August 26, 2020

Are you thinking about installing a new furnace or water heater in your home? You may be wondering about the benefits of choosing propane or electricity for your heating system.

While all types of systems have pros and cons, there are some key reasons why propane is trusted by homeowners across Ontario to meet their home heating needs.

Here, we’ll review some of the advantages and disadvantages of electric and propane heating options for your home. We also discuss how affordable, energy-efficient, and environmentally-friendly each system is. Please leave a comment below if you’d like to learn more!

Heating with Electricity

Electric furnaces and water heaters are common heating options that you will find in many homes across Ontario. Most of these heating systems will convert electricity directly into heat, although there are also hybrid models available.

Due to its popularity, electric heating is relatively inexpensive to install in your home. However, electric furnaces tend to have higher fuel costs than other types of furnaces and often require regular maintenance. These two factors combine to make electric furnaces one of the more expensive heating systems in the long-term.

Heating with Propane

Propane furnaces are emerging as an alternative to electric ones. There are a number of advantages over electric options and it is a great choice for environmentally-conscious homeowners.

Propane is a green, clean-burning fuel with better energy efficiency than other fuel sources. The switch to propane requires more upfront costs, but the long-term benefit will be greater cost savings for heating your home. You can even take advantage of Primemax Energy’s fixed pricing program.

In addition, propane is a very safe fuel source for residential use. Propane is typically stored in tanks outside your home, which means that you don’t have to worry about leaks inside. Propane leaks, though very uncommon, are easy to detect by smell and will not have a negative impact on the surrounding environment.

Most importantly, propane is a versatile fuel source. In addition to heating your home, propane can be used for your stove, your fireplaces, your pool, and even running your backup generators. If you live in a rural area, where you may be concerned about losing power, propane is a great solution for emergency situations.

Our Choice: Propane Heating

There are many great reasons to select propane for your home. From the long-term affordability of this fuel source to its versatility and its low environmental impact, the answer should be clear for every homeowner.

Contact our team to learn more about making the switch to propane for your home today.

10 thoughts on “Propane vs. Electricity: Which is Better for Heating?

  1. It’s good to know that propane heating is safe for homes because their tank is found outside, which means you wouldn’t have to worry about gas leaks. My parents plan to have a vacation house constructed soon for the whole family. I’ll share this with them so they would consider using propane heating for the new house. Thanks.

  2. It’s great that you mentioned that propane heating is a safe choice for your home because you wouldn’t have to worry about leaks since its tank is stored outdoors. My friend plans on having a new house built, using the money he won from the nationwide lottery. I’ll share what you said with him, so he’d choose propane heating for his new home. Thanks.

  3. It caught my attention when yo0u said that propane is typically stored in tanks outside your home, and it is a very safe fuel source for residential use. With this in mind, I will consider hiring a pro that offers propane tank installation. My husband and I are looking for the best hearing source for our new house, and it is important for us to choose one that could give us peace of mind when it comes to our children’s safety at any given time.

  4. Since I just moved to the countryside to live on my property last month, I want to switch to using propane gas. I agree with the point about how environmentally-friendly propane is. Propane sounds like a good thing to look into and I should have a lot of them delivered by an expert later.

  5. I loved it when you said that while all types of systems have pros and cons, there are some key reasons why propane is trusted by homeowners across Ontario to meet their home heating needs. My current propane gas supplier cannot deliver on time. I will find a new propane gas supplier that can deliver on time.

    1. I agree that reliable rural propane delivery & pricing in rural Ontario in the winter of 2022 is a huge problem. I have been kept waiting with a nearly empty propane tank for the past 10 days now awaiting a delivery that the supplier is yet to schedule. Come this summer I will be converting my propane fired residential hot water boiler from propane to an air/water heat pump . I will thus also significantly reduce my carbon footprint.

  6. I liked that you said that propane gas offers better energy efficiency compared to electricity, so you can expect greater cost savings. My husband and I will then find a propane supplier for our new house. We have a restricted budget to consider for our family’s needs, so it is crucial for us to find a cost-effective heating solution.

  7. My older sister and her husband need to select the right heating solution for their new house. I find it so interesting that propane fuel is a safe heating source. To ensure the safety and health of my sister’s family, I’ll recommend that she look into hiring a propane company to heat her house.

  8. My wife and I moved into another home last week, and we haven’t been able to cook or shower with hot water since we need to find a heating source. That’s why we believe your tips about propane and electric heating will help us find the best option for our family. Thanks for the information on how propane heating comes with environmentally friendly benefits.

  9. With new and more efficient technology for electric service it’s worth considering a high efficiency mini split system like the units produced by Mitsubishi. They offer heating efficiency down to minus 25 Fahrenheit and are much, much more efficient than a traditional electric heating system. Plus they offer summer air conditioning in the me package.

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