Winter is here. And if you didn’t know, natural gas is a huge contributor to keeping homes warm in California during the colder months. In fact, natural gas is used across the United States for heating. Approximately 116 million homes use natural gas, propane, electricity, and heating oil for home heating. Natural gas is used as heating fuel in 48% of the homes across the country. And it tends to be cheaper than electricity. Here are some ways you might be using natural gas around your home this winter.
According to the American Gas Association, more than 60 million American households prefer a natural gas heating system. Natural gas furnace systems have been made very easy to operate for new and experienced homeowners alike. And with efficiencies up to 96.6 percent, natural gas furnaces are one of the most efficient heating options available.
What kind of water heater do you have? If you’re like the majority of homeowners, you’ll answer “natural gas.” Not only are natural gas water heaters less expensive than electric ones, they can also heat your water a lot faster. Plus they’re more efficient at producing hot water, so your recovery time will be lower.
Most of the time we just press “start” on our appliances without bothering to think how they’re working. But from hot water in your dishwasher to warm showers to gas top ovens, natural gas uses are everywhere in your home.
When you think of fireplaces, you may think of the traditional log burning fireplace. But gas fireplaces have risen in popularity in recent years. In fact, your home may have one. They not only help to warm your home, but they’re safer to operate than traditional fireplaces because you don’t have to deal with wood, sparks, hot embers, or ash.
At MBS Engineering, we believe in the importance of natural gas. Maybe that’s why we’ve made it our mission to ensure homes and businesses utilizing natural gas are educated about things like ongoing maintenance, leaks, and even repairs. At MBS we have successfully performed over 800 gas system surveys, more than 50,000 seismic valve installations, over 100 complete gas system re-pipes, and 1,000’s of gas leak repairs since 2007. And we’ll help you too. No matter what natural gas service you need help with, we’d love to talk to you.