Emergency Heating and Cooling Repair
August 4, 2014

Reducing Propane Usage For Your Home Furnace

posted Posted by Jim Birdwell

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Reducing propane usage an important topic considering propane prices can fluctuate depending on supply and demand.  Exports, agriculture, national demand, and even weather can create regional or national shortages that cause propane’s prices to rise. Let’s face it, if you’re one of the many rural homes in Weld or Larimer County that relies on propane for your heating needs, this can be a concern as fall and winter approach.

How can I reduce the amount of propane I need for my home furnace?

Reducing propane usage with an energy-efficient furnace may be the best way to control your annual expense.  High-efficiency furnaces are up to 98% efficient in the combustion process.  This can change the propane input to very low amounts, which can mean big savings!

How is Efficiency Calculated?

If you’re not familiar with how efficiency ratings work, it’s really quite simple. The percentage of efficiency is roughly equal to the amount of money (per dollar) that is effectively used versus wasted. For example, a 98% efficiency furnace utilizes $0.98 per $1.00 with only $0.02 wasted. Alternatively, a 95% efficient furnace would effectively use $0.95 per $1.00 with $0.05 wasted. It’s not hard to see how a more efficient furnace can have a positive impact on your bank account.

Heat Pumps to Reduce Propane Usage

Another way to reduce propane usage is by using a Heat Pump. A Heat Pump is a hybrid heating & cooling system, using the Electric Heat Pump for the heat source when the temperature is above 40 degrees outside.   When the temperature drops below 40 degrees, the Heat Pump switches back to the Propane furnace to continue heating.  This can save a lot of propane use in the winter.

The Heat Pump serves as an Air Conditioning system in the summer, so you receive low-cost heating and cooling benefits throughout the year!

A Dual-Fuel Heat Pump increases in efficiency as the outdoor temperature gets warmer and a propane furnace increases in efficiency as it gets colder; using the two together in your home is an unbeatable combination for our Northern Colorado winter and summer temperatures.

 

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