Many kinds of gas appliances and equipment are used in homes. In addition to the various types of heating and cooling systems that utilize gas, cooking ranges, fireplaces, barbecues, decorative lighting and clothes dryers may be fueled by gas as well.
When choosing gas as a fuel for your home, it is important to understand the benefits of using copper tube for your distribution system. Many builders now specify copper for fuel gas distribution systems to deliver natural gas in new homes and for retrofit. There is a good reason for this. Copper has significant advantages over other products, the most important include flexibility and easy jointing and installation procedures - plus it costs about one-third as much to install as other materials!
Annealed copper tubing is flexible enough to be routed easily through confined spaces. Available in coils up to 100 ft. long, copper tubing requires fewer joints where potential leaks could occur. Unlike rigid steel gas pipe, which requires joints at every turn and is therefore more costly to install or repair, a single unbroken length of copper tubing often can be run from the service inlet to a single manifold anywhere in the house. Additional lengths of copper tubing are then routed to individual appliances. Fewer joints means less installation time and improved homeowner safety.
In single-family and multi family homes, copper tubing can reduce the cost of fuel gas distribution systems for natural or bottled gas to below the cost of electricity for heating, laundry and cooking purposes.
Annealed copper tube also offers maximum ease of installation when a homeowner wants to add gas appliances or equipment, such as a gas fireplace. Copper fuel gas distribution systems are approved by national and international building and safety codes, including the National fuel gas Code, the International Mechanical Code and the International Plumbing Code.
Copper-the BEST choice for your Fuel Gas Distribution System.
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