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With the range of fueling options for heating, homeowners can choose the one that suits them and their family the best. What option will better fit your lifestyle? Do you have a budget that you’d like to stay under? Is one more environmentally-friendly than the other? Whether you’re replacing your tank, would like to upgrade, or are just inquiring, here are some insightful tips to guide you when browsing for fuel tank options for your home.
Propane or Natural Gas?
Maybe a friend has switched over to a natural gas tank and now they want to convert you. It’s not for every household, but it may be just what you’re looking for. The main difference between Propane (LPG) and natural gas (methane) is the way that they burn. Another difference is the way they expend energy and propane has higher energy expenditure than natural gas. Natural gas and LPG operate at different pressures and Propane requires more oxygen than natural gas too. Natural gas is primarily Methane and is capable of filtering out the traces of Propane, Butane, Ethane, and Pentane before it passes through the pipelines.
The geographical area, in which you reside, has an effect on the cost of the both fuels. Unfortunately, the most accurate cost of propane and natural gas will depend on your lifestyle and the season.
What is a Greenhouse Gas?
Greenhouse gasses are trapped heat within the atmosphere. Natural gas is considered a greenhouse gas because it’s mostly made up of Methane. Carbon dioxide, Methane, water vapor, nitrous oxide, ozone, and chlorofluorocarbons are considered sources of natural gas because they absorb and emit radiation.
When you think of natural gas, you automatically assume that because the word natural is involved it is considered an environmentally-friendly substance. Believe it or not, propane is non-toxic and will not pose a hazardous threat to the environment should a spill occur or vaporize. Propane will not cause harm to nearby birds nor will it contaminate your drinking water. The only point that it becomes a concern is when it reaches a -44 F and it comes in contact with the skin. Natural gas, however, is considered to be the cleanest fossil fuel, producing 45 percent less carbon dioxide and is extremely efficient when it combusts producing heat and water vapor. Airborne particles such as carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide are almost non-existent in natural gas. These harmful substances can cause harm to animal and human health. Using natural gas automatically lowers your reliance on electric utilities that burn coal and helps lower carbon emissions, acid rain, and fog.
What do you choose?
Let’s look at the pros of natural and propane gas. This will narrow down your search for the perfect fit for your home.
Natural gas offers unlimited fuel with clean burning. You can easily count on it during a power outage and has less expensive units that are related to air-cooled engines. It is quiet and emission compliant.
Propane gas offers less expensive air-cooled engines. It is emission compliant, has a long shelf life, and can easily be stored in large and small tanks. Propane is obtainable during outages is clean when burning.
The bottom line is that it comes down to what you ultimately require for your family. Where you reside also plays an important role.
If you’re looking for assistance with the right type of gas tank for your home, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Energized Gas. Get a one-on-one consultation and trusted estimates so you know what the best investment is for your home.