Gas Appliances

Looking at switching to gas appliances may be an option to lower expenditures at the same time as seeing gains in comfort, convenience and efficiency.

There is a plentiful supply of gas in the US meaning that equivalent prices are low and stable, and gas is viewed as the least polluting fossil fuel, therefore, it can be viewed as the greener alternative.

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

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What is a Gas Appliance?

A natural gas appliance employs natural gas as the primary power source. These devices afford a workable substitute for electrically powered appliances for heating your house, heating water, cooking food and even air conditioning and laundry.

In general you will still need to plug in a gas appliance. The quantity electric needed depends on the type of appliance. E.g, a gas boiler will provide hot water even during a power cut, whereas a natural gas tumble dryer still relies upon electrical components to make the drum turn.

Different Natural Gas Appliances

Gas could have any number of purposes in your home.

Heating

Heating your home with natural gas is generally less expensive than keeping warm using electrical appliances. Your outgoings could halve subject to your fuel costs and efficiency.

Gas makes the air hotter in a shorter time and offers better reliability.This is due to gas lines being less exposed to the elements than power lines.

An Indoor Fire

Aside from general heating natural 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 fireplace, you still get real flames and a focal point without the hassle.

Keeping Cool

Natural gas can offer an effective way to keep cool, even if there is a power cut.

Gas fueled air conditioning could be a higher price to begin with but is more cost effective to run and maintain meaning a better return on your investment. Better effectiveness also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Heating Water

There are two types of natural gas water heaters, on demand and tank. Natural gas heaters are quicker and more fuel efficient than electric water boilers. Tankless water heaters also offer a continuous supply even with high demand. Handy if you have a big household that indulges in long showers.

The fact that natural gas lines are usually hidden and sheltered from the weather means you can still have the ability to shower even if there’s a power outage.

Preparing Food

Most people have come across the phrase “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line designed to link natural gas with effectiveness and efficiency.

Clever marketing or not the phrase is used today because it is true. Most chefs and home cooks choose natural gas for the ease with which you can control the temperature, and gas hobs provide a less wasteful way of converting fuel into heat.

Clothes Dryers

Natural gas might not be the immediate place your mind goes when it comes to drying clothes, however, natural gas clothes dryers have many advantages. Gas Dryers work a few degrees hotter thus drying clothes in a shorter time.

Outdoor Living

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

Impress your guests as soon as they arrive with outdoor lighting, keep them cosy even when the temperature drops 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 domestic water heaters a pool or spa heater will heat the water twice as quickly as an electric heater. And natural gas fire pits set the mood as well as offering warmth for the best indoor-outdoor living.

Pros of Gas Appliances

As with anything there are pros and cons to gas appliances. Here are some of the benefits of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Natural gas is generally cheaper than electricity saving you money on your annual utility bills.
  • Gas appliances tend to be more efficient making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Natural gas is an eco-friendly selection as it is considered the least polluting of the fossil fuels, with emissions of around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Gas supplies are generally more reliable and less susceptible to damage or interruption This means you can still cool your home even if the power goes out.

Cons of Gas Home Appliances

  • Gas devices usually have a higher initial cost. Both the ticket price of the appliance and the installation cost are likely to be more.
  • Installing a new gas line can be costly. The amount 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 always be added to any cost comparisons.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if natural gas appliances are not installed correctly or not maintained. making sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm is a must is you use natural gas in your home.

Should You Choose Natural Gas?

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

Currently gas is almost always less expensive than electricity, so if the price is your main motivation this can be a big part of the decision-making process. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have gas, retrospectively installing gas comes at a cost. Thus, finding out how much a new gas line would cost if you don’t currently have gas appliances is a good place to start.

Another reason to choose natural gas is that you are less likely to get interruptions in supply. If power cuts are common in your area then having appliances that continue to work during outages can be a huge benefit.

Lastly, in environmental terms, while natural gas devices are generally more efficient you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical home appliances. Installing renewable energy may turn out to be more cost-effective and more eco-friendly options in the long run.

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