Gas Appliances

Thinking about switching to natural gas home appliances could be an option to save money while experiencing gains in comfort and efficiency.

There is a high supply of gas in the US meaning that prices are low and stable, and gas is relatively the cleanest non-renewable energy source, therefore, it can be viewed as the most eco-friendly choice.

If you already have a gas line at home, or are buying a new home you might look at the possible gains of choosing natural gas and gas home appliances.

Read more about gas appliances below from DC Appliance Repair ASAP:

What is a Natural Gas Appliance?

A gas home appliance runs on gas as the main power source. These home appliances present a workable alternative to electrically powered appliances.

In many instances natural gas appliances nonetheless require an electrical outlet but use gas as the primary source of power. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. For example, a gas water heater will produce hot water even when there is a power outage, whereas a gas dryer still relies upon electricity to make the drum turn.

Examples of Natural Gas Home Appliances

Natural gas can have any number of uses in your house.

Proving Heat

Heating your home with gas is usually less expensive than heating your home with electricity. The difference can be as high as 50% subject to your energy prices and efficiency.

Natural gas makes the air hotter in a shorter time and offers better reliability.This is due to gas lines being better protected than power lines.

An Indoor Fire

As well as keeping your home warm 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 fire, you still get real flames and plenty of warmth without the fuss.

Keeping Cool

Natural gas air conditioning can offer an adept means to keep your home cool, even if there is a power outage.

Natural gas powered air conditioning requires a greater initial investment but is better value to run and maintain meaning lower prices in the long term. Better effectiveness has the added positive impact of lowering your C02 emissions.

Hot Water

Gas water heaters come in two forms, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Gas heaters are quicker and more fuel efficient than their electric substitutes. On-demand 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 almost always dug into the ground and guarded from the elements means you will still have hot water even if you don’t have electricity.

Cooking Food

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

Regardless of the etiology the phrase is still around because it is accurate. Most chefs and amature cooks choose gas for the ability to vary the temperature, and natural gas hobs are also a much more efficient way of turning energy into heat.

Tumble Dryers

Gas might not be the immediate place your mind goes when it comes to laundry, however, natural gas tumble dryers have many advantages. They heat the air a few degrees hotter thus drying clothes in a shorter time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Using Gas Outside

You have to restrict your gas use to indoor appliances. Outside, natural gas is a popular choice for patio lights and food prep and even to heat your spa.

delight your guests before they even get out of the car with driveway lighting, keep them warm even when the temperature falls and get the food cooking outside, when you like, and without the need to remember to fill up your propane bottles.

Just like domestic water heaters a pool or spa heater will heat the water twice as fast as an electric heater. And gas fire pits provide ambiance as well as providing warmth for the best indoor-outdoor living.

Benefits of Gas Home Appliances

With any decision you make it makes sense to look at the pros and the cons. Here are some of the pros of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Choosing gas will cut your power bills.
  • Natural gas home appliances tend to use less energy making them a more sustainable choice for your wallet and for the planet.
  • Natural gas is an environmentally responsible choice as it is the least polluting 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 more reliable and less susceptible to damage or interruption This means you can still cool your home even if you get a power outage.At worst you might need to find a match.

Cons of Gas Appliances

  • Gas appliances tend to are subject to a higher initial cost. Both the cost of the appliance and the installation cost are likely to be greater for a gas appliance when comparing to electrical alternatives.
  • Installing a new gas line if you don’t already have one can be expensive. The amount will vary depending on a number of factors.
  • Having a gas line moved or extended can also cost a considerable amount so this should be added to any cost benefit analysis.
  • Safety first! Carbon monoxide can be an issue if gas appliances are not installed correctly or regularly maintained. Having a carbon monoxide alarm is non-negotiable is you use natural gas in your home.

Is a Gas Appliance The Right Choice for You?

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

If your main driver is cost natural gas is at the moment the least expensive fuel. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have gas, converting to natural gas is expensive. Therefore, getting a quote for installing a gas line if you don’t currently have gas appliances is a good place to start.

Another key advantage of gas is reliability of supply. If power cuts happen often where you live then being able to heat water, heat or cool your home and cook during power cuts can be a big plus.

Finally, the eco-friendly credentials of gas could be considered as relatively short term, as you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical devices. Choosing solar panels or a heat pump may turn out to be more cost-effective and more environmentally responsible options in the long run.

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