If you are going to install a new furnace or boiler in your home, there are a lot of things to consider. Of course, most homeowner's main concern when shopping for a new heating source boiler is making sure they buy a unit that is efficient, powerful enough to adequately heat their home, and eco-friendly. Propane-powered units are very popular because they tick all of these boxes. This article looks at propane furnaces and boilers, and explains why they are such a good idea:
Efficiency and BTUs
Propane is an ideal gas for home heating because it burns at the high efficiency levels. That is, the percentage of the burned gas that is converted to electricity is extremely high, usually over 90%. You can find this rating listed under the product description for any propane furnace.
Similarly, you can also find the rating for the BTUs (or British thermal units). To put it as simply as possible, the BTUs is a measurement of how much heat the unit can put out. Of course, the higher the number, the higher the heat output. You don't need to do any math or gas work when it comes to figuring out how many BTUs you should be looking for. There are easy guide and charts that explain how many BTUs will be necessary for your home based on its square footage. So, it is important that you find a unit that has high burn efficiency ratings and adequate BTUs for your home.
Gas Supply: Tanks or Public Lines
Another important thing you need to consider is the gas supply. That is, will your propane be stored in a tank next to the furnace, or will it be attached directly to your public utility line? Obviously, this the latter is only an option if your local utility provider offers propane heating. The great thing about tanks is that they are self-sufficient and off the grid. That is, if there are any problems with utility lines, you won't have to worry about them if your propane is in a tank. You will be able to heat your home no matter what. The only issue is that you need to schedule tank refills every couple of years.
In the end, it is easy to see why propane is becoming such a popular choice for residential furnaces and boilers. It is an eco-friendly gas that is affordable and very efficient. Contact a company like Vigil Air for more information and assistance.