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September Blog

Is Your Home Ready for Fall and Winter?

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, fall and winter in 2020 will be “cold and snowy in the north, drought in the west, and everything crazy in between!” While weather in Southwest Georgia can certainly be crazy, if you’ve lived here long enough you know one thing is sure – you need to be prepared for whatever nature throws at you. Whether you have a wood burning fireplace, gas logs or a propane fueled heating system, Modern Gas knows home heating and now is the time to get prepared!

Wood Burning Fireplaces

Traditional woodburning fireplaces need to be cleaned each year to remove dangerous buildup of creosote that can lead to a chimney fire. It is also important to have your chimney inspected to ensure brick and mortar joints are in good repair. Modern Gas provides both of these services by a certified chimney sweep who utilizes the areas only camera inspection system.

Gas Log Fireplaces

While there’s nothing like the convenience of gas logs, they do require annual maintenance.

  • Replace Remote Control Batteries. Sometimes, you need a quick shut-off. Don’t be caught with dead remote!
  • Make the glass sparkle and shine. To keep those beautiful flames in focus, clean your glass, inside and out, with glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Be sure you wait at least 30 minutes after cleaning to turn on your logs!
  • Let the pros inspect and clean. Cleaning a set of vented logs are fine for you to DIY as long as you use the manufacturer’s instructions – but non-vented logs need to be cleaned and inspected by a member of the Modern Gas service team. Even brushing non-vented logs can result in safety risk for the non-professional.
  • Be sure your tank is filled. Because your use of gas logs can vary, so can your propane levels. Keep an eye on your propane tank and call us when you see it’s getting low. Did you know there’s a gadget we can install on your tank that allows you to read your tank gauge on a phone app? Call us to learn more about this useful tool.
Propane Fueled Homes

If your home is fueled by propane, it’s important to have your tank inspected and filled by our service technicians. Usage increases beginning in the fall months with the use of home heating and increased cooking for the holidays. Don’t run out of propane! Let us help you be proactive.

Outdoor Heating

Outdoor propane heaters and firepits allow you to enjoy the outdoors all year long! It’s easy to forget they need annual maintenance as well.

  • Uncover and Clean. Debris and cobwebs have probably built up around your unit while being stored for the summer. Gently vacuum them off and wipe down the unit with a damp microfiber cloth.
  • Don’t forget to Fill your tank. Make sure the propane cylinder or bottle is properly connected and filled for use.

Modern Gas makes it easy to get your home heating ready for cooler temps. Call us today and make a service appointment with one of our trained professionals. We will make sure you are up and running to safely enjoy the cozy months ahead!

August Blog

Back to School

Back to School

We know schedules have been cleared due to the coronavirus. Still, with people working at home and businesses starting to open up, it won’t be long (hopefully) before you are dusting off that calendar! When that time comes, why not start trying your hand at meal prepping? It’s easy, saves time and money, eliminates weeknight stress – and it just might help you better your health.

Meal prepping doesn’t have to be overwhelming. There might be a learning curve at the beginning, but before you know it, you’ll become a pro! Here are some tips to help you get cooking.

  • Get Organized: There are two types of people in the world – those who love getting the school supply list in hand and those who loathe it! The good news is that it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Before you set out to conquer the list, create a space that will house supplies. A great idea is to label a plastic bin with each child’s name. As you buy supplies, just toss them in the appropriate bin until it’s time to pack the school bags or set up the desks.
    Next, take a quick inventory of everything you may already have on hand and cross those off the list. You will save yourself time and money!
  • Get Scheduled: We know, schedules went out the window sometime in March, but it’s time to get back on track. A few weeks before school starts, consider getting the whole family into a routine with dinner, bedtime and waking up early. You will thank yourself later.
  • Get in my Belly: If there’s one thing we know it’s that food is important and lunchtime for school age kids is a big deal. For kiddos who will be in-person learning, pack a healthy lunch in a temperature- controlled bag like our YETI Daytrip Lunch Bag that keeps food fresh and use the YETI Rambler bottle for kids to make sure their drink stays cold.
    Kids learning at home can still enjoy a fun lunch break. Keep simple lunches on hand with easy access for them to assemble it themselves.
  • Get Sudsy: The name of the game in 2020 is to stay clean – a challenge for parents of both in-person and online students. The laundry loads increase, the dishwasher works overtime and even the hot water runs out due to our efforts of cleaning! We have solutions from major home appliances that clean and sanitize dishes and laundry to the Rinnai Tankless water heater that ensures you will never run out of hot water.
  • Prepare as much food as you can on your food prep day: Chop your veggies and portion them out according to your recipes. Go ahead and cook big batch meats that require cooking before assemblies such as shredded chicken or ground beef.
  • Get Real: 2020 has been really hard and likely still to be filled with challenges moving forward. We don’t know the ins and outs of the school year or what items on our check list can actually be completed. At the end of each day, give yourself a pass – and maybe even a pat on the back. You’re doing a great job!

