In commercial foodservice, saving money and minimizing downtime are top priorities. Natural gas helps you do both.
In an industry where two of your biggest challenges are utility costs and equipment failures, natural gas helps stabilize your bottom line while giving you one more clear-cut competitive advantage – the ability to create tastier food.
Because natural gas costs less to use, upgrading to gas appliances puts money back into your pocket, day after day. Here are just a few examples:
Cook like a pro
It’s no wonder more than 97 percent of professional chefs prefer natural gas – the instant heat and precise temperature control of a natural gas range yields consistent results for the perfect meal every time. Gas ranges typically last six years longer and cost 30% less to operate than electric. And, gas kitchens attract higher-paying restaurant tenants.
Hot water multitasking
Gas water heaters heat three times faster than electric, so there’s less downtime waiting for recovery. In fact, natural gas water heaters cost less to operate than electric, a big deal considering water heating accounts for 8 percent of energy consumed in foodservice.
Booster water heaters
Gas heaters boost dishwasher temps to a sanitizing 180ºF for the final rinse, saving money by decreasing drying time and eliminating the need for expensive sanitizing chemicals, which are harmful to aluminum, silver and pewter utensils and tableware.
They also reduce the need for rewashing, which in turn saves on labor, water, and sewer bills. Available in space-saving wall-mounted and under-the-counter styles.
Ultimate water heater upgrade
Energy-efficient tankless water heaters provide endless hot water instantly. Smaller and wall mounted, they require zero floor space – a major consideration when every square foot counts. Tankless models costs 25 percent less to operate than tank heaters because energy isn’t wasted keeping water hot between uses. Tankless heaters last 20 years versus 10 for electric, on average.
With a gas furnace, heat coming out of the vents is 25 degrees warmer compared to an electric heat pump, allowing you to create a cozy, welcoming environment for your customers. Gas furnaces are up to 97% efficient and can last twice as long as electric heat pumps. A combination gas furnace/cooling system can reduce utility bills by $1,300 annually.
Strategically placed, energy-efficient gas space heaters eliminate drafts in hard-to-heat areas without cranking the thermostat. This allows you to recapture revenue-generating seating near entryways.
Natural gas options include: ventilation hoods that exhaust fumes and odors; makeup air equipment that replaces exhausted air with clean, fresh, and (if desired) heated air; dehumidifiers to improve HVAC performance and reduce growth of disease-causing microbes, mold, and mildew; humidification to inhibit respiratory and allergy-related illnesses while eliminating static electricity.
Nothing is a bigger threat to foodservice than a power outage. A gas-powered back-up generator turns on automatically so there’s no downtime in the kitchen and customers remain comfortable.
These generators are economical, low-maintenance and offer around-the-clock protection against food spoilage and flooding caused by burst pipes.
Fireplace ambiance, instantly
Luxurious warmth with no wood to carry, no ashes to clean up and no sparks or creosote to worry about – just the dramatic realism of charred wood and glowing embers.
Gas fireplaces increase your property value and attract customers.
Extend patio season
Gas-powered outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, patio heaters, and dramatic lighting, like torches, set the mood for a picture-perfect dining experience while expanding your dining space and prolonging patio season. Not to mention, gaslights don’t attract insects.
Today’s gas convenience outlets make plugging/unplugging a snap, allowing devices to be rearranged to your liking.