Did you know that 48 million households
across the United States use propane? Despite this, there are still so many myths about propane among Americans. When many people think about propane heat they imagine a cylinder underneath the grill on a summer’s day. But, actually, propane heat offers consumers much more than this. In this article, we’ll debunk the top ten propane heat myths that put people off switching to propane. Let’s go!
Myth 1 – Propane is Only For Grilling
Did you know that almost 80 percent of Americans
have grilled in the past year? As many Americans know, propane heat is great for grilling. However, what people don’t quite realize is that you can take advantage of propane heating for almost anything. You can also use propane for:
- Patio/Outdoor heater
- Spa and swimming pool heater
- Outdoor gas lights/fire pit
Now you know that propane has more uses than simply grilling.
Myth 2 – It’s Only for Outdoors
It’s also not only for outdoors. You can also take advantage of propane heating sources for indoors too. Yes, you can run pretty much any home appliance on propane. You also don’t have to worry about using propane for too many sources because of its reliability. Furthermore, it’s often more effective than electricity. If you want to use propane for your commercial business, all this applies as well. Do you want to hear about more examples? You can use propane for the following purposes:
- Boiler or furnace
- Water heater
Now when someone says you can only use it for outdoors, you can spread the word about the many household uses of propane heating.
Myth 3 – It’s Dangerous
Like any other energy source, if used safely and appropriately
it’s perfectly safe. The legal framework (at federal, state and local levels) which regulates the use of propane means that it is often significantly safer than other sources of energy that aren’t as heavily regulated. If you’re still concerned, it may help to know that propane heating equipment switches off when there’s a problem. In contrast to other energy sources and dangers in the house, you don’t get a warning of danger quite as obvious as the one propane gas gives off. Simply put – if you smell rotten eggs, you’ve got a problem! Compared with other alternative energy sources, propane heating has low flammability. Plus, the steel propane tanks which store the gas are twenty times more resistant to puncture than tanks filled with other kinds of gas.
Myth 4 – It’s Expensive
People think that propane heating must be expensive. Surely, it’s unaffordable for middle-class Americans? Well, actually it’s not expensive at all. It’s a bargain! You need to into account the equipment, maintenance costs
, and the cost of the fuel. If you think of the bigger picture, propane is one of the most affordable energy options for American households.
Myth 5 – It Causes Climate Change
It’s true that propane is a fossil fuel energy source. But, fossil fuels cause climate change
, right? Well, yes. But, what many people don’t realize is that propane is the cleanest fossil fuel. If you want to cut your carbon footprint, switching to propane heating could have a positive influence! If you compare propane with heating oil combustion or electricity produced by coal-fired plants, it produces less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In fact, propane isn’t even considered to be a greenhouse gas at all.
Myth 6 – What About Other Environment Damage
Although climate change gets the media attention, there are many kinds of environmental damage. Propane is one of the most environmentally-friendly energy sources available. Propane heat has no effect on drinking water supplies. Soil damage
concerns many people, but propane causes no damage to soils. If you’re worried about air pollution, switching to propane would cut your household contribution to air pollution significantly.
Myth 7 – Harm to Animals and Plants
The U.S. is a country of animal lovers. If you’re worried about harm to animal and plant life, you don’t need to worry about switching to propane heating. Propane vapor causes no damage to marine, plant, or animal life in the freshwater and saltwater ecosystems. Additionally, there is no harm caused by inhaling propane vapor.
Myth 8 – It’s not Always Available in the U.S.
Many people think that propane is not available across the U.S, but only where it’s actually produced. This is far from true. It’s actually easy to produce and distribute around the country and abroad. It’s ready when you are!
Myth 9 – Propane is Slow to Heat
A lot of people think that propane takes forever to heat up. In reality, propane heating equipment is quick and efficient. You can use it immediately when you want it. The propane heater creates up to 98 percent efficiency in your system. Not a lot of energy goes to waste. If you come in from the cold during the winter and you’re looking to heat your home up right away, propane does an excellent job of this.
Myth 10 – Propane Heating Systems Are Big and Ugly
If you think this you can’t have been to many trendy cafés and restaurants lately. Yes, propane heating is pretty cool too. You probably imagine a big and ugly tank. But actually, you can create a cozy and warm vibe with a propane fireplace. Your propane heating system could look elegant, sophisticated or high-tech. You can choose your system based on the design of your home or business.
Propane Heat Myths Debunked
Now you don’t have to believe the myths. You know the truth about the many benefits and uses of propane heat. Do you want to find out more about installing a propane heating system in your home or business? Get in touch with us
to find out more!