Gas Appliances

Considering gas home appliances might be a way to lower expenditures while experiencing higher levels of ease, efficiency and performance.

Shale gas is in plentiful supply in the United States meaning that equivalent prices are low and stable, and shale gas is considered the least polluting fossil fuel, therefore, it can be seen as the environmentally responsible choice.

If you already have gas installed in your house, or are buying a new home you might think about the probable advantages of switching to gas and gas household appliances. Learn more about gas appliances below from Noble Norfolk Appliance Repair:

What is a Gas Appliance?

A gas home appliance employs gas as the dominant fuel source. These home appliances present a great substitute for electrically powered home appliances for heating your house, providing hot water, cooking your food and even cooling your home and tumble drying.

In many instances gas home appliances nevertheless will need an electricity supply but use natural gas as the primary fuel. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. E.g, a gas stove can still be used even if the electricity cuts out, whereas a natural gas dryer still needs electricity.

A List of Home Appliances That Use Gas.

Gas can have many purposes in your house.

Keeping You Warm

Keeping yourself warm with gas typically costs less than keeping warm using electrical heaters. Your expenditure could be cut in half subject to your energy costs and efficiency.

Natural gas heats the air more efficiently and offers better reliability.This is a huge benefit if you for winter power outages

An Indoor Fire

As well as keeping your home warm natural gas is great for having a fire in your home. With a natural gas fire, you still get real flames and plenty of warmth without the fuss.

Air Conditioning

Natural gas air conditioning can be an efficient means to cool your home, even if there is a power outage.

Gas powered air conditioning may be more expensive to begin with but is better value to run and maintain meaning a better return on your investment. Higher effectiveness also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Water Heaters

There are two types of natural gas water heaters, on demand and tank. Natural gas heaters are quicker and more productive than their electric alternatives. Tankless heaters also give a continuous supply.

The fact that natural gas lines are almost always dug into the ground and guarded from the elements means you will still have the ability to shower even when there’s a power outage.

Preparing Food

We’ve all encountered the phrase “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line created to link the use of gas to effectiveness and efficiency.

Regardless of the origin the saying is still around because it is true. Most chefs and amature cooks choose gas for the ability to vary the temperature, and gas stoves provide a much more efficient way of converting fuel into heat.

Tumble Dryers

You may not immediately think of using gas in your laundry room, however, gas clothes dryers have many advantages. Gas Dryers work a few degrees hotter thus drying clothes in less time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Outdoor Living

You have to restrict your gas use to indoor appliances. When it comes to outdoor living, natural gas is a great power source for patio lights and cooking and can even be used to heat your pool.

Impress guests before they even reach the front door with driveway lighting, keep them toasty even when the temperature falls and get the food cooking outside at the perfect temperature, when you like, and without the worry of remembering to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like indoor water heaters a pool or spa heater will heat the water twice as quickly as an electric heater. And gas fire pits set the mood as well as offering warmth for luxurious outside living.

Benefits of Gas Home Appliances

With any decision you make it’s best look at the pros and the cons. Here are some of the advantages.

  • Choosing gas will save you money on your utility bills.
  • Natural gas home appliances tend to use less energy making them better for your wallet and for the planet.
  • Natural gas is an ecologically sound selection as it is considered the least polluting of the fossil fuels, with emissions of around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Gas supplies are generally more reliable and less susceptible to damage or interruption This means you can continue to cook even if the power goes out.

Cons of Gas Appliances

  • Gas home appliances usually are subject to a higher initial outlay. Both the value 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 expensive. The amount will vary depending on a number of factors, so it is worth talking to your energy company before deciding.
  • Moving or extending a natural gas line can also cost a considerable amount so this should always be included in any cost benefit analysis.
  • Safety comes first and carbon monoxide can be an issue if gas devices are not installed correctly or regularly maintained. Having a carbon monoxide alarm is non-negotiable is you use gas in your home.

Should You Choose Natural Gas?

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

If your main driver is cost natural gas is at the moment the cheaper fuel. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have natural gas, converting to natural 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 first step.

Another key advantage of natural gas is that you are less likely to get interruptions in supply. If power outages happen often where you live then being able to heat water, heat or cool your home and cook during power failures can be a big plus.

Finally, the environmental credentials of gas could be considered as relatively short term, as you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical home appliances. Opting for solar panels or a heat pump could be a better investment and more eco-friendly options in the long run.

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