If you're preparing to have a new heating system installed in your home, one of the decisions you'll need to make is the type of fuel that will power that system. One choice that is readily available in most areas and is certainly worth your consideration is propane. This clear gas is abundant in the United States, and there are many models of furnaces and boilers that can be powered by it. Here's a closer look at propane and why it makes such a good fuel source for your heating system.
Propane is a clean-burning fuel.
Over the last few years, there has been a huge push towards eco-friendly fuels. Propane is a very eco-friendly fuel because it is clean-burning. In fact, it was listed as an approved clean fuel in the 1990 Clean Air Act. Using propane helps reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses such as nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide. Furthermore, most of the propane used in the United States is produced in the United States. This means less fuel is used to transport the propane than is used to transport other fuels from overseas. The US can also closely regulate propane production, ensuring it is done in an eco-friendly manner, since this production occurs on their soil. If you choose propane as your heating fuel, you can rest assured that you're making a safe choice for the environment.
You store propane on your property, so you can stock up when prices are down.
If you choose natural gas heating, the gas will arrive at your home through pipelines. When the price goes up, you pay more – and you may not realize it until the bill comes in the mail. With propane, your fuel is stored on your property in a tank. You purchase the propane ahead of time, so you know exactly what you're paying. When prices drop, you can take advantage of the drop and have your tank filled up.
Propane is not dangerous if it happens to leak.
If your propane tank springs a leak, you may have to pay to replace the propane (depending whether the leak was due to your own error of the error of the supply company). However, that is the only negative consequence of the leak. Unlike oil, which causes a toxic, environmentally disastrous spill when it escapes the tank, propane does not damage the environment. It's not even toxic or dangerous to you like a natural gas leak would be. Propane has the lowest flammability rating of any fuel, so the chance of a leak starting on fire is very low. Furthermore, propane has a pungent smell similar to that of rotten eggs, so a leak won't go undetected for long.
To learn more about propane and why it makes such a good heating fuel, speak with an HVAC professional near you, like Century Heating & Air Conditioning Services.Share
14 March 2016
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