Gas Appliances

Thinking about natural gas home appliances could be a good option to lower expenditures at the same time as seeing higher levels of performance and productivity.

Gas is in plentiful supply in the US meaning that prices per unit are low and stable, and natural gas is relatively the least polluting non-renewable energy source, thus, it can be viewed as the most eco-friendly alternative.

If you already have natural gas installed at home, or are building a new home you might think about the likely advantages of choosing gas and gas household appliances.

Learn more about gas appliances here from Premiere Chicago Appliance Repair:

What are Natural Gas Appliances?

A gas device makes use of natural gas as the main power source. Gas home appliances offer a viable alternative for electrical appliances.

In many cases natural gas devices nonetheless require an electricity supply but use gas as the major source of power. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. E.g, a gas boiler will provide hot water even during a power cut, whereas a natural gas clothes dryer still relies upon electrical components.

Different Gas Home Appliances

Gas has any number of purposes in your house.

Proving Heat

Providing heat with natural gas is usually less expensive than heating with electricity. The difference can be up to 50% subject to your fuel costs and relative efficiency gains.

Gas heats the air more efficiently and is more reliable.

An Indoor Fire

Apart from heating gas is perfect for having a fire in your home. With a natural gas fireplace, you still get real flames and plenty of warmth without the mess.

Keeping Cool

Natural gas air conditioners can be an efficient means to keep your home cool.

Gas fueled air conditioning requires a higher initial investment but is better value on an ongoing basis meaning a better return on your investment. Higher effectiveness also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Water Heating

Natural gas water boilers come in two styles, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Natural gas heaters are faster and more fuel efficient than electric water boilers. On-demand water heaters also offer a continuous supply. Invaluable if you have a big household that enjoys long showers.

The fact that natural gas lines are usually dug into the ground and sheltered from the elements ensures you still have the ability to wash even if there’s a power outage.

Preparing Food

Everyone has come across the phrase “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line conceived to link gas with effectiveness and efficiency.

Regardless of the origin the phrase is still around because it is true. The majority of chefs choose gas for the ease with which you can vary the temperature, and gas hobs also offer a less wasteful way of converting energy into heat.

Tumble Dryers

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

Outdoor Living

Natural Gas doesn’t just have indoor uses. When it comes to outdoor entertaining, natural gas is a great power source for lighting and food prep and can even be used to heat your spa.

Wow guests before they even get out of the car with path lighting, keep them toasty on cool evenings and get dinner ready outside, when you like, and without the need to remember to fill up your propane bottles.

Just like indoor water heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as quickly as an electric equivalent. And gas patio heaters set the mood as well as offering warmth for perfect indoor-outdoor living.

Advantages of Gas Home Appliances

As with anything there are pros and cons to gas appliances. Here are some of the pros.

  • Choosing gas will save you money on your energy bills.
  • Natural gas appliances 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 polluting of the fossil fuels, emitting around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Gas lines are generally more reliable and less susceptible to damage or interruption This means you can still cool your home even if there’s no electricity supply.At worst you might need to find a match.

Disadvantages of Natural gas Home Appliances

  • Gas appliances tend to require a higher initial outlay. Both the price of the appliance and the installation cost are likely to be greater for a gas appliance when comparing to electrical goods.
  • Having a gas line installed can be costly. The cost will vary depending on a number of factors.
  • Having a gas line moved or extended can also be expensive so this should be added to any cost benefit analysis.
  • Safety comes first and carbon monoxide can be an issue if gas appliances are not installed correctly or not maintained. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm is a must is you use gas in your home.

Should You Choose Gas?

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

If your main driver is cost gas is at the moment the lower priced option. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have gas, switching to gas comes at a cost. With this in mind, getting a quote for installing a natural gas line if you don’t already have one is a good first step.

Another key advantage of gas is reliability of supply. If power failures are common in your area then being able to heat water, heat or cool your home and cook during outages can count for a lot.

Lastly, in environmental terms, while natural gas devices are generally more efficient you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical goods. Installing renewable energy may turn out to be a better investment and more eco-friendly options in the long run.

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