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Advantages of Liquid Propane vs. Heating Oil for Rural Property Owners

When someone is having a new home constructed in a rural area, the option to use natural gas for heating is typically unavailable. Utility companies generally don't extend pipelines out beyond the more populated areas. If the property owners want a forced-air furnace, they must choose between heating oil and liquid propane gas for fuel.

For various reasons, most rural homeowners decide on propane delivery. Read on to learn more about the advantages of using propane. 

Broader Usage

One significant advantage of propane is it can fuel the range and oven, the water heater, and the clothes dryer. It also can fuel a gas fireplace and a swimming pool heater. Heating oil cannot be used for these purposes.

Without a propane tank on the property, the only other option to power these appliances is electricity. It costs significantly more to heat water with electricity, and the appliance does not rebound as quickly after the hot water is depleted. Besides, many people prefer a gas range so they have better control over the heat.

Environmental Considerations

This gas is considered more environmentally friendly than heating oil. It produces significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions while burning, including hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide. Those toxins are sent into the environment through the furnace's exhaust system. 

Heating oil is the same substance as diesel fuel except it is red. Diesel-fueled vehicles must have a special exhaust system to neutralize most of the harmful emissions. People who are concerned about the environment will want to take this factor into account.

The Efficiency Paradox

Efficiency comparisons between the two offer a bit of a paradox. Propane technically is more efficient, as the furnace converts a larger amount of the substance to heat than is true of oil. However, since oil burns hotter, less is needed to create the same level of heat. In this case, you can choose either option and get the efficiency you need.

Contracting for Delivery

Most homeowners contract with a propane delivery company for the heating season rather than placing orders as needed. They get a price break this way, paying a lower amount per gallon than customers calling for one-time deliveries.

Companies usually offer two contract options. One is to pay for an entire season's heat upfront. The other is to be billed for each delivery while having the drivers bring propane on their own schedule. These are more convenient options both for the company and the customers. Dispatchers send drivers based on each customer's normal usage and current weather conditions. 

Residential property owners who have decided on propane furnace installation may contact delivery services to compare pricing and contracts. 


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