Gas Appliances

Considering natural gas appliances could be an option to lower expenditures while experiencing higher levels of ease, efficiency and performance.

Shale gas easy to extract in the US meaning that prices are low and stable, and gas is considered to be the cleanest non-renewable energy source, thus, it can be seen as the environmentally responsible option.

If you already have gas installed in your home, or are building a new dwelling you may wish to consider the potential benefits of choosing gas and natural gas household appliances.

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What are Gas Home Appliances?

A gas home appliance employs gas as the dominant fuel source. Natural gas goods afford a viable substitute to electrical devices.

Usually you will still need to plug in a gas appliance. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. E.g, a gas range will still work even during a power cut, whereas a gas tumble dryer still requires electricity.

A List of Devices That Operate Using Gas

Natural gas is about more than heating.

Keeping You Warm

Heating your home with natural gas generally costs less than heating using electrical appliances. Your outgoings could halve depending on your fuel costs and efficiency.

Natural gas makes the air hotter in a shorter time and is more reliable.

A Fireplace

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 fireplace, you still get all the ambiance and a warm home without the fuss.

Keeping Cool

Gas air conditioners can be an adept method to cool your home, even if there is a power cut.

Natural gas fueled air conditioning could be a higher price initially but is cheaper to run and maintain meaning savings in the long term. Higher performance also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Hot Water

There are two types of gas water heaters, non-tank and tank. Natural gas heaters are faster and more efficient than electric water heaters. Tankless water heaters also give a continuous supply even with high demand.

The fact that gas lines are usually hidden and guarded from the weather ensures you can still have heating even if there’s a power outage.

Preparing Food

We’ve all heard the phrase “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line conceived 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 gas for the ease with which you can vary the temperature, and gas stoves provide a much more efficient way of turning fuel into heat.

Tumble Dryers

Natural gas might not be the immediate thing you think of when it comes to laundry, however, gas clothes dryers have many advantages. They dry clothes a few degrees hotter thus clothes dry in a shorter time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Outdoor Entertaining

Natural Gas doesn’t just have indoor uses. When it comes to outdoor living, natural gas is a popular choice for patio lights and food prep and even to heat your pool.

Wow guests before they even reach the front door with path lighting, keep them warm on cool evenings and get food cooked outside, whenever you are ready, and without the having to go to fill up your propane bottles.

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

Advantages of Gas Home Appliances

As in all things there are pros and cons to natural gas appliances. First up the advantages.

  • Choosing gas will save you money on your power bills.
  • Gas home appliances tend to use less energy making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Gas is an ecologically sound option as it is the cleanest of the fossil fuels, contributing around 27% less C02 than oil and 45% less carbon dioxide than coal.
  • Gas supplies are generally more reliable and less susceptible to damage or interruption This means you can still heat your home even if you get a power outage.At worst you might need to find a match.

Negatives of Gas Home Appliances

  • Natural gas home appliances generally are subject to a higher initial cost. Both the ticket price of the appliance and the installation cost are likely to be greater for a natural gas appliance when looking at next to electrical goods.
  • 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.
  • Having a gas line moved or extended can also cost a considerable amount.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if gas home appliances are not installed correctly or regularly maintained. Having a carbon monoxide alarm is essential is you use natural gas in your home.

Is a Natural Gas Appliance Right for You?

Making the choice between natural gas and electricity is not straightforward and the best choice for you might not be the optimal choice for everyone.

Currently gas is almost always less expensive than electricity, so if the cost is your main driver 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 natural gas, switching to 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 place to start.

Another benefit of gas is that you are less likely to get interruptions in supply. If power failures happen often in your area then being able to heat water, heat or cool your home and cook during outages can be a big plus.

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

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