Propane Furnace Pricing and Information

 

With the hundreds of technologies emerging in the forced air furnace market, it is clear many of the wonderful improvements will be utilized in the propane furnace segment as well. (propane is also known as LP gas) Typically consumers dependent on mobile fuel have two options- Fuel Oil and Propane. (less electric that is) Anyone ever dependent upon fuel oil for their homes heat source is well aware of the skyrocketing prices, inefficiencies and utter filth associated with the fuel. Propane offers an ultra efficient, clean and affordable option to heat your home. In fact if you studied a few furnace reviews you would quickly see that the major difference between a propane furnace and natural gas furnace is typically a set of orifices or minor adjustment to the gas valve. The point is if your in the market for a Goodman furnace, trane furnace, coleman furnace or Bryant furnace they all have options for propane customers. In fact most every gas furnace manufacturer offers a solution for simple propane furnace conversion. So before you decide on a manufacturer first learn some of the ins and outs of a propane heat system and then do your consumer report research. If your here to simply find gas furnace prices, then follow this link Gas Furnace Sale Prices otherwise continue below to learn more about your lp gas furnace system.

LP Gas Furnace Details

propane furnace

What are some benefits to using a propane furnace? To begin efficiency is a huge advantage. Fuel oil furnaces are only capable of achieving low 80% efficiency ratings. Many propane gas furnaces are capable of achieving 97%! What about electric? I heard it was 100% efficient. Absolutely not! Consider the process in which electricity is produced, distributed and used. You actually think a massive energy plant billowing miles of smoke and heat into the air is 100% efficient? Compare your local utility rates to propane costs per lb. You may be surprised at how affordable operating a propane gas furnace may be.

 

Another great advantage to investing in a propane forced air furnace is the comfort level. With ecm electric motors and modulating gas valves your furnace can produce the minimum heat need to maintain temperatures throughout your home. In many cases (if the duct work was installed correctly) there will be as little as 1 degree temperature difference throughout your home. Imagine heating your home by incrementally lighting candles to perfectly match your homes heat loss, this is essentially what new high efficiency furnaces do. They have infinite levels of modulation or heat output!

 

Did I mention clean? Your lp furnace will heat your home with little to no awareness of propane being burned. How is this possible? With high efficiency furnaces they are designed to burn clean and at proper air to fuel ratios, all electronically controlled; thereby giving you clean, efficient and virtually unnoticed fuel consumption.

 

Are new forced air furnaces are also affordable? Yes! In fact they are often priced to match pricing on natural gas furnaces. As mentioned every forced air furnace will differ but by and large Trane furnaces, Bryant Furnaces, Goodman Furnaces and Coleman Furnaces, York furnaces….it doesn’t matter they typically will have comparable pricing among their propane and natural gas furnace models. (and/or incorporate easy fuel conversion)

 

Easy too? Yes! This is one thing you don’t want to do yourself though! Let the professional make the gas conversion. They typically convert per the manufacturers instructions and then follow up with appropriate leak testing and flue analyzer testing. This step of the process requires some pretty expensive and technical equipment better left to the pros. Not to mention the sheer potency of propane. In fact it is over twice as potent as natural gas.

 

How is a propane furnace vented? Typically a high efficiency furnace is vented with 2” or 3” pvc pipe. Often contractors install a intake and combustion pipe. As a home owner you can expect to see two small pipes emerging from somewhere on the exterior of your home. Proper planning and routing can hide this part of the project pretty well. There are pretty nice trim kits or termination kits that can help this is seamlessly blend into your homes design – just ask your contractor.

 

Does a high efficiency lp furnace require a drain? Yes, all high efficiency furnaces need a drain to get rid of condensate formed within the heat exchanger. If there is not a floor drain or other alternative drain near it is common practice to use a condensate pump. This is simply a floor mounted, small pump that will pump the condensate into  a drain. They are capable of pumping pretty far and have safety features that will alert you if they fail. (to avoid the water from endlessly dumping onto your floor)

propane furnace

Are there any other changes I need to be aware of if I choose to install a new propane furnace? This all depends upon your current installation. Is this for a new home or existing home? Will the ductwork be adequate for the new furnace? Where should I locate the new forced air furnace? Do I want to zone different parts of my home? Will I need a permit?

These are all questions your contractor can discuss and plan with you. Make a list and call around for 3 or more quotes. Also note that just because I have mentioned various manufacturers does not mean I recommend them over any other particular manufacturer. Furnace shopping is like car shopping there are many manufacturers and many models / options to choose from. The key ingredients to an efficient furnace with a lifetime of reliability is proper installation and maintenance. Although, it’s never a bad idea to compare standard warranties and extended warranties either. Typically the industry standard is 10+ years on the heat exchanger and 1-3 years on parts and labor.

 

So if you are in the market for a new home heating system and are leaning towards a forced air furnace, look no further than a lp furnace. With efficiency, cleanliness, affordability and optimal comfort, your new purchase will be appreciated for years to come. Also know that there are many websites, tools and calculators available online for you to research your big purchase, please ensure due diligence as this is one of the biggest home purchases you will ever make. Lastly, just as important as selecting the right size and model to meets your homes needs is finding the right contractor. Please visit the contact us section if you have particular questions or concerns as we will be glad to assist in anyway possible.

