When you have children, their well-being is a factor in most every decision you make, from which foods to buy to which heating fuel to use. If you're choosing a new heating system for your home, a propane-powered one is an excellent choice when there are kids in the home. Here's why:
Propane has a very high auto-ignition temperature.
If your fuel tank were to explode while you and your children were at home, your child would likely be severely injured or killed by the explosion. Luckily, you don't really have to worry about this with propane, since its auto-ignition temperature (the temperature at which it will explode), is a really high 878 degrees F. This means that the tank won't explode even if it sits in the sun all day or if the neighbor points his car exhaust at it. You also don't have to worry about any leaks or spills igniting either, since propane won't leak out in a liquid form -- it will dissipate as a gas.
Any leaks are easy to detect.
With natural gas heating, you always have to worry about there being a possible leak, which can go undetected since this gas is odorless. Propane leaks, however, are very easy to detect since this gas has a strong smell, similar to that of rotten eggs. If you do smell a propane leak, you can take your children to an alternative, safe location while you call your HVAC company and have them check out your system.
Propane won't contaminate your water or soil.
Kids love to put anything they find into their mouths. At some point, they will probably ingest some dirt from the backyard or water from a puddle. When you use propane as your fuel source, you know these substances won't be contaminated since, as previously mentioned, any spilled propane will dissipate as a gas. This way, you don't have to worry as much about your kids' safety when they play in the yard. The same cannot be said for oil, which will contaminate your soil and water if it spills out of the storage tank.
Propane burns hot and heats a home quickly.
Because propane burns at such a high temperature, your home will heat quickly once you turn the furnace on. This is important when you have kids, as you never want them to catch a chill in a cold home. Of course, you're bound to enjoy this feature, too.
If you're considering getting a new heating system, propane deserves a place at the top of your list of fuel sources to consider. For more information, contact Self Heating Cooling or a similar company.