Why natural gas?
According to the Virginia Department of Mines Minerals & Energy, the average Virginia household uses 50 percent of its total energy for space heating. The heating system is the home’s number one energy user, with water heating second and air conditioning a close third.
Natural gas has many advantages over other fuels – fewer impurities, less chemically complex and barely a carbon footprint. Because natural gas burns cleanly, it doesn't leave behind any unpleasant soot, ash, or odors.
Natural gas heat feels warmer than heat produced by an electric heat pump or wood-burning fireplace. It’s delivered from forced-air systems at temps ranging from 120-140 degrees Fahrenheit. In contrast, the air from an electric heat pump is typically delivered at 85-95 degrees.
Electric heating is inherently inefficient. According to the U.S. EPA, most electricity is produced using coal and techniques that are only 30 percent efficient. Natural gas burns much cleaner and poses less damage to the environment, the EPA noted.
Natural gas fireplaces, stoves, fireplace inserts and gas logs burn more cleanly than wood fireplaces. This means no ash build-up or flying embers that could ruin carpet and furniture.
Busy lifestyles demand appliances that are not only efficient but also save time. Natural gas provides an endless supply of hot water, precise cooking temperature control, and faster drying for your laundry.
Natural gas saves money
In addition to convenience and comfort, natural gas systems are one of the least expensive and most efficient ways to heat your home, according to Energy Savers. Significant savings await homeowners in Cottage Hill. Consider:
Natural gas prices are expected to remain historically low, in the $4-5 per mmBtu range on average through 2035
In a 2015 Energy Savers study, lower natural gas prices provided an increase in real disposable income of approximately $1,500 per household. This is expected to increase to more than $3,500 by 2025.
Households with natural gas heating, cooking and clothes drying spend an average of $654 less annually than households using electricity for the same appliances.
According to Consumer Reports, the average price for a new gas furnace is higher than for an electric furnace. However, the publication noted that the operating costs for gas heaters are much lower than those associated with electric heat.
Additional Utility Savings
Double paned Low-E energy saving full vinyl windows with tilt out feature for easy cleaning.
HVAC is 16 seer rated, 23% more efficiency than a typical 13 seer builders grade AC and 50% more efficient than an older 8 seer AC unit.
Insulation that exceeds building code.