Gas Air Conditioning

There are many advantages to having a natural gas air conditioner rather than a conventional electric air conditioner. One has to weigh out the positives of both to find out if a natural gas air conditioner is for them or not. You may have to replace an old unit at your home now or are looking to install a brand new system for comfort. Either way, by taking a look at the advantages of a gas air conditioner will help you in making and informed decision before purchasing your new unit.

Natural gas air conditioning is not a new process. It has been around since the 1930’s and 1940’s. With the introduction of more electrical devices, natural gas has tapered off in the market, but at the present is steadily climbing back as a major competitor in the air conditioning business. By upgrading to a natural gas air conditioning unit, it may be a more cost-effective alternative then upgrading an entire electrical system that may be needed for a replacement electrical air conditioner for your home or office.

The energy efficiency alone for gas air conditioners is comparable to electrical air conditioners reducing energy usage anywhere from 30%-50%. There is minimal ductwork required and is adaptable to baseboard heating for easy installation. The sealed refrigerant inside the gas air conditioners is highly efficient since there are no leaks and no use for ‘recharging’ each season, which makes it entirely environmentally friendly. These units are low maintenance with no compressors and very few moving parts compared to the conventional electrical systems. Gas air conditioners have been know to have a longer life of over 2-3 times longer than electrical air conditioners. You will also notice a difference in improved indoor air quality after installation of your new gas air conditioner.

Natural gas air conditioners use the ‘absorption cooling technology’ as opposed to its counterpart the conventional electric vapor compression chillers. Absorption systems use a thermal compressor rather than an electric compressor and require distilled water with either nontoxic lithium bromide or ammonia. This eliminates harmful CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) that are commonplace to mechanical systems.

These efficient air conditioners use heat rather than a compressor as the driving force and lower the pressure/vacuum conditions. This heat for the absorption process is supplied directly by a gas burner. When looking at the number of heat exchangers it will determine your system as a single-effect or double-effect system. Both of these have their advantages for centralized cooling.

You will notice that after only a very short time, you new natural gas air conditioner has paid for itself in savings alone! It will be apparently that you made the right decision when purchasing a natural gas air conditioner for your home or office. You may even qualify for rebates or incentives from your local government or municipality when converting from electrical to natural gas appliances so be sure to make the necessary inquiries and make it worth your while to switch to natural gas.


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