Propane is sometimes the preferred method of fueling residential heaters. The cost of electricity being so high, a propane heater for a house can be an economical choice. While it’s far less common than other types of heating, propane is becoming more popular for many reasons. Here are some pro’s and con’s of propane heaters to help you determine whether to invest in switching to one.
Propane Heater Pro’s
The benefits of using a propane heater to provide heat in your home include:
- Clean Burning: The Clean Air Act of 1990 and National Energy Policy Act of 1992 list propane as an acceptable alternative fuel. Propane heat substantially cuts greenhouse gas emissions. On the other hand, burning coal to produce electricity, for example, contributes to significant environmental impacts.
- Safety: Propane, in addition to reduced emissions, is non-toxic. It doesn’t pose a threat to health and safety if stored properly, and can be stored in underground tanks as it won’t contaminate soil or water. Propane is highly regulated and has a clean safety record; it also has a very high ignition temperature of 940℉.
- Tank Capacity: Propane capacity is measured in gallons, a familiar measurement for people who need to quickly decide how much they need. Tanks are available in multiple sizes; the larger the tank, the more heating you can have. And, your home will be heated as long as there’s fuel, regardless of the availability of electricity.
- One Fuel Source: All home appliances can be run on propane at the same time. On the other hand, an electric stove needs electrical power, but other appliances may be running on something else. Propane lets you rely on the same fuel source for everything.
- Reliable Heat: Propane furnaces operate at warmer temperatures than electric heating systems. They also operate in shorter intervals. This means you spend less to run the heater. You’ll even notice the higher heat temperatures from your air registers, which can be a bonus in the winter.
- Longer Lasting: On average, you can get five to as many as 10 more years out of a propane-fueled furnace, compared to an electric heat pump.
Propane Heater Con’s
While propane heaters have many benefits, there are disadvantages that are worth mentioning, such as:
- Higher Upfront Installation Cost: Converting to a propane heating system can be expensive. A professional installer is required, so the costs of labor and materials can factor in. The amount of savings due to improved performance is unpredictable.
- Fewer BTU’s Per Gallon Compared to Oil: Propane doesn’t produce the same amount of heat that oil does. While propane may cost less, you’ll need more of it to achieve the same temperature in your home. Homeowners often don’t see the savings they expect.
- Additional Responsibility: You must obtain the propane and schedule delivery yourself. Delivery intervals are dependent on tank size. You can own a tank, but will need to pay for maintenance and repairs. Renting one means the rental company will cover these, but rental fees can be high.
- Large Tank: Propane tanks can be quite large. Depending on the size and where you put it, the tank can impact the aesthetics of your landscape. Underground tanks may need to be accessed for repairs and maintenance, which may require digging up your yard.
Contact Quality Heating Cooling Plumbing
If you’re thinking of switching to a propane heater for your house in Oklahoma, we can help. Our heating installation professionals will determine the right sized unit and have the knowledge, skills, and tools to ensure a complete and efficient installation. Call 918-393-2593 to learn more.