Gas Appliances

Thinking about switching to gas appliances might be a good option to lower expenditures at the same time as experiencing increases in comfort, convenience and efficiency.

Shale gas is in plentiful supply in the US resulting in low, stable costs, and gas is considered to be the least polluting non-renewable energy source, consequently, it can be viewed as the environmentally responsible alternative.

If you already have natural gas installed in your house, or are buying a new dwelling you might consider the potential benefits of using more natural gas and gas home appliances.

Learn more about gas appliances below from Mann Appliance Repair:

What is a Gas Appliance?

A natural gas appliance makes use of natural gas as the main fuel source. Gas devices afford a great substitute to electrically powered devices for heating your living space, providing hot water, heating food and even air conditioning and tumble drying.

Usually you will still need to supply electricity to a gas appliance. The quantity electric used depends on how the appliance works. E.g, a natural gas range can still be used even if the power goes out, whereas a natural gas tumble dryer still needs electricity.

A List of Home Appliances That Run On Gas

Gas is about more than cooking.

Proving Heat

Heating your home with natural gas is typically less expensive than heating with electricity. Your outgoings could be cut in half depending on your energy costs and relative efficiency gains.

Natural 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 heating natural gas is great for a fireplace. With a gas fireplace, you still get that open fire feeling and a warm home without the hassle.

Cooling

Natural gas can be an adept way to cool your home.

Natural gas air conditioning requires a greater initial investment but is better value to run and maintain meaning lower prices in the long term. Better efficiency also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Water Heating

There are two styles of gas water heaters, on demand and tank. Gas heaters are quicker and more fuel efficient than their electric alternatives. On-demand heaters also offer a continuous supply. Which is useful if you have a big family that enjoys long showers.

The fact that natural gas lines are almost always underground and sheltered from the elements means you will still have heating even when there’s a power outage.

Preparing Food

We’ve all encountered the saying “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line created to link the use of gas to effectiveness and efficiency.

Regardless of the origin the phrase has stuck around because it is accurate. Most chefs and amateur cooks choose natural gas for the fact that they can vary the heat, and natural gas stoves are also a more cost effective way of converting energy into heat.

Clothes Dryers

You might not instantly think of using gas in your laundry room, however, natural gas dryers are a great choice. Gas Dryers work at a higher temperature thus drying clothes in less time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Outdoor Entertaining

You have to restrict your natural gas use to indoor appliances. Outside the home, natural gas is a great power source for lighting and cooking and can even be used to heat your pool.

Wow friends before they even get out of the car with driveway lights, keep them toasty 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 propane bottles.

Just like indoor heaters a pool or spa heater will heat the water twice as fast as an electric heater. And natural gas fire pits set the mood as well as providing heat for luxurious indoor-outdoor living.

Advantages of Natural Gas Home Appliances

As in all things there are pros and cons to natural gas home appliances. Here are some of the advantages.

  • Natural gas is generally less expensive than electricity thus lowering your annual power bills.
  • Natural gas appliances tend to be more efficient making them better for your wallet and for the environment.
  • Gas is an environmentally responsible option as it is the least polluting of the fossil fuels, contributing around 27% less carbon dioxide 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 continue to cool your home even if there’s no electricity supply.At worst you might need to find a match.

Negatives of Natural Gas Home Appliances

  • Natural gas appliances usually are subject to a higher initial investment. Both the price of the appliance and the cost to install are likely to be higher for a natural gas appliance when comparing to electrical goods.
  • Having a natural gas line installed can be costly. The price will vary depending on a number of factors.
  • Having a 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 appliances are not installed correctly or regularly maintained. making sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm is a must is you use natural gas in your home.

Should You Choose Gas?

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

Currently natural gas is almost always cheaper than electricity, so if the price 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 gas, switching to gas comes at a cost. Therefore, getting a quote for installing a natural gas line if you don’t already have one is a good place to start.

Another key advantage of natural gas is reliability of supply. If power outages happen often in your area then having appliances that continue to work during outages can be a big plus.

Lastly, the sustainability credentials of gas could be considered as relatively short term, as you can’t switch them to renewable sources in the same way you can electrical goods. Installing renewable energy could be more cost-effective and more eco-friendly options in the long run.

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