Gas Appliances

Thinking about natural gas home appliances might be a good option to save money while seeing gains in comfort, convenience and efficiency.

There is a plentiful supply of shale gas in the United States resulting in low, stable equivalent prices, and gas is relatively the least polluting non-renewable energy source, thus, it can be viewed as the greener option.

If you already have a natural gas line in your home, or are completing a new home you should consider the likely benefits of gas home appliances and natural gas appliances. Learn more about gas appliances here from Choice Carmel Appliance Repair:

What are Gas Home Appliances?

A natural gas home appliance uses natural gas as the main fuel source. Natural gas devices offer a workable alternative for electrical home appliances for heating your living space, heating water, heating food and even cooling your home and drying your clothes.

In many instances gas devices nonetheless will need an electrical outlet but use gas as the major fuel. The quantity electricity used depends on how the appliance works. For example, a gas range will still work even when there is a power outage, whereas a gas tumble dryer still relies upon electrical components.

Examples of Natural Gas Home Appliances

Natural gas could have many purposes in your home.

Proving Heat

Heating your home with gas is typically less expensive than heating using electricity. Your costs could be cut in half depending on your fuel prices and efficiency.

Natural gas heats the air more quickly and offers better reliability.This is due to gas lines being less exposed to the elements than power lines.

A Fireplace

Aside from keeping your home warm 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 natural gas fire, you still get that open fire feeling and plenty of warmth without the hassle.

Air Conditioning

Gas air conditioners can be an efficient means to cool your home.

Natural gas air conditioning can be more costly to begin with but is cheaper to run and maintain meaning cost savings in the long term. Higher performance also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Water Heating

Gas water heaters come in two main designs, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Natural gas heaters are quicker and more productive than electric water heaters. Tankless water heaters also provide a continuous supply even with high demand.

The fact that natural gas lines are generally dug into the ground and protected from the weather means you can still have heating even if you don’t have electricity.

Preparing Food

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

Regardless of the etiology the phrase is still around because it is valid. A great many chefs and amateur cooks choose gas for the ability to vary the heat, and gas ranges also offer a much more efficient way of turning fuel into heat.

Clothes Dryers

Natural gas might not be the immediate place your mind goes when it comes to laundry, however, natural gas clothes dryers can be an excellent choice. Gas Dryers dry clothes at a higher temperature thus clothes dry in less time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Outdoor Entertaining

Did you know you don’t just have to use natural gas inside your home? When it comes to outdoor living, gas is a popular choice for lighting and food prep and can even be used to heat your pool.

Impress your guests as soon as they arrive with driveway lights, keep them warm even when the temperature drops 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 indoor heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as quickly as an electric heater. And gas fire pits offer atmosphere as well as offering warmth for perfect indoor-outdoor living.

Advantages of Gas Appliances

With any decision you make it’s best look at the pros and the cons. First up the benefits.

  • Natural gas is generally less expensive than electricity thus lowering your annual utility costs.
  • Natural gas appliances tend to use less energy making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Natural gas is an environmentally responsible choice as it is considered the cleanest of the fossil fuels, contributing around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Natural gas lines are generally more reliable and less susceptible to damage or interruption This means you can continue to heat your home even if you get a power outage.At worst you might need to find a match.

Negatives of Gas Home Appliances

  • Gas appliances tend to are subject to a higher initial investment. Both the value of the appliance and the cost to install are likely to be greater for a gas appliance when looking at next to electrical goods.
  • Installing a new gas line can be expensive. The cost will vary depending on a number of factors, so it is worth talking to your supplier before making a final decision.
  • Moving or extending a gas line can also cost a considerable amount so this should always be included in any price analysis.
  • Safety comes first and carbon monoxide can be an issue if natural gas devices are not properly installed or regularly maintained. making sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm is essential is you use gas in your home.

Should You Choose Natural Gas?

Making the change between gas and electricity is not easy and the best choice for you may not be the right choice for everyone.

If your main driver is cost natural gas is currently the least expensive fuel. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have gas, retrospectively installing gas is expensive. 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 key advantage of gas is reliability of supply. If power outages happen often where you live then having appliances that continue to work during power failures can count for a lot.

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. Choosing renewable energy could be a better investment and more environmentally responsible options in the long run.

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