Gas Appliances

Thinking about switching to gas appliances could be an option to lower expenditures at the same time as experiencing higher levels of ease, efficiency and performance.

There is a plentiful supply of shale gas in the US resulting in low, stable equivalent prices, and gas is relatively the least polluting fossil fuel, therefore, it can be seen as the environmentally responsible alternative.

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

Read more about gas appliances below from Council Bluffs Appliance Repair:

What is a Natural Gas Home Appliance?

A gas appliance employs natural gas as the main fuel source. Natural gas goods offer a viable alternative for electrical appliances.

In general you will still need to plug in a gas appliance. The quantity electric needed depends on how the appliance works. For example, a gas water heater will work even if the electricity cuts out, whereas a gas tumble dryer still requires electrical components to make the drum turn.

Different Natural Gas Home Appliances

Gas isn’t just for heating.

Proving Heat

Providing heat with gas is typically less expensive than heating your home with electricity. Savings can be as much 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 less exposed to the elements than power lines.

An Indoor Fire

As well as general heating natural gas is perfect for a fireplace.Forget the hassle of having to collect or buy logs or clean out the ashes. With a natural gas fireplace, you still get all the ambiance and a warm home without the hassle.

Air Conditioning

Natural gas can be an effective way to keep cool.

Gas air conditioning could be more costly initially but is cheaper on an ongoing basis meaning savings in the long term. Superior performance has the added benefit of lowering your C02 emissions.

Water Heaters

Gas water boilers come in two main designs, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Gas heaters are quicker and more fuel efficient than their electric alternatives. On-demand water heaters also give a continuous supply even with high demand. Invaluable if you have a big household that appreciates long showers.

The fact that natural gas lines are almost always underground and protected from the elements means you can still have the ability to shower even when there’s a power outage.

Cooking

We’ve all come across the saying “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line created to link gas to effectiveness and efficiency.

Regardless of the etiology the phrase has stuck around because it is true. A great many chefs choose gas for the ability to control the size of the flame, and gas ranges also offer a much more efficient way of turning energy into heat.

Dryers

Natural gas might not be the immediate place your mind goes when it comes to drying clothes, however, gas clothes 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.

Outdoor Entertaining

You have to restrict your gas use to indoor appliances. Outside, gas is often used for lighting and food prep and even to heat your spa.

Impress your guests before they even reach the front door with driveway lighting, keep them toasty even when the temperature drops and get food cooked outside at the perfect temperature, 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 heat the water twice as rapidly as an electric equivalent. And gas patio heaters set the mood as well as offering warmth for perfect outside living.

Benefits of Gas Appliances

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

  • Choosing natural gas will cut your energy bills.
  • Gas devices tend to be more efficient making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Gas is an eco-friendly selection as it is viewed as the least polluting of the fossil fuels, emitting around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less carbon dioxide than coal.
  • Natural gas supplies are generally more reliable and less susceptible to damage or interruption This means you can continue to cook even if the power goes out.At worst you might need to find a match.

Negatives of Gas Appliances

  • Natural gas home appliances generally require a higher initial outlay. Both the value of the appliance and the installation cost are likely to be higher for a natural gas appliance when comparing to electrical goods.
  • Installing a new gas line 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 always be included in any cost benefit analysis.
  • Safety comes first and carbon monoxide can be an issue if gas devices are not installed correctly or not maintained. making sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm is a must is you use gas in your home.

Is a Gas Appliance Right for You?

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

If your main driver is cost natural gas is for the time being the lower priced fuel. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have natural gas, switching to natural gas comes at a cost. 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 benefit of gas is stability of supply. If power outages happen often in your area then being able to heat water, heat or cool your home and cook during power cuts can be a huge benefit.

Finally, in environmental terms, while natural gas devices are generally more efficient you can’t switch them to renewable sources in the same way you can electrical appliances. Installing solar panels or a heat pump may turn out to be a better investment and more sustainable options in the long run.

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