Written on: August 30, 2021
According to the American Community Survey, nearly 110,000 people in Kentucky use propane to heat their homes – about one-ninth of the number that use electricity.
The question is, who is getting the most value for their money?
The fact is, while both energy sources are versatile enough to power a range of home comfort appliances, propane gas will almost always do a better job of it – especially on the heating side of the equation.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating a home in the U.S. with a propane heating system in recent years has cost far less than heating with an electric system. In part, that’s because a propane gas furnace heats air to about 130°F to 140°F and operates in short intervals to minimize operating costs. An electric heat pump, on the other hand, produces heat below body temperature (98.6°F), so the air actually feels cool when placing your hand in front of a vent.
There are other cost advantages to choosing a propane heating system, too: on average, a propane-fueled furnace lasts 5 to 10 years longer than an electric heat pump, so you won’t have to replace equipment as often. Propane systems are also less complex than electric heat pump systems, so maintenance isn’t required as often and isn’t as costly to perform.
Better heating performance isn’t the only benefit of choosing propane over electricity to power your appliance. Consider the other uses of propane in your northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati or Southwest Ohio home:
As you can see, you’ll save money and get better performance when you choose propane appliances. You’ll also help the environment, since as much as two-thirds of the energy used by a power plant to generate and transmit electricity is wasted on the way to your home.