It’s one of the great kitchen debates: gas vs electric. While cooking on an electric stove is more automated, many would argue that gas is more energy efficient. In recent years, gas appliances have had a resurgence in popularity here in the Greater Sacramento area and beyond. However, along with all the fanfare, how safe is natural gas?
At Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning, we understand your concern. Here, we’ll explore a few of the most common natural gas appliances and whether you should rest assured of them in your home.
Natural Gas Stove, Cooktop, or Grill
The most talked-about natural gas appliance is the stove. In comparison to an electric stove, there are more risks to owning and operating a natural gas option. Pollutants and chemicals such as carbon monoxide can come from use, particularly when mixing with oil. However, there are simple ways to circumvent any real threat of an issue. To decide if a gas stove would be the best choice in your kitchen, look at the area. Is the room easily ventilated? Also, if you have a newer model, that will sharply decrease any risk factor.
Natural Gas Refrigerator or Freezer
It may sound unusual to have an appliance that is meant to keep things cool or even frozen but is powered up by fire. Yes, it is a thing, and the concept has become especially popular with those trying to have off-grid adventures. One of the reasons why is they make no sounds and almost never need to be repaired. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in looking into, like a stove, you will want to make sure your unit was in a well-ventilated area. The only other major thing to pay attention to for this type of fridge would be the smell of ammonia, which would indicate a leak.
Natural Gas HVAC
If the clunky sound of your electric air conditioner is a point of contention, a gas-powered unit might be the answer. While it looks the same as traditional central heating and air units, it’s basically silent. Another benefit of a natural gas unit is cost. If you enjoy running the air during the summer, chances are you do not also enjoy the bill. Running electricity is usually more expensive than using gas. The biggest safety concern with this type of heating and cooling system would be carbon monoxide. Staying up to date with inspections and a carbon monoxide detector will almost eliminate any potential issue.
So, is it safe to have natural gas appliances in your Greater Sacramento area home?
Yes! Just as with anything in life, and appliances, there can be risks involved. Most of what could be problems are easily remedied with strategy and forethought. If you’re in the Greater Sacramento area and want to learn more, feel free to reach out to Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning for more info.