Propane Myths and Facts

Posted: October 7, 2019

Myths and facts

Even though propane has been heating homes for more than a century, it’s still a fuel that’s misunderstood by many people – which is a shame, considering all the incredible things that propane can do for you in your Central Massachusetts home.

Here are four common myths about propane gas, and the truth behind them.

Myth #1: Propane is good for camping and grilling – and not much else.

Fact: Sure, propane is the perfect fuel for your RV or barbecue, but it can do so much more than that. In fact, propane can power just about any appliance inside or outside your Massachusetts home, including your:

On top of that versatility, propane will usually perform better than other energy sources (especially electricity) when powering any of these appliances – and no matter how many of them you have, they can be supplied with gas from a single, convenient tank.

Myth #2: Propane is dangerous.

Fact: Propane is as at least as safe to use as any other home energy source – and safer than most. Consider these propane safety facts:

Myth #3: Propane is expensive.

Fact: Propane is one of the most cost effective home energy solutions around when you consider the total cost of ownership of propane equipment and services. Propane heats fast and effectively, with many propane appliances reaching efficiencies of 98 percent. While some electric heat pumps may match that efficiency rating in milder weather, their performance drops off dramatically once outdoor temperatures near the freezing mark.

You’ll also save money with propane in the long run because it burns clean – which means your equipment will last longer and require fewer repairs and less maintenance.

Myth #4: Propane is harmful to the environment.

Fact: Propane emits less than half the carbon of heating oil when burned, and less than electricity when it is produced by coal-fired generation plants. Propane is so eco-friendly that it is the only alternative fuel included in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. Neither the process by which propane is produced nor the combustion of propane gas produces significant acid rain contaminants, and because it is nontoxic and doesn’t pool, a propane leak cannot contaminate water or soil.

Considering converting to propane, or using propane appliances to supplement your current oil-fired heating system? We can help. Contact Pioneer Oil and Propane today to learn more, or get a FREE, no obligation estimate on propane installations for your Worcester-area home.

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