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With natural gas, you can also give your tenants the benefits of natural gas for heating and other applications with innovative rooftop gas distribution and metering systems. With our custom Design Build Services, we can develop a cost-effective solution for all of your commercial needs.
Natural gas also allows you to warm hard-to-heat warehouse spaces with economical gas radiant heaters, and solve environmental concerns with natural gas forklift trucks that virtually eliminate carbon monoxide emissions and fumes created by propane-fueled trucks. Take alook at all the options available when you choose to bring natural gas to your next project:
Everyone knows that the best chefs prefer natural gas cooking for it's instant on/off, precise temperature control, reliability, and quality. Natural gas also gives you more value for your energy dollar. Recent innovations have produced new appliances that substantially reduce cooking time and fuel consumption. Visit the Gas Foodservice Equipment Network to learn more about the advantages of natural gas broilers, fryers, griddles, ovens, range tops, steamers, and other commercial cooking equipment.
Keeping workspaces heated can be a nightmare considering open doors, large drafty areas, and oftentimes-uninsulated structures. But gas radiant heaters have what it takes to do the job. That's because they heat objects, not the air--so you retain the heat instead of losing it through open doors. And that translates into lower energy and operating costs as well.
Gas infrared heaters can also be used for ice melting on stairs/walkways and for condensation control on high window areas.
- Combo Heat/Hot Water Systems
Whether you're building a new multi-family building or renovating an existing building, choose the efficient combo heat/hot water system. The space-saving system provides low first-cost, low-maintenance gas water heating and space heating using a direct-vent gas water heater. For space heating, hot water is pumped from the water heater to a coil in the air handler, where air is heated and circulated through the residence. It is simple and inexpensive to install because the system only requires one gas line and no vertical flues. Plus you have the flexibility of installing the air handler wherever it is most convenient.
- Central System with Packaged Boilers
Replace your big oil or gas boiler, or electric water heater with a new compact system for both heat and hot water. It packages together individual, high-efficiency boilers, each small enough to fit through a doorway. In summer, one or two boilers provide hot water, while the full complement of boilers will meet the highest demand for heat in winter. The system removes the liability of oil tanks, offers the benefits of redundancy, and provides low operating costs, easy maintenance plus minimal capital outlay.
With natural gas water heaters, you can really experience the advantages of natural gas because of the lower operating costs, lower maintenance costs, and improved performance. Consider some of the following benefits of natural gas water heaters:
- Faster recovery.
- Lower maintenance & longer equipment life.
- No on-site storage requirements.
- Lower operating and maintenance costs.
If you're contending with high electric air-conditioning costs, gas chillers will help solve the problem. A gas chiller used in combination with electric air conditioning substantially lowers energy bills. With the shared system, lower-cost gas provides cooling during hours when electric charges are highest.
- Gas Chiller/Heaters
Benefit from lower-cost gas heating, plus cooling in summer, with a gas chiller/heater. During the winter, a chiller/heater provides hot water for space heating applications. What's more, because chilling and heating are housed in one unit, you save space. With gas chillers you can:
- Gas Desiccant Systems
Moist air is more difficult to cool than dry air, requiring air conditioning equipment to work harder at increased energy costs. But gas desiccant technology provides a simple solution to the problem by removing moisture from the air before it's conditioned. This reduces the cooling load and operating costs, while providing greater indoor comfort with lower-humidity air.
Make Up Air Units
Make up air units (also referred to as Air Tempering Units or Duct Heaters) are integral to maintaining good indoor air quality (IAQ) in schools, medical facilities, apartment buildings, and restaurants. By helping to maintain the proper air pressure balance between rooms, you can keep unit or cooking odors from reaching hallways or dining areas. Additionally, make up air units:
- Help cost-effectively meet ASHRAE mandated ventilation rates
- Are direct-fired, meaning that 100% of the energy stays indoors
- Eliminate negative pressure in areas with exhaust systems (i.e. cooking or laboratory hoods)
Natural gas fireplaces are now easy to install anywhere and they're a great value-added feature to attract renters and buyers. They create a warm, cozy atmosphere, but without any messy clean-up, or the need for firewood storage. And now gas fireplaces are easier than ever to include in room designs. That's because they can be vented horizontally, or without any venting or chimneys at all, giving you the flexibility to place them on interior as well as exterior walls.
Controlling humidity controls static electricity and creates temperature stability. It ensures the well-being of both people and equipment. Humidifiers are ideal for hotels, offices, hospitals, schools and light industries. A comfortable indoor climate creates a healthier and more productive environment and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) studies have shown that when relative humidity drops below 40 percent, incidences of absenteeism and respiratory illness increase. During the heating season, drier indoor air affects people by drying out nasal passages and throat membranes, resulting in greater susceptibility to colds and viral infections.
Computer rooms and libraries also benefit from humidification systems because equipment and materials are sensitive to humidity stability and static electricity.
Based on average utility rates, electric-powered humidifiers are three times more costly to operate than gas-fired humidifiers. Gas humidifiers can be integrated into exiting air-handling systems or used independently in self-contained power packs for specific areas. And, you can finance the humidifiers and other products and services through Washington Gas's Consumer Financing Program -- low-cost, no hassle, 100% financing of energy-related equipment for businesses.
For more information about humidification, please call Potomac Environmental & Power technologies, Inc. at 301-419-3936 or contact our Engineered Sales Team today for more information.
For more technical information you can also view Nortec's web site at www.humidity.com.
Gas rooftop units offer the comfort and efficiency of natural gas with:
- Fast morning warm-up and response times.
- Lower operating and maintenance costs.
- Longer equipment life than heat pump units.
- Units easily replaced and maintained.
On Site Power Generation
Given recent advancements in compact, power-generating equipment, many companies are now considering the installation of gas-fueled generators to supplement their electricity needs. Gas is economically preferable for use in most cogeneration applications, primarily because of the lower capital and operating costs associated with gas systems.
Many commercial and industrial facilities can take advantage of natural gas cogeneration because of their requirements for large quantities of heat and electricity. Natural gas-fueled cogeneration is being successfully applied in the pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, food processing, textile, oil refining, fertilizer and other petrochemical industries, as well as in hospitals, universities, hotels, computer centers and other commercial facilities.
Advantages of natural gas cogeneration include:
- Reduced energy costs
- Long term operational savings
- Minimizes the need for storage of alternative fuels
- Lowers the risk of electrical disruptions
How To Reach Us
We're Ready To Meet With You! We'll survey your current situation or assess your energy needs, and recommend solutions that could make your operation more energy efficient, and your business or enterprise more attractive to the customers you serve. Builders and Developers serving the Commercial market should contact:
- Jennifer Eugene - Supervisor, Engineered Sales
- Robert Postell - Specialist, Engineered Sales
- Heath Kalmanson - Specialist, Engineered Sales