women sitting in home headed by propaneMore and more people depend on high-efficiency propane to keep their homes warm and comfortable in the winter months. But despite the popularity of propane furnaces, misinformation about them is still out there. A recent article from Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) spokesman Jesse Marcus in ContractingBusiness.com addressed some of the myths. Here are a few key points.


Myth: There aren’t many differences between propane furnaces and electric heat pumps.
Fact: Propane furnaces provide more reliable heat while producing fewer carbon emissions.

According to the article, high-efficiency propane furnaces produce about 35 percent fewer carbon emissions when used in new homes in the Midwest.

Myth: You won’t save much money with high-efficiency propane furnaces.
Fact: You’ll see substantial savings compared to traditional electric furnaces.

Electric furnaces can have an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating as low as 78. But High-efficiency propane furnaces range from 90 to 98 AFUE. And that added efficiency translates into energy savings that show up in your wallet.

Myth: You won’t save enough on energy to cover the start-up costs of switching to a propane furnace.
Fact: Savings can quickly add up to cover the initial costs and last for decades.

A recent PERC study found that a high-efficiency propane furnace results in energy costs of about $1,650 a year for a new home in a cold climate. That’s nearly 10 percent lower than a standard-efficiency air source heat pump and 14 percent lower than a heating oil furnace. And since the average time to recoup the starting cost of a propane furnace is about two years and they last an average of 16 to 20 years, you’ll have years of energy savings ahead of you.

For more information, read the ContractingBusiness.com article.

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