Appliance Buying Guide | Natural Gas Connection
Understand all the benefits of owning a natural gas appliance. With a low monthly cost and a high energy efficiency rating, we want to educate you so that you feel confident when purchasing a gas appliance. Watch product videos and view product comparison charts to decide what appliance fits your exact exact needs. Want to work one on one with a product specialist? Please give us a call at 1-833-628-4272, email or come visit us in one of our showrooms!

Natural Gas Grills

No more refilling a propane tank! Choosing natural gas to operate your grill over propane provides reliable, consistent and on-demand fuel.

A natural gas grill connects directly to your natural gas service line. If needed, an additional natural gas line can be run to the location you’d like to put your grill.

Several natural gas grill options are available for purchase. Consider features such as stainless-steel storage carts, grill heads on stand-alone black stands, and shelving with built-in cup holders that drop down for space savings. Select from a variety of packages with your choice of grilling features.

Retract-A-Rack: Serves as an added cooking level and retracts for additional cooking space.

Charmaster Briquets: Maximizes heat distribution and burner protection.

Flare Buster: Protects the burner from any food drippings to reduce flare-ups.

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Natural Gas Logs

With natural gas logs it’s easy to create the warmth and beauty of a glowing fire in your home at the touch of a button. No need to carry heavy bundles of wood, struggle with lighting a flame, or cleaning up the sooty mess after you’ve enjoyed an evening by the fire. Natural gas logs offer convenience, warmth and beauty easily when you want it.

There are four considerations when purchasing a fireplace product for your home:

1. Gas log sets are divided into two categories: vented and vent-free (or ventless). If you are choosing gas logs for an existing fireplace, check to see which venting system is currently in place. If you are choosing a fireplace product for a new installation, consider the differences between the two options; each has its advantages.

More realistic and natural looking flame than vent free. Must be installed in a fully functioning wood burning fireplace. Majority of heat is lost as it goes up the chimney (heat output is similar to burning wood)Produces some soot when flame touches log

Delivers more heat inside your home than vented gas fires. Must be installed in a fireplace approved for a vent-free log set. Installation is subject to state & local codes (some areas do not allow vent-free)

2. Determine the Size of Your Gas Logs

To minimize overheating it is important to purchase a log set that allows adequate clearance from the fireplace walls. The logs and equipment must have at least 2 inches of clearance on both sides of the unit, plus room for the fuel control system (details on that below). Follow the steps below to properly measure your fireplace:

First, measure the front opening of your fireplace.

Next, measure the back width of your fireplace.

Measure the depth of the floor from the back wall to the front of your fireplace.

Measure the inside height of the fireplace from the floor to the lowest point inside the fireplace.

3. Select your preferred ignition method:

Manual Safety Pilot:

This system has a safety pilot that is manually lit and stays on all the time. Also called a standing pilot, it is similar to the pilot found in a water heater. You can turn the burner on and off manually by reaching inside your fireplace and turning the control knob. You cannot operate this type of system with a remote control; however, you can upgrade later.

Remote Control:

Remote control systems include a remote pilot valve assembly. Depending on the remote option you select, you will have the ability to control certain functions of the log set from a remote control. Remote controlled options include basic on/off control as well as variable flame height control.

4. Choose which control method is the best fit for you:

When purchasing a gas log set, there are a few control methods to consider. The type of log set you’re purchasing – vent free or vented – will factor into the decision of which control method to choose.

The control method on a set of ventless logs cannot be upgraded/changed; however, a vented log set can be upgraded to a different control method if you change your mind later and are willing to purchase the new controls.

Basic Remote: This method allows you to turn the burner on or off only. The flame will consistently be the same height.

Variable Flame Remote: This method allows you to not only turn your burner on and off, but also to adjust the flame height.

Variable Flame Remote with Thermostat: This method allows you to turn the burner on and off, adjust the flame height, and control the temperature in your room like your home’s thermostat.

If you have additional questions, give us a call at 1-833-NATGAS2 (1-833-628-4272).

Natural Gas Ranges & Cooktops

Natural gas ranges and cooktops have a longer lifespan than their electric counterparts.

With natural gas, you will receive immediate heat, resulting in less wait time and faster cooking time.

You can easily control the temperature with immediate results, which is one of the top reasons chefs prefer to cook with natural gas.

Cooking with natural gas is more affordable than other cooking methods.

You can choose from a free-standing unit or a cooktop. A free-standing unit includes the cooktop/oven combination, while a cooktop is a stovetop insert only (burners) and sits in the countertop. Both free-standing and cooktop inserts require a natural gas hook up in your kitchen.

Frozen Bake Technology: cooks frozen foods faster by eliminating the need to preheat the oven. It does this with preprogrammed settings that automatically adjust cooking times for you.

Temperature Sensor: monitors oven temperature and adjusts the cooking elements so that foods bake evenly.

Control Lock Mode: this safety feature disables the control panel to avoid unintended use.

True Convection Cooking: Helps cook foods faster by using a third element and a fan to distribute hot air evenly in all directions.

Convection Conversion: the oven automatically adjusts cooking times and temperatures when preparing traditional recipes using convection.

Rapid Preheat: all cooking elements and a rear fan are employed for quick heating to save time.

SpeedHeat Burner: offers up to 15,000 BTUs to generate the high heat needed for rapid boiling, searing, and frying your favorite foods.

Upswept SpillGuard: raised edges on a cooktop to help contain spills and make cleanup easier.

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Natural Gas Space Heaters

There are two types of space heaters for homes: infrared or blue-flame. Both are vent-free systems and are rated at 99.9 percent efficient, releasing nearly all the available heat energy into the room.