  • July Blog

    Throw a Fourth of July Bash!

    We believe there has never been a more appropriate celebration for America than Independence Day 2020! Even though most community fireworks and festivals have been cancelled, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with your family in your own back yard. All it takes is a little planning and a whole lot of fun! Here are our best last-minute tips on throwing a big Fourth of July Bash!

    Get your grill ready. In the midst of purchasing those burgers and dogs, you can’t forget the grill that cooks them to perfection. Clean your grill grates beforehand. Stock up on pellets, charcoal or propane. Don’t forget woodchips or a Bourbon Infused Smoker BRICX for added flavor – all from Modern Gas. And, of course, if you don’t have a grill, we will be happy to help you select one!

    Prep all the things. Save yourself some time and stress by prepping all of your food items the day before your celebration. Season the meat, chop the veggies, mix the dips – anything that can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator. You’ll thank yourself later.

    Chill out – your beverages, that is. The hot temps of July call for ice cold drinks on tap all day long. Make sure you have enough coolers to ice down drinks for everyone. Our favorite cooler is YETI because no other cooler on the market can keep drinks colder for longer. We believe you can never have too much YETI!

    Create the playlist. This bash requires all songs American - and Spotify has you covered. We found their Fourth of July playlists and it gave us all the red, white and blue feels with songs like Born in the USA, Made in America, Spirit of America and more!

    Go Americana with your sweets. Apple pie, strawberry short cake, blueberry crisp, strawberry ice cream – the list of possibilities is endless. Take advantage of summer fruits that just happen to be colors capturing the spirit of America.

    Don’t forget the sparkle. String up some twinkling lights for when the sun goes down. Have a basket filled with sparklers and enjoy the last minutes of celebration! (Remember to keep a terra cotta pot filled with sand available to place the burned-out sparklers.)

    Modern Gas wishes you a happy – and safe – July 4th !

    June Blog

    Meal Prep for Busy Households

    Meal Prep for Busy Households

    We know schedules have been cleared due to the coronavirus. Still, with people working at home and businesses starting to open up, it won’t be long (hopefully) before you are dusting off that calendar! When that time comes, why not start trying your hand at meal prepping? It’s easy, saves time and money, eliminates weeknight stress – and it just might help you better your health.

    Meal prepping doesn’t have to be overwhelming. There might be a learning curve at the beginning, but before you know it, you’ll become a pro! Here are some tips to help you get cooking.

  • Make a meal plan: Don’t worry about what the food bloggers are creating. Pull out your family favorites and make your selection based on what you have going on that week. Have a basketball game? You may want to plan for a crockpot meal.
  • Compile your shopping list: With grocery stores as busy as they’ve ever been, you want to quickly and efficiently move up and down those aisles. Try making your list into columns that include meats, produce, deli, cold, frozen, etc. and start adding the items you need in each column. Read through all of the ingredients and instructions of your recipe to make sure you get everything you need.
  • Schedule your shopping and meal prep day: If possible, try to schedule shopping and meal prep on the same day to maximize your time. After putting all of the groceries away, clear off the countertops and sanitize your workspace. Make sure you have everything in place to begin.
  • Use the right containers: The goal is to prep your food in advance, but you also have to keep it fresh. Store foods in airtight containers, mason jars, and gallon Ziploc bags. Remember that your refrigerators have zones for specific foods. For example, produce that rots easily should be stored at low humidity. In contrast, produce that wilts should be stored at high humidity.
  • Prepare as much food as you can on your food prep day: Chop your veggies and portion them out according to your recipes. Go ahead and cook big batch meats that require cooking before assemblies such as shredded chicken or ground beef.
  • Cook and freeze meals: Have some casseroles or soups that freeze well? Go ahead and assemble them and pop them in your freezer. Bonus: make two of them and double down on the time-saving benefits for the next week.
  • The only trouble with meal prepping is figuring out how to use all the free time you’ll now have during the week. We know something will come along to fill it – we just hope it includes some relaxation!

