Gas Appliances

Considering natural gas appliances might be a good option to lower expenditures while seeing gains in comfort, convenience and efficiency.

There is a plentiful supply of shale gas in the US resulting in low, stable costs, and shale gas is considered to be the least polluting non-renewable energy source, therefore, it can be viewed as the least environmentally damaging choice.

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

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What is a Natural Gas Home Appliance?

A gas appliance uses gas as the main power source. Gas goods offer a great alternative to electrically powered home appliances for heating your living space, heating water, heating your food and even air conditioning and drying your clothes.

In the majority of instances gas home appliances nevertheless require an electrical outlet but use natural gas as the main source of power. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. E.g, a natural gas boiler will provide hot water even if the electricity cuts out, whereas a gas tumble dryer still relies upon electricity to make the drum turn.

Types of Natural Gas Home Appliances

Natural gas isn’t just for cooking.

Keeping You Warm

Providing heat with gas typically costs less than providing heat using electrical heaters. The difference can be up to 50% subject to your energy costs and relative efficiency gains.

Gas heats the air in less time and offers better reliability.This is a huge benefit if you if you get power cuts

An Indoor Fire

As well as heating natural gas is ideal for a log fire with real flames.Forget the hassle of having to collect or buy logs or clean out the ashes. With a gas fireplace, you still get all the ambiance and plenty of warmth without the hassle.

Cooling Your Home

Natural gas can offer an adept way to keep cool.

Natural gas air conditioning are often more expensive to install but is cheaper to run and maintain meaning savings in the long term. Superior performance also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Hot Water

Gas water boilers come in two main designs, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Gas heaters are faster and more productive than electric water heaters. Tankless heaters also provide a continuous supply.

The fact that gas lines are usually dug into the ground and sheltered from the elements ensures you still have heating even when you don’t have electricity.

Cooking Food

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

Regardless of the origin the phrase is still around because it is accurate. Most chefs choose natural gas for the fact that they can vary the size of the flame, and gas hobs are also a less wasteful way of turning energy into heat.

Clothes Dryers

Gas might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to laundry, however, natural gas clothes dryers can be an excellent choice. They operate at a higher temperature thus clothes dry in a shorter time.

Outdoor Entertaining

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

Impress friends as soon as they arrive with path lighting, keep them warm even when the temperature falls 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 heaters a pool or spa heater will heat the water twice as quickly as an electric heater. And gas fire pits provide ambiance as well as giving warmth for the best indoor-outdoor living.

Pros of Natural Gas Appliances

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

  • Choosing natural gas will cut your power bills.
  • Natural gas home appliances tend to use less energy making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Gas is an eco-friendly option as it is viewed as the least polluting of the fossil fuels, emitting around 27% less C02 than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Gas lines are generally run underground making supply less likely to get interrupted. This means you can still cool your home even if there’s no electricity supply.

Negatives of Gas Home Appliances

  • Gas home appliances usually require a higher initial outlay. Both the price of the appliance and the installation cost are likely to be more for a gas appliance when comparing to electrical alternatives.
  • Installing a new gas line can be expensive. The price will vary depending on a number of factors, so it is worth talking to your provider before making any decisions.
  • Moving or extending a gas line can also be expensive so this should be included in any cost comparisons.
  • Safety first! Carbon monoxide can be an issue if gas devices are not installed correctly or not maintained. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm is a must is you use gas in your home.

Should You Choose Natural Gas?

Making the decision between natural gas and electricity is not always simple and the optimal choice for you may not be the right decision for everyone.

If your main driver is cost gas is currently the lower priced option. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have gas, retrospectively installing natural gas comes at a cost. Therefore, finding out how much a new gas line would cost if you don’t already have one is a good place to start.

Another reason to choose gas is stability of supply. If power failures happen often where you live then having appliances that continue to work during power cuts can be a huge benefit.

Lastly, in environmental terms, while gas appliances are generally more efficient you can’t switch them to renewable sources in the same way you can electrical appliances. Choosing renewable energy could be less expensive and more sustainable options in the long run.

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