Propane, a gas which is typically associated with the wondrous smell of food sizzling on the grill in the backyard, has more diverse usages beyond food prep. While it does work some magic on the grill, expanding the usage of propane in your home will open doors for you (not literally, it’s a gas not magic). It’s use in home won’t change much from how you were using it before, burning it to produce heat, but it does have many advantages in its safety, price, and effect on the environment. So put those BBQ tongs down for a sec and consider the following reasons you should switch your home to propane usage.
Some Reasons To Use Propane In Your Home
Let’s just get right into it without any preamble.
Starting with one of the most important factors when considering anything, the price of propane is how cost effective it is. Compared to some other fuels, propane begins paying for itself much quicker. It produces more units of energy per cost paid than most other fuels with it’s efficient-burning, which allows the appliances themselves to have a much shorter energy savings payback period.
It also offers way more cost savings the electricity does! Electric bills are rising for many of us, and a good alternative to help lower costs is very attractive. Take the example of the average hot water tank, it will take electricity an hour to reheat the water from cold. Propane on the other hand? It can get the job done in 20 minutes, and won’t disappear the moment a power outage happens, but more on that point later.
High Energy Output
As mentioned above, propane is very energy efficient due to it’s high energy output, for example, it has a higher octane rating than gasoline. Due to it’s high octane nature, propane has enough energy output to power vehicles! In cases where a car or truck was converted over, there was only a slight drop in horsepower under a wide open throttle. With this in mind, why would you worry about it not being able to keep a house running?
Safety And Versatility
First things first, propane is a combustible gas, and with all similar gases, there are risks should there be a critical failure. The tanks are under extreme pressure and any kind of rupture happen with rather violent results. Additionally, propane is heavier than air, meaning any kind of leak will result in the gas settling in low lying areas and building up from there.
With all the doom and gloom out of the way, why exactly is propane considered to be on the safer side? For starters, the tank itself is typically buried well away from any of the natural gas mains, and is 20 times more puncture resistant then tanks used for gasoline, ethanol, and methanol. Regular maintenance from experts help to reduce the chances of the tank and your lines failing.
The gas itself also has that rotten egg smell to it. Some fuels are odorless, which makes detecting a leak more difficult. With propane this is much easier, as rotten eggs is not exactly a subtle smell. Early detection is the best way to avoid critical problems, and correct issues.
On the environmental side, propane is considered to be a clean fuel. This is due to how cleanly it burns, having a low carbon content means it produces fewer emissions. It also won’t contaminate groundwater and soil should a leak occur. This all makes the distribution and usage far safer and less impactful than other fuels like gasoline and oil.
So how are you feeling about switching your home to propane now? If you still aren’t convinced we strongly recommend you do some further research so you can make the most informed decision possible. Afterwards, if you think some propane might be in the cards, drop us a line.
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