Gas Appliances

Considering switching to natural gas appliances may be a good option to lower expenditures at the same time as experiencing higher levels of comfort, convenience and efficiency.

Shale gas is in plentiful supply in the United States resulting in low, stable prices, and gas is looked upon as the cleanest non-renewable energy source, consequently, it can be seen as the least environmentally damaging choice.

If you already have natural gas installed in your home, or are buying a new home you might look at the possible advantages of using more gas and natural gas appliances.

Learn more about gas appliances below from Bethesda Appliance Repair:

What is a Gas Appliance?

A natural gas home appliance runs on natural gas as the primary power source. Gas goods present a viable substitute to electrical home appliances for heating your home, heating water, cooking food and even cooling your home and tumble drying.

In general you will still need to plug in 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 natural gas clothes dryer still requires electrical components.

A List of Home Appliances That Operate Using Natural Gas.

Gas could have a great many purposes in your home.

Proving Heat

Providing heat with natural gas generally costs less than keeping warm using electricity. Savings can be up to 50% subject to your energy tariffs and relative efficiency gains.

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

A Fireplace

Apart from keeping your home warm gas is great for a fireplace. With a gas fire, you still get that open fire feeling and a warm home without the fuss.

Air Conditioning

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

Natural gas air conditioning requires a greater initial investment but is better value on an ongoing basis meaning a better return on your investment. Higher performance has the added positive impact of reducing your carbon footprint.

Water Heaters

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 boilers. On-demand heaters also give a continuous supply. Invaluable if you have a big family that enjoys long showers.

The fact that gas lines are usually hidden and sheltered from the elements means you still have heating even if there’s a power outage.

Cooking Food

Most people have come across the saying “cooking with gas”. A great advertising line created to link the use of gas to effectiveness and efficiency.

Clever marketing or not the saying has stuck around because it is valid. A great many chefs and home cooks choose natural gas for the fact that they can control the size of the flame, and gas stoves also offer a much more efficient way of converting fuel into heat.

Dryers

Gas might not be the first place your mind goes when it comes to laundry, however, gas tumble dryers can be an excellent choice. They operate at a higher temperature thus clothes dry in less time.

Using Gas Outside

You have to restrict your gas use to indoor appliances. When it comes to outdoor entertaining, natural gas is a popular choice for lighting and cooking and can even be used to heat your pool.

Impress guests as soon as they arrive with outdoor lighting, keep them warm on cool evenings and get food cooked outside at the perfect temperature, when you like, and without the having to go to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like domestic water heaters a pool or spa heater will heat the water twice as quickly as an electric heater. And gas fire pits set the mood as well as offering warmth for the best outside living.

Pros of Natural Gas Home Appliances

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

  • Choosing gas will reduce your power bills.
  • Natural gas home appliances tend to use less energy making them better for your wallet and for the environment.
  • Natural gas is an ecologically sound choice as it is 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 less exposed to the elements making supply less likely to get interrupted. This means you can continue to heat your home even if the power goes out.At worst you might need to find a match.

Disadvantages of Gas Home Appliances

  • Gas devices tend to require a higher initial outlay. Both the value of the appliance and the cost to install are likely to be greater.
  • Having a gas line installed can be expensive. The price will vary depending on how close the nearest supply is to your home.
  • Moving or extending a natural gas line can also require a big outlay so this should always be added to any cost comparisons.
  • Safety first! Carbon monoxide can be an issue if gas appliances are not properly installed or not maintained. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm is essential is you use gas in your home.

Is a Gas Appliance Right for You?

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

Currently natural gas is almost always less expensive than electricity, so if the cost is your main driver 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 gas comes at a cost. Therefore, getting a quote for installing a natural gas line if you don’t currently have gas appliances is a good place to start.

Another key advantage of natural gas is that you are less likely to get interruptions in supply. If power cuts are common where you live then having appliances that continue to work during outages can count for a lot.

Finally, in environmental terms, while gas devices are generally more efficient you can’t switch them to renewable sources in the same way you can electrical goods. Installing renewable energy could be a better investment and more sustainable options in the long run.

Additional Types of Appliances

  • Electrical Appliances
  • Energy Efficient Appliances
  • Commercial Appliances
  • Smart Appliances
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