While there are many heating options available, none offer as many benefits as gas heat systems. Fueling your home using natural gas is convenient, affordable, safe and reliable. That's why gas heat systems are the most popular heating systems in the US.
The convenience of natural gas cannot be disputed. Unlike several other fuels including oil and coal, natural gas pumps through underground pipelines. Consequently, you are never without fuel to run your home even when the weather makes the roads impassable. You don't have to be dependent on a fuel delivery when you choose natural gas. As a resource, natural gas is plentiful in the US with no signs of shortage for at least 100 years.
There are many different kinds of gas heaters and appliances. No matter what size or kind of home you have, you are sure to find a suitable gas heat system. Gas heat systems are available in many different configurations to complement all of the different types of homes and different climates. They are available at a variety of price points.
Newer gas appliances have higher efficiency ratings than older model systems, but they also tend to cost more. However, the higher the efficiency rating, the more you will save on your gas bill each month.
Another benefit of natural gas is its cleanliness. Gas heat systems whether they are running a furnace, a water heater, a fireplace, a stove, an oven, a washing machine or a dryer always runs clean. You don't have to worry about unpleasant odors, soot or ashes when you use gas heat.
The only byproducts of gas combustion are water vapor and carbon dioxide, so the environment is not damaged when you use it. Oil stored in an underground tank can leak into the ground, which is also bad for the environment. This won't happen with natural gas as your fuel source.
Gas heat systems are one of the most cost efficient forms of home heating available. When you compare gas run appliances with those that run off electricity, gas appliances consistently cost less in energy costs to accomplish the same tasks. For instance, a gas water heater can produce as much as twice the amount of hot water that an electric model can in the same amount of time for approximately 1/3 of the cost.
Likewise, a gas dryer can dry twice as many clothes in the same amount of time as an electric dryer and for less money. When it comes to cooking appliances, gas heat is king. Professional chefs agree that cooking with gas is the most precise way to cook. Moreover, you don't have to wait for a gas range to heat up like an electric range. The heat you get is instant and you have complete control over the temperature. Just like other gas appliances, there are less energy costs with gas stoves in comparison to electric stoves. It even costs less to heat your pool or spa with a gas heater than an electrical heater, a difference of hundreds of dollars annually.
Unlike electric heating systems, there are rarely ever natural gas outages. If there is an outage as the result of some kind of accident or natural disaster, it will be fixed immediately as gas line ruptures or leaks are a public hazard. Electrical outages are far more common and tend to last longer. In the winter, an electrical outage can force you out of your home if you rely on electricity for heat.
For all of those reasons, gas is the preferred home fueling method of home buyers. A gas heat system consequently adds intrinsic value to your home and will be an asset when it comes time to sell. Home buyers know that once a home is connected to the gas line, there are many other possibilities available to them such as installing a heated pool, spa or barbecue sometime in the future.
Propane gas while not as convenient as natural gas, is also a clean and cost effective way to heat your home and run your appliances. In areas where natural gas is not available; propane is a good alternative.
Like natural gas, propane appliances are almost twice as efficient as electrical appliances and propane furnaces and water heaters can save you hundreds of dollars annually over their electric counterparts.