Gas Appliances

Looking at gas devices could be an option to reduce your bills while seeing gains in ease, efficiency and performance.

There is a high supply of shale gas in the US resulting in low, stable prices per unit, and gas is looked upon as the least polluting fossil fuel, thus, it can be viewed as the most eco-friendly option.

If you already have natural gas installed at home, or are building a new dwelling you might consider the probable advantages of switching to natural gas and gas home appliances.

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What is a Natural Gas Home Appliance?

A gas home appliance makes use of gas as the dominant power source. These goods afford a great substitute to electrically powered devices.

Generally you will still need to supply electricity to a gas appliance. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. E.g, a gas cooker can still be used even if the electricity cuts out, whereas a gas dryer still relies upon electrical components to make the drum turn.

A List of Appliances That Run On Gas.

Gas has a great many uses in your home.

Proving Heat

Providing heat with natural gas is generally less expensive than heating using electrical heaters. Your outgoings could halve subject to your energy costs and efficiency.

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

A Fireplace

Aside from heating gas is perfect for a log fire with real flames. With a gas fireplace, you still get all the ambiance and plenty of warmth without the fuss.

Cooling Your Home

Natural gas air conditioning can be an effective method to cool your home, even if there is a power failure.

Natural gas fueled air conditioning are often a higher price to begin with but is better value to run and maintain meaning a better return on your investment. Higher performance has the added upside of cutting your C02 emissions.

Hot Water

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 boilers. Tankless heaters also offer a continuous supply even with high demand. Invaluable if you have a big household that appreciates long showers.

The fact that gas lines are generally dug into the ground and sheltered from the elements ensures you can still have the ability to wash even when there’s a power outage.

Cooking Food

Most people have encountered the phrase “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line designed to link the use of gas with effectiveness and efficiency.

Clever marketing or not the saying stuck because it is accurate. A great many chefs and home cooks choose gas for the fact that they can vary the temperature, and natural gas ranges also offer a more cost effective way of turning fuel into heat.

Clothes Dryers

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

Using Gas Outside

Natural Gas doesn’t just have indoor uses. When it comes to outdoor living, natural gas is often used for lighting and cooking and even to heat your pool.

delight friends before they even get out of the car with driveway lights, keep them cosy even when the temperature falls and get the food cooking outside at the perfect temperature, when you like, and without the need to remember to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like domestic water heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as fast as an electric heater. And natural gas patio heaters give atmosphere as well as offering warmth for the best outside living.

Benefits of Gas Home Appliances

With any decision you make it makes sense to investigate the pros and the cons. First up the pros.

  • Choosing gas will save you money on your power bills.
  • Natural gas home appliances tend to use less energy making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Natural gas is an environmentally responsible choice as it is viewed as the cleanest of the fossil fuels, with emissions of around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Gas lines are generally more reliable and less susceptible to damage or interruption This means you can continue to heat water even if the power goes out.

Disadvantages of Natural Gas Home Appliances

  • Gas devices tend to require a higher initial investment. Both the price of the appliance and the associated installation costs are likely to be greater for a natural gas appliance when looking at next to electrical goods.
  • Having a natural gas line installed can be expensive. The cost will vary depending on a number of factors.
  • Moving or extending a gas line can also be expensive so this should be added to any cost benefit analysis.
  • Safety comes first and carbon monoxide can be an issue if natural gas appliances are not installed correctly or not maintained. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm is essential is you use natural gas in your home.

Should You Choose Gas?

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

Currently natural gas is almost always less expensive 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 natural gas, switching to gas is expensive. 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 benefit of natural 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 power failures can be a big plus.

Lastly, the eco-friendly credentials of natural gas could be considered as relatively short term, as you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical appliances. Installing renewable energy may turn out to be a better investment and more sustainable options in the long run.

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