Gas Appliances

Considering gas devices could be an option to lower expenditures at the same time as experiencing increases in comfort and efficiency.

There is a high supply of natural gas in the United States meaning that prices are low and stable, and gas is viewed as the cleanest fossil fuel, therefore, it can be seen as the environmentally responsible alternative.

If you already have a natural gas line in your house, or are building a new dwelling you might look at the possible advantages of using more gas and gas appliances.

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What is a Natural Gas Appliance?

A gas device uses natural gas as the dominant fuel source. These appliances present a workable substitute to electrical appliances.

Generally you will still need to supply electricity to a gas appliance. The amount of electric needed depends on how the appliance works. E.g, a natural gas water heater will work even during a power cut, whereas a natural gas tumble dryer still needs electrical components.

Examples of Gas Appliances

Gas is not just for cooking.

Keeping You Warm

Providing heat with gas is usually less expensive than providing heat using electricity. Your costs could halve depending on your energy prices and efficiency.

Gas makes the air hotter in a shorter time and offers better reliability.This is very handy if you if you get power cuts

An Indoor Fire

Apart from general heating natural gas is ideal for a log fire with real flames. With a gas fireplace, you still get all the ambiance and a focal point without the fuss.

Cooling

Natural gas can offer an effective means to keep cool.

Natural gas fueled air conditioning requires a greater initial investment but is better value to run and maintain meaning a better return on your investment. Better efficiency has the added positive impact of cutting your C02 emissions.

Hot Water

Gas water boilers come in two forms, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Gas heaters are more rapid and more productive than their electric alternatives. Tankless heaters also provide a continuous supply even with high demand. Which is useful if you have a big household that appreciates long showers.

The fact that gas lines are almost always hidden and protected from the elements ensures you will still have the ability to heat your home even if there’s a power outage.

Preparing Food

Most people have come across the saying “cooking with gas”. A great marketing strategy designed to link gas with effectiveness and efficiency.

Clever marketing or not the saying is still around because it is true. The majority of chefs and amature cooks choose natural gas for the ease with which you can control the temperature, and natural gas stoves also offer a much more efficient way of converting energy into heat.

Clothes Dryers

Natural gas might not be the immediate thing you think of when it comes to laundry, however, gas dryers can be an excellent choice. Gas Dryers heat the air at a higher temperature thus clothes dry in a shorter time.

Outdoor Entertaining

Gas doesn’t just have indoor uses. Outside, natural gas is often used for patio lights and cooking and can even be used to heat your pool.

Wow your guests as soon as they arrive with outdoor lighting, keep them warm even when the temperature falls and get the food cooking outside at the perfect temperature, when you like, and without the worry of remembering to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like domestic heaters a pool or spa heater will heat the water twice as rapidly as an electric equivalent. And natural gas outdoor heaters give atmosphere as well as offering heat for perfect outside entertaining.

Benefits of Natural Gas Appliances

As with anything there are pros and cons to gas home appliances. First up the advantages of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Gas is generally less expensive than electricity thus lowering your annual energy bills.
  • Natural gas appliances tend to be more efficient making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Natural gas is an eco-friendly option as it is the cleanest of the fossil fuels, with emissions of around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less carbon dioxide than coal.
  • Gas lines are generally run underground making supply less likely to get interrupted. This means you can still cool your home even if there’s no electricity supply.

Negatives of Natural Gas Home Appliances

  • Gas appliances generally require a higher initial outlay. Both the value of the appliance and the installation cost are likely to be higher.
  • Having a gas line installed if you don’t already have one can be costly. The price will vary depending on how close the nearest supply is to your home, so it is worth talking to your provider before making a final decision.
  • Moving or extending a gas line can also cost a considerable amount so this should be added to any cost benefit analysis.
  • Safety comes first and carbon monoxide can be an issue if gas appliances are not properly installed or not maintained. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm is a must is you use natural gas in your home.

Should You Choose Gas?

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

Currently gas is almost always less expensive than electricity, so if the cost is your main motivation this can be a major factor in the decision-making process. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have gas, retrospectively installing natural gas is expensive. 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 key advantage of natural 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, in environmental terms, while gas home appliances are generally more efficient you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical home appliances. Choosing solar panels or a heat pump may turn out to be more cost-effective and more eco-friendly options in the long run.

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