Gas Appliances

Considering switching to natural gas devices might be a good option to reduce your bills at the same time as seeing higher levels of ease, efficiency and performance.

Natural gas abundant in the United States meaning that prices are low and stable, and gas is relatively the least polluting non-renewable energy source, therefore, it can be seen as the environmentally responsible option.

If you already have natural gas installed in your home, or are buying a new home you should think about the potential benefits of gas appliances and natural gas appliances.

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What are Natural Gas Home Appliances?

A gas device uses gas as the main power source. Natural gas devices present a viable alternative to electrical appliances.

Usually you will still need to plug in a gas appliance. The quantity electric used depends on the type of appliance. For example, a natural gas water heater will provide hot water even if the electricity cuts out, whereas a natural gas clothes dryer still requires electricity.

A List of Home Appliances That Operate Using Natural Gas.

Gas has many purposes in your house.

Keeping You Warm

Keeping yourself warm with natural gas typically costs less than heating your home using electrical heaters. The reduction can be up to 50% depending on your fuel costs and efficiency.

Gas heats the air more quickly and offers better reliability.This is due to gas lines being less exposed to the elements than power lines.

An Indoor Fire

As well as heating natural gas is great for a log fire with real flames. With a gas fire, you still get that open fire feeling and plenty of warmth without the hassle.

Air Conditioning

Gas can offer an effective way to keep cool.

Natural gas powered air conditioning could be more expensive to begin with but is better value on an ongoing basis meaning a better return on your investment. Higher effectiveness 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 faster and more efficient than electric water heaters. Tankless heaters also offer a continuous supply even with high demand.

The fact that gas lines are generally hidden and sheltered from the weather ensures you still have heating even when you don’t have electricity.

Preparing Food

Everyone has encountered the phrase “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line designed to link the use of natural gas with effectiveness and efficiency.

Regardless of the etiology the phrase is still around because it is true. The majority of chefs and amature cooks choose natural gas for the ability to control the size of the flame, and natural gas hobs also offer a more cost effective way of converting fuel into heat.

Clothes Dryers

You might not immediately think of using natural gas to dry your clothes, however, natural gas tumble dryers have many advantages. Gas Dryers heat the air a few degrees hotter thus drying clothes in less time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Outdoor Living

Did you know you don’t just have to use gas inside your home? When it comes to outdoor living, gas is a great power source for patio lights and cooking and even to heat your spa.

delight your guests before they even get out of the car with driveway lights, keep them cosy on cool evenings and get the food cooking outside, when you like, and without the need to remember to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like indoor water heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as fast as an electric equivalent. And natural gas fire pits provide atmosphere as well as giving comfort for luxurious outside entertaining.

Benefits of Natural Gas Appliances

As in all things there are pros and cons to natural gas devices. Here are some of the advantages of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Choosing natural gas will save you money on your energy bills.
  • Gas appliances tend to use less energy making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Gas is an ecologically sound selection as it is viewed as the least polluting of the fossil fuels, with emissions of around 27% less C02 than oil and 45% less carbon dioxide than coal.
  • Gas lines are generally run underground making supply more reliable. This means you can continue to heat your home even if there’s no electricity supply.At worst you might need to find a match.

Disadvantages of Natural gas Home Appliances

  • Gas devices tend to require a higher initial outlay. Both the ticket price of the appliance and the installation cost are likely to be more for a gas appliance when comparing to electrical goods.
  • Having a 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.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if gas devices are not installed correctly or regularly maintained. Having a carbon monoxide alarm is a must is you use natural gas in your home.

Should You Choose Gas?

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

Currently 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, converting to gas is expensive. With this in mind, getting a quote for installing a gas line if you don’t already have one is a good first step.

Another key advantage of gas is that you are less likely to get interruptions in supply. If power failures are common in your area then having appliances that continue to work during outages can be a big plus.

Finally, in environmental terms, while gas appliances are generally more efficient you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical devices. Installing solar panels or a heat pump could be a better investment and more environmentally responsible options in the long run.

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