    March Blog

    Patio Spruce Up for Spring

    Regardless of the groundhog’s prediction, March in South Georgia means spring temps are arriving soon. For many families, that also means more time spent outside – playing sports, al fresco dining, backyard gatherings with friends, and more. As the seasons change and the daylight hours become longer, your patio area can become a hub of activity and meaningful time together. Consider these tips when prepping your patio for spring.

    1. Cleaning
    2. Over the winter months, you may neglect the regular upkeep of your outdoor spaces. Now is a great time to pressure wash the concrete surfaces of your patio, as well as any stepping stones or pathways nearby. Also be sure to wash down all patio furniture, including seating, dining tables and chairs, chaise lounge chairs, and accent tables. Depending on your type of furniture, this can be done with a pressure washer or with soap and water and some elbow grease. Don’t forget your cushions! Pressure washing is a great way to rid cushions of grime, pollen, or mildew. Set everything out to dry in the sun and have your furniture ready for that first neighborhood get-together. Lastly, if fencing is part of your patio area, be sure it is clean and well maintained. Repair or replace any loose or rotting boards, and mend chain link fencing so that it functions without being a hazard.
    3. Landscaping
    4. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors during spring and summer, you want to enjoy the view. Weed all nearby flowerbeds and clean out any debris and dead plants. Consider adding some fresh touches of color along with greenery that loves the sunlight and is low maintenance. Refresh tired beds with new pine straw or mulch, and neatly edge all spaces. If you have a sprinkler system, check the sprinkler heads to be sure everything is working properly – that way your green spaces can drink up all season.
    5. Lighting
    6. Even though the daylight will stretch out through spring and summer, you’ll want to be sure your patio is well-lit. Beyond functionality, overhead string lighting or patio-appropriate hanging fixtures can add a lovely ambiance for outdoor living. Think about ways to incorporate solar lighting options around the edges of your patio and along railings, steps, or walkways. Solar lighting is a smart option for patio areas because it does the work for you while the sun is out and then illuminates your spaces as the moon shines overhead.
    7. Necessities
    8. Spend some time thinking about what will make your patio space more functional. Do you need additional storage (a bench with a hinged top or weather resistant chest or cabinet)? Do you have an outdoor trash receptacle that seals securely? Does seating flow and offer place to eat or chat? Is there enough room to serve food outside? What about a place for drinks and ice? Planning ahead for these things now will mean more time spent with friends and family on your patio later.
    9. Accessories
    10. Once the basic cleaning and maintenance are out of the way, you can begin to accessorize your patio and let your style and preferences shine. Determine a color palette and work within that scheme as you select furniture cushions, outdoor rugs, potted plants, and other accessories. With typical usage and wear from weather, you will probably need to replace cushions every 2-3 years. However, you can change the entire look of your patio by swapping out accent pillows and rolling out a new outdoor rug. Keep base cushions in solids or simple patterns that can be easily enhanced with coordinating colors and designs. Keep your accessories minimal, yet thoughtful, so that the outdoor ambiance can take center stage.

    February Blog

    Benefits of Owning a Home Spa

    When you think of a home spa, what comes to mind? Relaxation? Romance? Post-workout therapy? Outdoor recreation in the middle of winter? Whatever you’re thinking, a hot tub just might be the next item on your home improvement list. There are many benefits of installing your own home spa, so here are some of the advantages that top the list.

