If you’re working with a homebuilder to design and build your dream home, then you know how hefty the to-do list can be. Almost overwhelming. While you focus on building the foundation, what size windows to order, and what color flooring to choose; let’s make the decision of what kind of furnace and home-heating source to use an easy one! Here are some interesting facts about propane home heating and why it’s the BEST choice for your newly built home and your family!
Besides offering exceptional energy savings and comfort at an affordable cost, a residential high-efficiency furnace can also provide excellent space heating for both small floor plans and large homes! By choosing to heat your home with propane, you are choosing the safest, affordable, effective, and environmentally friendly solution which is why high-efficiency propane furnaces are quickly becoming more and more popular in the United States!
We already mentioned that propane furnaces are extremely energy efficient, but let us elaborate on exactly how efficient they can really be! Most residential propane furnaces are rated anywhere between 90%-98% efficient. That’s more than a typical oil furnace which generally rate at 70-90% efficient. When you take the extra step and install a propane furnace that is Energy Star certified, you can expect to receive even higher efficiency than electric heat pumps! Additionally, propane furnaces have easier upkeep and maintain their value and efficiency better than electric heat pumps. Add to that the occasional tax credits available for new construction homes and you can really see the outstanding value that accompanies propane heating solutions!
Lower Energy, Lower Cost!
There are many variables including the location and size of your new home, the height of the ceilings, and whether or not you enjoy being bundled up all winter that effect your homes personal propane usage per month. Generally, warmer climates and summer months will use fewer gallons of propane annually, but regardless of how much propane you are using, recent studies indicate that an Energy Star certified furnace in new (and existing) homes can save you hundreds of dollars when compared to comparable furnaces operating on oil! Plus, there are plenty of ways to save money on propane! Ask your local ThompsonGas about propane home delivery and budget plans!
The Environment will Thank You!
Propane is considered a clean-burning alternative energy source, meaning it leaves little contamination in the environment where it is consumed! For those of you who like numbers, propane produces 38% less emissions than oil. In fact, propane is removed from the atmosphere faster than it can have an effect on the climate. Compared to most other systems, propane furnaces can not only save you money, it will also reduce your carbon footprint by reducing CO2 emissions.
Propane Performance can’t be Surpassed!
Propane furnaces deliver best-in-class efficiency with many models delivering AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) ratings of 95%. A well-made, professionally installed propane furnace will heat the home steadily and comfortably while delivering significantly warmer temperatures when compared to traditional electric heat pumps. Add to this they are regarded to have a longer life span than other types of home heating solutions, ranging on average anywhere from 15 to 20 years—that’s as much as 10 years longer than a run-of-the-mill electric heat pump!
To learn more about the benefits of propane furnaces, contact a representative at your local ThompsonGas. We will gladly discuss helping you save money on your heating bill while doing your part to protect the environment.