Gas Appliances

Considering switching to gas appliances could be a good option to reduce your bills while experiencing increases in ease, efficiency and performance.

There is a plentiful supply of gas in the United States resulting in low, stable prices, and gas is considered the cleanest fossil fuel, therefore, it can be seen as the most eco-friendly option.

If you already have natural gas installed in your house, or are completing a new house you should think about the potential advantages of using more natural gas and natural gas household appliances.

Learn more about gas appliances below from Campbell Appliance Repair:

What is a Natural Gas Home Appliance?

A gas appliance employs gas as the main fuel source. Gas home appliances are a practicable alternative to electrical devices for heating your home, heating water, cooking your food and even air conditioning and clothes drying.

In many instances gas devices nevertheless require an electricity supply but use natural gas as the main source of power. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. For example, a natural gas heater will still operate even if the power goes out, whereas a gas dryer still needs electricity to make the drum turn.

Different Gas Appliances

Natural gas has a great many purposes in your house.

Keeping You Warm

Keeping yourself warm with gas is usually less expensive than heating with electricity. Your costs could halve subject to your energy costs and relative efficiency gains.

Natural gas provides higher air temperatures and offers better reliability.This is a big plus if you for winter power outages

A Fireplace

As well as keeping your home warm natural gas is ideal for a log fire with real flames.Forget the hassle of having to collect or buy logs or clean out the ashes. With a natural gas fireplace, you still get all the ambiance and plenty of warmth without the mess.

Air Conditioning

Natural gas can be an efficient method to keep your home cool, even if there is a power failure.

Gas powered air conditioning are often a higher price to install but is cheaper to run and maintain meaning lower prices in the long term. Better effectiveness 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 productive than electric water boilers. On-demand water heaters also offer a continuous supply even with high demand. Invaluable if you have a big family that appreciates long showers.

The fact that natural gas lines are usually underground and guarded from the weather ensures you still have heating even when you don’t have electricity.

Cooking

We’ve all heard the saying “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line conceived to link gas with effectiveness and efficiency.

Clever marketing or not the saying is used today because it is true. Most chefs choose natural gas for the ease with which you can vary the temperature, and natural gas hobs provide a less wasteful way of converting fuel into heat.

Dryers

Natural gas might not be the first place your mind goes when it comes to drying clothes, however, natural gas clothes dryers are a great choice. Gas Dryers operate a few degrees hotter thus clothes dry in a shorter 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 entertaining, natural gas is a popular choice for lighting and outdoor cooking and even to heat your pool.

Impress guests before they even reach the front door with driveway lights, keep them cosy even when the temperature drops and get dinner ready outside at the perfect temperature, whenever you are ready, 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 fast as an electric heater. And natural gas outdoor heaters offer atmosphere as well as giving heat for perfect indoor-outdoor entertaining.

Benefits of Gas Appliances

With any decision you make it makes sense to look at the pros and the cons. First up the benefits of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Natural gas is generally less expensive than electricity thus lowering your annual power costs.
  • Natural gas devices tend to use less energy making them better for your wallet and for the planet.
  • Gas is an ecologically sound option as it is the cleanest of the fossil fuels, with emissions of around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Natural gas supplies 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.

Negatives of Natural gas Home Appliances

  • Gas home appliances tend to are subject to a higher initial investment. Both the price of the appliance and the installation cost are likely to be more for a natural gas appliance when comparing to electrical goods.
  • Having a gas line installed can be expensive. The amount will vary depending on how close the nearest supply is to your home, so it is worth talking to your provider before deciding.
  • Having a natural gas line moved or extended can also require a big outlay so this should be included in any cost comparisons.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if gas devices are not properly installed or regularly maintained. making sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm is non-negotiable is you use gas in your home.

Is a Gas Appliance Right for You?

Making the choice between natural gas and electricity is not easy and the right choice for you may not be the optimal choice for everyone.

Currently natural gas is almost always cheaper than electricity, so if the price is your main driver this can be a big part of the decision-making process. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have gas, switching to natural gas is expensive. Therefore, finding out how much a new gas line would cost if you don’t currently have gas appliances is a good first step.

Another reason to choose gas is that you are less likely to get interruptions in supply. If power cuts happen often in your area then being able to heat water, heat or cool your home and cook during power cuts can be a big plus.

Finally, in environmental terms, while natural gas devices are generally more efficient you can’t switch them to renewable sources in the same way you can electrical goods. Choosing solar panels or a heat pump may turn out to be less expensive and more sustainable options in the long run.

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