Gas Appliances

Thinking about switching to gas home appliances might be a way to reduce your bills while experiencing higher levels of performance and productivity.

There is a plentiful supply of natural gas in the United States meaning that prices per unit are low and stable, and natural gas is relatively the least polluting fossil fuel, consequently, it can be seen as the environmentally responsible option.

If you already have a natural gas line at home, or are completing a new home you should consider the likely benefits of using more natural gas and natural gas home appliances.

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What are Gas Home Appliances?

A natural gas device runs on gas as the main power source. Gas devices offer a workable alternative for electrical goods.

Usually you will still need to plug in a gas appliance. The amount of electricity used depends on how the appliance works. E.g, a gas water heater will provide hot water even if the electricity cuts out, whereas a gas tumble dryer still needs electrical components.

A List of Home Appliances That Use Gas

Natural gas is not just for cooking.

Keeping You Warm

Keeping yourself warm with gas is usually less expensive than heating your home using electrical heaters. The difference can be as much as 50% depending on your energy tariffs and relative efficiency gains.

Gas provides higher air temperatures and offers better reliability.

An Indoor Fire

As well as general heating natural gas is perfect for a log fire with real flames.Forget the hassle of having to collect or buy logs or clean out the ashes. With a gas fire, you still get that open fire feeling and a warm home without the mess.

Cooling

Natural gas can offer an efficient method to keep your home cool, even if there is a power failure.

Natural gas powered air conditioning requires a bigger initial investment but is more cost effective to run and maintain meaning lower prices in the long term. Better effectiveness also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Water Heating

Gas water heaters come in two main designs, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Gas heaters are quicker and more productive than electric water heaters. On-demand water heaters also provide a continuous supply. Handy if you have a big family that appreciates long showers.

The fact that natural gas lines are almost always dug into the ground and sheltered from the weather ensures you can still have hot water even if there’s a power outage.

Cooking Food

Everyone has encountered the saying “cooking with gas”. A great commercial strategy conceived to link natural gas with effectiveness and efficiency.

Clever marketing or not the saying has stuck around because it is accurate. The majority of chefs choose natural gas for the fact that they can vary the heat, and gas hobs are also a much more efficient way of turning energy into heat.

Tumble Dryers

Natural gas might not be the first place your mind goes when it comes to drying clothes, however, gas clothes dryers have many advantages. Gas Dryers operate a few degrees hotter thus drying clothes in less time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Outdoor Entertaining

Did you know you don’t just have to use gas inside your home? Outside the home, natural gas is often used for patio lights and food prep and can even be used to heat your spa.

delight guests before they even get out of the car with outdoor lighting, keep them warm even when the temperature falls and get the food cooking outside at the perfect temperature, whenever you are ready, and without the need to remember to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like domestic water heaters a pool or spa heater will heat the water twice as fast as an electric heater. And gas patio heaters provide atmosphere as well as giving heat for perfect indoor-outdoor entertaining.

Benefits of Natural Gas Home Appliances

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

  • Gas is generally less expensive than electricity thus lowering your annual utility costs.
  • Natural gas appliances tend to be more efficient making them a more sustainable choice for your wallet and for the environment.
  • Natural gas is an eco-friendly selection as it is viewed as the least polluting of the fossil fuels, with emissions of around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Natural gas supplies are generally more reliable and less susceptible to damage or interruption This means you can still heat your home even if there’s no electricity supply.

Cons of Gas Home Appliances

  • Natural gas home appliances usually are subject to a higher initial investment. Both the cost of the appliance and the installation cost are likely to be higher for a gas appliance when comparing to electrical goods.
  • Having a natural gas line installed can be costly. The cost will vary depending on how close the nearest supply is to your home.
  • Having a natural gas line moved or extended can also cost a considerable amount so this should be added to any price analysis.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if natural gas home appliances are not installed correctly or not maintained. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm is non-negotiable is you use gas in your home.

Is a Gas Appliance Right for You?

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

If your main driver is cost gas is currently the lower priced option. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have natural gas, converting to natural gas comes at a cost. With this in mind, getting a quote for installing a natural gas line if you don’t already have one is a good first step.

Another benefit of gas is that you are less likely to get interruptions in supply. If power failures happen often where you live then having appliances that continue to work during outages can count for a lot.

Finally, the eco-friendly credentials of natural gas may be relatively short term, as you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical home appliances. Choosing renewable energy may turn out to be more cost-effective and more eco-friendly options in the long run.

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