Gas Appliances

Considering gas appliances might be a way to reduce your bills while seeing increases in ease, efficiency and performance.

There is a high supply of gas in the United States resulting in low, stable equivalent prices, and natural gas is considered the least polluting non-renewable energy source, consequently, it can be regarded as the greener alternative.

If you already have natural gas installed in your home, or are building a new house you may wish to consider the likely advantages of natural gas home appliances and natural gas appliances.

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What is a Natural Gas Appliance?

A natural gas home appliance employs natural gas as the primary fuel source. Gas devices afford a great alternative for electrical devices for heating your living space, heating water, cooking food and even cooling your home and laundry.

In most instances natural gas appliances still will need an electrical outlet but use gas as the main fuel. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. E.g, a natural gas stove can still be used even when there is a power outage, whereas a gas clothes dryer still requires electrical components to make the drum turn.

A List of Devices That Operate Using Gas

Gas has any number of uses in your home.

Proving Heat

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

Natural gas provides higher air temperatures and is more reliable.This is due to gas lines being better protected than power lines.

Fireplaces

Apart from keeping your home warm gas is perfect for a fireplace. With a gas fireplace, you still get all the ambiance and a warm home without the mess.

Air Conditioning

Natural gas air conditioners can offer an efficient way to keep your home cool.

Gas powered air conditioning are often more costly to begin with but is better value on an ongoing basis meaning a better return on your investment. Superior efficiency also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Hot Water

Natural gas water boilers come in two styles, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Gas heaters are quicker and more efficient than electric water heaters. Tankless water heaters also provide a continuous supply even with high demand.

The fact that natural gas lines are almost always dug into the ground and guarded from the weather ensures you will still have heating even when there’s a power outage.

Preparing Food

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

Clever marketing or not the phrase is still around because it is valid. A great many chefs and home cooks choose natural gas for the ability to vary the temperature, and gas hobs provide a much more efficient way of turning fuel into heat.

Dryers

Natural gas might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to drying clothes, however, natural gas tumble dryers are a great choice. Gas Dryers heat the air a few degrees hotter thus clothes dry in less time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Outdoor Living

You have to restrict your natural gas use to indoor appliances. When it comes to outdoor entertaining, gas is a popular choice for patio lights and cooking and even to heat your pool.

Wow your guests before they even reach the front door with path lighting, keep them warm on cool evenings and get food cooked 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 heat the water twice as fast as an electric equivalent. And gas outdoor heaters set the mood as well as giving comfort for luxurious indoor-outdoor entertaining.

Pros of Gas Appliances

As with anything there are pros and cons to gas devices. First up the pros.

  • Choosing gas will reduce your power bills.
  • Natural gas appliances tend to be more efficient making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Gas is an eco-friendly choice as it is considered the least environmentally damaging of the fossil fuels, contributing 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 water even if there’s no electricity supply.At worst you might need to find a match.

Negatives of Natural gas Home Appliances

  • Natural gas home appliances usually require a higher initial cost. Both the value of the appliance and the installation cost are likely to be more.
  • Having a natural gas line installed can be expensive. The amount will vary depending on a number of factors.
  • Having a natural gas line moved or extended can also be expensive so this should always be added to any cost benefit analysis.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if natural gas devices are not installed correctly or regularly maintained. making sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm is non-negotiable is you use natural gas in your home.

Should You Choose Natural Gas?

Making the change between natural gas and electricity is not easy and the right choice for you probably won’t be the optimal choice for everyone.

If your main driver is cost natural gas is at the moment the cheaper option. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have natural gas, switching to natural 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 reason to choose gas is stability of supply. If power outages happen often in your area then being able to heat water, heat or cool your home and cook during power failures can count for a lot.

Lastly, in environmental terms, while natural gas appliances are generally more efficient you can’t switch them to renewable sources in the same way you can electrical home appliances. Choosing solar panels or a heat pump may turn out to be less expensive and more environmentally responsible options in the long run.

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