Updated Heating Map Tool Reflects Latest Study Results
An interactive way to learn about propane heating systems
The new Comparative Heating Map tool reflects several updates and improvements to the previous version. The biggest change occurred behind the scenes: The updated tool bases its claims on the newest version of the study A Comparative Analysis of Residential Heating Systems, completed by Newport Partners in 2011. The study used the most current reports of local energy prices and carbon dioxide emissions data available at the time of publication. As a result, estimates about energy savings and carbon dioxide reductions are more accurately tied to the geographic region entered by the user.Second, the tool now organizes the study's primary findings into three climate zones: cold, moderate, and warm. The previous version of the tool separated the map into geographic locations. Because average local temperature more directly affects system performance and energy use than geographic region, the new map zones present the findings in a way that's more relevant to how heating systems are chosen.
Third, the tool presents a simpler interface that highlights three or four key advantages of propane systems in each climate zone. For instance, the tool explains that in cold climate regions, high-efficiency propane furnaces have the lowest first cost and lowest overall energy cost of any alternative to a standard-efficiency air source heat pump (ASHP) considered by the study. In other words, there's no good reason not to replace an ASHP with a propane furnace.
Consult the Learn More tab for each climate zone to find links to the complete study and online training courses related to residential heating systems.