Gas Appliances in Your Home

Safe Use of Gas Appliances in Your Home

We have talked about gas appliances before but with winter upon us it warrants mentioning a few key points again. 

Many Albertans have multiple different gas appliances in their homes.  Natural gas appliances, although more expensive to purchase and install, over time, are more economical.  Gas, however, takes the trophy as more eco-friendly!  In particular, Gas Dryers, use 30% less energy than electric ones.  That reduces your carbon footprint! 

Some things to consider when you have gas appliance:

  • Ensure the appliances is installed correctly, with all the correct clearances and that the connections are soap tested for any potential leaks
  • Keep the area around your furnace and water heater clear of clutter
  • Do not store items near any heating appliance, especially combustable items
  • If the flame on your pilot or gas burner is yellow, it may require an adjustment by a qualified gas fitter
  • Always ensure that your furnace and home get proper ventilation.  Make sure these intake vents are kept clear of ice and snow in the winter time.
  • Do not run your furnace with the fan compartment cover off.  This will severely upset air circulation and may cause a dangerous build up of Carbon Monoxide.
  • Be aware of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.  Dull headache, tight feeling across your forehead, watering and or burning of your eyes, abnormal tiredness, dizziness, weakness, nausea and/or vomiting, difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms, go outside immediately and then call 911.
  • Always have a Carbon Monoxide detector installed in your home. 

Examples of gas appliances include furnace, hot water heaters, BBQ, clothes dryers, stoves, fireplaces.  Any fuel burning device has the potential to produce carbon monoxide.

Carbon Monoxide detectors should be placed in every bedroom or room where someone is sleeping.  They should also be placed on every floor of your home.

If battery operated, these batteries should be changed every 6 months to ensure the detector works when needed. 

***Safety Note – Most Carbon Monoxide detectors expire after 5-7 years.  Most have an expiry date stamped on them. 

Natural Gas – Stoves, Garage Heaters, BBQ, Patio Heaters and more!

Natural Gas is growing in popularity throughout Alberta. It is convenient, environmentally friendly and efficient.  It heats instantly, it is safe and burns cleaner than other fossil fuels.  Natural gas is not affected by electrical outages making it available even during bad weather or electrical service disruptions.  It is the single, largest form of energy used in Canadian homes.  It is used to heat and cool our homes, cook our food, heat our water, dry our clothes and much more.  Natural Gas is significantly less expensive than electricity, propane or oil.  Natural gas dryers use 30% less energy than electric dryers, reducing your carbon footprint as well as saving you money!

Safety! Natural gas appliances must be properly installed and vented to prevent a build up of carbon monoxide.  All gas appliances should be inspected by local authorities.  A carbon monoxide alarm should be installed in your home if you don’t already have one. 

We provide gas line maintenance, installation and repair to the pipes, valves and meters that bring natural gas to your home or business.  Natural gas can be used in BBQ’s, kitchen stoves, dryers, furnaces, hot water tanks, tankless water heaters, fire tables, patio heaters, garage heaters and more.  

At PMC Plumbing we provide full residential and light commercial gas fitting services.  Paul is an Alberta trained Journeyman Gas Fitter and Red Seal Journeyman Plumber.   He has been doing this work for over 20 years.  Our work is always up to the Alberta Gas Code, permitted and inspected by local authorities. We are fully insured. 

Call or Text Paul at PMC Plumbing for a free written estimate

CALL:  587-583-5495


NOTE:  If you have a Natural Gas Emergency in the Calgary area call Atco Natural Gas at their emergency line anytime 1-800-511-3447.

The Weather is Cooling – Get a Garage Heater this Fall!

There are 3 primary types of heaters:  Forced Air, Radiant and Convection.  The two choices that work best in Alberta are natural gas forced air heater which uses a fan similar to a furnace in your home and radiant tube.  Both of these options will require a gas line installed and a permit for inspection by the city.   They also require an electrical hookup by a qualified electrician .

Working in your garage during our cold Alberta winters can be chilly but not if you have a good garage heater!  These heaters provide energy smart warmth to help get work done during winter.  In Alberta, natural gas is the most economical/common choice.  These units offer mid-efficiency heating with a good balance between upfront installation costs and monthly operating costs. 

Today we are talking about natural gas, forced air. 

These units usually attach to the ceiling, however some can be attached to the wall.  Most have adjustable thermostats, built in safety features and some with remote control options. They work best in a garage that is well insulated in the walls and ceiling.  Without good insulation heat & money will be wasted.  Outside drafts that easily enter the garage will affect performance, so good fitting insulated doors will help with efficiency and save you money. 

We typically install Hot Dawg natural gas-fired garage heaters.  They provide:

These heaters come in a variety of sizes.  The size needed will depend on the area being heated.  A general guide is approximately 85-110 btu per square foot.  The newer and better insulated the building is, the less Btu’s will be required.

  • 10 year warranty on the heat exchanger
  • Quiet operation
  • Lightweight
  • Low profile design
  • Approved for residential and commercial use
  • Unit sizes range from 30,000 BTU – 125,000 BTU (Small residential to Larger Commercial)

Some examples of radiant tube heaters would be Reznor and Sunstar

Give Paul, owner of PMC Plumbing, a call. We always have our gas heaters inspected and our price will include the cost of the gas permit and inspection by the city.  We provide free onsite estimates in writing as well.