There are many types of operations that use propane-powered building heat, including horticulture, poultry, swine, livestock, fruits and vegetables, cannabis, floriculture, and more. While each of these types of operations has unique needs, each depends on reliable, consistent heat and energy sources to maintain the temperatures needed for its plants and animals.

Propane is an optimal energy choice for powering greenhouse operations of all kinds because it is a clean, non-toxic, cost-effective fuel that provides the consistent, precise temperatures needed for healthier animals and plants. Here are some of the many benefits of propane-powered building heat — including boilers, hot air furnaces, or radiant heaters

  • Propane offers thermal efficiencies of up to 95 percent, offering effective and reliable primary heating to reduce farmers’ production costs through improved temperature control.
  • The automated variable rate enables the heaters to operate from 25 percent to 100 percent of maximum output, maintaining a room temperature within 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit of the desired temperature.
  • Heating system propane consumption can range from 6,000 to 10,000 gallons per year.
  • Low-emission, propane-powered technology is safe for use in buildings that house animals.

Learn more about how propane is making a difference for Swift Greenhouses, a 4.5-acre perennial and herb greenhouse operation in Iowa.