Gas Appliances

Thinking about gas home appliances may be a good option to save money while seeing higher levels of comfort and efficiency.

There is a plentiful supply of shale gas in the United States resulting in low, stable prices, and shale gas is considered to be the cleanest non-renewable energy source, thus, it can be seen as the environmentally responsible alternative.

If you already have a gas line in your home, or are buying a new dwelling you should look at the likely advantages of choosing natural gas and natural gas home appliances.

Read more about gas appliances below from Albany Appliance Repair:

What is a Gas Appliance?

A natural gas home appliance makes use of gas as the main power source. Gas home appliances present a great substitute for electrically powered appliances.

Usually you will still need to plug in a gas appliance. The quantity electricity used depends on how the appliance works. For example, a natural gas boiler will work even during a power cut, whereas a natural gas dryer still needs electricity to make the drum turn.

Types of Natural Gas Home Appliances

Natural gas has a great many uses in your home.

Proving Heat

Heating your home with gas is usually less expensive than heating with electricity. Your costs could be cut in half subject to your energy tariffs and efficiency.

Gas makes the air hotter in a shorter time and offers better reliability.This is a big plus if you experience regular power outages in the winter

Fireplaces

Aside from heating natural gas is perfect for a log fire with real flames. With a gas fireplace, you still get all the ambiance and a warm home without the fuss.

Cooling Your Home

Gas air conditioning can offer an efficient method to cool your home, even if there is a power outage.

Natural gas fueled air conditioning are often a higher price initially but is cheaper on an ongoing basis meaning a better return on your investment. Superior effectiveness also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Water Heating

Gas water boilers come in two styles, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Natural gas heaters are faster and more productive than their electric substitutes. On-demand heaters also provide a continuous supply even with high demand. Handy if you have a big household that enjoys long showers.

The fact that natural gas lines are usually hidden and sheltered from the elements means you can still have heating even when there’s a power outage.

Cooking Food

Most people have encountered the phrase “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line conceived to link the use of gas to effectiveness and efficiency.

Clever marketing or not the phrase is used today because it is true. A great many chefs and amateur cooks choose gas for the ease with which you can vary the temperature, and natural gas stoves provide a much more efficient way of turning energy into heat.

Tumble Dryers

You may not instantly think of using gas in your laundry room, however, natural gas dryers are a great choice. Gas Dryers dry clothes a few degrees hotter thus clothes dry in less time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Outdoor Living

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

Impress your guests before they even reach the front door with path lighting, keep them warm on cool evenings and get food cooked outside, whenever you are ready, and without the having to go to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like indoor heaters a pool or spa heater will heat the water twice as fast as an electric heater. And natural gas outdoor heaters set the mood as well as offering comfort for luxurious outside entertaining.

Benefits of Gas Home Appliances

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

  • Choosing gas will reduce your utility bills.
  • Natural gas devices tend to use less energy making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Natural gas is an environmentally responsible option as it is viewed as the least environmentally damaging of the fossil fuels, with emissions of around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less carbon dioxide than coal.
  • Gas lines are less exposed to the elements making supply more reliable. This means you can still heat your home even if you get a power outage.

Cons of Natural gas Appliances

  • Natural gas devices usually require a higher initial cost. Both the ticket price of the appliance and the cost to install are likely to be higher for a gas appliance when comparing to electrical goods.
  • Having a natural gas line installed if you don’t already have one can be expensive. The price will vary depending on how close the nearest supply is to your home, so it is worth talking to your supplier before making any decisions.
  • Having a gas line moved or extended can also require a big outlay.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if natural gas appliances are not installed correctly or regularly maintained. Installing 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 easy and the optimal choice for you may not be the optimal decision for everyone.

If your main driver is cost natural gas is for the time being the lower priced option. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have gas, retrospectively installing 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 benefit of natural gas is reliability of supply. If power outages are common in your area then having appliances that continue to work during outages can count for a lot.

Finally, 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 goods. Installing solar panels or a heat pump may turn out to be less expensive and more eco-friendly options in the long run.

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