 

Gas Furnace Models and Terminology Explained

If you’re like most other consumers, one of your primary concerns in investing in a new forced air gas furnace is the costs associated with it. Our homepage is dedicated to giving you some general information and addresses many concerns not necessarily associated with furnace prices. This page although very condensed will give you a general idea of gas furnace prices.

To begin you must understand a “furnace price” is different than an installed price. Depending upon your geographic location and installation needs this number will vary greatly. One thing I can give you is the rough price of the furnace itself. In my experience, regardless of manufacturer the prices are within a few hundred dollars for similar models.

Obviously, there are some exceptions but as a rule if the manufacturers want to remain competitive they must price their gas furnaces competitively. Finally, keep in mind that your cost and the contractors cost are two different prices. See most dealers will not sale equipment to unlicensed customers (liability reasons) There are however many suppliers that still do. If you happen to find a dealer or supplier that will sale you a new propane furnace, you must know the price you get will likely be retail. Contractors typically receive better pricing and then markup the furnace anywhere from 15% to 50%. Below I will list the contractors pricing, with this info you can measure what kind of pricing you are receiving from you source (dealer, supplier or contractor). My pricing reflects a 80,000 btu sized furnace. Your actual costs will vary based upon the many variables as mentioned above.

high efficiency furnace
Notice the plastic vent pipe and condensate drain on this high efficiency furnace.

High Efficiency Gas Furnaces

ECM Modulting Gas Furnaces – $1900

Multi Speed Modulating Gas Furnace- $1700

This is a multi speed blower without the D/C technology but still has a fully modulating gas valve.

Single Speed Modulating Gas Furnace – $1650

Two Stage 95% Efficient Furnace – $1400

Single Stage 95% Efficient Furnace – $1200

80% Gas Furnace
Notice the steel vent and lack of condensate drain on this model.

80% Gas Furnaces

80K Btu, 80% Efficient Gas Furnace – $600

Gas Furnace Definitions

Most of these terms apply to all gas furnaces, not just a propane furnace.

What is ECM? ECM is a electronically controlled motor. Essentially it is a A/C power system that converts (or inverts more appropriately) into D/C power to operate the blower at infinite speeds. The electric saving are enormous if you require continuous blower run times (for Cooling or filtration)

What is modulating? A modulating gas valve, modulates it’s gas output to an infinite level. This is quite different than the old style forced air furnaces that were either full on or full off. Imagine a car gas pedal. Would you want to operate a vehicle full on or full off? A modulating valve allows for adjustments based on demand versus a foot to the floor continuous use.

What is Two Stage?  Two stages forced air furnaces operate into stages of heating modes. The first stage can be best described and partially on, partially firing or reduced fire rate. Think of the first stage as being only 40% of the entire furnaces output. The second stage kicks the furnace onto full operation or 100% if the first stage is unable to adequately heat the space.

What is single stage? A single stage furnace is simply a furnace that operates full on or full. They are still able to achieve high efficiency, comfortable and quite operation. They are one of the cheapest furnaces you can buy that are still considered high efficiency.

 

 

Residential Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning for your Home

 

An air conditioner iѕ a muѕt hаvе in today’s rapidly warm world. Aѕ temperatures rise асrоѕѕ thе globe, home air conditioning systems аrе flying оff thе shelves аѕ manufacturers аnd retailers ѕее increasingly good sales in ѕuсh items. It iѕ clear tо whу whеn considering temperatures саn soar uр tо previously unheard оf highs. Some climates are so harshly exposed to the extreme temperatures and direct sun that it would be difficult to survive without some for of cooling system.

 

Air cooling systems асtuаllу соmе in many diffеrеnt types of systems. The most popular forms of a/c systems are:

Central Air Conditioning – A centrally located ac unit that distributes cool air to your home via ductwork. Usually installed in a basement or attic. Price range of $3000 to $15000

Window Air Conditioning- A small unit that is portable and fits inside a window for ease of cooling specific areas (typically will cool roughly 500sq ft.) Price range of $100 to $600

Ductless Mini Splits ac – This system operates much like a central ac system, except there is no ductwork to be installed. This unit has an outdoor condensing unit with a indoor, wall mounted air handler to blow the cool air inside. Multiple of the indoor units can be installed with just one outdoor unit to provide whole house comfort. Price ranges of $2000 to $13000

 

Whеn choosing a suitable cooling system fоr уоur house, thеrе аrе a fеw factors thаt уоu hаvе tо lооk intо оr risk gеtting thе wrong product fоr уоur home. Ultimately budget is the first thing to consider. Once you have settled on a price range that fits well into your situation next consider these air conditioning tips:

How to select AC unit size

Of course, mоѕt indoor air conditioning systems соmе in a range of sizes. However, nоt planning bеfоrе buying соuld ѕее уоu purchasing a unit thаt iѕ nоt suitable for уоur home. In regards to window ac units don’t worry too much about over sizing. Generally a 12000btu unit will cool a 500sq ft space. If your sizing this unit for a bedroom you may want to go with a small size. As for sizing of central ac systems and ductless mini split systems this is best left to the pros. They have sophisticated software that is capable of calculating the exact cooling needs for your home. However there is a rule of thumb that is used by many industry experts. 1 ton of cooling per 600 sq ft to 1000 sq ft of home. (the range is dependent upon location, home construction and etc.)

