesner in 1846. While it is used for home heating and lighting, it can also be used as jet fuel and as a cleaning solvent.
With kerosene, you get more heat, about 135,000 Btu’s (British Thermal Units) compared with 91,600 Btu’s for propane. Even though kerosene can be more expensive than propane, it may cost less for heating when you factor in that heating efficiency.
If the environment is a concern, propane burns much cleaner than kerosene so your carbon footprint is reduced by using propane.
Propane’s biggest advantage is its versatility. Not only can it be used for heating and cooking, it can also run a wide range of propane appliances including space heaters, fireplaces and hearths, clothes dryers, and whole-house backup generators.
Ultimately, the fuel you choose depends on your priorities and how you will use it. Our experts will be glad to answer any questions you have, so feel free to contact us and we’ll help you sort through it all!
Get reliable, safe delivery of propane and kerosene in the Apex, NC-area by becoming an LG Jordan customer today!