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How Effective is a Heat Pump in the Winter Season?

Get Dependable Home Heating With Propane From Progas!

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Many states and communities are pushing for utilizing heat pumps to keep homes warm above all other alternative measures. Those who advocate for—or want to legislate—the electrification of home heating hope that this will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and help prevent climate change and other environmental damage.

This, however, is misguided environmental policy, as we’ll detail here. But, additionally, it could also have major negative impact on your home’s comfort—and your heating costs.

Propane for home heating provides better, more efficient, more affordable home heating.

The Downside of Heat Pumps

A heat pump may do all right in cool fall weather. But once winter hits, issues begin to increase. Temperatures can easily drop into the twenties and lower here in greater Pittsburgh. In that frigid weather, a heat pump will simply not be up to the job of heating your home.

The colder it gets, the harder the heat pump needs to work to keep your home warm. Eventually, your heat pump can’t draw enough heat to keep your home warm, so it must rely on an auxiliary heating source—usually an electric heating element that is much less efficient than the heat pump itself. When that happens, your electric bills are primed to go through the roof.

Propane’s Performance in the Cold Weather

Even if a heat pump can work, it won’t get your house as warm as propane will—nor will it be able to adjust that temperature as quickly.

However low the thermometer goes, propane can efficiently—with ratings above 95%—power your home’s furnace or boiler to keep your home warm, safe, and comfortable.

With your propane supply right at your home—and with reliable propane delivery and affordable propane tank leasing from ProGas—you aren’t at the mercy of an electrical utility, nor an inflated electric bill.

Propane Is Cleaner and Greener Than Electricity, Too!

While electricity proponents claim that it is an environmentally better energy source, they don’t want you to think about the environmental impact of producing and distributing that electricity.

Currently in the US, about half of the electricity generated is from coal-fired power plants. More than 25% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. come from producing electricity, making it the second-largest contributor to greenhouse gas pollution. Only the transportation sector is a larger source of greenhouse gases.

The transmissions of electricity are very inefficient as well. Whenever the power from a power plant travels through its wires to your home, the electrons in the live lines encounter resistance, reducing energy levels in the overall transmission. It takes three units of energy to generate one unit of electricity for homes, which means more coal needs to be burned and, in turn, creates more carbon.

Propane, on the other hand, creates almost zero greenhouse gas emissions when it heats your home. You’ll actually be heating your home with a lower carbon footprint!

Don’t trust your home and comfort to ineffective, inefficient electric heating. Propane is a much better fuel for home heating in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Become a ProGas customer today and experience the difference we can make for you!