Home Heating Basics

Slash Energy Costs With Propane Home Heating

In the U.S., winter weather can range from brisk and cool to downright brutal. But no matter where you live, propane home heating will take the chill out of a cold December night. In fact, a nationwide comparative heating systems study conducted by market-research firm Newport Partners found that propane heating performed strongly in all regions of the country, as measured by simple return on investment, lower CO2 emissions, and usefulness as a backup system.

A versatile, efficient choice

Propane home-heating systems can be configured as central or zone, forced air or radiant. Propane furnaces and boilers come in all shapes and sizes, providing a typical operating life of 15 to 20 years. Many propane furnaces with an AFUE of 95 or higher and boilers with an AFUE of 90 or more qualify for tax credits and other incentives that can pay a portion of your purchase and installation costs.

Reduce your carbon footprint

Studies by the Environmental Protection Agency show that propane heating systems generate 68 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than electricity, because most electricity is produced by coal-fired power plants.

If you live in the Northeast, you should be aware that propane has 50 percent less carbon than fuel oil, which means it produces far less particulate pollution when burned. That’s why propane is an approved alternative fuel recognized by the Clean Air Act of 1990 and a qualifying alternative fuel, eligible for various federal tax incentives under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Perfect for off-the-grid living

If you live in an area not served by a natural gas main, propane’s exceptional capabilities mean you don’t have to trade quality of location for quality of living. In addition to forced-air furnaces or boilers, propane can easily be used for radiant in-floor heat, space heating, and direct vent fireplace heating. Qualified technicians can install above-ground or underground propane storage tanks, and safely run all connections to household heating appliances.

Inherently safe

When it comes to safe-handling of propane, our industry’s commitment to professional training makes all the difference. In fact, the Propane Education and Research Council has established a Certified Employee Training Program (CETP) that is now required in eight states and used by propane marketers nationwide. With proven teaching materials and extensive documentation, this highly respected certification program meets rigorous training requirements mandated by key agencies, including the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).