    1. Outdoor ambiance: A home spa provides an extra touch of luxury when preparing outdoor spaces. From your hot tub, you can spot constellations on a starry night, view the warm glow of a sunset, or even watch falling snow in comfort and warmth. And it all happens within a few steps of the place you feel most at home – your home! Plus, you have the benefit of enjoying the beauty of nature alone or with those you love. Your house might become the favorite spot in the neighborhood for people to gather in a private space for intimate conversation or laughter and fun.
    2. Relaxation:With a personal hot tub, you can relax and unwind quickly after a busy day at the office or an afternoon filled with carpooling, sports practices, and meal prepping. The convenience of walking into your backyard or patio to “escape” and unwind is something you’ll soon fall in love with about having a home spa. Release stress and emotional tension by making spa dates part of your daily routine. In fact, one study revealed that people fall asleep faster and experience deeper sleep after soaking in a hot tub.
    3. Home Improvement: Add value, functionality, and beauty to your backyard, deck, or patio area by installing a home spa. If you’ve been looking for the finishing touch to add to your updated landscaping, or if you want to renovate your patio to function as outdoor living space, then a hot tub is the way to go. With a variety of styles, designs, and sizes, modern spas can spruce up your outdoor spaces in a unique way that is well-designed and affordable.
    4. Health Benefits: A quick Google search about the health benefits of home spas will reveal many ways to reap all the advantages of your new hot tub.
      - Promote the body’s natural healing process and reduce pain and fatigue in sore muscles
      - Lower blood pressure
      - Stimulate blood flow and increase circulation
      - Lower blood sugar levels
      - Improve sleep quality and quantity
      - Soften tissue to support joint mobility
      - Reap many of the benefits of exercise while putting less stress on the heart
      - Relieve stress

    Combined with the memories you’ll be making with friends and family, a home spa is so much more than a list of benefits. It’s an investment in your home and family that can promote community and conversation while supporting your health. So maybe it’s time to stop dreaming and start star-gazing from your own hot tub.

    January Blog

    Propane Safety in the Home

    Propane can provide an efficient and convenient means for heating your home and powering its appliances. We at Modern Gas want to be sure you are using propane safely and know how to maximize its benefits most effectively.

    You can easily check your gauges to be sure you have enough fuel. As we start a New Year, mark your calendar and schedule routine gauge inspections throughout the year. Since propane is stored as a liquid and expands and contracts based on outside temperatures, tanks are filled to 80% capacity. Simply open the lid of your tank where the gauge is located. The numbers on the gauge reflect the percentage of capacity. For example, if the needle is on 80, then your tank is full. If your tank runs out of propane completely, you must call us to schedule one of our expert technicians to check the tank before your gas can be turned on again. Therefore, regular inspections can ensure that your tank stays full in order to serve your home’s needs.

    If you think your tank has a leak or if you smell gas, be sure to turn off the tank if it’s safe. Open the lid of your tank to reveal the valve. Turn the valve to the right (or clockwise) to turn off the flow of propane. Remain outside a safe distance from the tank until one of our trained technicians can inspect the tank. Also, if your tank is ever moved or if the lines are bent or broken due to a storm or other event, follow the same steps above to turn off the tank if it’s safe to do so. Once you’ve turned off the tank, never turn it back on again yourself. National safety codes require a trained technician to inspect the tank before turning the gas on or relighting pilots. This gives you peace of mind in the event there is damage or a problem with your tank.

    Propane has a chemical additive that smells like rotten eggs, a skunk spray, or a dead animal, so you can quickly and easily detect a leak. Take these precautions if you ever smell propane:

    • Evacuate your home and move everyone a safe distance from the house.
    • Extinguish any open flames or smoking materials.
    • Do not operate any lights, appliances, telephones or cell phones which could cause a spark and ignite the propane.
    • If it’s safe to do so, turn off the main supply valve to your propane tank following the process listed above.
    • Call Modern Gas to have your propane system inspected.
    Many homes use small propane cylinders to power grills, generators, and other outside appliances. When transporting these smaller tanks that aren’t connected to your larger system, you want to do so s0afely. Always transport cylinders upright and secure them so they cannot tip over or roll. Never store your tank in a hot vehicle for a long period of time. Move the cylinder to its destination and remove it as soon as you arrive. Turn the appliance off before connecting the cylinder, and then follow the manufacturer’s instructions for connecting check for leaks between the cylinder and the outside fitting. You can use a leak detection spray or just soapy water. Slowly open the cylinder valve and watch for bubbles. If bubbles appear, tighten the valve and check again. When storing small cylinders, always keep them outdoors. Never store cylinders in a basement, garage, shed, or tent, and keep them away from the house or areas that can get too hot (over 120° F) like a stove, fireplace, or other heat sources. If you use small cylinders for your outdoor grill, never store extra cylinders near the grill or any type of ignition source.