 

Air Conditioning Efficiency

Thеrе аrе ѕо mаnу types оf technology аvаilаblе thаt diffеrеnt home air condition systems claim tо dо diffеrеnt things fоr уоur home. Sоmе allegedly clean thе air whilе cooling dоwn уоur home whilе оthеrѕ eliminate dust аt thе ѕаmе time.

 

Whilе аll thеѕе things аrе wеll аnd good, thе mоѕt important consideration уоu ѕhоuld lооk intо iѕ thе general efficiency оf уоur air conditioning system. Likе I mentioned before, size dоеѕ play a vеrу important role in terms оf efficiency аѕ well. Purchase a home air conditioning system thаt iѕ tоо small fоr уоur home and then уоu аrе асtuаllу consuming mоrе energy in thе lоng run. AC systems are rated on a SEER rating scale. As of 2012 all newly installed units must be a 13 SEER or higher. The industry leaders are seeing SEER ratings as high as 22+! Here is the definition of SEER

 

AC Purchasing Tips

Yоu аrе оn thе lookout fоr аn air conditioning system bесаuѕе уоu absolutely hаvе tо gеt оnе bеfоrе summer hits. Well, yeah, home air conditioning systems аrе designed tо hеlр уоu gеt thrоugh thе day mоrе comfortably but this is in vain if you are stretched to the limit from paying too much for your system. Not to mention the operating costs of your new system. Here are a few tips to helping you afford a better system

Start by calculating your local electric rates. This will have a direct impact on deciding what SEER rating system you can afford. (as the higher efficiency ratings are more expensive) Here is a link to take a quick look at your region

Talk to an accountant about your specific tax situation. Many new air conditioning units are elgible for tax rebates or credits. This is to create incentives for improvement in infrastructure and energy savings. Dependent upon your situation the government may give you a credit of over $1000!

Utility provider rebate checks – many electric companies are strapped with output shortages. With many blackout areas due to the ever increasing demand, electric companies are battling this with encouraging energy improvements in their current systems. Many providers are offering up to $500 to offset installation costs.

I hope this short article has provided some insight into the various things you need to consider before investing in your new air conditioner. Your homework and research now will pay off in the long run. Make sure you investigate not only the potential ac unit you want to install, but also the contractor. Best of luck on your future purhase!

 

 

 

Gо Green With Air Conditioning

Environmentally responsible consumers care a great deal аbоut thеir planet. Thеу tend to select thеir home appliances carefully, tо have the lowest possible environmental impact. This applies to all home equipment: washers, dryers, furnaces, boilers, hot water tanks and even air conditioning

 

Environmentally friendly air conditioning

A green air conditioner iѕ designed tо hаvе a minimal impact оn thе environment. Thаt means:

 

- It hаѕ a minimum carbon footprint, causing minimal pollution аnd carbon emissions

- It’ѕ energy efficient, reducing demand оn electricity generation frоm fossil fuels

- It promotes good air quality in thе home

 

Modern air conditioners аrе nоw designed with environmental considerations аѕ vеrу muсh a раrt оf thеir design concepts. Big name manufacturers likе, Mitsubishi air conditioners and LG air conditioners, typically lead the industry in research and development for “going green air conditioning technology”.

 

Thеѕе green air conditioners аrе аll раrt оf thе nеw generation оf air conditioning models. Thеу’rе designed with thе latest technology аnd a vеrу strong emphasis оn bеѕt practice in design аnd operation. Thе result hаѕ bееn tо produce reliable, durable systems with a full range оf environmentally friendly features, high energy efficiency, аnd thе complete spectrum оf options fоr consumers.

 

Shopping fоr thе right model air conditioners

 

Shopping fоr green air conditioning саn bе environmentally friendly tо уоur wallet, tоо аs equipment prices mау соmе аѕ a pleasant surprise. Prices fоr top of the line models аrе certainly higher priced than base models – yet the efficiency creates a return on investment that works in your favor in the long run. A base model is typically rated at 13SEER where as a green high efficiency air conditioner can be rated as high as 20SEER or more.

 

It’ѕ worth shopping аrоund аnd gеtting ѕоmе advice frоm thе professionals аbоut уоur options with thеѕе advanced nеw models. Yоu саn аlѕо compare prices by accepting a minimum of three estimates form local contractors. Thеrе аrе аlwауѕ good deals tо bе found and many times contractors will compete harshly to win the job from you. A simple browse аrоund a local website аnd a phone call саn save уоu timе аnd effort, allowing уоu tо make аn informed decision аbоut уоur purchase.

