Propane Air Conditioners Are a Money-Saver

August 10, 2021 – ,

When you think of propane, heating is most people’s first association. Propane air conditioning? Not as well known.

But they’re an option, and they have some very appealing advantages over other types of air conditioning systems, like electric. We think of it as a heating source but really, propane is an all-around energy source, capable of powering just about anything, including cooling systems. (There are many refrigerators and freezers that even run on propane.)

First of all, propane, in general, has clear advantages over other energy sources. With its low emissions and low carbon footprint, propane has been considered a green energy source since the 1990s. Using this clean energy for your home lessens your personal impact on the environment and even reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43%.

Plus it’s reliable — over 12 million homes use propane for their heating and cooling, and the numbers are on the rise. (A whopping 47 million use propane for grilling!)

Its high efficiency means you need less to do more, so you save money every year. When given the choice between propane and another energy source, many times propane will give you the advantages that will be best for the planet, your peace of mind, and your wallet.

Looking a little more specifically at air conditioning units, even though the source may be slightly different than many people are used to, the delivery method is just the same. You can get propane window units or have propane central air systems, and they do exactly what electric models do — draw in warm air, cool it, and let cool air flow back out, making your living space just the right temperature for you.

If you’re already using propane as an energy source for other appliances in your house, getting propane to become your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system/AC source is nice and easy. You can go through the same company you’re currently using and have more of your things on the same energy bill, simplifying your life.

If you’re not currently using propane HVAC for your home’s temperature control, you might think, “Why would I change?” But if you’re looking to stretch your dollars, this is actually an excellent move.

Propane is highly efficient, meaning it doesn’t take much of it to do any given task, so you won’t have to get refills very often. This can drive your energy costs way down. Compared to electricity, propane is 30% more efficient — which means you could save 30% on your air conditioning costs if you make your HVAC system run on propane. In the summer when you’re running the air more often, that adds up to quite a chunk of change.

We’re not full of hot air: propane is one of the best energy choices you can make to cool your living space, at home or off-the-grid.


  1. Baron Tayler on March 24, 2022 at 1:11 am

    Interesting. But I can’t find any source of propane powered air conditioners for my RV. Do you have any recommendations?

    • Kristen Anderson on March 28, 2022 at 11:19 am

      We don’t have a preferred brand, Baron, but Google seems to have a lot of results and favorable reviews! Good luck on your search!

      • Jenny West on May 15, 2022 at 9:33 am

        I can’t find any propane powered a/c units and I have attempted an internet search. Can you list a few name brands? I am looking for a smaller backup a/c unit that runs on propane that I can use during the summer power outages.

        • Kristen Anderson on May 16, 2022 at 9:14 am

          We don’t have a preferred brand, Jenny — we’d recommend asking for personal endorsements on a local social network like a Facebook group or Nextdoor to ensure they’re available by you! Good luck with your search!

      • Mike barber on September 5, 2023 at 6:21 pm

        Were building a new home in florida and want propane for heat,stove,dryer,hot water. Now maybe air conditioner

  2. Air Conditioner Repair on March 29, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    When it comes to air conditioning systems, the source may be slightly different from what many people are used to, but the distribution technique remains the same. Thank you!

    • Kristen Anderson on March 30, 2022 at 2:52 pm

      You nailed it. Thank you!

  3. Lain Bryant on December 29, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Can you name any brand?

    • Ines on January 4, 2023 at 9:02 am

      We don’t have a preferred brand, Lain — we’d recommend asking for personal endorsements on a local social network like a Facebook group or Nextdoor to ensure they’re available by you! Good luck with your search!

  4. Stacy R Forbes on January 17, 2024 at 2:23 pm

    I am in the process of buying a home with propane and I’m really nervous about the cost to fill the tank and how often it should be done.

    • Ines on January 19, 2024 at 8:27 am

      Hello Stacy! Congratulations on your new home! Factors like tank size, the size of your home, the number of propane appliances you have, the number of people living in your home can all influence refilling frequency.

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