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Question DetailsAsked on 4/23/2013

we use propane for heating, will an hvac save money on propane?

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Not sure what you mean with this question. A high AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilazation Effeciency) furnace would save you money.

Please get back to us with what you have now, and what you are considering.


Answered 7 years ago by BayAreaAC


Your current bill depends on the market price of propane where you live.

You might be able to get an estimate from your local utility company for what an HVAC system would cost to operate. It would have to be based on the current amount of energy you actually consume each month. You must have a way to measure your consumption in order to make a comparison.

Here's some chatter about HVAC systems powered by propane:

Check for HVAC professionals in your area.

Answered 7 years ago by Oleron


Since you use propane for heating (presumably because you do not have cheaper natural gas service to your area), that is the H portion of your HVAC system, which just stands for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning.

You are presumably using propane for your furnace and hot water heater, as well as maybe cooking and clothes drying. Air conditioning, if you hae it, presumably is electric.

It is possible to get a propane driven air conditioner or heat pump (most are Japanese), but they are rare and high maintenance - usually only used in remote areas without electricity, and the propane is used to drive the compressor and to heat and dry the air, not as the actual refrigerant liquid.

The tradeoff between cost of electric and propane fired utilities is an economic issue, based almost entirely on the relative cost of electricity and natural gas in your area. Your local HVAC contractor probably has some info on this; your state energy conservation office, Cooperative Extension Service, and your utilities are certain to have information specific to your area, and both the electric company and propane company can help run an energy evaluation for which might be cheapest (though of course expect each to lean towards their own product). Your state may also have an energy audit program to help you obtain an energy audit and evaluation, and of course there are independent energy audit contractors out there.

Very generally, natural gas is normally by far the cheapest energy source if available, followed by either propane or fuel oil except in areas with very cheap electricity, then generally electricity except in very high cost areas, then last by LNG/LPG and diesel.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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