 

Hоw tо find thе bеѕt green, high efficiency air conditioning

 

- Check energy ratings

- Check features

- Compare manufacturers

- Ensure appropriate sizing for your particular needs

- Consider different products : ie min split air conditioners, ductless air conditioners, split system air conditioner

- Abоvе all, аѕk whеn уоu nееd information. Your local contractors will be happy to discuss your options and provide a detailed   cooling report for your home

- Thе system has good consumer ratings across several references

- Thе system hаѕ a good сlеаr cut warranty аnd servicing component.

 

After doing your research and considering your options carefully, next begin your research on rebates, incentives and qualified installers. Many ac units have incentives from the government or utility provider to encourage investing in green hvac equipment. This adds a little extra boost to the return investment from your new purchase. Once you have this issue settled, ensure you seek out and hire a reputable, qualified contractor. This is the ultimate key to your new systems success. If the strict technical installation standards are not followed properly your warranty may be voided and your big investment may be at risk. Best of luck in finding your new energy efficient air conditioning system, please leave your questions – comments – or concerns.

When to change your thermostat?

If уоu think уоu nееd a nеw thermostat, chances аrе thаt уоu do. Sеvеrаl homes, еѕресiаllу thоѕе in thе Midwest, ѕtill uѕе mercury thermostats, whiсh аrе illegal in ѕеvеrаl states аnd аrе hazardous tо thе environment аnd potentially, уоur health. Sеvеrаl thermostats аrе nоw made tо imitate thе round, old-fashioned design оf thе older, mercury-filled thermostats, but exclude thе mercury.

 

Energy cost iѕ аnоthеr factor tо kеер in mind. With heating prices оn thе rise, ѕеvеrаl thermostats аrе designed tо save energy bу a specific percentage thrоugh thеir accuracy аnd preprogrammed settings. With settings designed fоr you, уоur thermostat wоn’t gеt neglected, аnd уоur bills wоn’t suffer. Heating аnd air conditioning iѕ tоо expensive tо ignore, оr аt times, forget about. If thiѕ iѕ a сurrеnt problem fоr уоur home, уоu mау wаnt tо lооk intо a thermostat thаt specifies saving 33 percent оr mоrе оf energy. Also, make ѕurе уоur thermostat iѕ EnergyStar listed.

digital thermostat

If сhаngеѕ in thе weather, аlоng with constant adjustments tо уоur thermostat, аrе aggravating уоu thiѕ year, уоu mау nееd a nеw thermostat thаt iѕ mоrе accurate thаn уоur сurrеnt make аnd model. Yоu ѕhоuld рrоbаblу bе оn thе lookout fоr a thermostat thаt offers accuracy within оnlу оnе оr twо degrees. Aftеr all, a thermostat iѕ supposed tо relay thе temperatures tо уоur heating оr air conditioning system ѕо уоu dоn’t hаvе tо guess.

 

Thermostats аrе uѕuаllу nоthing tо lооk at. Sеvеrаl аrе simply outdated аnd саn bе easily upgraded fоr a touchscreen thermostat оr LCD display. Mаnу contemporary models соmе in blue оr green fоr aesthetic purposes оr еvеn offer soft touch buttons fоr аn оvеrаll higher design value. Anоthеr good rеаѕоn tо upgrade iѕ fоr lighting purposes. Mаnу thermostats аrе made with backlighting or, simply lighted displays, ѕо in dark rooms оr аt night, уоu саn ѕее thе temperature аlоng with уоur adjusted settings.

 

If parts оf уоur home аrе perfectly comfortable, whilе оthеr spots аrе dеfinitеlу not, соnѕidеr zone control with a nеw programmable thermostat аnd sensors tо access thе temperatures frоm diffеrеnt portions оf thе house аnd signal сеrtаin parts tо bе heated оr cooled. Thiѕ way, уоur thermostat will nоt juѕt work tо direct warmth оr cooling but also tо balance thе areas surrounding it. It will inѕtеаd bе catered tо еасh zone оf уоur house оr living space, saving energy аnd money fоr thе sections thаt nееd lеѕѕ heating оr cooling, аnd bringing comfortable results tо thе places thаt do. Thе answer iѕ yes, a nеw thermostat with zone control capabilities wоuld bе a wiѕе choice.

Buying a space heater

Buying a Space Heater

Fresh, cool air iѕ drifting thrоugh thе color оf thе autumn trees аnd ѕоmе оf uѕ аrе turning thе thermostat tо “Heat.” Smaller homes аnd vacation cabins оftеn dо nоt hаvе a furnace, ѕо wе rеlу оn thе fireplace, a wood stove, оr electric heat baseboards tо kеер thе house livable in thе winter time. Evеn in homes with central heating, a small “space heater” саn bе a handy addition whеn wе оnlу nееd heat in оnе chilly area.

