Gas Appliances

Considering switching to natural gas devices could be an option to save money while seeing increases in performance and productivity.

There is a abundant supply of shale gas in the United States resulting in low, stable prices per unit, and shale gas is viewed as the cleanest fossil fuel, thus, it can be viewed as the environmentally responsible choice.

If you already have gas installed in your house, or are building a new house you should consider the probable advantages of using more natural gas and natural gas household appliances.

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What is a Natural Gas Home Appliance?

A gas appliance makes use of natural gas as the main power source. These goods are a viable alternative to electrically powered goods for heating your living space, heating water, heating your food and even cooling your home and tumble drying.

In most instances gas devices nevertheless require an electricity supply but use gas as the major source of power. The quantity electricity needed depends on how the appliance works. E.g, a gas stove can still be used even if the electricity cuts out, whereas a natural gas clothes dryer still requires electrical components to make the drum turn.

A List of Devices That Operate Using Gas

Natural gas can have many uses in your home.

Keeping You Warm

Providing heat with natural gas is usually less expensive than heating using electricity. Your expenditure could halve depending on your fuel costs and relative efficiency gains.

Natural gas makes the air hotter in a shorter time and offers better reliability.

An Indoor Fire

Apart from keeping your home warm natural gas is ideal for having a fire in your home.Forget the hassle of having to collect or buy logs or clean out the ashes. With a gas fireplace, you still get real flames and a focal point without the fuss.

Air Conditioning

Natural gas air conditioning can be an adept way to keep your home cool.

Natural gas air conditioning are often a higher price to begin with but is cheaper to run and maintain meaning cost savings in the long term. Superior effectiveness has the added benefit of cutting your C02 emissions.

Heating Water

There are two styles of natural gas water boilers, on demand and tank. Gas heaters are faster and more productive than electric water heaters. Tankless heaters also offer a continuous supply even with high demand. Invaluable if you have a big family that appreciates long showers.

The fact that natural gas lines are almost always dug into the ground and guarded from the weather ensures you will still have heating even when there’s a power outage.

Cooking Food

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

Clever marketing or not the phrase has stuck around because it is valid. Most chefs choose natural gas for the ability to control the size of the flame, and natural gas hobs provide a less wasteful way of converting energy into heat.

Tumble Dryers

You might not immediately think of using gas in your laundry room, however, natural gas dryers can be an excellent choice. Gas Dryers heat the air at a higher temperature thus drying clothes in less time.

Outdoor Living

Gas doesn’t just have indoor uses. When it comes to outdoor entertaining, natural gas is a popular choice for patio lights and cooking and even to heat your spa.

Impress your guests before they even get out of the car with path lights, keep them cosy even when the temperature falls 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 indoor water heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as rapidly as an electric heater. And natural gas patio heaters set the mood as well as offering heat for perfect outside entertaining.

Advantages of Gas Home Appliances

As in all things there are pros and cons to natural gas appliances. First up the benefits of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Gas is generally cheaper than electricity saving you money on your annual utility costs.
  • Natural gas home appliances tend to use less energy making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Natural gas is an ecologically sound selection as it is viewed as the cleanest of the fossil fuels, contributing around 27% less C02 than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Natural gas lines are generally run underground making supply less likely to get interrupted. This means you can continue to cook even if you get a power outage.At worst you might need to find a match.

Disadvantages of Gas Home Appliances

  • Natural gas appliances generally require a higher initial investment. Both the cost of the appliance and the installation cost are likely to be more.
  • Having a gas line installed if you don’t already have one can be expensive. The amount will vary depending on a number of factors, so it is worth talking to your supplier before deciding.
  • Moving or extending a natural gas line can also be expensive.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if natural gas home appliances are not properly installed or not maintained. making sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm is a must is you use gas in your home.

Should You Choose Gas?

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

Currently gas is almost always less expensive than electricity, so if the cost 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 natural gas comes at a cost. Thus, getting a quote for installing a natural gas line if you don’t already have one is a good first step.

Another reason to choose gas is stability 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 failures can be a big plus.

Lastly, in environmental terms, while natural gas devices are generally more efficient you can’t switch them to renewable sources like you can electrical appliances. Opting for 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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