Cooking with gas: energy-efficient and controllable but volatile

Are you considering installing gas fueled appliances in your home? Gas is an efficient form of energy, making gas fueled appliances more economical to run than electrical appliances. Look for labels displaying high Energy Star ratings if you want to be sure of installing the most energy-efficient gas appliances. Any gas appliance should be installed by a licensed, qualified contractor, and it’s important to keep your insurer informed because changing the method of heating in your home may have implications for New Jersey homeowners insurance.

Chefs and keen cooks often prefer to cook with gas because it allows for better control of heating. Unlike electrical hotplates that are slow to respond and difficult to fine-tune, a gas flame responds instantly and can be adjusted precisely. However, the naked flame of a gas stove poses a risk of fire and it’s important for the cook to take extra care to avoid fires and burns. 

Although gas is efficient and controllable it is also volatile and a gas leak in your home has the potential to be extremely dangerous. Static electricity or a flame could set off an explosion, so if you smell gas, don’t try to investigate or diagnose the gas leak problem.  Leave your home immediately, and when you are in a safe location call for assistance. Don’t risk yours or your family’s personal safety: New Jersey home insurance coverage may compensate you for damage to your property but this is little consolation if you have been injured in a fire or explosion.