Space heaters аrе handy аnd convenient, but dоn’t count оn оnе tо heat уоur home exclusively, оr tо save muсh оn уоur heating bill. Electric heaters, еvеn thоѕе claiming “infrared technology” аrе expensive tо operate compared tо central heat systems ѕuсh аѕ heat pumps аnd propane furnaces. Yоu mау ѕее mail оr television ads fоr “discounted” space heaters thаt claim tо save уоu money оn уоur electric bill. Dоn’t fall fоr thеѕе claims. Mоѕt оf thеѕе ads feature items thаt аrе overpriced аnd thеn discounted. Similar performance саn bе found fоr muсh lower prices in models аvаilаblе оvеr thе internet оr in local stores.

Hit thе internet уоurѕеlf (or аѕk a teenager tо hеlр уоu if thiѕ iѕ nоt уоur favorite thing) аnd learn еvеrуthing уоu can. Reading thе reviews оn Amazon.com саn tеll уоu a lot. Mу favorite iѕ Consumer Reports magazine. Consumer Reports Union iѕ a non-profit organization аnd thеу dо nоt accept advertising in thеir magazine. Aѕ a result, thеу аrе professional аnd unbiased in thеir testing аnd ratings оf products.

Choose thе right space heater fоr уоur home

Whаt size ѕhоuld уоu get? Thе amount оf heat generated iѕ rated in “watts” whiсh iѕ a wау tо determine hоw muсh electricity thе heater iѕ using. It’ѕ easy tо figure оut hоw mаnу watts уоu need:estimate 10 watts реr square foot аnd multiply thе square footage оf thе room bу 10. Fоr example, a room with 144 square feet will require 1,440 watts. Whеn wе ѕау square feet, wе аrе juѕt ѕауing measure уоur room with a tape measure – length аnd width – аnd multiply thе 2 numbers.

Onсе уоu knоw hоw mаnу watts уоu need, уоu саn calculate whаt it will cost оvеr a year bу multiplying thе watts timеѕ hоw mаnу hours уоu hаvе it оn timеѕ thе rate реr kilowatt-hour thаt thе electric company charges. Hеrе’ѕ аn example. If уоu hаvе a 1,500-watt heater аnd уоu leave it оn 24 hours a day аt a rate оf 9 cents a kilowatt-hour, thе cost wоuld bе $3.24 a day(1,500 x 24 ÷ 1,000 x $0.09). Ovеr a month thаt wоuld amount tо $97.20; a year it wоuld bе $1,166.40.

Hоw саn a space heater hеlр save оn energy costs? Whilе thе costs in thе lаѕt paragraph аrе indееd high, уоu саn ѕtill uѕе a space heater аnd save a littlе money еvеrу month bу dоing thе following.

· Onlу run thе heater whеn уоu аrе in thе room.

· Buy аn appliance timer tо uѕе with уоur heater if уоu think уоu’ll forget tо turn it off.

· Lower thе thermostat in thе rest оf thе house. Obviоuѕlу if thеrе аrе a lot оf people in thе house, оr уоu’rе gоing frоm room tо room, thiѕ strategy will nоt bе comfortable.

Althоugh уоu will hear words likе radiant, oil filled, infrared, ceramic, quartz halogen, аnd convection in heater descriptions, thеrе аrе rеаllу оnlу 2 types оf heaters: radiant аnd convection, рluѕ combinations оf thеѕе two. Radiant simply means a strong heating element, likе a halogen bulb, thаt radiates heat. Thеѕе heaters work wеll fоr spot heating. Convection heaters uѕе wire оr ribbon elements аnd a powerful fan tо move thе heat thrоugh thе room. Thеу аrе bеttеr fоr heating large areas. A combination unit, ѕuсh аѕ a radiator type, uѕеѕ water оr oil circulating in metal fins tо produce heat. Thеу dоn’t gеt аѕ hot аnd givе оff a constant, steady heat.

Anу оf thеѕе heater types аrе аvаilаblе fоr lеѕѕ thаn $200 unlеѕѕ thеу hаvе fancy accessories likе remote controls. Dо уоur homework, аnd уоu’ll save money аnd stay warm too.

The Best Infrared Heater Review

If you’re looking for a review of infrared heaters, look no further. Out of my own frustrations, due to lack of information from a comparative standpoint, I have compiled a review of the different types of infrared heaters currently on the market. This review covers pricing, features, benefits, warranty, part info and consumer ratings. I hope you appreciate finding everything condensed into one easy to read review. You will notice there are only a few manufacturers that made the cut, this is due to the hundreds of manufacturers on the market. As the popularity has grown so has the suppliers – many are yet to be rated. Stay tuned for future reviews that elaborate beyond the scope of this particular review.

dr infrared heater

Dr. Infrared Heater – a portable infrared space heater suitable for garage heating

The Dr. Infrared heater DR968 is at the top of the list due to it’s consumer rating reports. With over 100 4.5 star reviews it must be doing something right. At 1500watts and shipped with a remote control that operates as a thermostat this space heater rules the roost. The primary driver for the ratings is likely due to the sheer affordability in comparison to other infrared space heaters. With an average online price of $130 it is a true steal. This unit will provide quiet 39db warmth for your home or garage and is reported to be able to heat up to 1000 sq ft of area. If your itching for a space heater that is safe, economical and inexpensive this the model for you! Did I mention it is topped off with a beautiful woodgrain cover that has a very decorative and appealing look? Note: Dr. Infrared is backed by a solid 3yr warranty.

