Gas Appliances

Thinking about switching to gas home appliances may be an option to save money while seeing gains in comfort, convenience and efficiency.

There is a abundant supply of natural gas in the United States resulting in low, stable equivalent prices, and gas is looked upon as the cleanest non-renewable energy source, thus, it can be viewed as the least environmentally damaging option.

If you already have natural gas installed in your house, or are buying a new dwelling you should think about the potential advantages of switching to natural gas and natural gas home appliances.

Learn more about gas appliances here from Cherry Appliance Repair:

What is a Natural Gas Appliance?

A natural gas device runs on natural gas as the primary power source. Gas home appliances are a viable alternative to electrically powered goods.

In general you will still need to supply electricity to a gas appliance. The quantity electricity used depends on how the appliance works. For example, a natural gas boiler will work even if the electricity cuts out, whereas a gas tumble dryer still relies upon electrical components.

A List of Home Appliances That Use Gas.

Gas isn’t just for cooking.

Keeping You Warm

Heating your home with gas is usually less expensive than keeping warm using electrical appliances. Your expenditure could be cut in half subject to your fuel prices and efficiency.

Natural gas heats the air in less time and offers better reliability.This is a big plus if you experience regular power outages in the winter

Fireplaces

Apart from general heating natural gas is great for a log fire with real flames. With a natural gas fireplace, you still get that open fire feeling and plenty of warmth without the fuss.

Air Conditioning

Natural gas air conditioning can offer an effective means to cool your home.

Gas air conditioning requires a bigger initial investment but is better value to run and maintain meaning a better return on your investment. Better efficiency also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Hot Water

There are two types of gas water heaters, non-tank and tank. Gas heaters are more rapid and more efficient than electric water heaters. On-demand water 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 generally hidden and guarded from the elements means you will still have hot water even if there’s a power outage.

Cooking

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

Regardless of the origin the phrase has stuck around because it is valid. The majority of chefs choose gas for the fact that they can control the temperature, and natural gas ranges are also a much more efficient way of converting energy into heat.

Dryers

You might not immediately think of using gas in your laundry room, however, natural gas clothes dryers are a great choice. Gas Dryers heat the air a few degrees hotter thus drying clothes in a shorter time.

Outdoor Living

Gas doesn’t just have indoor uses. When it comes to outdoor living, natural gas is a great power source for lighting and cooking and even to heat your spa.

delight your guests before they even get out of the car with path lighting, keep them toasty even when the temperature drops and get a meal prepared outside at the perfect temperature, whenever you are ready, and without the having to go to fill up your propane bottles.

Just like indoor water heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as rapidly as an electric equivalent. And gas patio heaters give ambiance as well as providing heat for perfect outside entertaining.

Advantages of Gas Appliances

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

  • Choosing gas will save you money on your utility bills.
  • Natural gas devices tend to be more efficient making them better for your wallet and for the environment.
  • Natural gas is an environmentally responsible choice as it is considered the cleanest of the fossil fuels, with emissions of around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Gas lines are less exposed to the elements making supply less likely to get interrupted. This means you can continue to heat your home even if there’s no electricity supply.At worst you might need to find a match.

Cons of Gas Appliances

  • Gas devices tend to require a higher initial outlay. Both the cost of the appliance and the installation cost are likely to be more.
  • Having a natural gas line installed if you don’t already have one can be costly. The cost will vary depending on how close the nearest supply is to your home.
  • Moving or extending a gas line can also cost a considerable amount.
  • Safety first! Carbon monoxide can be an issue if natural gas appliances are not properly installed or not maintained. making sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm is a must is you use gas in your home.

Is a Gas Appliance Right for You?

Making the decision between natural gas and electricity is not easy and the optimal choice for you probably won’t be the optimal decision for everyone.

Currently gas is almost always cheaper than electricity, so if the price is your main driver 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 natural gas, converting to gas is expensive. Thus, finding out how much a new gas line would cost if you don’t already have one is a good place to start.

Another key advantage of gas is reliability 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 be a big plus.

Finally, the environmental credentials of natural gas may be relatively short term, as you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical goods. Installing renewable energy may turn out to be less expensive and more environmentally responsible options in the long run.

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