    Routine inspections are essential for your propane system. We can work with you to determine the best plan for your home. When we discuss your inspections, be sure to let us know about any changes to your system, appliance installations or removals, construction or maintenance work near your system, and any unusual smells or suspicions of a gas leak. Inspections vary based on the type of system you have. Your inspections could include a review of the propane container, regulators, and outdoor piping; a leak check of the piping system and appliances; and/or a review of important safety information that you can pass along to your family.

    Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your propane system. We’re here to serve you!

    December Blog

    Update to Luxury Appliances

    Have you ever dreamed about what you would do if you won HGTV's "My Lottery Dream House" or you hit the jackpot on the winning lottery ticket? Most people we know say they would update countertops to marble or granite, create a walk-in closet, and update the home appliances they've had for the past 15 years.

    We have great news! You don't have to win a contest or the lottery to update your appliances with Modern Gas! Luxury appliances are within reach and can make your home look and feel just like a luxury home.

    Let's begin with your kitchen. To achieve professional-grade solutions without a full kitchen renovation price, we recommend Frigidaire Professional appliances! With high performance features, smudge-proof finish and durable hardware, upgrading to this appliance family is a smart choice!

    The Frigidaire Professional Refrigerator makes it easy to keep food safe, organized and accessible to everyone in your family. The adjustable shelving and door bins offer storage capacity and flexibility; a full-with deli drawer can hold anything from meats and cheeses to a full sheet cake or large food platter; and the CrispSeal crisper provides humidity control so you can keep produce longer. The combination of professional-grade design and muti-level LED lighting work together to make this product visually stunning.

    Equally impressive is the Frigidaire Professional Gas Range that boasts PowerPlus technology for Convection cooking, temperature probe thermometer, fast boiling, high-heat searing, and quick preheat. This range has all the bells and whistles a home cook dreams to have. And don’t forget the Frigidaire Professional microwave that can be purchased as built-in or over-the-range.

    To top off your kitchen upgrade, you cannot forget your dishwasher and the Professional Dishwasher will be the icing on the cake! This appliance is built for performance with technology for fast and thorough cleaning and drying. The third rack offers easy access and fits small cooking utensils, while the second rack adjusts to fit tall pots and pans.

    Now that the kitchen is taken care of, let's talk laundry. What about that old washer and dryer that noisily hops around while doing laundry? It's time for the Speed Queen. Imagine the ability to wash all the kid's clothes at once, and still be able to fit more. In fact, just throw the maximum 22 pounds in there just because you can. No more worrying about those grass stains from the playground, because a Speed Queen washer is designed for clean. And with its advanced moisture sensing system, the dryer eliminates excessive drying, saving you time, energy, and money.

    You don't have to win the lottery to make these a part of your everyday reality. Stop by Modern Gas today and let our professional sales team help you select the right appliances for your home. We have many options to choose from and can make those updates you've been dreaming of.

    Outdoor Patio Heating

    Patio Heaters

    You’re standing there looking over all the options available to you to spruce up your patio and keep it warm all year long. Don’t be overwhelmed, we have three tips that’ll help you make up your mind in no time and make everyone want to join you outside..

    1) Consider a fire pit | Fire pits have become the most popular outdoor fire feature. They are portable and cost-friendly and can be built for any shape and size backyard. They can be wood burning or fueled by propane. Friends and family alike love to gather around the fire pit during the fall weather and roast some marshmallows while reminiscing over old times.