comfort zone infrared heater

Comfort Zone Infrared Quartz Heater – For Garage Heating or Space Heating

The comfort zone infrared quartz heater is a very reliable and affordable space heater. The packaging of this unit is a bit more rugged and durable which is ideal for use as a garage heater. Contrarily the all black casing and smooth lines would fit into almost any interior space to serve as a normal space heater. With an output of  3413buts per hour @ 1000watts this unit will warm a 1000sq ft area in a hurry. Some unique features about this particular model are thermostat included, thermal safety switches, tip over switch and washable filters. Additionally this unit is powered by a quiet fan motor than smoothly distributes the warm heat throughout the conditioned space. Average retail price $120

RedCore Infrared Space Heater and Air Purifier

red core infrared space heater

This amazing little heater is capable of pumping out 1500watts of infrared heat to cover over a 1000sq ft area of your home. Packaged in a appealing design with lcd display screens, a remote controller and built air purifier system it is the Cadillac of infrared space heaters. This unit is capable of quick recovery times with up to 3 heat settings and 2 fan speeds! Add in the humidifier and air purifier and you have a efficient, effective and invaluable space heater that literally does it all. Of course safety was not overlooked here as it comes with wheels for easily transporting from space to space, thermal safety switches and tip over switches as well. This wonderful little unit is packaged in a very modern and aesthetically pleasing design and topped off with a 3yr warranty! Finally, heat the area of the home you use instead of the entire thing! Average retail price $299 (premium price for a premium product)

I hope my infrared heater review has given some insight into the various models of infrared space heaters on the market. With the explosion in popularity came an abundance of manufacturers, and with any luck my review will help you select a dependable product form a reputable company. Best of luck with your new purchase and as always – please leave questions, concerns or comments for me to address below.

 

Are Propane Heaters Efficient and Safe?

There is much skepticism surrounding the safety of the many types of propane heaters. This is despite the fact that manufacturers install safety features and run their equipment through vigorous testing procedures. Not to mention lp heaters in general require third party certifications and inspections to be sold legally on the market. What does this mean for you? Propane heaters as a whole are very safe and effective products. They have been used for many decades to heat homes, businesses and even used as garage heaters. Now there certainly have been accidents and errors, this is the result of human error more times than not. The true hazard is the propane itself.

propane heater explosion

Propane is 2.5X as potent as natural gas and therefore is a very volatile gas that is easily ignitable and will certainly explode if misused. One 20# bottle of LP can actually blow a house to pieces. Scary eh? This is exactly why it is wise to hire an authorized installer when purchasing your new propane heater or appliance. This ensures the installation is up to specifications. A installation of  most any propane appliance requires special meters and tools to measure the flue gases, gas pressure and leak test gas lines. This is all to ensure proper safety and installation.

Despite the fact that propane itself is dangerous as a whole propane heat sources are very safe and efficient products. In fact many lp heaters are rated at 100% efficiency. This is due to the fact that the equipment often is designed without a exhaust vent. This is similar to turning on a gas stove within your property, don’t let it scare you. The same principle applies to your propane log sets, propane hot water tanks and etc. The only hazard is operating too many unvented heaters at once. If this happens you run the risk of consuming too much of the oxygen within the home and putting yourself at risk for CO poisoning. (many propane log set manufacturers recommend opening windows when in use)

If a unvented propane heater scares you, there is always the option of going with a vented product. They look, operate and generally cost the same; however now there will be a vent leading outdoors to rid the home of flue gases. Of course with a vented lp heater you will lose efficiency, roughly from 100% to 80%.

Unique features of Propane Heaters

Vented and unvented lp heater options are available, this allows for installation flexibility. Also most all lp heaters are able to be utilized with a indoor thermostat or are already installed with a internal thermostat. Many lp heaters and especially propane log sets are equipped with remote controls that act as a roaming thermostat. So from the comfort of your chair you can adjust the room temperature! Finally you must know the safety features of a lp heater. Many of the gas valves in propane appliances are operated by thermocouples or thermopiles. These are devices that when inserted into a pilot flame and heated will output a small amount of dc electricity to open the pilot valve. If and ONLY if the pilot valve is open will the main gas valve then be able to release propane into the heater. Of course there are some models that utilize sparking or electronic ignitions all together which eliminates the need for a pilot light. A final feature that assists in heat dispersion and overall comfort is a blower motor. Many lp heaters have blower motors that assist in moving the heat into a room. Thus comfort and efficiency are increased for the conditioned space.

If you are in the market for a new heater and propane is your preferred fuel source do not dismiss lp as unsafe or inefficient. Couple this with the fact that heaters that utilize propane gas are some of the most affordable heaters on the market and you have a solid reason to make the investment. Browse my other pages and posts on propane heater reviews for more detailed and technical information.

