On the Ultimate Open House New Home Tour, most homes are heated by high-efficiency natural gas furnaces.
To many tour visitors, the furnace can be a big gray box that sits in the garage or mechanical room. You hardly ever think about it, except hopefully, to change the filter. But your natural gas furnace is quietly doing a great job for you.
Because natural gas is piped directly to the home, it will always be there to heat the home when needed. That’s reliability.
There’s a reason why most of the tour home builders chose to heat with natural gas. Natural gas is the preferred fuel source for home heating for many reasons. Consider two of the main ones:
- Natural gas customers never have to wonder if an underground oil storage tank is leaking or nearly empty
- Many natural gas furnaces are now 95 to 98 percent efficient and their efficiency is not determined by the climate or outdoor temperature, as is true of a heat pump.
Today’s cost of gas is lower than it was 10 years ago while other fuel costs are on the rise. Geologists say there’s up to 100 years of proven natural gas reserves that will keep gas prices low. That’s confidence.
The temperature of gas heat at the register is between 110 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit, which warms a home quickly and efficiently. That’s comfort.
One NW Natural customer summed it up this way:
“Natural Gas increases the quality of life for my family and I – that can’t be quantified monetarily. It isn’t just one thing – it’s the whole package! It adds to our lives in ways that often go unnoticed. Yes, it probably gets taken for granted in some respects. But that is exactly the point – the reliability, confidence and comfort it provides allows us to focus more time and energy on things in life that ARE really important. Natural gas makes that happen and we are all better for it. ” MB, Oregon City
If you’re looking to increase the quality of life for your family by purchasing a new home, consider a house that has natural gas. Check out the tour offerings crafted by the area’s top builders. The event is FREE over two weekends, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., April 26-27 and May 3-4.