Gas Appliances

Considering gas home appliances may be an option to reduce your bills at the same time as experiencing increases in performance and productivity.

Gas abundant in the United States meaning that costs are low and stable, and shale gas is relatively the cleanest non-renewable energy source, consequently, it can be regarded as the environmentally responsible option.

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

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What is a Gas Appliance?

A gas appliance uses gas as the dominant fuel source. Natural gas goods present a workable substitute to electrical home appliances for heating your house, heating water, cooking food and even cooling your home and clothes drying.

Usually 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 furnace can still be used even during a power cut, whereas a gas clothes dryer still requires electricity to make the drum turn.

A List of Appliances That Operate Using Gas.

Natural gas has any number of uses in your home.

Heating

Providing heat with gas is usually less expensive than keeping warm with electricity. Your outgoings could be cut in half subject to your energy tariffs and efficiency.

Gas heats the air in less time and offers better reliability.This is due to gas lines being better protected than power lines.

An Indoor Fire

Aside from general heating natural gas is perfect for having a fire in your home. With a gas fire, you still get all the ambiance and a focal point without the hassle.

Air Conditioning

Gas can be an effective way to cool your home, even if there is a power failure.

Gas powered air conditioning requires a higher initial investment but is cheaper to run and maintain meaning a better return on your investment. Higher effectiveness has the added upside of reducing your C02 emissions.

Water Heating

Natural gas water boilers come in two main designs, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Natural gas heaters are faster and more fuel efficient than electric water heaters. On-demand heaters also provide a continuous supply even with high demand.

The fact that gas lines are usually underground and sheltered from the weather ensures you can still have hot water even when you don’t have electricity.

Cooking Food

Everyone has come across the saying “cooking with gas”. A great marketing strategy designed to link gas to effectiveness and efficiency.

Clever marketing or not the saying is still around because it is accurate. Most chefs choose natural gas for the fact that they can vary the heat, and gas stoves provide a much more efficient way of turning fuel into heat.

Clothes Dryers

Natural gas might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to laundry, however, gas clothes dryers have many advantages. Gas Dryers operate a few degrees hotter thus drying clothes in less time.

Outdoor Living

Did you know you don’t just have to use gas inside your home? Outside, gas is a popular choice for patio lights and food prep and can even be used to heat your spa.

Impress guests before they even get out of the car with outdoor lights, keep them cosy even when the temperature falls and get dinner ready outside, whenever you are ready, and without the need to remember to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like domestic heaters a pool or spa heater will heat the water twice as rapidly as an electric equivalent. And gas patio heaters give ambiance as well as providing heat for luxurious outside living.

Pros of Gas Appliances

With any decision you make it’s best investigate the pros and the cons. First up the advantages of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Choosing natural gas will cut your utility bills.
  • Gas home appliances tend to use less energy making them a more sustainable choice for your wallet and for the planet.
  • Gas is an ecologically sound selection as it is the cleanest of the fossil fuels, contributing around 27% less C02 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 your home even if there’s no electricity supply.At worst you might need to find a match.

Negatives of Natural Gas Home Appliances

  • Gas devices usually are subject to a higher initial cost. Both the value of the appliance and the installation cost are likely to be higher for a natural gas appliance when looking at next to electrical appliances.
  • Installing a new gas line 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.
  • Moving or extending a gas line can also cost a considerable amount so this should be added to any price analysis.
  • Safety comes first and carbon monoxide can be an issue if gas home appliances are not installed correctly or not maintained. Having a carbon monoxide alarm is a must is you use gas in your home.

Is a Gas Appliance The Right Choice for You?

Making the choice between natural gas and electricity is not always simple and the best choice for you probably won’t be the best choice for everyone.

Currently gas is almost always less expensive than electricity, so if the price is your main motivation this can be a major factor in the decision-making process. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have gas, switching to natural 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 key advantage of gas is stability of supply. If power outages are common where you live then having appliances that continue to work during power cuts can be a big plus.

Finally, the sustainability credentials of natural gas may be relatively short term, as you can’t switch them to renewable sources in the same way you can electrical home appliances. Opting for renewable energy could be less expensive and more sustainable options in the long run.

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