Everything you need to know about your heating fuel!
While the winter temperatures have been up and down in Cape May, Doylestown and other South Jersey or Eastern Pennsylvania communities, it’s still good to know you have a home heating system you can rely on.
The households that Blue Flame serves depend on furnaces and boilers powered by clean-burning, American-made propane. There are a lot of significant benefits to using propane for your home’s heating, hot water generation, and other major appliances. Among the most important advantages is propane’s incredible and efficient heat generation.
How much heat does propane produce?
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, propane generates about 91,452 British thermal units (Btu) of heat energy per gallon. To achieve that same amount of heat from other energy sources, you would need:
- Approximately 27 kilowatt hours of electricity
- Roughly 88 cubic feet of natural gas (Propane produces over twice as much heat per cubic foot as natural gas!)
While heating oil produces more Btu per gallon than propane, it’s not necessarily a better heating option because propane appliances typically have superior efficiency. (More on that in a moment.)
How does propane’s heat generation affect its performance in your home?
Propane’s fantastic heat production, combined with the efficiency of today’s propane products, leads to some amazing home comfort performance. Consider these facts:
- Modern propane boilers and furnaces have energy efficiency ratings as high as 98 percent. Propane furnaces can consistently heat air to 140 degrees, even when it’s freezing outside!
- When new and properly sized, propane water heaters warm up water about twice as fast as electric models.
- Propane dryers have considerably shorter cycles than electric products.
- Propane ranges and cooktops generate near-instant (and precisely adjustable) heat with a gas flame.
- Propane patio heaters can raise the outdoor air temperature by up to 25 degrees.
Is propane clean and safe for your home?
With propane, you can enjoy all this efficient heat generation with minimal emissions and a stellar safety record.
Propane’s carbon intensity score — the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted to produce a given amount of energy — is way lower than heating oil, gasoline, diesel and even New Jersey and Pennsylvania’s grid electricity. Natural gas has a slightly lower carbon intensity than propane. Still, it is primarily composed of methane, a greenhouse gas that is over 80 times more powerful at trapping heat in the atmosphere than CO2 over a 20-year period. Propane is methane-free, plus it emits virtually no particulate matter, a known carcinogen.
Additionally, propane is non-toxic and will not hard soil or water, even during a leak.
Blue Flame — Your Trusted Propane Delivery Partner.
Households throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania count on Blue Flame for dependable propane delivery. Our automatic delivery service ensures you never need to check a tank gauge or call us for delivery. We handle all the planning for you at no additional charge!
Ready to receive premium propane for your home heating system and appliances? Become a customer today.