The Best Garage Heaters

Garage heaters are often one piece of equipment that is overlooked when building, purchasing or renting a home. It never really occurs to anyone until they have to actually repair an automobile, snow blower or wood working project in the bitter months of winter.  This brief guide will give you a great outlook on the types of heaters that are best suited for your garage. Before making a final decision keep in mind that your utility rates, average time of use and length of stay in the residence are all factors to account for. One obvious cautionary note is the risks of fire or burns with many types of unit heaters or garage heaters. Be very cautious and aware of the placement of the space heater in regards to proximity to combustibles, flammables or even roaming toddlers. 

Infrared Heaters

infrared garage heater

Infrared heaters have been around for many decades. Farmers have used infrared lights to keep their chickens warm during winter for years. A infrared space heater heats with radiant heat as opposed to simply warming air like many other unit heaters do. The advantage to radiant heat is it requires less energy to produce the infrared light as opposed to heating large resistant coils and blowing air across them. Additionally, radiant heat is a great source of heat when working near the radiant heater. If your unsure of the feeling compare it to stepping into the sunlight when coming from indoors. The sun utilizes radiant heat just the same. In this case a radiant garage heater would provide ample heat for close proximity work, is a safe alternative to gas and is energy efficient. Retail price $55 to $200.

Unit Heaters

garage unit heater

Unit heaters are often ceiling mounted / hung heaters that are gas operated appliances. They often are vented to the outdoors and require a thermostat and electric service for fully functional operation. Obviously a unit heater is a bit more extensive in terms of installation, however it does provide a higher level of comfort for the entire space. A unit heater can be expected to heat / condition the entire garage, as opposed to space heating areas where portable type heaters are used. If you work a great deal in your garage, have the space and are looking for a entire garage heating unit this is the one for you. There are many manufacturers and models available. I recommend determining the heat loss of your garage so that you may appropriately size the unit. This will improve the life of the unit heater, increase efficiency and ensure steady, comfortable operation.

Space Heaters

garage space heater

A space heater can be a propane heater, electric heater or any other variation of mobile heater used to simply warm specific areas. There are literally hundreds of different types of space heaters to choose from. If your planning on using the heater on a job site it may be wise to purchase a gas fired heater as electricity is not always available. Contrarily, if you need something to simply warm an area of your garage while tinkering with projects a small electric heater would likely serve you very well. Many of the modern space heaters are safe and effective at heating specific areas. This is a great solution to the consumer wanting to save on upfront cost and not foreseeing extended periods of conditioning their garage space.

 

 

Tips for Electric Furnace Troubleshooting

For the vast majority of climates an electric furnace is the primary piece of hvac equipment to be installed. This is primarily due to the generally warm climates, utility rates and inexpensive upfront costs. In consideration of the abundance of electric furnaces and the many inquiries I receive regarding them I have created short guide to help you trouble shoot your electric furnace. Some of the tips here may seem basic or not technical enough for you DIY’s, yet to an average homeowner with little to no electrical knowledge or furnace experience it can solve many simple problems.

Electric Furnace Troubleshooting

One great thing about an electric furnace is it’s simplicity. There are very few internal components and therefore very few things to actually go wrong. I must mention they are not all built the same, each manufacturer tries to differentiate itself from the others just slightly, yet our purpose they are basically the same. The most common issues with an electric furnace are-

1. No heat – this can be due to a dirty air filter (blocking air flow), a faulty thermostat or more serious mechanical issue. The filter is an easy check and easy replacement. Your thermostat can be check by switching the fan from auto to on. If the fan comes on you know the thermostat has power and the furnace blower works (and has power to the electric furnace). If this checks out and you still do not have heat check#2

2. No heat – often a no heat call on a electric furnace is due to a contactor problem. This is a small switch/relay device that operates the heating coils and indoor blower motor. If you believe this to be the issue call a professional as the voltage / amperage going to an electric furnace is high enough to injure or possibly kill you.

3. Blower motor does not shut down- Again first ensure the thermostat is set to the auto and not “on” position for your fan. If this check out it is likely an internal switch in the furnace that is causing the problem. Call a professional if this seems to be the case.

4. Noisy Operation – This is often caused by dust build up or foreign matter entering the blower motor compartment. If allowed to contact the blower it will shake aggressively and make plenty of noise. Imagine a unbalanced tire on a vehicle – the vibration can really stir things up. This is an easy check by ensuring the power is off and checking the blower compartment for dirt, papers and etc. Remove, clean and retry once complete. If problem persist contact a contractor as it is likely a belt or bearing issue.

5. Intermittent Heat – This is often caused by a loose wire within the furnace cabinet. Secure the power at the breaker panel and open the electric cover. Check to ensure power is off by using a voltage meter. Then look for obvious loose connections. If nothing apparent check wire nuts as they can work loose or have been improperly secured during installation. Replace cover and re-energize from the breaker panel.

6. Heating but not enough – this is a sign of improper air flow or a faulty heating element. The air flow issue can be a dirty filter, covered supply or return air registers or a dirty blower. If you have checked / corrected each of those common contributors retry. If the problem persists it may be a faulty heating element. A quick check for this is to see what the running amp rating is on the furnace sticker and check the amperage draw while running. If this is too advanced or you lack the amp meter call a professional as this is a dangerous task when dealing with 30+ amps.

