The Benefits of Converting Your Heating System from Oil to Propane

Posted by ThompsonGas on July 10th, 2017

If you are still using a heating system that runs on oil, you might have noticed the costly and time-consuming maintenance and refueling it requires. You have probably also noticed its inefficiency and its huge impact on global warming. Perhaps it’s time to convert your heating system from oil to propane. Home heating with propane is considered better than oil, as it is more efficient, environmentally friendly, and effective. Here are some benefits of propane home heating:

  • It is more energy efficient and it helps you save money in the long run – An oil furnace can only produce heat at around 60 percent efficiency. This means that for every dollar you are spending to heat oil, you are only getting around 60 cents worth of the heat. With propane home heating, you get a much more efficient way to keep your home warm, as it is rated 90 percent or higher. The US Department of Energy found that you could save up to 30 percent each year when you heat water with propane, and save around 50 percent when you dry your clothes in a propane powered dryer.
  • Lower your insurance rates – An old home that uses an oil tank will tend to have higher premiums. Insurance companies typically have stringent rules regarding old oil furnaces and tanks before your house can be qualified for insurance. You do not have to worry about that when you choose home heating propane systems.
  • Easier to clean – Propane home heating equipment is reasonably priced and costs less to maintain, as it does not produce soot and ash, and the fuel will not spill, which is typically a problem with oil. These factors make propane-heating systems safer and healthier for you. If your home is safer, you could be paying less for home insurance, too.
  • Good for the environment – Propane is an approved clean fuel in the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and the 1990 Clean Air Act. The US Environmental Protection Agency tested propane-fueled vehicles and found that they produce 30 to 90 percent less carbon monoxide and around 50 percent less toxins and other smog-producing emissions compared to gasoline.

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This article was written by ThompsonGas. The 16th largest retail propane company in the U.S. ThompsonGas has been family owned and operated since 1946. The propane gas dealer provides affordable propane for residential and commercial propane gas service to customers across 10 states in the East and Southeast.

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