Gas Appliances

Considering natural gas devices could be a way to save money at the same time as seeing gains in comfort, convenience and efficiency.

There is a abundant supply of shale gas in the United States resulting in low, stable prices per unit, and natural gas is viewed as the least polluting fossil fuel, therefore, it can be seen as the least environmentally damaging choice.

If you already have a natural gas line in your home, or are building a new house you might consider the possible advantages of using more gas and natural gas home appliances.

Find more information about gas appliances below from Dixon Appliance Repair:

What is a Gas Home Appliance?

A gas appliance runs on natural gas as the primary power source. Natural gas goods present a viable alternative to electrical devices.

In many instances natural gas devices still will need an electrical outlet but use gas as the major fuel. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. E.g, a natural gas range can still be used even when there is a power outage, whereas a gas clothes dryer still needs electrical components to make the drum turn.

A List of Home Appliances That Run On Natural Gas

Natural gas could have many uses in your house.

Heating

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

Gas provides higher air temperatures and offers better reliability.

A Fireplace

As well as general heating natural gas is perfect for a fireplace. With a gas fire, you still get that open fire feeling and a warm home without the mess.

Air Conditioning

Gas can offer an efficient means to keep your home cool.

Natural gas powered air conditioning requires a bigger initial investment but is cheaper on an ongoing basis meaning lower prices in the long term. Superior performance also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Water Heating

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

The fact that natural gas lines are generally hidden and sheltered from the weather means you still have the ability to shower even when you don’t have electricity.

Cooking

We’ve all heard the phrase “cooking with gas”. A great commercial line conceived to link natural gas with effectiveness and efficiency.

Clever marketing or not the phrase has stuck around because it is true. A great many chefs choose natural gas for the ease with which you can vary the heat, and natural gas stoves also offer a much more efficient way of converting energy into heat.

Tumble Dryers

You might not immediately think of using natural gas in your laundry room, however, gas tumble dryers can be an excellent choice. Gas Dryers dry clothes at a higher temperature thus drying clothes in a shorter 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 entertaining, natural gas is a popular choice for patio lights and cooking and can even be used to heat your pool.

Wow friends before they even get out of the car with outdoor lights, keep them cosy even when the temperature drops and get the food cooking outside at the perfect temperature, when you like, and without the having to go to fill up your propane bottles.

Just like domestic water heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as quickly as an electric heater. And natural gas fire pits set the mood as well as giving heat for luxurious outside entertaining.

Pros of Natural Gas Home Appliances

With any decision you make it’s best investigate the pros and the cons. First up the benefits of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Gas is generally less expensive than electricity saving you money on your annual utility bills.
  • Gas appliances tend to use less energy making them more sustainable for your wallet and for the environment.
  • Natural gas is an ecologically sound 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.
  • Gas supplies are generally more reliable and less susceptible to damage or interruption This means you can continue to heat water even if there’s no electricity supply.

Cons of Natural gas Home Appliances

  • Natural gas appliances usually are subject to a higher initial investment. Both the price of the appliance and the cost to install are likely to be greater.
  • Having a natural gas line installed can be expensive. The cost will vary depending on a number of factors, so it is worth talking to your provider before deciding.
  • Having a natural gas line moved or extended can also be expensive so this should be included in any cost benefit analysis.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if natural gas devices are not properly installed or regularly maintained. Having a carbon monoxide alarm is essential is you use natural gas in your home.

Should You Choose Natural Gas?

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

Currently gas is almost always less expensive than electricity, so if the price is your main motivation this can be a major factor in the decision-making process. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have gas, converting to natural gas is expensive. Thus, getting a quote for installing a natural gas line if you don’t already have one is a good place to start.

Another key advantage of gas is stability of supply. If power outages are common where you live then being able to heat water, heat or cool your home and cook during power cuts can count for a lot.

Finally, the environmental credentials of gas could be considered as relatively short term, as you can’t switch them to renewable sources like you can electrical goods. Opting for renewable energy could be a better investment and more sustainable options in the long run.

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