Gas Appliances

Thinking about switching to natural gas appliances might be a way to lower expenditures at the same time as experiencing increases in performance and productivity.

Gas is in plentiful supply in the US resulting in low, stable prices, and shale gas is looked upon as the least polluting non-renewable energy source, thus, it can be viewed as the environmentally responsible option.

If you already have a natural gas line in your home, or are buying a new dwelling you should look at the likely benefits of switching to gas and natural gas home appliances.

Read more about gas appliances here from Eastvale Appliance Repair:

What are Gas Home Appliances?

A gas device runs on gas as the main power source. Natural gas devices afford a great substitute for electrically powered home appliances.

In general you will still need to plug in a gas appliance. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. For example, a gas furnace can still be used even when there is a power outage, whereas a gas tumble dryer still requires electricity to make the drum turn.

A List of Home Appliances That Run On Natural Gas

Gas isn’t just for heating.

Heating

Heating your home with gas is generally less expensive than providing heat using electrical heaters. Your costs could be cut in half subject to your fuel costs and efficiency.

Gas makes the air hotter in a shorter time and is more reliable.This is very handy if you for winter power outages

Fireplaces

As well as heating natural gas is perfect for a log fire with real flames. Forget the hassle of having to collect or buy logs or clean out the ashes. With a gas fire, you still get real flames and a warm home without the hassle.

Keeping Cool

Gas can be an effective means to keep cool.

Gas air conditioning are often a higher price to install but is cheaper on an ongoing basis meaning a better return on your investment. Better performance also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Water Heaters

Natural gas water heaters come in two main designs, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Natural gas heaters are faster and more fuel efficient than electric water boilers. On-demand heaters also provide a continuous supply even with high demand. Which is useful if you have a big family that enjoys long showers.

The fact that natural gas lines are almost always hidden and sheltered from the elements means you can still have hot water even when there’s a power outage.

Preparing Food

Most people have heard the saying “cooking with gas”. A great commercial strategy created to link the use of natural gas with effectiveness and efficiency.

Regardless of the origin the saying has stuck around because it is true. Most chefs and home cooks choose gas for the ease with which you can vary the temperature, and gas hobs are also a more cost effective way of converting energy into heat.

Tumble Dryers

You may not instantly think of using gas in your laundry room, however, natural gas tumble dryers have many advantages. Gas Dryers heat the air at a higher temperature thus drying clothes in a shorter time.

Outdoor Living

Gas doesn’t just have indoor uses. Outside the home, natural gas is a great power source for patio lights and cooking and even to heat your spa.

Wow your guests before they even reach the front door with driveway lights, keep them toasty on cool evenings and get food cooked outside at the perfect temperature, when you like, and without the worry of remembering to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like domestic water heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as rapidly as an electric equivalent. And gas outdoor heaters offer ambiance as well as offering comfort for the best outside entertaining.

Pros of Gas Home Appliances

As with anything there are pros and cons to natural gas devices. Here are some of the benefits of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Choosing gas will cut your energy bills.
  • Natural gas home appliances tend to use less energy making them more sustainable for your wallet and for the environment.
  • Natural gas is an ecologically sound choice as it is considered the least polluting of the fossil fuels, with emissions of around 27% less C02 than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Gas lines are generally more reliable and less susceptible to damage or interruption This means you can still heat water even if there’s no electricity supply.At worst you might need to find a match.

Disadvantages of Gas Appliances

  • Gas home appliances tend to require a higher initial outlay. Both the value of the appliance and the associated installation costs are likely to be higher.
  • Installing a new gas line if you don’t already have one can be costly. The price will vary depending on how close the nearest supply is to your home.
  • Moving or extending a natural gas line can also be expensive.
  • Safety first! Carbon monoxide can be an issue if natural gas home appliances 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 The Right Choice for You?

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

Currently natural gas is almost always less expensive than electricity, so if the cost is your main motivation 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 natural gas is expensive. Thus, getting a quote for installing a gas line if you don’t currently have gas appliances is a good first step.

Another key advantage of natural gas is that you are less likely to get interruptions in supply. If power failures are common where you live then having appliances that continue to work during outages can count for a lot.

Finally, in environmental terms, while natural gas appliances are generally more efficient you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical appliances. Installing renewable energy could be less expensive and more environmentally responsible options in the long run.

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