What are the advantages of propane gas over natural gas?
Propane gas is a product derived from natural gas processing. Recently, propane usage has become more and more widespread as more and more home and business owners have appreciated its efficiency, environmental friendliness and safety. The following are the major advantages of propane gas over natural gas.
1. Propane is a more efficient fuel than natural gas.
Propane contains 2,490 BTU of heat (British Thermal Units) per cubic foot while natural gas only has 1,030 BTU. BTU is a standard scale that has been used to measure heat. Since propane has more than twice the heat of natural gas for the same volume, this simply means that propane gas is a more efficient fuel compared to natural gas.
2. Propane is more readily compressible.
Compared to natural gas, propane is more easily compressible. Propane can be readily filled into tanks and transported to homes and businesses. Natural gas, on the other hand, must be transported by means of pipelines since it is difficult to compress. So if there is no natural gas available in your area, then propane is by far the best option for heating your home or business.
3. Propane gas is non-toxic.
Both propane and natural gas are classed as clean fuels. However, when released into the air, natural gas is a greenhouse gas and is therefore toxic to the environment. Propane gas, on the other hand, is a non-toxic and non-polluting gas and is not harmful to the air, water or soil.
4. Propane gas has a narrow range of flammability.
Propane is a relatively safe fuel since it has a very slim range for flammability. Above or below this narrow range, propane will not ignite.
5. Propane is trusted by millions of American homeowners.
Propane gas is now being used in over 5 million households in the US and the number is steadily growing. It is used for home heating and water heating.
6. Propane is being used to fuel businesses.
More than 865,000 farms rely on propane to power their machines such as irrigation pumps, standby generators, grain dryers and other implements.
7. Propane will not ignite when combined with air.
When combined with air, propane will not ignite unless the ignition source reaches at least 920 degrees Fahrenheit—which is an extremely rare occurrence. In contrast, gasoline ignites when the source of ignition reaches even as low as 430 degrees Fahrenheit. Again, propane is relatively safer in this respect.
It is no wonder then that propane is listed as a clean fuel by both the 1990 Clean Air Act as well as by the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. Regardless of whether natural gas is available or not, propane is a safer source of energy for heating your home or business. It not only is safer for your household, home or business, but it is much safer for the environment and your neighbors.
Pilgrim Propane will be glad to come to your property and talk about your propane needs and how and where we can install a propane system. So for the most reliable and affordable propane gas services and propane gas delivery services, contact us today.