Home Heating Systems
Propane-fueled heating systems offer the ultimate in heating comfort and energy efficiency, whether you install a central heating system, a space heating system, or a combination of both:
Central Heating Systems
Propane furnaces use fans or blowers to force heated air from a centrally located furnace via ducts throughout the home. They provide up to 25-degrees-warmer air than heat pumps and most are equipped with electronic ignitions that activate burners only when heat is needed. Some models are available with vent dampers, which close when the heat demand has been met and trap residual heat for circulation. Propane furnaces have operating lives of 15 to 20 years – 10 years longer than electric heat pumps and they run in short intervals to minimize operating costs.
Space Heating Systems
Space heaters heat one room or zone at a time include: fireplaces, space heaters, and hearth stoves. Since space heat solutions allow you to heat only the zones that need it, the advantages are greater energy efficiency and fast warmth – so everybody stays comfortable.
Water Heating Systems
Water heaters are the second largest energy users in most homes. The efficient heating power of propane will keep showers, washing machines, and dishwashers hot – all at once. There are two basic types of propane water heating systems:
Traditional Water Heaters
In water heaters with a tank, a propane burner keeps the water stored at a constant temperature. Tank water heaters have capacities of 30 to 100 gallons. They install just like natural-gas water heaters, using similar connections, space and venting requirements. Eastern offers models that allow for a number of ways to vent. Conventional, direct, or power-vent models are available.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters save energy because they only heat water when it is needed, avoiding standby loss. The compact design of a tankless water heater allows flexible installations located closer to fixtures and appliances. This reduces the wasted water while “waiting” for the heated water to arrive. The service life of tankless water heaters is up to 2-3 times longer than traditional tank water heaters.
To find out how comfortably propane can fit into your life, contact an Eastern Energy Consultant to arrange for a free in home consultation.