The Many Uses of Propane
Written on: July 18, 2022
An efficient, versatile fuel that does more than heat your home
You might have noticed that an increasing number of homes in your Delaware neighborhood have propane storage tanks in their yards. They are among the roughly 50 million American homes that use propane in some capacity.
Propane has long been one of the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and eco-friendly home fuels. Pretty much all the propane you use is domestically-produced. The US exports more than it uses! And propane burns in home heating systems with over 90 percent efficiency, plus it emits minimal carbon dioxide and virtually no particulate matter.
But one of propane’s main selling points is its adaptability. It’s used to power a host of appliances and systems. Many are integral to a home’s safety and comfort. Others boost your quality of life. Some even raise your property value!
Home heating and hot water
For home comfort during the fall and winter, propane is just about as good as it gets. A propane furnace heats the air to a range of 115 to 125 degrees. That’s a lot of heat for your buck.
Propane-fired water heaters are even more efficient. In fact, a traditional propane water heater costs 30 percent less to run than an electric model. Propane tankless water heaters are 50 percent less expensive and provide virtually unlimited warm water on demand!
Propane does more than heat your home and water. A propane-powered clothes dryer can dry laundry 25 percent faster than electric dryers. They also produce fewer wrinkles and less static electricity!
And propane-fired cooktops and ranges are the epitome of at-home cooking. They offer fast heat and optimal control for home chefs.
Finally, a gas log or fireplace insert can turn any room into a cozy, luxurious social hub. It can also do wonders for your home’s property value. The National Association of Realtors says that a gas fireplace can increase a home’s market value by up to $12,000.
With summer in full swing, it’s worth discussing the many ways that propane can super-charge your outdoor entertaining:
- Propane grills provide precise cooking temperatures with no charcoal mess.
- Propane pool and spa heaters keep your water at the perfect temperature and extend your swimming season into the fall.
- Propane firepits create a warm, cozy ambiance for your family and friends.
- Propane patio heaters help you beat the nighttime chill.
- Propane bug traps use moisture to keep the mosquitos away.
- Propane lighting illuminates your patio, walkways, pool area and entrances.