Looking at gas appliances may be a way to reduce your bills at the same time as seeing higher levels of comfort and efficiency.
Natural gas is in plentiful supply in the US meaning that prices are low and stable, and natural gas is considered the cleanest fossil fuel, consequently, it can be viewed as the least environmentally damaging choice.
If you already have natural gas installed in your house, or are completing a new house you might think about the likely gains of using more gas and natural gas household appliances.
Read more about gas appliances below from Texas Appliance Repair Masters:
What are Gas Home Appliances?
A natural gas device makes use of natural gas as the primary power source. Natural gas devices present a great alternative for electrical home appliances.
In the majority of instances gas appliances still require an electrical outlet but use gas as the main fuel. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. E.g, a natural gas stove will still operate even if the electricity cuts out, whereas a gas tumble dryer still relies upon electrical components to make the drum turn.
A List of Appliances That Operate Using Natural Gas.
Gas could have a great many uses in your house.
Providing heat with natural gas is usually less expensive than keeping warm using electrical heaters. Your costs could be cut in half subject to your fuel costs and relative efficiency gains.
Gas makes the air hotter in a shorter time and offers better reliability.This is due to gas lines being better protected than power lines.
Aside from heating gas is perfect for a fireplace.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 a focal point without the fuss.
Gas air conditioning can be an adept means to cool your home.
Natural gas fueled air conditioning requires a greater initial investment but is cheaper on an ongoing basis meaning cost savings in the long term. Better performance has the added positive impact of lowering your C02 emissions.
Gas water heaters come in two forms, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Gas heaters are more rapid and more productive than electric water heaters. On-demand water heaters also give a continuous supply even with high demand.
The fact that natural gas lines are almost always underground and protected from the elements means you still have the ability to wash even when there’s a power outage.
Everyone has come across the saying “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line created to link natural gas to effectiveness and efficiency.
Regardless of the origin the saying has stuck around because it is accurate. A great many chefs choose gas for the ease with which you can control the temperature, and natural gas ranges also offer a more cost effective way of converting energy into heat.
Natural gas might not be the immediate place your mind goes when it comes to drying clothes, however, gas dryers can be an excellent choice. They heat the air a few degrees hotter thus clothes dry in a shorter time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.
Did you know you don’t just have to use natural gas inside your home? Outside, gas is often used for lighting and outdoor cooking and can even be used to heat your spa.
Impress guests before they even reach the front door with path lights, keep them cosy even when the temperature falls and get food cooked outside, when you like, and without the need to remember to fill up your gas bottles.
Just like domestic heaters a pool or spa heater will heat the water twice as fast as an electric heater. And gas outdoor heaters offer ambiance as well as offering heat for perfect outside entertaining.
Advantages of Gas Home Appliances
With any decision you make it makes sense to weight up the pros and the cons. First up the pros.
- Natural gas is generally less expensive than electricity saving you money on your annual energy bills.
- Natural gas devices tend to be more efficient making them a more sustainable choice for your wallet and for the environment.
- Natural gas is an ecologically sound option as it is considered the least polluting of the fossil fuels, contributing 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 continue to heat your home even if the power goes out.At worst you might need to find a match.
Disadvantages of Natural gas Home Appliances
- Gas home appliances usually require a higher initial cost. Both the cost of the appliance and the cost to install are likely to be more.
- Having a gas line installed can be expensive. The price will vary depending on how close the nearest supply is to your home.
- Moving or extending a gas line can also be expensive.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if gas devices are not properly installed or regularly maintained. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm is a must is you use gas in your home.
Should You Choose Gas?
Making the change between gas and electricity is not always simple and the best choice for you might not be the optimal decision for everyone.
If your main driver is cost gas is for the time being the least expensive fuel. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have gas, converting to 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 place to start.
Another key advantage of gas is that you are less likely to get interruptions in supply. If power cuts happen often where you live then having appliances that continue to work during outages can be a big plus.
Lastly, the environmental credentials of gas may be relatively short term, as you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical home appliances. Choosing renewable energy could be more cost-effective and more eco-friendly options in the long run.