    2) Keep it crackling with a fireplace | Take the inside outdoors. Make this outdoor fireplace the focal point of your backyard and turn it into a true outdoor oasis by adding seating and a table so everyone can enjoy the warmth. Like a fire pit, they can be traditional wood-burning or propane-fueled and have a variety of looks. They can be brick, stone, concrete, or metal. Everyone will love this space and enjoy warming up on cold nights while enjoying winter stargazing.

    3) Create an outdoor kitchen | There’s no better way to gather with friends on the patio than by grilling up some grub. An outdoor kitchen allows everyone to be in one space outdoors, so one person doesn’t have to feel alone cooking inside. Your guests will enjoy the aromas coming from your grill or oven. The best part is it can be used year-round, from football season to the hot days of summer, when you’re craving a quick bite.

    There you have it. Three ways to spruce up your outdoors and keep it occupied all year long. Come by and check out the options available to you at Modern Gas today.

    November Blog

    Making the Switch to a Gas Fireplace

    It’s the picture-perfect night; you are cuddled up by the fire wrapped in a blanket, but all of a sudden, the fire goes out. You know this is about to be quite an ordeal requiring you to get firewood for the fireplace and attempting to light them. You’ll have splintered wood on your shirt – not to mention all the soot. You’ll need a shower again after getting the fire lit! You vow to get a gas fireplace; you don’t want any more of this hauling firewood, lighting and showering to take away from your picturesque moments.

    Don’t get the wrong idea, there are pros to having a wood burning fireplace, but there are also down sides. The biggest ones are the smoke, ash and firewood storage. Cleaning the ash from the fireplace regularly and hauling and storing wood can be tiresome and hard work. You also have to be careful of the smoke and be sure it is drawing up the chimney correctly or it can be hazardous.

    The process of installing a gas fireplace is pretty straight forward. While gas fireplaces don’t require a chimney, they do require running a gas line to the location of your fireplace. After that, your fireplace is simply vented to an external wall or roof vent.

    Gas fireplaces are easy to use as it only takes the flip of a switch or push of a button to have your fireplace lit and heat emitting all over the room. Even in the middle of a power outage, most models are designed to allow manual lighting to keep the fire going.

    If you’re still not ready to give up your wood burning fireplace, but you do want something a little cleaner and still gives the allure of the warmth and nostalgia a wood burning stove may be something to look into. Wood burning stoves don’t give off the emissions that wood burning fireplaces do, but they still look beautiful and heat large or small spaces.

    No matter what you choose, our professional sales team at Modern Gas is here to help you find what fits your needs. We are able to install wood and gas burning fireplaces, along with wood burning stoves and wooden fireplace inserts. We also have a large variety of log inserts to choose from for those who prefer a gas fireplace. Stop by today and let us answer any questions you may have.

    Gas Fireplace

    Getting Ready for the Biggest Meal of the Year

    Happy Thanksgiving

    It’s turkey time! Are you in charge of preparing the biggest meal of the year? If sweat is beading on your forehead just thinking about it, don’t fret! We have three tips that will help you prepare for this undertaking.

    1) Prepare food in advance | There are so many dishes that can be prepared way in advance, so you’re not in a mad dash come Thanksgiving Eve. For example, pie crust can be frozen, so you can get your dough rolled out a few weeks in advance. Make a list of everything the month before and just check off what can be done now and stored away until time for the big day, that way you can just relax and enjoy the appetizers on the day of.

    2) Turkey thawing takes time | We’ve all been there before. Thanksgiving Day rolls around, you take out the turkey and it’s still frozen. A completely frozen turkey needs a day to thaw out for every four pounds in weight, and if you plan to brine it, then it needs to be defrosted one day sooner.

    3) Keep the turkey moist and still crispy | Everyone has their own family recipe, but it’s always a good idea to cook the turkey on a rack of vegetables. By layering carrots, onions and celery in the bottom of a roasting pan, you create a natural roasting rack that increases hot air circulation. This makes the turkey crispy, and allows for vegetables to have great flavor. Once it’s done on the grill or the oven, give it a rest. Cover the turkey in foil and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, while it locks in all those juices and flavors you just worked so hard to create.

    With these three tips, you are sure to be the talk of the Thanksgiving table, and you might just be asked to cook again next year. Know any other great tips? Make sure to share them with us at the store next time you come by.