Winter is approaching, and conscientious homeowners are preparing to heat their homes, brainstorming methods of saving money, and seeking to reduce their carbon footprints. A propane furnace is a safe, efficient, and budget-friendly way to keep your Manassas, Virginia, home warm and welcoming for your family.
Propane Furnaces Are Efficient
Older propane furnaces keep a small flame, or pilot light, burning continuously in order to light the larger heat exchanger fire when signaled by the thermostat. However, newer propane furnaces use electronic ignition, so no propane is lost due to a constantly burning pilot light.
Due to its high hydrogen content, propane burns hotter than other fuel sources and consistently produces warm air. High-efficiency propane furnaces are about 92 to 94 percent efficient and cost about half as much per BTU as electric or wood furnaces. This means that, for every dollar you spend, you get between 92 and 94 cents’ worth of heat!
Propane Is Environmentally Friendly
Heating typically makes up the majority of a home’s energy use. Up to 50 percent of a home’s energy consumption can be accounted for by heating. One of the best ways to help the environment is by reducing your energy use, and an efficient propane furnace can help you do just that.
Propane isn’t manufactured for its own sake. Instead, propane is a by-product of natural gas and crude oil production. It’s a natural derivative that is packaged and sold as an additional energy resource.
Since propane isn’t toxic, your furnace will not harm the surrounding soil, water, plants, and wildlife. Propane is considered to be a clean fuel source because it has a low carbon content. When burned, it does not produce the same emissions that petroleum does, and, hence, produces less hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Propane furnaces usually have longer lifespans than other kinds of furnaces, lasting between 18 and 30 years. Since they don’t have to be replaced as often, they create less waste. You should feel good about heating your home with propane.
Propane Furnaces Work With Any Floor Plan
The ventilation designs of propane furnaces give you flexibility during installation. Ventilation systems can be arranged either vertically or horizontally, allowing you to adapt the system to the structure of your home. The units are compact and fit easily even in small spaces. Because most systems can be operated by remote control, you can control the unit from anywhere in your home, regardless of where the unit is placed.
The size and dimensions of your home will determine which size furnace you need. Our technicians will recommend either a wall furnace or a central furnace, depending on your particular needs. To maximize efficiency, we usually recommend installing the smallest unit possible that will still properly heat your home.
Propane Is Safe
As a safety feature, propane furnaces use air from outside for combustion. They use a double-wall piping system, which pulls in clean air while safely releasing exhaust. You will never have to be concerned that your family is breathing exhaust fumes from the unit.
Propane furnaces also have a number of mechanisms to avoid dangerous malfunctions. For example, a "rotten egg" smell is added while the propane is being manufactured. This odor makes it easy to quickly identify leaks.
Our team ensures that the area where the furnace is installed is well-ventilated and that the unit does not have any leaks. In an abundance of caution, our technician will ask about installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home.
Propane Is Convenient
While propane furnaces, like other kinds of furnaces, need to be checked annually, maintenance is less intensive. This means that you save more and experience fewer disruptions.
Griffith Energy Services offers emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We deliver propane regardless of the weather, so you won’t be left out in the cold.
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