When deciding which type of heating system to include in your new home design, you have a lot of options. Should you go with a forced air system or a boiler? Natural gas, propane, or electric? Many people write off propane-powered boilers as an option because they are under the impression that these systems are outdated and inefficient. However, these misconceptions are not really true. In fact, there are some very good reasons to choose a propane boiler system for your new home.
Propane is a clean-burning and eco-friendly fuel.
There is a real emphasis on building "green" homes these days. Especially if you're trying to achieve an eco-friendly building rating or meet green building codes, it is essential to choose the least polluting fuel source possible. The Clean Indoor Air Act of 1990 lists propane as a clean fuel. It is certainly a greener choice than electric heat, since much of the electricity in the U.S. is generated by burning coal (a very polluting process). The U.S. produces more propane than any other nation in the world, meaning less pollution is generated in transporting this fuel source than is used to transport oil from overseas.
With a boiler system, you don't have to worry as much about allergies and dirty ducts.
When you have a forced air heating system, mold spores, pet dander, and pollen can work their way into your duct work and then be spewed out around the home, causing allergies. This isn't a problem with boiler heating systems, since the heat comes from hot water in a closed system. No, boiler systems are not outdated -- many companies still make them, and today's are safer and more efficient than ever.
When you use propane rather than natural gas, you can save money on fuel costs.
Natural gas-powered boiler systems are a good choice, too, but propane offers one key advantage. Propane is stored in a tank on your property, while natural gas is continuously drawn from pubic gas lines. This means that whenever the price of natural gas goes up, you pay that higher price. With propane, you can stock up when the price is low, saving cash.
Natural gas-powered, forced air heat might be the most common choice of homeowners, but propane-powered boilers deserve a second glance. If you're looking for a green, affordable, and healthy way to heat your home, it pays to go with the less popular choice -- a propane boiler. Contact Self Heating Cooling for more information.