Gas Appliances

Looking at gas devices could be an option to save money at the same time as experiencing gains in performance and productivity.

Natural gas easy to extract in the US resulting in low, stable costs, and natural gas is considered the least polluting fossil fuel, thus, it can be seen as the least environmentally damaging option.

If you already have gas installed in your home, or are buying a new home you might consider the potential benefits of switching to natural gas and natural gas home appliances.

Find more information about gas appliances below from Manchester Appliance Repair:

What is a Gas Home Appliance?

A gas appliance uses natural gas as the primary power source. These appliances offer a practicable substitute for electrical home appliances.

Generally you will still need to supply electricity to a gas appliance. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. E.g, a gas boiler will produce hot water even if the electricity cuts out, whereas a natural gas clothes dryer still needs electrical components.

A List of Appliances That Use Gas.

Gas has a great many purposes in your home.

Proving Heat

Providing heat with natural gas typically costs less than heating using electrical heaters. Savings can be up to 50% subject to your energy costs and efficiency.

Gas heats the air faster and offers better reliability.This is a big plus if you if you get power cuts

A Fireplace

Aside from general heating gas is perfect for having a fire in your home. With a gas fire, you still get all the ambiance and a warm home without the fuss.

Cooling Your Home

Natural gas air conditioning can offer an efficient way to keep cool.

Gas fueled air conditioning may be a higher price to begin with but is better value to run and maintain meaning a better return on your investment. Superior performance has the added positive impact of lowering your C02 emissions.

Heating Water

Natural gas water heaters come in two main designs, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Gas heaters are more rapid and more efficient than their electric substitutes. On-demand 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 almost always dug into the ground and guarded from the weather ensures you still have heating even if there’s a power outage.

Cooking Food

Everyone has encountered the phrase “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line designed to link the use of gas to effectiveness and efficiency.

Clever marketing or not the phrase is still around because it is true. A great many chefs and amature cooks choose natural gas for the ease with which you can control the size of the flame, and gas hobs also offer a more cost effective way of converting fuel into heat.

Tumble Dryers

You may not immediately think of using gas in your laundry room, however, natural gas clothes dryers have many advantages. Gas Dryers operate at a higher temperature thus drying clothes in less time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Outdoor Living

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

Impress friends as soon as they arrive with outdoor lighting, keep them toasty even when the temperature falls and get the food cooking outside, whenever you are ready, and without the worry of remembering to fill up your propane bottles.

Just like domestic water heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as fast as an electric heater. And gas outdoor heaters provide ambiance as well as providing heat for luxurious indoor-outdoor entertaining.

Advantages of Natural Gas Home Appliances

With any decision you make it makes sense to weight up the pros and the cons. Here are some of the benefits.

  • Gas is generally less expensive than electricity thus lowering your annual utility bills.
  • Natural gas devices tend to be more efficient making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Gas is an ecologically sound option as it is viewed as the cleanest of the fossil fuels, emitting around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Gas lines are generally run underground making supply less likely to get interrupted. This means you can continue to heat water even if the power goes out.At worst you might need to find a match.

Negatives of Natural Gas Appliances

  • Natural gas home appliances tend to are subject to a higher initial cost. Both the cost of the appliance and the installation cost are likely to be higher.
  • Having a gas line installed can be costly. The price will vary depending on a number of factors.
  • Having a natural gas line moved or extended can also cost a considerable amount so this should always be added to any cost benefit analysis.
  • Safety comes first and carbon monoxide can be an issue if natural gas home appliances are not properly installed or not maintained. Having a carbon monoxide alarm is essential is you use natural gas in your home.

Is a Gas Appliance The Right Choice for You?

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

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

Another key advantage of natural gas is stability of supply. If power failures 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.

Lastly, in environmental terms, while natural gas home appliances are generally more efficient you can’t power them from renewable sources in the same way you can electrical appliances. Choosing renewable energy could be more cost-effective and more environmentally responsible options in the long run.

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