There are several benefits to switching from oil to propane for home heating that range from saving money, helping the environment to safety and convenience. If you are considering making the switch, keep reading.
Cost savings: Propane is typically less expensive than heating oil, which can result in significant cost savings over time. The cost of propane and oil can vary depending on your location and the provider you use, however, in general, propane can save you money is that propane furnaces and heaters tend to be more energy-efficient than their oil counterparts. This means they use less fuel to produce the same amount of heat, resulting in lower energy bills. In addition, propane has a higher heating value than oil per unit of volume. This means that propane can produce more heat with less fuel compared to oil. As a result, you may need fewer deliveries of propane compared to oil, which can further reduce your fuel costs. Finally, propane is a cleaner burning fuel than oil, which can lead to fewer maintenance and repair costs for your heating system over time. Overall, by switching to propane, you may be able to save money on your energy bills and have a more efficient and reliable heating system.
Efficiency: Propane burns more cleanly and efficiently than heating oil, leading to better energy efficiency and lower emissions. Propane is considered more efficient than oil for a few reasons. First, propane has a higher energy density compared to oil, which means it can provide more heat energy per unit of fuel. Second, propane burns cleaner than oil, producing fewer pollutants such as carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide, which can be harmful to the environment and human health. Finally, propane is easier to transport and store compared to oil, which requires specialized equipment and infrastructure. These factors make propane a more efficient and practical option for heating and fueling various appliances, especially in areas where access to natural gas may be limited.
Convenience: Propane can be delivered to your home via a truck just like oil, but it doesn't require a storage tank. This makes it easier for homeowners who have limited space for oil storage. Additionally, if you work with Tankfarm, you will not have to make a call to have your propane refilled, ever! From the free tank monitoring we provide all of our customers, we will be able to see when your tank is low and we will automatically come out to refill it for you. Therefore, you will never have to worry about being without heat, which is especially nice for those who live in an area that gets cold. This will provide additional savings to our customers since they will never have to make an emergency fill-up call which can tack on hundreds of dollars to their bill.
Versatility: Propane can be used for a wide range of applications in addition to heating, such as cooking, hot water heating, dryer, fireplace and even powering generators.
Safety: Firstly, propane is considered a safer fuel than oil because it has a lower risk of accidental spills and leaks. Propane is a gas that won't contaminate the soil or groundwater if it spills or leaks, while oil can be a toxic substance and can pose a significant environmental hazard if it leaks into the environment. Secondly, it doesn't leave any residue or odors in your home. Propane is non-toxic and is also non-corrosive which means it won't damage your appliances, whereas oil can corrode your heating system, leading to costly maintenance and repair expenses. Thirdly, propane is lighter than air, which means it will quickly disperse in the open air, reducing the risk of explosion or fire. In contrast, oil is denser than air and hence, can pool, resulting in a high risk of ignition or explosion. Lastly, propane is odorized, allowing you to detect leaks by a sulfur-like gas odor added, thus alerting you to danger efficiently. Oil does not have a distinct odor so it is harder to detect if it is leaking. Overall, propane is a much safer and cleaner fuel source, which is why it is widely used for heating, cooking, and other residential and commercial applications.
Overall, switching from oil to propane can lead to cost savings, increased energy efficiency, and added convenience and versatility for homeowners. If you live in the Connecticut area and you are interested in making the switch today, please call Tankfarm today at 855-596-7324 to make the switch.