Whole-Home Heating

Why Heat Your Home With Propane?

There are multiple reasons why more and more homes in Virginia are switching to propane heating. If you’re considering upgrading your furnace and have been wondering about the benefits of propane, consider the following:

  • Propane is a readily available, economic choice for home heating. Residential propane prices are consistently lower than fuel oil and less prone to fluctuation over time.
  • Propane is a clean-burning product listed by the Clean Air Act as a viable alternative fuel source. Propane produces fewer emissions than other petroleum-derived products, which contributes to cleaner air and a healthier environment.
  • 90% of propane sold in the U.S. is produced domestically, making it an important choice for anyone concerned about energy independence. This also means the price of propane is not affected by international events.
  • Many appliances can be powered by propane, too. It is estimated that switching an electric stove, water heater or fireplace for a propane-powered unit can save you up to 50% on your electricity bills!

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Whole Home Heating with Propane

Propane Furnaces

  • Can last up to 20 years (that is about 10 years longer than comparable electric units)
  • Short running intervals minimize costs
  • Emits 69% less GHG than electric furnaces
  • Emits 64% less GHG than electric baseboard heaters
  • Emits 37% less GHG than oil furnaces
  • Available with efficiency ratings of 95% or higher
  • Available in various shapes and sizes
  • Lower carbon dioxide emissions than electric
  • Equivalent carbon dioxide emissions of natural gas
  • Generates hotter air, up to 25° F warmer air at discharge registers, than electric furnaces

Propane Fireplaces

  • Propane direct-vent fireplaces are up to 90% efficient, while traditional wood-burning systems are only about 15% efficient
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Minimal installation costs
  • Can be installed without a natural gas line being close by, allowing flexibility for a fireplace in almost any room of the house
  • More efficient than natural gas fireplaces
  • Safer than natural gas fireplaces
  • Heats more evenly than wood fireplaces and produce no ash or soot

Propane Tankless Water Heaters

  • Endless hot water supply
  • Can cost up to 50% less to operate than standard electric storage models
  • Delivers hot water nearly 40% faster than standard electric storage models
  • 20 year life span
  • Compact and easy to install
  • Largely recyclable and made from recycled materials
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lower energy bills
  • Water is heated on demand
  • Does not keep stored water heated
  • No stored water means no threat of storage tank leakage
  • No scale build-up or rust

*Replacing just 1% of electric water heaters with propane tankless systems would reduce GHG emissions produced by powering 230,000 homes for a year, or the equivalent of removing 62,000 SUV’s from the road. (PERC “Energy Efficiency Drives Demand for Tankless Water Heaters”, 2009.)


Gas Grills

  • About 60% of home grillers use propane gas grills
  • Propane releases less Carbon Monoxide and soot
  • Can be run on separate tank or on the home’s main tank


  • Instant gas flames
  • Propane cooktops provide greater temperature control than electric ranges
  • Provides even heat distribution
  • Burners cool quickly
  • Propane ovens retain moisture in foods more consistently than their electric counterparts

Clothes Drying

  • Propane dryers work faster
  • Less expensive
  • Uses the same operation and ventilation requirements
  • Produce a moist heat that is gentler on fabrics
  • Reduces wrinkles and static cling

Gas Lighting

  • Propane lighting is an efficient and decorative way to provide illumination for driveways, entryways, landscaping, outdoor patios, and more
  • Propane-fueled flame effects like tiki torches or decorative urns create a unique aesthetic for outdoor living spaces

Patio Heating

  • Propane patio heaters provide a safe and consistent heat source for outdoor living spaces