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liquid propane vs electric heaters explained by local HVAC service

Comparing the benefits and costs of propane and electric heating.

Virtually anything that can run on electricity in your home, restaurant, or building can run on propane. However, the cost of a propane fueled home is actually less than the cost of an electrically heated home. The costs of electric and propane home heaters can be compared using the British Thermal Unit (BTU), which measures the calorific value of each fuel.

National fuel prices from the US Department of Energy show that the cost of electricity is more than double the cost of propane.

Compared to Electric Heat, Propane Is Better in Many Ways:

Propane is Cheaper Than Electric: According to USA

Department of Energy, in recent years, heating a home in the United States with a propane heating system has cost significantly less than heating with an electric system. Plus, over time, propane water heaters can cost a third less to run and recover water twice as fast as electric water heaters.

Propane is hotter than electricity: A propane furnace heats the air from approximately 130°F to 140°C°F and operates in short intervals to minimize operating costs.

An electric heat pump produces heat below body temperature (98.6°F), so the air is really cool when you hold your hand in front of an air vent.

Propane lasts longer than electric heat pumps: Propane furnaces last an average of 5-10 years longer than electric heat pumps.

Propane is more reliable than electricity: Propane can be stored in safely in a tank on your property, while electricity is subject to blackouts. Reliable propane works when and where other energy sources won't, making it quite versatile.

Propane is clean: Propane has long been recognized as a “green” energy. By using this exceptional energy, homeowners can help reduce emissions and help the environment. Propane is an approved alternative fuel listed in both the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. Additionally, because propane is a heating gas, it does not spill, accumulate not and leaves no residue. Propane is Safe: Propane has a pretty remarkable safety record, thanks in large part to stringent codes and regulations developed by the propane industry and the National Fire Protection Association ( NFPA).

The heat of propane also has built-in safety properties: it will not ignite when combined with air unless the ignition source reaches 340°C. Propane gas is non-toxic, produces minimal emissions, and is not harmful to soil or water. With propane, what you see is what you get. While electricity is measured in hard-to-understand "kilowatt hours," propane is measured in familiar "gallons."

Propane is customer friendly: With propane you get 24/7 customer support and support from your local Petro. team, - who all live and work where you live - not big power companies.

Propane gas ovens.

Constantly supply air at 120°F. Electric heat pumps deliver air at 95°F, which is below body temperature (98.6°F), so the air is cool, not hot.

They last an average of 20 years, while electrical cables for heat pumps last an average of 12 years. .

They have lower repair costs than electric heat pumps

Propane gas water heaters.

Operating costs approximately $10 less per month than per unit Comparable electric water heaters on average 42% less expensive than electric space heaters. Over an average lifespan, they can save homeowners nearly $2,000 more than an electrical appliance.

Heat more than twice as much water in one hour as comparable electric models.

Propane gas fireplaces.

Cost between 30% and 60% less per hour of operation than wood-burning fireplaces

They emit 40 times fewer emissions than wood-burning appliances and cost less to operate

Can be easily turned off with a switch, eliminating the worry of residual embers

Propane Gas Cooktops and Ovens.

Provide instant heat and absolute temperature control: 97% of professional chefs prefer to cook with a gas heater

Propane gas dryers

Can complete drying tasks in about three quarters the time of an electric unit

Some models save up to 65% on costs compared to electric clothes dryers

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