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Propane Turns up the Heat on Geothermal

When it comes to comfort, dependability, economy, and convenience, clean-burning propane just can’t be beat. Propane provides superior warmth, lower upfront costs, and fewer carbon dioxide emissions compared with geothermal, bringing you peace of mind as well as a warm, comfortable home. Talk to your local FS Propane Specialist today about all the advantages propane has to offer.

Clean-burning propane produces fewer greenhouse gases

  • If you’ve been told that geothermal produces no carbon dioxide emissions, you’ve only been told part of the story. Clean-burning propane emits less carbon dioxide compared with the upstream production of electricity needed to operate the geothermal system.  
  • Propane is an approved, clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act of 1992.

Consider the upfront costs of geothermal

Although geothermal does offer monthly savings on energy bills, there are also hidden costs, including:

  • High installation costs—sometimes as much as $20,000 more than a conventional high-efficiency propane system
  • Expenses associated with extra insulation
  • Costs of a backup system
  • Fees for pipe maintenance and air filter replacement costs
  • Costs of electricity to drive heat pumps
  • It is estimated that savings on monthly energy bills average about $500 per year, making payback periods 20 years or more when all the additional costs of geothermal are considered. Are you planning to live in your home long enough to realize those benefits?

Propane provides all the comforts of home

  • There is no substitute for the warm feeling you get with propane heat. The temperature of forced air heat from a geothermal system is about 85°F and feels cool because it is cooler than your body temperature. The reason propane feels better is because the air is warmed to a toasty 120°F, providing a cozier feeling.
  • There’s nothing quite like sitting next to a toasty, warm fire on a cold evening. With a propane fireplace, you can enjoy the comfort of a warm flickering flame at the flip of a switch. With geothermal, your options are limited to an electric fireplace, which doesn’t provide the comfort of a flame, or a wood-burning fireplace, which requires considerable maintenance, releases smoke and soot, and is less efficient for providing heat.

Propane will never leave you in the cold with a clean-burning propane generator

  • In the event of a power outage, you need to keep your house warm, your food cold, your stove cooking, and your well pumping water. Powering up during an electrical outage with a clean-burning propane generator keeps your home running smoothly and comfortably.
  • Geothermal heat pumps are powered by electricity, so the geothermal heating and cooling system will stop working in the event of a power outage unless a type of backup power is installed.

Save energy with propane water heating

  • The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that approximately 20% of a home’s energy costs are spent heating water. That’s why selecting an efficient water heater is critical, and a propane tankless water heater is one of the most efficient options available. A propane tankless water heater is an on-demand system: when a homeowner opens a hot water tap, the unit senses the demand and instantly heats the water as it flows to the tap.
  • Geothermal energy powers electric water heaters, which typically cost 50% more to operate than a standard propane water heater, with the savings going up to 60% with an energy-efficient tankless propane water heater. In addition, propane heats water nearly 40% faster than electricity, which means not only less energy usage but also a faster recovery time when a large volume of hot water is being used.

Discerning cooks prefer cooking with gas

  • If you take your cooking seriously, you’ll like the control you get with a gas stove. Immediate adjustment of heat makes cooking easier and more precise.
  • Geothermal energy can only be used to power an electric stovetop, which takes longer to heat up and cool down, often leading to unpredictable results.
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