Gas Appliances

Thinking about gas home appliances may be a good option to save money while seeing increases in performance and productivity.

There is a abundant supply of shale gas in the US resulting in low, stable prices, and natural gas is viewed as the cleanest non-renewable energy source, thus, it can be regarded as the most eco-friendly alternative.

If you already have natural gas installed at home, or are buying a new dwelling you might think about the probable benefits of natural gas home appliances and gas appliances.

Learn more about gas appliances below from Bull City Appliance Repair:

What is a Natural Gas Home Appliance?

A gas appliance runs on gas as the main power source. Natural gas home appliances offer a great substitute for electrical goods for heating your living space, heating water, cooking your food and even air conditioning and tumble drying.

In the majority of instances gas appliances still require an electricity supply but use gas as the primary source of power. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. For example, a gas stove will still operate even during a power cut, whereas a gas clothes dryer still relies upon electrical components to make the drum turn.

A List of Devices That Operate Using Natural Gas.

Natural gas isn’t just for cooking.

Keeping You Warm

Providing heat with gas usually costs less than heating your home using electricity. Your costs could be cut in half depending on your energy prices and relative efficiency gains.

Natural gas provides higher air temperatures and offers better reliability.

An Indoor Fire

Aside from keeping your home warm natural gas is ideal for a fireplace.Forget the hassle of having to collect or buy logs or clean out the ashes. With a natural gas fire, you still get that open fire feeling and plenty of warmth without the mess.

Air Conditioning

Gas can offer an efficient method to cool your home.

Gas air conditioning requires a greater initial investment but is better value to run and maintain meaning a better return on your investment. Superior performance has the added positive impact of lowering your C02 emissions.

Heating Water

Natural gas water boilers come in two forms, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Gas heaters are more rapid and more fuel efficient than electric water heaters. On-demand heaters also offer a continuous supply even with high demand.

The fact that natural gas lines are almost always dug into the ground and sheltered from the elements ensures you will still have the ability to heat your home even when you don’t have electricity.

Preparing Food

Everyone has heard the saying “cooking with gas”. A great marketing line designed to link gas with effectiveness and efficiency.

Regardless of the origin the saying is still around because it is valid. Most chefs and home cooks choose gas for the fact that they can control the size of the flame, and natural gas ranges are also a more cost effective way of turning fuel into heat.

Tumble Dryers

You might not immediately think of using natural gas to dry your clothes, however, natural gas clothes dryers can be an excellent choice. They operate a few degrees hotter thus drying clothes in a shorter time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Using Natural Gas Outside

You have to restrict your natural gas use to indoor appliances. When it comes to outdoor entertaining, natural gas is a great power source for patio lights and cooking and even to heat your pool.

Impress friends as soon as they arrive with outdoor lighting, keep them warm even when the temperature falls and get dinner ready outside at the perfect temperature, whenever you are ready, and without the need to remember to fill up your propane bottles.

Just like domestic heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as quickly as an electric heater. And gas patio heaters set the mood as well as offering warmth for the best outside entertaining.

Advantages of Natural Gas Appliances

As with anything there are pros and cons to gas devices. First up the pros of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Choosing natural gas will cut your power bills.
  • Gas devices tend to be more efficient making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Natural gas is an environmentally responsible choice as it is the least polluting of the fossil fuels, contributing around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less carbon dioxide than coal.
  • Natural gas lines are generally more reliable and less susceptible to damage or interruption This means you can continue to cool your home even if you get a power outage.

Cons of Gas Appliances

  • Gas home appliances generally have a higher initial cost. Both the price of the appliance and the cost to install are likely to be more.
  • Installing a new gas line if you don’t already have one can be expensive. The amount will vary depending on how close the nearest supply is to your home, so it is worth talking to your energy company before making any decisions.
  • Moving or extending a gas line can also require a big outlay so this should always be added to any price analysis.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if gas home appliances are not properly installed or regularly maintained. making sure you have 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 optimal choice for you probably won’t be the optimal choice for everyone.

Currently natural gas is almost always less expensive than electricity, so if the price 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, retrospectively installing natural gas is expensive. 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 benefit of natural gas is reliability of supply. If power cuts happen often where you live then having appliances that continue to work during power failures can count for a lot.

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 eco-friendly options in the long run.

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