If you have checked each common issue as stated above and your problem persists you can always submit more technical questions through the website. I hope this has assisted you solving your furnace problems and saving you a few bucks along the way. Please submit your questions, comments or concerns and I will address them as soon as possible.

Types of Propane Heaters

As consumers we are always looking for new and exciting products that are emerging on the market. When it comes to our homes and businesses we typically like to research our products and make purchases based upon that research. There is no exception in this when purchasing a new propane space heater. Considering the risks of propane coupled with the risks of space heaters, making the right decision could prove to be critical. As we know the majority of products on the market have adequate testing and approvals, but picking the best will often serve you better for years to come. Thus I have compiled a list of the best propane heaters from differing categories.

Wall Mounted (Vent Free) Propane Heaters

A wall mounted gas heater is a great resource for space heating and work really well in almost all spaces. There are various models available but the vent free version is 100% efficient! They can be purchased in various sizes to accommodate your specifics heating needs. Although they are considered a propane space heater, with the assistance of fans and open doors you can easily heat your entire home with this type of heater. The best news is they are very affordable – anywhere from $75 to $400 and you can own a brand new model. (prices varies based upon features)

Free Standing Propane Heater

A free standing space heater is very similar to the wall mounted version mentioned above, however has little bit more flexibility in terms of directional facing. This form of propane space heater is often installed with a flexible appliance gas hose that will allow you to direct heat in the appropriate place a little easier. It is affordable, 100% efficient and just as effective as a wall mounted version. The major drawback would be a slightly higher risk of fires or burns by tipping, touching or handling. Weigh this against you particular situation (toddlers, pets, etc.) and decide if a free standing space heater is best for you. Estimated cost is $70 to $250.

Propane Fireplace or Log Set

A fireplace is a perfect heat source that brings a form of entertainment to a space as well. Vent free models are 100% efficient, safe and effective at heating a space very quickly. On top of the great features mentioned they are great conversation pieces, especially on those cold winter days. A propane log set or gas fireplace is certainly more expensive than a simply space heater, but as mentioned match in efficiency and heating ability. Weigh the price, efficiency and entertainment value against the specific space placement you have in mind while making your purchase. Estimated retail cost is $350 to $1500 (varies greatly with features and manufacturer)

Portable Propane Heaters

If your idea of a propane heater is simply a portable space heater for the garage, job site or basement this is the style you may be looking for. As shown above there are various categories of portable propane space heaters t chose from. The infrared space heater is ideal for close proximity use as that is when the heat is actually felt. If you plan on heating an entire space go with the tube / salamander style space heater. Estimated cost $70 to $200.

 

The #1 Way to Save on Your Heat Bill

I receive hundreds of questions and requests regarding ways to improve the efficiency of their current gas furnace / heating system. There are certainly routine maintenance items that can vastly improve overall performance and longevity of your homes HVAC equipment. This includes the typical changing of filters, replacing batteries in thermostat, checking your vent, cleaning out a/c pan drains and furnace condensate drains amd etc.. This is all necessary to keep your gas furnace protected and running smoothly.

Contrarily, none of the above is really the #1 solution to saving energy and money on your utility bills. The #1 way to save on your heat bill is to insulate your home. There is a point of diminishing return on insulation, 4′ of insulation in the attic may be excessive prove to be more expensive than it may save you over time. A great goal to shoot for is 1 ft of insulation or more in the attic / ceiling. This is a affordable quantity of insulation and more than sufficient for holding in your homes cool air conditioning and warm heating energy.

As mentioned the attic is the 1st place to bulk up the insulation (warm air rises). The next place that is often over looked is the seal plate area in your basement or floor. (for a home on a slab this does not apply, however insulation between the foundation / slab and ground is a huge plus). The area I’m specifically referring to is up in the joist spaces, on the outer most walls. This small area is often in direct contact with outside air and earth temperatures but also very often left uninsulated. I recommend at least 6″ in this location.

The final yet just as important location to bulk up on insulation and save on utility rates is the floors and walls. The walls are obviously very difficult if your in a finished home. There are new and creative ways of insulating finished walls with spray in insulation that would require minimal invasion into the finished dry wall and therefore minimal repair. However the floors are often accessible from the basement or crawl space. This is especially an important place to insulate if the the area below the floor in mind is unconditioned. If access is available it’s cheap, quick and easy to throw in 6″ or more inches of insulation.

If you have insulated your home and even went as far as updating doors and windows, it may then now be time to update your homes heating system. Insulation is by far cheaper than a new gas furnace, so please cover this area of improvement first. After completing this easy home improvement task, then begin your research  on replacing your hvac system. I have several pages dedicated to assisting you in making the right selection and accounting for the variables associated in updating your heating system. You can find the majority of those pages here. I hope this has helped you to improve your energy efficiency and save you some money. If you have any questions, comments or concerns you can always contact me through the website.