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Natural Gas or Propane: Which is Right For You?

When it comes to heating your home, there are several options available to you. Fuels, such as natural gas, propane, or oil, are the most common. In addition, some homes use solar power, while others run on electricity. 

Each of these heating options comes with its own set of pros and cons. However, propane and methane are the most common choices.

Natural Gas

Pros

Easy to Shut Off

With the use of compressed natural gas valves, the line of gas to your home is easy to shut off if an emergency arises. 

You Won’t Run Out

A supplier delivers natural gas through utility lines, so you’ll never run out of fuel to heat your home.

Lighter

Methane is less dense than propane. This means if there is a leak, the gas will rise to the ceiling, whereas propane will settle at floor level.

Cons

Methane is a Greenhouse Gas

Methane is a greenhouse gas, which means a gas leak in your home could damage the environment. 

Installation

If your home is not equipped with gas lines, the cost of running them can be very high.

Propane

Pros

Efficient

For every cubic foot of fuel, propane produces more than twice as many BTUs as natural gas.

Green

Propane is considered a green gas because it is safer for the environment.

Not Reliant on Gas Lines

Because propane is stored in a tank, it is an excellent option for homes that do not have access to city gas lines.

Cons

More Dangerous

Propane gas is heavier than the air around you, which makes a propane leak more dangerous than a natural gas leak.

You Can Run Out

You must be diligent about keeping your tank full. Otherwise, you won’t be able to heat your home.

Whichever fuel you choose will depend on many factors, including location, budget, and needs. If you have the option to select one or the other, though, using the list provided here can help make that choice easier.