Gas Appliances

Considering switching to natural gas devices might be a good option to lower expenditures while experiencing gains in performance and productivity.

There is a high supply of gas in the United States resulting in low, stable prices, and shale gas is looked upon as the cleanest fossil fuel, consequently, it can be regarded as the greener alternative.

If you already have a natural gas line in your house, or are completing a new home you should look at the possible advantages of using more gas and gas home appliances.

Read more about gas appliances below from Lane Appliance Repair:

What is a Natural Gas Appliance?

A natural gas appliance makes use of natural gas as the primary power source. Gas devices afford a practicable alternative for electrical goods for heating your house, heating water, heating food and even cooling your home and clothes drying.

In the majority of cases natural gas appliances nevertheless will need an electricity supply but use gas as the major fuel. The quantity electric used depends on the type of appliance. E.g, a natural gas boiler will provide hot water even when there is a power outage, whereas a gas dryer still needs electricity to make the drum turn.

A List of Devices That Run On Gas

Natural gas is not just for cooking.

Proving Heat

Keeping yourself warm with gas typically costs less than heating using electrical heaters. The difference can be as much as 50% depending on your fuel tariffs and efficiency.

Gas heats the air faster and offers better reliability.This is due to gas lines being better protected than power lines.

A Fireplace

Apart from general heating natural gas is ideal for a fireplace. With a natural gas fire, you still get real flames and plenty of warmth without the fuss.

Keeping Cool

Gas air conditioners can offer an efficient way to keep cool.

Natural gas powered air conditioning are often more expensive initially but is better value to run and maintain meaning lower prices in the long term. Higher performance has the added upside of lowering your C02 emissions.

Hot Water

There are two styles of gas water heaters, non-tank and tank. Gas heaters are faster and more productive than electric water boilers. Tankless heaters also give a continuous supply even with high demand.

The fact that natural gas lines are generally underground and protected from the elements means you still have the ability to wash even when you don’t have electricity.

Cooking Food

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

Clever marketing or not the phrase has stuck around because it is valid. Most chefs choose natural gas for the ease with which you can control the size of the flame, and gas hobs provide a less wasteful way of turning energy into heat.

Dryers

Gas might not be the immediate place your mind goes when it comes to drying clothes, however, gas clothes dryers have many advantages. They heat the air at a higher temperature thus clothes dry in less time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Using Natural Gas Outside

Gas doesn’t just have indoor uses. Outside, gas is a popular choice for lighting and food prep and can even be used to heat your pool.

delight guests as soon as they arrive with path lighting, keep them warm on cool evenings and get a meal prepared outside, when you like, and without the need to remember to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like indoor water heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as quickly as an electric equivalent. And gas outdoor heaters set the mood as well as providing heat for the best outside entertaining.

Pros of Gas Home Appliances

As in all things there are pros and cons to gas appliances. First up the advantages of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Choosing gas will save you money on your energy bills.
  • Natural gas home appliances tend to be more efficient making them better for your wallet and for the environment.
  • Natural gas is an ecologically sound selection as it is considered the least environmentally damaging of the fossil fuels, emitting around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less carbon dioxide than coal.
  • Gas lines are generally more reliable and less susceptible to damage or interruption This means you can still heat your home even if there’s no electricity supply.At worst you might need to find a match.

Negatives of Natural gas Appliances

  • Gas appliances usually are subject to a higher initial cost. Both the price of the appliance and the cost to install are likely to be greater.
  • Installing a new gas line if you don’t already have one can be expensive. The price will vary depending on a number of factors, so it is worth talking to your supplier before making a final decision.
  • Moving or extending a gas line can also require a big outlay.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if natural gas appliances are not properly installed or not maintained. making sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm is non-negotiable is you use gas in your home.

Should You Choose Gas?

Making the decision between natural gas and electricity is not straightforward and the right 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 driver this can be a big part of the decision-making process. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have natural gas, retrospectively installing gas comes at a cost. Thus, getting a quote for installing a natural gas line if you don’t already have one is a good first step.

Another benefit of gas is reliability of supply. If power failures are common in your area then being able to heat water, heat or cool your home and cook during power cuts can be a huge benefit.

Finally, the eco-friendly credentials of gas may be relatively short term, as you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical goods. Choosing solar panels or a heat pump could be more cost-effective and more environmentally responsible options in the long run.

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