Propane Gas vs. Natural Gas Heaters: Which Is Better For Home and Commercial Use?

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Propane Gas for home and commercial use

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When making the decision to switch to gas heaters, people often consider propane gas heaters or natural gas heaters for the home. A variety of factors should be considered when selecting a fuel for residential and commercial heaters and appliances. There are heating fuel cost calculators that can help you make this decision.

Choosing the Right Fuel

Jager Gas offers propane gas heaters and natural gas heaters for the home and commercial use. Where are gas heaters typically used? 

  • Homes
  • Schools
  • Medical facilities
  • Office buildings
  • Hotels
  • Commercial buildings
  • Other facilities

There are advantages and disadvantages of propane and natural gas.

Advantages of Propane

Propane is stored in liquid form and does not require much space for the storage of propane tanks. Propane gas is more efficient than electricity, is portable, and better than other fuels in terms of emissions. This fuel can be used for home heating, cooking, and running appliances. Electricity is not required and propane tanks are cheaper to install than natural gas. Also, tanks are sold in different sizes and can be stored above or under the ground.

Key advantages:

  • Does not require much storage space
  • More efficient than electricity
  • Portable
  • Cheaper to install than natural gas

Disadvantages of Propane

Although propane offers several advantages, it also has some disadvantages. Propane has a higher density than air, which means it sinks if there is a leak. This can increase the risk of fire or explosion in the event of a leak. Propane tank delivery is required and tanks need to be refilled periodically. When using propane, it is important to make sure to have the gas company refill the tank on a regular basis, so you won’t run out. Another drawback of an above ground tank is increased risk of the tank exploding in the event of tornados, storms, and fire.

Key disadvantages:

  • Increased risk of fire or explosion if there is a leak
  • Requires tank refills on a regular basis
  • An above ground tank is at higher risk of exploding in the event of natural disasters or fires

Advantages of Natural Gas

Natural gas is piped directly into the house or commercial facility, which increases ease of use and there is no need for storing and refilling tanks. Because gas is provided in a continuous supply, you won’t run out. Natural gas is cleaner burning compared to some other fuels, as well as economical for heating and appliances, because it is cheaper than electric or other fuels. Natural gas appliances are used in commercial kitchens and some homes for better temperature control in cooking.

Key advantages:

  • No need for storing or refilling tanks
  • Cleaner burning compared to other fuels
  • Cheaper than electric and other fuels

Disadvantages of Natural Gas

Natural gas production is controversial, due to concerns about environmental damage during production by hydraulic fracking. There are two causes of environmental concern; burning releases more carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide into the atmosphere, which contributes to global warming. In addition, natural gas is composed mainly of methane, which is more toxic than carbon dioxide and is a non-renewable energy source. In addition, natural gas is expensive for installation, so if switching to natural gas, you will need to calculate this cost to get a true measure of cost effectiveness.

Key disadvantages:

  • May contribute to environmental damage
  • More toxic
  • Installation can be expensive