Integrating Propane into an Electric Heating System

Integrating Propane into an Electric Heating System

In Maryland, Pennsylvania, and other areas that experience cold winters and high electric rates, integrating propane into an electric heating system offers multiple benefits to the homeowner:

  • Greater comfort
  • Energy savings
  • Cleaner emissions
  • Versatility for use in other propane appliances

Below are some popular propane upgrades. Please note that every propane integration is different. Please contact us for a no-cost evaluation of your propane integration.

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Heat Pump > Hybrid

Adding a propane furnace to an existing heat pump system to create a hybrid heating system dramatically increases indoor comfort while lowering your energy costs.

A hybrid heating system takes advantage of the equipment’s peak efficiency thresholds by automatically switching between the heat pump and propane furnace as outdoor temperatures fluctuate during the day. 

Most heat pumps work best when outdoor temperatures are above 35°, but when temperatures fall below 35°, heat pumps use significantly more energy and become less effective at heating.  Your propane furnace, on the other hand, is efficient and highly effective at temperatures 35° and below, making it the perfect companion to your heat pump on cold days!

Your new propane furnace will use the same duct work as your heat pump. 

Flash illustration of the heat pump and the new equipment being added to the house:  tank, furnace, control unit. (Same style as the versatility graphic.)

Electric Baseboard Heat

Propane offers several great alternatives to electric baseboard heat. Depending on the area to be heated, your options range from built-in propane room heaters and fireplaces, to propane furnaces and boilers.

For homes with multiple rooms, electric baseboard heaters can be replaced with hydronic baseboards. With this type of system, a propane-fired boiler is installed, which distributes hot water to the baseboards. This type of system can also be a very efficient source of hot water.
A propane furnace or hybrid heat pump system is a great option if you have or are planning to add central air conditioning to your home. Your propane system and your air conditioner will use the same ductwork for both heating and cooling.

Hot Water

Propane is one of the most cost-efficient ways to heat water for domestic use (i.e., showers, laundry, dishes, etc.)

A traditional 32-gallon propane water heater can produce 109 gallons of hot water per hour, as compared to 30 gallons per hour in a comparably-sized electric water heater. And because propane is so effective at heating water and keeping it hot, its operating cost is much lower than electricity.

Propane offers several methods for heating hot water:

  • Traditional water heater (as described above)
  • Tankless Water Heaters
    This option produces hot water on demand at or near the point of use. Because water does not need to be kept hot, tankless water heaters use less energy and have low operating costs. Tankless water heaters vary in size depending on their demand. Learn more about tankless hot water.
  • Propane Boilers
    In homes that are heated with a propane boiler, the boiler provides an excellent source of hot water. A domestic coil will either be submersed inside the boiler, or the boiler will be equipped with indirect water heater that is able to provide an almost limitless supply of hot water. (A boiler would not typically be installed with hot water as its primary function.)

No Chimney...No Problem!

Today’s heating systems require no chimney and are vented to the outside in a variety of ways. Our experts will discuss the right venting solution for your home.

Regardless of the type of system you currently have, we will work with you to develop an estimate that meets your unique requirements. Click here for more information or to schedule an estimate.