When it comes to updating your HVAC system, there are many different types of heating appliances. First, you need to decide if you are going to use a boiler or a furnace system. Then, you need to decide if you are going to use a gas powered, electric powered, or hybrid system. Each of these systems has their own set of drawbacks and advantages. This article focuses specifically on propane boilers, and explains why they are a smart and energy efficient choice.
If your home is already heated using a boiler, you probably don't want to change to a furnace system. The process of tearing out a boiler and replacing it with a furnace is going to be very expensive. You can find proponents of each system, but boilers work very well, especially if you have have a modern, energy efficient one. That is, not all boilers are antiques with rustic metal pipes using radiant heat to warm the walls. Modern boilers use efficient gasses like propane to heat your home evenly and efficiently.
Propane is a gas that is very suitable to boilers. Most importantly, it burns at a very high level of efficiency. That is, a high percentage of the gas burned (usually over 90%) is converted to energy. This efficiency is measured by AFUE. This stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. This is pretty much the most important number to know when it comes to shopping for a propane boiler. Old boilers may only burn at about 60 percent efficiency, so buying a modern boiler is going to dramatically reduce your gas and electricity usage. You could see significant savings during the winter months.
Using Propane Storage Tanks
Another great thing about propane boilers is that they can be used with public utilities or storage tanks. That is, if you live somewhere remote and you don't have access to public utility lines, propane tanks can be on your property. These tanks need to be professionally refilled and serviced by a propane service, but the cost is minimal. You just signed up for a service that comes whenever your levels are low and refill the tank. You don't even need to make a call because the propane service will receive automatic notifications from your tank. Not only is this convenient, it is often the only option for homes in remote areas that don't have access to public utilities.
Contact a company, like Rickett Industrial Environmental Systems, for more help.Share