Gas Appliances

Considering gas devices may be a good option to lower expenditures at the same time as seeing gains in comfort and efficiency.

There is a abundant supply of gas in the United States resulting in low, stable prices per unit, and shale gas is looked upon as the least polluting fossil fuel, therefore, it can be viewed as the least environmentally damaging option.

If you already have gas installed in your house, or are buying a new home you might look at the probable advantages of using more natural gas and gas household appliances.

Learn more about gas appliances below from Ware Appliance Repair:

What are Gas Home Appliances?

A gas device runs on gas as the main power source. Gas devices present a workable alternative for electrically powered home appliances.

Generally you will still need to plug in a gas appliance. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. For example, a natural gas cooker can still be used even when there is a power outage, whereas a gas dryer still needs electrical components to make the drum turn.

Different Natural Gas Home Appliances

Natural gas has many purposes in your house.

Keeping You Warm

Providing heat with natural gas is typically less expensive than keeping warm with electricity. The difference can be as much as 50% depending on your energy tariffs and efficiency.

Gas makes the air hotter in a shorter time and is more reliable.

Fireplaces

As well as keeping your home warm gas is perfect for a log fire with real flames. With a natural gas fireplace, you still get all the ambiance and plenty of warmth without the fuss.

Air Conditioning

Gas air conditioning can offer an effective way to keep cool.

Natural gas air conditioning requires a bigger initial investment but is better value to run and maintain meaning cost savings in the long term. Superior effectiveness has the added positive impact of lowering your C02 emissions.

Water Heating

There are two types of natural gas water heaters, on demand and tank. Natural gas heaters are quicker and more efficient than electric water heaters. On-demand water heaters also give a continuous supply. Invaluable if you have a big household that enjoys long showers.

The fact that natural gas lines are almost always dug into the ground and sheltered from the weather means you still have heating even when you don’t have electricity.

Cooking

Everyone has encountered the saying “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line conceived to link natural gas to effectiveness and efficiency.

Regardless of the origin the phrase is still around because it is accurate. The majority of chefs and amateur cooks choose gas for the ease with which you can control the temperature, and gas stoves provide a less wasteful way of turning fuel into heat.

Clothes Dryers

Gas might not be the immediate place your mind goes when it comes to drying clothes, however, gas clothes dryers have many advantages. Gas Dryers operate at a higher temperature thus clothes dry in less time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Outdoor Entertaining

Natural Gas doesn’t just have indoor uses. When it comes to outdoor entertaining, gas is a popular choice for lighting and food prep and can even be used to heat your pool.

Impress your guests before they even reach the front door with outdoor lights, keep them cosy even when the temperature drops and get dinner ready outside, whenever you are ready, and without the worry of remembering to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like domestic water heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as rapidly as an electric equivalent. And natural gas outdoor heaters set the mood as well as giving comfort for the best outside living.

Pros of Natural Gas Home Appliances

With any decision you make it makes sense to weight up the pros and the cons. Here are some of the pros of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Natural gas is generally less expensive than electricity thus lowering your annual energy bills.
  • Natural gas home appliances tend to use less energy making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Gas is an eco-friendly option as it is the least polluting of the fossil fuels, with emissions of around 27% less C02 than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Gas lines are generally run underground making supply less likely to get interrupted. This means you can continue to heat water even if the power goes out.

Cons of Natural gas Home Appliances

  • Natural gas devices tend to are subject to a higher initial outlay. Both the value of the appliance and the associated installation costs are likely to be more.
  • Having a natural gas line installed if you don’t already have one can be costly. The cost will vary depending on a number of factors, so it is worth talking to your supplier before making any decisions.
  • Moving or extending a gas line can also be expensive so this should always be included in any cost benefit analysis.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if natural gas home appliances are not properly installed or regularly maintained. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm is a must is you use natural gas in your home.

Is a Gas Appliance The Right Choice for You?

Making the change between natural gas and electricity is not easy and the optimal choice for you may not be the best choice for everyone.

If your main driver is cost gas is currently the cheaper fuel. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have gas, switching to natural gas comes at a cost. With this in mind, finding out how much a new gas line would cost if you don’t currently have gas appliances is a good first step.

Another benefit of gas is reliability of supply. If power outages happen often in your area then being able to heat water, heat or cool your home and cook during outages can count for a lot.

Finally, the eco-friendly credentials of natural gas could be considered as relatively short term, as you can’t switch them to renewable sources like you can electrical appliances. Choosing solar panels or a heat pump may turn out to be a better investment and more environmentally responsible options in the long run.

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