Propane in multifamily housing
For your apartment or condo project, propane provides the appealing amenities and low utility bills that residents demand.
Owners and developers of multifamily housing projects know that to remain competitive, they need to offer modern and attractive amenities that set their units apart. And they need to keep utility bills low to ensure they retain their residents. Building with propane provides multifamily owners with a smart energy choice that makes their units marketable and appealing.
Energy-efficient propane tankless water heaters are a smart strategy to minimize your residents' water heating costs. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that approximately 20 percent of a home's energy costs are spent heating water, and today's savvy buyers and renters know to include a home's heating costs when shopping for an apartment or condo. Tankless water heaters save on energy by heating water only when it's needed, allowing unit owners and renters to reduce their energy costs by up to 50 percent and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 61 percent.
Radiant heating is another shrewd use of efficient propane water heating. A propane water heater or boiler heats water that is pumped through a floor tubing system. By delivering more even heat, and more heat closer to the floor, these systems can be far more energy efficient than a conventional furnace-and-duct system. And residents will love the cozy feeling they get when they step onto a heated floor on a cold morning.
Propane-fueled fireplaces are an uncommon amenity that can catch the eye of a prospective resident or buyer. Gas fireplaces can be turned on and off with a thermostatic switch or remote control and will heat a room more evenly and efficiently than wood-burning fireplaces. Most models are virtually maintenance-free, don't produce ash or soot, and don't require electricity.
Propane clothes dryers are fast, and they provide all of the same cutting-edge technologies as their electrical counterparts. Your residents want a laundry room that's easy to use and full of modern features such as cycle selections, timing sensors, and temperature controls. Today's propane-fueled gas dryers deliver. And because they're energy efficient, they won't increase the utility bills for the apartment owner or homeowners' association.
A stunning outdoor living area is a surefire way to get prospective residents to remember your property when they're shopping. And many of the most attractive outdoor amenities run on energy-efficient propane. Propane-fueled cooking can become the centerpiece of a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen for a common area or courtyard. And propane pool and spa heaters, which range in size from 5,000 Btu/hr for a spa or hot tub to 400,000 Btu/hr for a full-size swimming pool, bring the water to the desired temperature more quickly than an electric heater.
Say "good night" to one common scourge in rental housing: bedbugs and pests. Propane-powered thermal remediation of bedbugs is proving to be an effective tactic in controlling these alarming pests. In fact, heat treatments can generally eliminate bedbugs in a single treatment, compared with multiple visits for insecticide treatments. Ask your pest control provider about how propane heating can safely and effectively treat your building for pests.