Propane Heating System Verses Geothermal Heating System


With the growing interest in "go green," geothermal heating has entered the race as a highly efficient way to heat your home. When it comes to selecting a heating system, geothermal heating vs propane heating can be a difficult decision. We at Waterloo Energy Products & Mechanical understand that you want to pick the more efficient, environment-friendly, and cost-effective one. Therefore, we have compiled reasons why geothermal heating is better than propane heating - to help you make an informed decision.  

What is Geothermal?

Geothermal systems use the sun's energy, stored in the earth, to keep you comfortable all year round. Despite the snow covering the ground in winter, the earth's surface remains approximately 10 degrees Celcius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) below the surface. Even during the coldest winters, you will have a steady heat supply. 

Using geothermal energy, you can heat and cool your home simultaneously. Besides being extremely efficient and cost-effective, it is also environmentally friendly. The main cost of a home's geothermal system is not affected by fluctuations in energy prices since it is not reliant on fossil fuels. 

Geothermal Heat Pumps: How They Work?

The geothermal system circulates water through a small well drilled into the ground. Water is drawn from the ground and circulated to the home and heat pump system through a sealed pipe. Underground heat is absorbed by water or water solutions. This warmth is transferred to home heating systems by heat pump exchangers. Through standard ductwork, the exchange system concentrates the earth's thermal energy. 

Cons of Propane Heating System

The propane you use indoors does not appear out of thin air. You have to pay to have it filled out regularly. That can get pretty expensive quickly, depending on how much you need to use. It is also likely that propane costs will vary depending on the price of oil, the season and availability. There is no increase in propane supply as demand increases. The propane supply is steady throughout the year because of how it is produced. As a result, consumers may experience price hikes due to propane's inability to fluctuate with demand. 

There is a pretty hefty upfront cost to install a propane heating system if your home does not already have one. 

Last but not least, there are always health risks involved. The use of any gas heating system poses a potential fire hazard. So using a propane heating system can be dangerous as it poses a fire risk.

Using Geothermal Heating System Has Many Benefits

The geothermal system differs significantly from the propane system. A geothermal heat system uses underground pipes instead of traditional combustion systems. Heat will be drawn from the warmer soil under the surface during the winter and siphoned back into your home, keeping it comfortable. As well as heating your home, it will provide the following benefits: 

  • There will be no monthly bill.
  • There will be no fluctuation in the heat.
  • It's one of the cleanest sources of heating your home.

Once a geothermal system is established, its emissions are nearly zero. It's ideal for those concerned about the environment and looking for a heating system that doesn't require constant maintenance.

Installation, maintenance, and other services are provided by Waterloo Energy Products & Mechanical. Contact us today to learn more.





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