More and more homeowners are making the switch to propane boilers for heating purposes – and for good reason. Heating your home with propane can be a wise decision financially and environmentally. Propane is cheaper than electric and delivers more BTUs per gallon than natural gas. It is also non-toxic and considered a “green fuel,” meaning not damaging to the environment. Propane is an approved and clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act, as well as the Energy Policy Act of 1992. If you are considering installing a propane boiler in your home, consider the advantages of this effective heating option.
Propane Is a Safe Heating Fuel
Many homeowners would be surprised to know that propane is one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels. The clean and safe fuel is not harmful to the environment, including water and soil. Studies conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed that propane-fueled vehicles produced 30 to 90 percent less carbon monoxide and approximately 50 percent fewer toxins than gasoline-powered vehicles. When used in the home for heating and derived as a by-product of natural gas, the fuel reduces petroleum use by 98 to 99 percent.
Propane is Highly Versatile
One of the biggest reasons why so many people are switching to propane for heating is performance. Due to the versatility of this popular fuel, propane can be used for nearly all of your home’s major energy needs. From heating and water heating to ranges and clothes dryers, propane can be used to run most if not all of your home’s appliances and systems. Propane can even be used outside your home for lighting, fire pits, spas, and pool heaters. The flexibility of propane gas makes it a favorable type of heating fuel.
Propane Is Readily Available
As the world’s leading producer and exporter of propane, there is no shortage of propane in the United States. No matter where you live in the U.S., propane is readily available for heating and other purposes. Propane is also portable, meaning it is possible to obtain no matter where you live, including areas that are normally outside the reach of alternative fuels like natural gas. Compared to natural gas, propane is also more easily compressible. It can be easily filled into tanks and transported to residential and commercial properties where it can then be used immediately for heating.
Propane Is Reliable in an Emergency
When dealing with an emergency such as a power outage, you do not want to be without heat. Propane-fueled boilers and home appliances will continue working without electricity. This alternative fuel source is also easy to maintain. Just keep the propane tank filled and you will have access to heat when you need it most. Note that propane tanks are generally filled to 80 percent of their total capacity to allow room for expansion, as propane does expand in high temperatures. If you are looking for an emergency fuel, propane is an excellent option.
Propane Is Energy Efficient
Propane is an odorless, colorless liquid that vaporizes into a gas. Similar to natural gas, propane contains an odorant known as ethyl mercaptan that is added to the gas to allow users to detect a leak. It is also highly efficient. While natural gas contains 1,030 BTU of heat per cubic foot, propane contains 2,490 BTU. This means that propane has more than double the heat of natural gas for the same volume. Propane is also able to heat a home faster. Propane offers a consistent air supply at a warm temperature of 115 degrees, compared to an electric heat pump that delivers air that is only slightly warmer than the human body.
Propane is Easy to Install by Experts
Like most other home heating options, propane boilers are easy to install for trained professionals. While trying to install any type of heating system is dangerous if you try to do the job yourself, most HVAC professionals can replace or install a new propane boiler in a single visit to your home. It is no wonder why propane is now being used by more than 5 million households in the United States and more than 865,000 farms.
Propane Will Not Easily Ignite
Many homeowners worry about the safety of propane compared with other fuel types. However, in some regards propane is safer than natural gas and other alternative fuels. When combined with air, propane will not ignite unless the source of ignition reaches a temperature above 920 degrees Fahrenheit – a rare occurrence. However, natural gas will ignite when exposed to temperatures as low as 430 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are concerned about the low risk of ignition in your home, propane is a safer option due to its higher ignition point.
Propane Boilers Take Up Minimal Space
If you have limited space in your home, you may be looking for a heating system that is small and compact. A propane boiler will meet these expectations. Propane boilers typically take up less space than other traditional heating appliances such as electric water heaters. Modern propane boilers are small enough to fit in small areas in the basement. In some cases, a propane boiler can be hung on the wall to save even more space. Unlike oil boilers, propane boilers do not require a chimney, allowing you to put it nearly anywhere in your home.
Call Today for Propane Boiler Installation
Propane is an economical, efficient, and environmentally-friendly option for home heating. If you are considering making the switch to a propane boiler for heating your home, consider all the benefits that propane-fueled heating systems offer. At Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Gaithersburg, MD, we offer professional heating installation services to homeowners in Montgomery County and northwest Washington, DC. Our team has more than 30 years of experience in the industry, ensuring expert results every time. For more information about our services or for a free estimate, contact us today at (301) 900-5559 or fill out our convenient online contact form.