Gas Appliances

Looking at switching to natural gas appliances might be an option to reduce your bills at the same time as experiencing higher levels of comfort, convenience and efficiency.

Shale gas abundant in the US resulting in low, stable equivalent prices, and gas is looked upon as the least polluting fossil fuel, thus, it can be seen as the least environmentally damaging option.

If you already have a gas line in your house, or are building a new home you might look at the possible gains of switching to natural gas and natural gas household appliances.

Read more about gas appliances below from Frontier Appliance Repair:

What are Natural Gas Appliances?

A gas home appliance employs natural gas as the main power source. Gas home appliances present a workable substitute for electrical appliances for heating your home, heating water, cooking food and even cooling your home and tumble drying.

In many instances gas home appliances nonetheless will need 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 gas range can still be used even during a power cut, whereas a natural gas clothes dryer still needs electrical components to make the drum turn.

Types of Natural Gas Appliances

Gas can have any number of uses in your home.

Heating

Providing heat with natural gas is typically less expensive than providing heat using electrical heaters. The difference can be as high as 50% depending on your energy prices and efficiency.

Natural gas provides higher air temperatures and offers better reliability.This is very handy if you if you get power cuts

An Indoor Fire

Aside from general heating natural gas is great 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 all the ambiance and a focal point without the fuss.

Air Conditioning

Gas can offer an adept way to keep your home cool.

Natural gas fueled air conditioning can be more costly initially but is more cost effective to run and maintain meaning a better return on your investment. Higher efficiency also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Water Heating

There are two styles of gas water heaters, non-tank and tank. Gas heaters are more rapid and more productive than their electric substitutes. Tankless water heaters also offer a continuous supply.

The fact that gas lines are almost always underground and sheltered from the elements means you will still have heating even when you don’t have electricity.

Cooking

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

Regardless of the etiology the phrase is still around because it is accurate. Most chefs and home cooks choose gas for the ability to vary the size of the flame, and natural gas stoves provide a less wasteful way of converting fuel into heat.

Dryers

You might not immediately think of using natural gas in your laundry room, however, gas dryers have many advantages. Gas Dryers dry clothes a few degrees hotter thus drying clothes in a shorter time.

Using Gas Outside

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 patio lights and food prep and can even be used to heat your spa.

Impress friends before they even reach the front door with outdoor lights, keep them cosy even when the temperature drops and get dinner ready outside, when you like, and without the having to go to fill up your gas bottles.

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

Advantages of Natural Gas Home Appliances

As in all things there are pros and cons to gas devices. Here are some of the pros of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Choosing gas will reduce your power bills.
  • Gas devices tend to be more efficient making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Natural gas is an eco-friendly option as it is the least environmentally damaging of the fossil fuels, contributing around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Natural gas lines are less exposed to the elements making supply less likely to get interrupted. This means you can continue to heat your home even if there’s no electricity supply.

Negatives of Natural gas Home Appliances

  • Gas appliances tend to require a higher initial cost. Both the value of the appliance and the cost to install are likely to be higher for a gas appliance when looking at next to electrical alternatives.
  • Having a natural gas line installed if you don’t already have one can be expensive. The cost will vary depending on how close the nearest supply is to your home.
  • Having a natural gas line moved or extended can also require a big outlay.
  • Safety first! Carbon monoxide can be an issue if natural gas appliances are not installed correctly or regularly maintained. Having a carbon monoxide alarm is a must is you use gas in your home.

Is a Natural Gas Appliance Right for You?

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

If your main driver is cost natural gas is currently the cheaper option. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have natural gas, switching to 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 natural gas is reliability of supply. If power failures happen often in your area then having appliances that continue to work during power failures can count for a lot.

Lastly, in environmental terms, while gas devices are generally more efficient you can’t power them from renewable sources in the same way you can electrical goods. Choosing renewable energy could be less expensive and more environmentally responsible options in the long run.

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