4 Common Myths About Propane

Posted: October 7, 2019

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For a fuel that’s been heating homes for more than a century, propane sure carries around a wagon-full of misconceptions in the minds of most people. We’re here to set the record straight so you don’t miss out on all the incredible things that propane can do for you in your Central Maine home.

Here are four common myths about propane gas, and the truth behind them.

Myth #1: Propane is camping and BBQ fuel.

Fact: Sure, propane can tackle those tasks (and do them well), but it’s capable of so much more than camping and cooking! Propane can power just about any appliance inside or outside your home, including your:

Believe it or not, there are even propane-powered refrigerators!

Best of all, propane will usually perform better than other energy sources (especially electricity) when it comes to powering these appliances – and no matter how many devices you have, they can be supplied with gas from a single, convenient propane tank.

Myth #2: Propane isn’t safe.

Fact: Propane is as at least as safe to use as any other home energy source – and safer than most. Consider these propane safety facts:

Myth #3: Propane is expensive.

Fact: When you consider total cost of ownership, propane is one of the most cost effective home energy choices around. Propane heats fast and effectively, with many propane appliances reaching efficiencies of 98 percent – and because propane burns clean, your equipment will last longer and require fewer repairs and less maintenance.

Myth #4: Burning propane is dangerous for the environment.

Fact: Propane emits less than half the carbon of heating oil when burned, and less than electricity that has been produced by coal-fired generation plants. Propane is the only alternative fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992; neither the process by which propane is produced nor the combustion of propane gas produces significant acid rain contaminants. And because it is nontoxic and doesn’t pool, a propane leak cannot contaminate water or soil.

Considering converting to propane, or using propane appliances to supplement your current oil-fired heating system? We can help. Contact Murray-Heutz Oil and Propane today to learn more, or get a FREE, no obligation estimate on propane installations for your Maine home.