Gas Appliances

Looking at gas devices may be a way to lower expenditures while experiencing increases in ease, efficiency and performance.

There is a abundant supply of gas in the United States resulting in low, stable prices, and natural gas is looked upon as the least polluting fossil fuel, therefore, it can be viewed as the least environmentally damaging choice.

If you already have a gas line at home, or are completing a new house you should think about the potential gains of switching to gas and natural gas appliances.

Learn more about gas appliances below from Rockville Appliance Repair:

What is a Natural Gas Appliance?

A gas home appliance uses natural gas as the primary fuel source. These appliances afford a viable substitute for electrical appliances.

Usually you will still need to plug in a gas appliance. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. For example, a natural gas boiler will work even if the power goes out, whereas a gas tumble dryer still needs electricity.

Types of Gas Appliances

Natural gas can be used for more than cooking.

Proving Heat

Heating your home with gas is generally less expensive than heating your home with electricity. Savings can be up to 50% subject to your fuel prices and efficiency.

Natural gas makes the air hotter in a shorter time and offers better reliability.

Fireplaces

Apart from heating gas is ideal for a log fire with real flames. With a natural gas fireplace, you still get real flames and a warm home without the mess.

Keeping Cool

Gas can offer an adept method to keep your home cool, even if there is a power outage.

Gas powered air conditioning requires a higher initial investment but is more cost effective to run and maintain meaning cost savings in the long term. Better effectiveness also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Water Heaters

There are two types of natural gas water heaters, non-tank and tank. Natural gas heaters are more rapid and more fuel efficient than their electric alternatives. Tankless heaters also offer a continuous supply.

The fact that natural gas lines are usually dug into the ground and sheltered from the weather means you still have hot water even when there’s a power outage.

Cooking

We’ve all come across the saying “cooking with gas”. A great commercial line conceived to link gas to effectiveness and efficiency.

Clever marketing or not the phrase has stuck around because it is valid. The majority of chefs choose natural gas for the ease with which you can control the temperature, and natural gas stoves also offer a less wasteful way of converting energy into heat.

Tumble Dryers

Natural gas might not be the first place your mind goes when it comes to laundry, however, natural gas tumble dryers are a great choice. They dry clothes at a higher temperature thus clothes dry in less time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Outdoor Entertaining

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

Wow your guests before they even get out of the car with path lights, keep them cosy on cool evenings and get food cooked outside, whenever you are ready, and without the need to remember to fill up your propane bottles.

Just like indoor heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as quickly as an electric heater. And gas patio heaters offer ambiance as well as giving warmth for luxurious indoor-outdoor living.

Advantages of Natural Gas Appliances

As in all things there are pros and cons to natural gas devices. Here are some of the pros of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Choosing gas will cut your energy bills.
  • Gas home appliances tend to be more efficient making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Natural gas is an ecologically sound option as it is considered the cleanest of the fossil fuels, contributing around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Gas lines are less exposed to the elements making supply more reliable. This means you can continue to heat water even if you get a power outage.

Negatives of Gas Appliances

  • Natural gas appliances generally require a higher initial cost. Both the price of the appliance and the cost to install are likely to be more for a gas appliance when looking at next to electrical goods.
  • Having a gas line installed can be expensive. The price will vary depending on how close the nearest supply is to your home.
  • Having a natural gas line moved or extended can also require a big outlay.
  • Safety first! Carbon monoxide can be an issue if gas home appliances are not properly installed or regularly maintained. making sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm is non-negotiable is you use natural gas in your home.

Should You Choose Natural Gas?

Making the change between gas and electricity is not always simple and the right choice for you probably won’t be the right decision for everyone.

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

Another key advantage of natural gas is stability of supply. If power outages happen often where you live then having appliances that continue to work during outages can be a big plus.

Lastly, the eco-friendly credentials of natural gas could be considered as relatively short term, as you can’t switch them to renewable sources like you can electrical goods. Installing solar panels or a heat pump may turn out to be more cost-effective and more eco-friendly options in the long run.

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