Home Heating Appliances

Heating your home with propane

More folks in North Carolina are finding that a high-efficiency propane home heating system is the best choice to stay warm during cold and icy winters. Every day, people are either “pulling the plug” completely on their electric heat pump–or at the very least, bringing in some much-needed propane backup heat Propane home heating systems are a smart investment because they can generally keep your home warm for less than cost of electricity, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

But what North Carolinians like the most is the comfortable consistent heat that’s delivered. Propane heaters produce much higher indoor air temperatures than their electric counterparts, guaranteeing that you will keep your home toasty warm even during the most frigid winters.

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The Problem with Heat Pumps

An electric heat pump works by capturing heat from the outside air and transferring it into your home. When it’s really cold, there isn’t enough heat energy out there for your heat pump to keep you comfortable. The house just never seems to warm up. If temperatures drop to the single digits, folks complain that they can’t get their home above 62 degrees.

Many folks end up using all sorts of electric space heaters, which are the most expensive way to generate heat. They may also rely on backup electric strips, which are also expensive and often emit a burnt odor; this is caused by dust and other residue that has built up around the strips.


Heating a Home with a Propane Furnace

Easily installed nearly anywhere in the home, a propane furnace can provide space heating for any size floor plan, from small residences to large custom homes. Types of propane gas furnaces include central furnaces, direct vent wall furnaces and combo-heaters.

  • Propane gas furnaces are best in their class in terms of efficiency, with ratings from 90 to 98% efficient.
  • Propane furnaces produce enough thermal energy to heat your home without the need for a backup system.
  • Propane furnaces consistently deliver heat in the 120–140 degrees Fahrenheit range, even when the outdoor temperature drops.
  • When properly maintained, propane furnaces can last up to 10 years longer than electric heat pumps.

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Hybrid Heating System

A hybrid heating system is a combination of an air source heat pump or ground source (geothermal) heat pump with a propane gas furnace.

Also known as a dual fuel system, a hybrid heating system improves home comfort by using a propane furnace—typically a high efficiency unit—during colder, outdoor temperatures. This is a better option than a heat pump’s inefficient, electric resistance secondary heat.

By relying on the high-efficiency propane furnace during colder periods, the overall heating system is more energy efficient, provides greater comfort, and has a smaller carbon footprint.

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Propane Gas Pack System

Similar to a heat pump, which both heats and cools your home using electricity, a packaged propane gas system (also known as a gas pack) combines the clean-burning efficiency of propane for heating with the comfort of an air conditioning unit for cooling. This all-in-one unit, which is installed outside your home, features a high-efficiency propane gas furnace that will keep your home toasty warm even on the coldest days.

In the summer, the cooling component of the gas pack takes over, helping you stay cool and comfortable throughout our hot and humid North Carolina summers.

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Get Started Today

Propane is built for North Carolina winters! Contact your propane company or local HVAC contractor to get started on staying warmer during the winter.

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