Gas Appliances

Looking at switching to gas home appliances could be a good option to reduce your bills at the same time as seeing increases in performance and productivity.

There is a abundant supply of natural gas in the United States resulting in low, stable prices per unit, and natural gas is considered the cleanest fossil fuel, consequently, it can be seen as the least environmentally damaging alternative.

If you already have natural gas installed in your home, or are building a new dwelling you should consider the likely benefits of using more gas and gas household appliances.

Learn more about gas appliances below from Allen Appliance Repair:

What are Gas Appliances?

A natural gas appliance employs natural gas as the main power source. These home appliances are a practicable substitute to electrically powered goods.

In the majority of situations gas home appliances still will need an electrical outlet but use natural gas as the primary source of power. The amount of electric needed depends on how the appliance works. For example, a natural gas boiler will produce hot water even if the electricity cuts out, whereas a gas tumble dryer still relies upon electricity.

Examples of Natural Gas Appliances

Gas could have a great many uses in your house.

Heating

Keeping yourself warm with gas is generally less expensive than providing heat with electricity. Savings can be up to 50% subject to your energy tariffs and efficiency.

Gas heats the air more efficiently and offers better reliability.This is a big plus if you experience regular power outages in the winter

Fireplaces

Aside from keeping your home warm gas is great for having a fire in your home.Forget the hassle of having to collect or buy logs or clean out the ashes. With a natural gas fire, you still get that open fire feeling and a focal point without the hassle.

Cooling Your Home

Gas air conditioners can be an efficient method to keep cool, even if there is a power cut.

Gas air conditioning are often more expensive initially but is better value on an ongoing basis meaning a better return on your investment. Higher effectiveness has the added upside of lowering your carbon footprint.

Water Heaters

There are two types of gas water heaters, non-tank and tank. Natural gas heaters are more rapid and more efficient than electric water heaters. On-demand heaters also provide a continuous supply.

The fact that gas lines are usually dug into the ground and guarded from the weather means you will still have the ability to shower even if there’s a power outage.

Preparing Food

We’ve all encountered the phrase “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line designed to link gas to effectiveness and efficiency.

Clever marketing or not the phrase is used today because it is true. The majority of chefs choose natural gas for the ability to vary the heat, and gas hobs provide a less wasteful way of turning energy into heat.

Tumble Dryers

Natural gas might not be the immediate thing you think of when it comes to laundry, however, natural gas dryers are a great choice. Gas Dryers operate at a higher temperature thus drying clothes in a shorter time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Using Gas Outside

Natural Gas doesn’t just have indoor uses. Outside, natural gas is a popular choice for lighting and food prep and even to heat your pool.

delight guests as soon as they arrive with path lights, keep them toasty even when the temperature drops and get the food cooking outside at the perfect temperature, whenever you are ready, and without the having to go to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like indoor heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as quickly as an electric heater. And natural gas outdoor heaters provide atmosphere as well as providing heat for the best outside living.

Pros of Natural Gas Home Appliances

With any decision you make it makes sense to look at the pros and the cons. First up the benefits of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Choosing gas will save you money on your power bills.
  • Natural gas home appliances tend to be more efficient making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Natural gas is an eco-friendly option as it is viewed as the least polluting of the fossil fuels, with emissions of around 27% less C02 than oil and 45% less carbon dioxide than coal.
  • Natural gas supplies are generally more reliable and less susceptible to damage or interruption This means you can continue to heat your home even if the power goes out.

Negatives of Gas Home Appliances

  • Natural gas appliances generally require a higher initial cost. Both the cost of the appliance and the cost to install are likely to be higher for a gas appliance when looking at next to electrical goods.
  • Installing a new gas line can be costly. The amount will vary depending on a number of factors, so it is worth talking to your provider before making a final decision.
  • Moving or extending a gas line can also be expensive.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if gas devices are not properly installed or not maintained. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm is non-negotiable is you use natural gas in your home.

Is a Natural Gas Appliance Right for You?

Making the decision between gas and electricity is not always simple and the best choice for you might not be the best decision for everyone.

If your main driver is cost natural gas is for the time being the lower priced fuel. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have gas, converting to gas is expensive. With this in mind, finding out how much a new gas line would cost if you don’t already have one is a good first step.

Another key advantage of natural gas is stability of supply. If power cuts happen often in your area then being able to heat water, heat or cool your home and cook during power failures can be a huge benefit.

Finally, the environmental credentials of gas may be relatively short term, as you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical devices. Choosing solar panels or a heat pump could be more cost-effective and more environmentally responsible options in the long run.

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