Propane gas has been used for a wide range of home appliances for decades, with propane-powered heating systems dotting U.S. city maps as early as the 1920s and 1930s.
Yet after nearly 100 years of continuous use, propane gas still suffers more than its share of misconceptions, half-truths and myths. Here are a few of the most common ones, and the truth behind them.
Myth #1: Propane is great – for grilling and camping
Fact: Yes, propane is a great fuel grilling and camping – but it’s great for so much more than that. In fact, you can use propane to power just about any type of equipment inside or outside your home.
Not only will propane do the job of running your appliances, it will often do it better than other energy sources – especially electricity.
Myth #2: Propane is dangerous
Fact: Like any energy source, propane is perfectly safe when used with proper care. In fact, because propane handling codes are so strict, propane may actually be safer for home use than other forms of energy. Consider these propane safety facts:
Most propane equipment shuts off automatically if a problem develops.
Propane has the lowest flammability rating of any alternative fuel.
Propane cylinders are equipped with a device that cuts off the filling process when the tank reaches 80 percent of its liquid capacity during a propane delivery – a safety measure designed to allow propane gas to expand harmlessly when a tank is in a hot environment (outside in the sun, for example).
Carbon steel propane tanks are 20 times more puncture resistant than tanks filled with ethanol, methanol or gasoline.
Because of its rotten egg smell, a propane leak is easy to detect.
Myth #3: Propane is expensive
Fact: To evaluate the economics of any fuel source, you have to consider the big picture, which includes the cost of the fuel, the efficiency of the equipment, the lifespan of the equipment, and other factors; when considered from this perspective, propane is one of the most cost-effective energy choices around.
Propane heats fast and effectively, with many propane appliances reaching efficiencies of 98 percent. And because propane is clean-burning, investing in propane equipment saves you money: your equipment will need less maintenance and last longer.
Myth #5: There’s not enough propane available
Fact: Propane is available all over the U.S., and most of it is produced right here at home. Because it is a byproduct of the petroleum refinement process, the means to produce and distribute propane are already available without the need for additional investments of time and money.
Considering making the switch to propane in your North Carolina home? Think of Rose Oil when it comes time to choose a reliable propane supplier in the Raleigh, NC area. Contact us today to learn more or to become a Rose Oil customer!