From cozy comfort to a price that's nice, there are so many "pros" to propane ... especially when compared with heating oil.
When you compare heating oil vs. propane on a BTU-per-BTU basis, fuel oil generates more heat. However, most oil boilers average about 85 percent efficiency at best, while propane boilers can produce an efficiency of 95 percent or more. It is also interesting to note that, because oil requires more sophisticated burner systems than propane does to be fired efficiently, oil-fired heating appliances typically cost more than their gas-fired competitors.
While oil boilers and furnaces need to vent through a chimney, propane appliances can vent through the wall with PVC pipe.
It can be used to power so many things:
Propane is an approved, clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Propane also is nontoxic, so it's not harmful to soil or water. Additionally, propane is cleaner than heating oil. With an oil furnace, an annual cleaning and service call is truly necessary, because the soot needs to be removed from the heat exchanger and the oil spray nozzle should be replaced. Propane furnaces do not have the same maintenance needs as oil furnaces.
A propane gas furnace heats air to about 130°F to 140°F and operates in short intervals to minimize operating costs. An electric heat pump produces heat below body temperature (98.6°F), so the air actually feels cool when placing your hand in front of a vent.
Propane can be stored safely in a tank on your property, while electricity is subject to power outages. Reliable propane works when and where other energy sources don't because it goes where "the grid" doesn't go.
Many propane furnaces have an AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) of 95 percent or higher and many boilers have an AFUE of 90 percent or higher. When you upgrade to a high-efficiency propane furnace or boiler, you could lower your energy costs by up to 30 percent! What's more, high-efficiency propane-fired units qualify for tax credits and other incentives that can pay a portion of your purchase and installation costs.
Propane has quite a remarkable safety record, due in large part to the stringent codes and regulations developed by the propane industry and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In addition, award-winning preventive maintenance programs like GASCheck™ (Gas Appliance System Check) ensure that homeowners understand how to properly maintain their propane appliances and enjoy a healthy, safe environment."
Most propane used in the United States is produced domestically, with only about 15 percent imported from overseas.
While natural gas is measured in unfamiliar "therms" and electricity is measured in hard-to-understand "kilowatt hours," propane is measured in familiar "gallons" and propane bills don't contain any of those mysterious charges you might find on utility bills.
With propane, you receive prompt personalized service from us ... New England Propane, where our trained "propane pros" are ready to assist you.
As the owner of an aboveground or underground propane tank, you have certain responsibilities, including the upkeep and protection of that tank. New England Propane is here to help. Please follow the links below to learn more about your responsibilities as a tank owner, and contact us if you have any questions about the safety, upkeep or maintenance of your tank.
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We all know too well the devastating effects that Superstorm Sandy had on the East Coast. Power was lost for days, in some areas for weeks, and many roads were impassable for prolonged periods of time.
In order to meet your propane needs as timely and as efficiently as possible, we request that you inform us when your tank's fuel level reaches 45 percent and whether or not your generator is running. If your fuel level is over 45 percent, we kindly ask that you refrain from requesting a refill until your fuel level reaches 45 percent. Calling us at the proper time is the most important thing you can do to maintain your propane supply. Unfortunately, if your fuel level gets very low, you may run out before we can refill your tank. With that being said, we will always try our absolute best to deliver your fuel as soon as we possibly can.
Please keep in mind that providing a false tank reading creates delivery inefficiencies by diverting the driver to where he may not be needed. This results in lost time and extra travel, and therefore we must charge a delivery fee to recoup our costs.
We strongly recommend that you have enough storage capacity to be able to run your generator for a minimum of five days, preferably more. When a bad storm hits, roads can become impassable and detours can cause major delays in trying to get to your home, thereby making it difficult to get to everyone in a timely manner. If there are road closures in your area, it would be extremely helpful to know if there is an alternate route we can take to make your delivery. We are not able to drive over downed utility lines or under fallen trees.
Lastly, we highly recommend the installation of a remote monitor, so that we are automatically notified when your tank needs to be refilled. If you are interested in upgrading your system, by either adding additional propane storage and/or a remote monitor, please contact our office and we will be happy to provide a free quote for you.
Additional Storm Preparation Tips:
As always, after a storm, our first priority is meeting the needs of customers without power. Make sure you inform us when your power is restored, along with your tank level, so that we can plan our deliveries to you as efficiently as possible. Your comfort, safety and peace of mind are always our foremost priority and we are here for you whenever you need us.