3 Things Long Island Homeowners Should Know About Switching to Propane Heat
Nestled in between the East River, the Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean, Long Island’s weather patterns during the winter can fluctuate a great deal.
With heavy precipitation patterns and high humidity, Long Island experiences frosty winters. From October through March, Long Island homeowners are running their furnaces nearly non-stop.
This means they need an efficient heat source to fuel their furnaces (as well as other appliances).
Unfortunately, many older homes on Long Island are fueled by oil—which is expensive, inefficient, and bad for the environment.
For homeowners like this, switching to propane is a top priority. While there are many heating options to consider when making a switch, propane has benefits that more folks should know about.
Propane is Cost-Effective
As an owner or a renter, saving money on the homefront is always a top priority.
From energy-efficient light bulbs to couponing, we find more efficient ways to sustain our home in ways that help our pockets and, ideally, the environment. Propane as a fuel source fits perfectly into this cost-saving strategy.
Propane is considered very cost-effective for a few reasons.
- Propane burns longer than heating oil. This helps you conserve fuel while receiving the same level of heat you would with other energy sources.
- One fuel source for many appliances: Propane can also be used for all sorts of in-home needs like fireplaces, generators, water heaters, etc.
- Control when you restock: You can schedule your refills when prices are low to save money.
Propane is Reliable
When choosing an energy source for your home, it’s important to consider the cost of upkeep—particularly considering the high cost of emergency service. Propane furnaces, water heaters, pool heaters, and other propane appliances tend to be more reliable than oil and require less maintenance than oil-run appliances.
With propane heating and appliances, you are less likely to experience interruption to your service and will also save money on repairs and service fees in comparison to oil.
Propane is Environmentally Conscious
In 1990, the EPA identified propane as a clean-burning fuel as part of the Clean Air Act. The environmental benefits are a tremendous reason to consider switching to propane.
- Propane is Non-Toxic – something that surprises many people is the fact that propane is non-toxic. It causes no distress to water or soil systems.
- Not a greenhouse gas – Because propane is not a greenhouse gas, it has zero impact on ozone depletion and other earthly implications.
- Propane produces fewer emissions than petroleum fuels. This helps make it a clean fuel source.
Propane is so low impact on the environment that in addition to families utilizing it for heat, generators, pool heaters, water heaters, and more, it’s used across industries as well.
For industrial uses, propane is used to power vehicles. Anything from street sweepers to public transit and even first responder vehicles can use propane—a more efficient option than gas. When you switch to propane, you’ll experience a reduction in carbon monoxide and greenhouse gas emissions.
Propane Fuels Appliances Through Power Outages
A power outage in the middle of winter is one of the worst things anyone can experience.
In the event of a downed powerline or electrical fire, there’s a chance that you may be stuck without heat and all things connected to heat. When the electricity goes out, propane can step in and do its job.
All of your propane-powered devices will be functional. This means no interruption of hot meals, hot showers, and clean clothes when you really need them. The type of dependability you can expect from switching to propane is unparalleled.
And if you’ve ever been in a blizzard, a snowstorm, or any other scenario where access to heat in all of its forms is limited, you know you’d do just about anything to avoid that scenario at all costs.
Propane can Power Generators Too
Since Long Islanders are used to storms that knock out the power, many homes have standby generators. Generators powered by propane can keep the lights, your refrigerator, and other critical devices functioning when the power grid fails. This is especially important for families who rely on refrigeration to preserve critical medications or medical equipment.
Switching to Propane: It Makes Sense for Long Island Homeowners
Propane is more efficient, environmentally friendly, and is there in an emergency.
Unlike oil or electric heat, propane is dependable and versatile. In Long Island where winters are cold and storms are common, propane fuel can keep your home running and your family warm. To learn more about switching to propane, check out our website, and request a quote.