“Too much of something is bad”. The same goes for freezing coldness. If it’s too cold, we cannot function well. Having a very low body temperature (hypothermia), for a long period of time can cause a lot of complications. It will affect our blood circulation. Since blood is the one that carries oxygen, if blood will have a hard time flowing, we will have a hard time breathing.
Imagine those countries like the United States where the Winter season lasts for three long months. These countries need something that would make them stand the coldness. Good thing that fireplaces already existed even in the Ancient days. They improved it in the 1700s and someone made chimneys to throw the smoke up.
As days go by, because of technology, Heaters rescued people save time in heating their homes when Winter comes.
The Energy Sources
We use different energy sources depending on the region. It is based on reliability, convenience, efficiency, and most of all the cost of the energy. Some use Energy Fuels such as coal, peat, or wood. This involves a lot of work. Other than that, coal is rarely found nowadays.
Some regions use Liquid Fuels such as Kerosene. The downside is its high price. It is readily-available and needs less work, but let’s admit it – this energy source is expensive. Electricity is at a low cost in some areas, so it is practical to use it as their energy source.
Here comes Natural Gas, which is used by most households for heating fuel in the biggest part of the United States and Europe. Liquefied Petroleum Gas or Propane is one of those natural gases. They are both cheap and readily available in the market nowadays. It is readily-available because, since it is capable of turning into liquid, it can stay inside a tank like a usual LPG.
Let’s get to know more about Propane?
It was in 1910 when they identified Propane as an energy source for some heaters. It serves as a better alternative to Gasoline and Diesel because of its cost and environmental benefits.
Propane needs Oxygen to produce energy or heat. If there’s not enough oxygen, carbon monoxide will form. That is the relationship between propane, oxygen, and carbon monoxide. And we all know how threatening Carbon Monoxide is, that’s why CO detectors are very common in individual houses.
Let’s not focus too much on that disadvantage. We’re here to discuss its huge use in our everyday life.
Propane in HVAC System
It is a must in some parts of the US and in Europe to have a Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) System. All buildings like universities, hospitals, hotels, dormitories, and condominiums should have HVAC systems. The main purpose of HVAC is for the comfort of an indoor environment. It helps regulate the temperature of a building and lower the humidity. It keeps the moisture in the building under control. It can prevent odor, bacteria, and pollutants.
Based on a case study made in 2011, 88% of HVAC systems used natural gas as an energy source. Imagine the need for these natural gases, like Propane, up to these days. Thanks to the French Chemist who discovered this gas!
HVAC is Extravagant
But, not everyone can afford to have an HVAC System at home. According to www.homeguide.com, a replacement of an HVAC system would cost around $5,000 to $10,000. A new HVAC System is at around $7,000 to $13,000. Imagine that. We need to save up a lot and sacrifice some of those “wants”!
People tend to be practical nowadays. Instead of having all – the heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning run in one duct, they’d choose to have a stand-alone heater for small rooms. They’d sacrifice having no air-conditioner and put up very good ventilation around the house. Heater for the cold season plus better ventilation when it’s warm, why not?
Whether you’d choose to spend on an HVAC System or go for a cheaper Gas Heater, it’s up to you.
The Heater in the Garage, is it important?
Our garage is usually separated from our house, for safety purposes. So, it is not included in the heating system. Our garage will be at its coldest when its Winter season. This is because of the concrete floors, drafty doors and we put little to no insulation in this part of the house.
You might be wondering why there is a need for our garage to be warm. Did I read your mind? We all know that freezing or too cold temperatures can damage some of our things. This includes our car battery. Not only the battery, but it also affects some parts and hardware of the car. This answers the question of why we need a heater inside the garage.
Is Propane Heater Safe in a Garage?
We’ll go back and review what is Propane. Propane needs Oxygen to produce energy. It will need enough oxygen to produce “ ideal burn”. You will know it if it’s giving out the blue burning flame. Incomplete combustion will produce Carbon Monoxide, which leads to CO poisoning. We don’t want that. Propane is also flammable if there’s an open flame or an electrical spark.
Based on those characteristics, we can say that it is safe to use Propane Heaters inside our garage. First, we only need to have the area well- ventilated. It needs air for full combustion so it won’t produce CO instead. Second, keeping away the heater from flammable things.
If we want to make sure that we are safe while working inside our garage while working on projects, we can try and use a Gas Meter. This device will help us measure the oxygen and carbon monoxide in the air. Open the door right away if the CO level rises. If this happens, it’s time to work on the ventilation part.
Let’s always remember the importance of “ventilation” when we talk about gases. There is always a danger when you trap gas in one area. Let’s keep the things inside our garage safe when it’s freezing outside. At the same time, let’s not forget to be safe.
Having worked in security management for over 15 years, I have realized that safety awareness goes beyond the very obvious hazards such as calamities, acts of violence, and electrical safety. It is a constant realization every person must have at all times. Being constantly aware of what we are doing, how we operate at work, and being able to recognize hazards is critical in justifying safety-related risks. Thus, creating ongoing awareness has a big impact on building a safe environment and culture for your family to thrive in.