Infrared Heaters provide direct heat and project warmth into the room like sunlight. They radiate heat that instantly adds warmth to you and the objects in the room. With infrared heat, you’ll be warm instantly, just as if you were standing in front of a fire.

When choosing an infrared heating system, it is important to keep furniture, clothing and children at a reasonable distance from the heater.

Blue Flame Heaters warm the air, which rises to create natural circulation in the room, which is ideal for supplemental heat application. Because blue-flame heating technology warms the air instead of objects in a room, they are ideal for well insulated spaces.

When selecting a space heater, it is important to choose an appropriately sized unit. If too small, the room will not heat up effectively and will not provide the optimum warmth for that space. Selecting a heater that is too large may result in too much moisture in the room which could damage walls and furnishings in the home. Additionally, there are code standards which restrict the size of a unit based on its location. When installing space heating in a bathroom, the maximum BTU output allowed by code is 6,000 BTU. If installing in a bedroom (or a room with a bed in it) the maximum BTU amount allowed is 10,000 BTU.

Aside from those codes, please refer to the following guidelines:

30,000 BTU heats up to 1,250 Sq Ft

20,000 BTU heats up to 833 Sq Ft

18,000 BTU heats up to 750 Sq Ft

10,000 BTU heats up to 625 Sq Ft-Bedroom Approved

6,000 BTU heats up to 375 Sq Ft-Bathroom Approved

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Natural Gas Washers & Dryers

Natural gas dryers cost less to operate than electric dryers. An electric dryer typically costs between 30 and 40 cents per load to dry. The cost of operating a natural gas dryer is roughly half – just 15 to 20 cents per load. Gas dryers heat up more quickly than electric dryers which means they get to work sooner drying your clothes and get it done in less time. Shorter drying times save energy, operating costs, and wear and tear on the appliance. Faster drying times also reduce the “tumble time” for clothing and prevent unnecessary wear and damage.

Additional Information:

Natural gas dryers require a gas line in the laundry room. If you do not currently have natural gas service in the laundry room and would like to purchase a natural gas dryer, a line can be installed at an additional cost.

Natural Gas Connection sells Speed Queen and Maytag washer and dryer sets. Known for their superior, long lasting appliances. They are made in America and have an exceptional warranty program.

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Natural Gas Water Heaters

According to the US Department of Energy, heating water is the second largest energy expense in the home, accounting for 14% to 18% of utility bills. Therefore, picking the right water heater is an important decision not only for your comfort, but also to keep energy costs under control; and heating water with natural gas is cheaper than heating water with electricity.

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Common Terms for Tankless Water Heating: 

Pipe cover: Covers the pipes, valves and even the external power point. Provides a neat and clean finish to the installation

Wi-Fi: With Rinnai’s Control-R™ Wi-Fi Module, new and existing Rinnai Residential and Commercial Tankless Water Heaters (2006 and newer) can be remotely monitored and controlled via smart devices. Rinnai now has the capability to provide a new option for management, control and maintenance of Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters.

Supported Devices: Apple® devices (iPhone, iPad, etc.) running operating system 8.0 or higher. Android® devices (phones, tablets, etc.) running operating system 4.4 or higher. BlackBerry® devices are not supported.

Features: Works with all Rinnai Tankless Water Heater models manufactured 2006 and newer (except RH180 Hybrid Tank-Tankless Water Heaters).
The Lime Condition (LC) notification will not appear in the Rinnai App when the Control-R™ Wi-Fi Module is paired with the following series of Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters manufactured prior to 2009: VA, VB, KA and V53e. Attaches to side of water heater via magnetic enclosure (indoor models only) or mounts to an indoor wall with supplied mounting hardware. Pairs with only one Rinnai Tankless Water Heater.

Standard Vent Kit: Venting kit for Rinnai series tankless water heaters. Rinnai series tankless water heaters must be vented to the outdoors. Zero clearance to combustibles and single penetration through wall for both intake and exhaust.

Type: Non-Condensing

Product Type: Termination Kit

Inner Exhaust Material: Aluminum

Size: 21"

Outer Intake Material: Plastic

Outdoor Versa-Vent®:Allows any RX or CX tankless water heater to be installed outdoor with a quick and simple conversion. Sold Separately.

Tank vs Tankless Water Heaters:

Tank water heaters and tankless water heaters offer different benefits and efficiencies. Tank water heaters store and continuously heat a large volume of water, leading to higher standby energy losses and typically lower efficiency, around 60-65%. In contrast, tankless water heaters heat water on demand, significantly reducing energy waste and boasting higher efficiencies of 80-98%. While tankless models have higher upfront costs, including installation, they generally last longer (20+ years) compared to tank water heaters (10-15 years). Additionally, tankless units provide endless hot water and save space, whereas tank water heaters are bulkier and can run out of hot water during high demand

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Condensing vs Non-Condensing Tankless Water Heaters:

Condensing and non-condensing tankless water heaters differ primarily in how they handle exhaust gases and efficiency. Condensing models capture and reuse heat from the exhaust gases, increasing their efficiency to around 90-98%, compared to 80-85% for non-condensing units. This heat recovery process makes condensing models more environmentally friendly and cost-effective over time due to lower energy consumption. However, condensing heaters require a more complex installation process with corrosion-resistant materials for venting, leading to higher initial installation costs. Non-condensing units, while less efficient, have simpler and less expensive installations. Both types provide the benefit of on-demand hot water, eliminating the need for a storage tank and reducing energy waste

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