What Burns Hotter: Propane Or Natural Gas?

Feel The Heat—With Propane!

clean fuel propane ohioSome people may think natural gas and propane are exactly alike since they are both gases—both with their fair share of similar uses and applications.

Well, not quite.

In fact, there are some major differences between propane and natural gas. One big difference is that you can enjoy the benefits of propane no matter where you live, as you’ll be able to store it in a tank on your property.

With ProGas, you get reliable propane delivery, and our Keep Full automatic delivery plus wireless tank monitoring with Tank Utility to give you peace of mind that you’ll always have the propane you need!

You don’t need to have a natural gas utility service in your neighborhood, and you don’t have to deal with being without gas if there’s a problem with the gas lines in or around your area.

Another difference occurs when they burn. While both propane and natural gas burn at the same temperature — 3,560˚ Fahrenheit — what you get when they burn is actually quite different.

Energy Efficiency And Cost Efficiency

You get more energy with a unit of propane than you do with natural gas. One cubic foot of natural gas generates about 1,012 BTUs (British Thermal Units) of heat. Propane leaves that figure in the dust, generating 2,520 BTUs per cubic foot! One BTU is the amount of energy needed to increase one pound of water by 1˚ Fahrenheit.

You need more natural gas than propane to get the job done, whether it’s heating your home, heating your water, cooking, and using other gas appliances. Here’s an example: A 100,000 BTU natural gas furnace will burn approximately 97 cubic feet in one hour, while a propane furnace will burn only 40 cubic feet in that time—that’s more than double the needed fuel to get the exact same result!

Keeping that in mind makes it far easier to see that propane the more fiscally sound choice for your greater Pittsburgh-area home.

Propane Is A Cleaner And Greener Fuel Too!

Another advantage propane has over natural gas is that it is far more environmentally friendly. While natural gas does have lower carbon monoxide and nitrous oxides emissions than other fossil fuels, it still emits them. Propane, on the other hand, does not. That’s right—ZERO harmful emissions! In fact, propane’s clean burning is one reason it was named an alternative fuel in both the 1990 Clean Air Act and 1992 National Energy Policy.

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