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Savings This Upcoming Season: Heating Your Home With Propane

The heating and cooling systems in a home use the most energy, so it’s the single area where you can save the most. Fall is the ideal time for homeowners to have a trained, qualified professional — such as a technician or a gas company representative — perform a comprehensive checkup of their home heating systems. But according to a September 2010 survey conducted by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), just one in four homeowners has a professional inspection every year, and one in five has never had a home heating inspection.

As a homeowner considering what heating option is best for your home and family a few issues probably come to mind: Energy costs, peace of mind, comfort and practicality. Homeowners like you often have many questions, and the good news is, AmeriGas has the answers! Trained propane professionals can tell you about the many advantages of heating your home with propane.

A versatile, efficient choice

Propane home-heating systems can be configured as central or zone, forced air or radiant. Propane furnaces and boilers come in all shapes and sizes and have a typical operating life of 15 to 20 years. Many propane furnaces with an AFUE of 95 or higher and boilers with an AFUE of 90 or more qualify for tax credits and other incentives that can pay a portion of your purchase and installation costs.

Reduce your carbon footprint

Studies by the Environmental Protection Agency show that propane heating systems generate 68 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than electricity, because most electricity is produced by coal-fired power plants.

If you live in the Northeast, you should take note that propane has 50 percent less carbon than fuel oil, which means it produces far less particulate pollution when burned. That’s why propane is an approved alternative fuel recognized by the Clean Air Act of 1990 and a qualifying alternative fuel, eligible for various federal tax incentives under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Perfect for off-the-grid living

If you live in an area not served by a natural gas main, propane’s exceptional capabilities mean you don’t have to trade quality of location for quality of living. In addition to fueling forced-air furnaces or boilers, propane can easily be used for radiant in-floor heat, space heating, and direct vent fireplace heating. Qualified technicians can install above ground or underground propane storage tanks and safely run all connections to household heating appliances.

Inherently safe

When it comes to the safe handling of propane, our industry’s commitment to professional training makes all the difference. In fact, the propane industry’s Certified Employee Training Program is required in eight states and used by propane marketers nationwide. With proven teaching materials and extensive documentation from the PERC, this highly respected certification program meets rigorous training requirements developed by key agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Fire Protection Association.

If you would like to learn more about how we can help with your home heating, or any other residential propane service, contact us today!

 

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