Natural Gas Air Conditioning
Natural gas air conditioning promises to soon make a comeback. Even though most of us have become used to the idea of high electric bills in the summer for air conditioning, it may come as a surprise to learn that electricity wasn’t the energy of choice for cooling not so long ago.
Most homes and businesses from the 1930s through the 1950s in the United States utilized natural gas air conditioning when temperatures rose. It wasn’t until the 1960s that electricity replaced gas as a cheaper way to cool air in hot summertime climates.
But then the Japanese government subsidized efforts to create more efficient ways to cool with natural gas air conditioning during the 1980s and by the 90s were meeting up to 30 percent of that country’s cooling needs with gas.
Natural gas air conditioning units costs more than those powered by electricity. But this disadvantage soon becomes minor when the considerably more efficient and lower maintenance characteristics of gas units are compared to those of electric air conditioners.