There’s no question that natural gas is a very useful energy source. It provides power safely and at a reasonable cost.
Given this fact, why do people seem reluctant to have a gas connection installed? As a gas utility company, Connections2energy has heard many reasons. Most of these are based on natural gas myths that have worked their way into the common consciousness.
There is a general perception out there that gas is dangerous to have around the home. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact is that you need to take some safety precautions when using gas, but the same can be said of electricity.
Overall, we’ve found that the main reason that gas is not more widely used is that there is a great deal of disinformation online and in common thought. As a result, we’ve decided to tackle the most common myths head on to bring you the facts.
The Most Common Natural Gas Myths
Gas Can Explode
Nine times out of ten, this excuse will come up first. We don’t want gas because it might explode. While gas is combustible, the idea that it will explode is a common misconception.
The fact is that gas is inert unless there is an ignition source. If your gas canister is in a safe place, then it will work properly. Tanks are pressurised to guard against accidental puncture and leaking.
Also, for gas to ignite, you need a high concentration to fill a room.
This means at least 5% to 15% relative to the air in the room. This won’t happen unless the valve is open to allow the gas into a sealed room.
We’ve heard of cases where people die after inhaling various gasses. This might cause you to believe that natural gas is toxic, but that is not the case.
The only way it is dangerous in this regard is if it is present in such high concentrations that there is no oxygen for you to breathe.
Natural Gas Weighs More Than Air
Another concern is that the gas will displace the air in the room and pool near the floor. If this happens, the gas will not leave your home.
The truth is that natural gas has a lower density than air so it will rise rather than sink. As long as the area is properly ventilated, it will dissipate before you even notice it.
It’s Bad for the Environment
It’s true that gas is not a renewable resource. That said, it’s not a dirty fuel. It burns cleaner than any of the other fossil fuels.
The Pipelines are a Health Hazard
You could make the same statement when it comes to oil pipelines as well. The difference being that if a pipeline is breached, the gas is going to dissipate harmlessly into the atmosphere. However, gas pipelines these days are built to be extremely strong.
The chances of them developing a leak without outside interference are very slim. Compared to oil and petrol pipelines, gas has a far better safety record.
Natural Gas Reserves Will Fail Soon
As we already stated, natural gas is non-renewable. That said, there is more than enough to go around. In fact, estimates show that there is at least enough for the next sixty-odd years or so.
And that’s only for the gas that has been found.
The Gas Smells Bad
In its purest state, natural gas has no scent. If you have ever caught a whiff of a foul odour from natural gas, it was an added chemical. This strong scent is purposely added so that you’ll be able to smell if there is a gas leak.
Gas, when you clear away all the misconceptions, is a safe and more cost-effective energy source for your home.
Should you consider cooking with gas or using it to heat water in your home? Certainly — you’d be surprised at how quickly it can heat water or warm up a plate on the stove. If the power grid fails, you can be sure that your gas will still work.
If you want natural gas services, contact Connections2energy to learn about our offerings.
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