Gas Appliances

Looking at switching to natural gas devices may be an option to lower expenditures while experiencing higher levels of comfort and efficiency.

Gas is in plentiful supply in the United States meaning that costs are low and stable, and gas is considered to be the least polluting fossil fuel, consequently, it can be seen as the environmentally responsible alternative.

If you already have natural gas installed in your home, or are buying a new dwelling you may wish to consider the possible benefits of choosing natural gas and natural gas appliances.

Find more information about gas appliances below from Action Mansfield Appliance Repair:

What is a Gas Home Appliance?

A gas home appliance runs on natural gas as the primary fuel source. Natural gas devices offer a workable substitute to electrical appliances.

In general you will still need to supply electricity to a gas appliance. The amount of electric needed depends on how the appliance works. For example, 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 Operate Using Gas.

Gas can be used for more than cooking.

Heating

Keeping yourself warm with natural gas is typically less expensive than keeping warm using electricity. Your outgoings could be cut in half depending on your energy prices and relative efficiency gains.

Natural gas heats the air in less time and is more reliable.

A Fireplace

As well as heating natural gas is ideal for having a fire in your home. With a natural gas fireplace, you still get that open fire feeling and a focal point without the fuss.

Keeping Cool

Natural gas air conditioning can offer an efficient way to keep your home cool, even if there is a power failure.

Gas fueled air conditioning may be more expensive to install but is more cost effective on an ongoing basis meaning cost savings in the long term. Superior efficiency has the added benefit of reducing your carbon footprint.

Water Heating

Natural gas water boilers come in two main designs, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Natural gas heaters are quicker and more productive than their electric substitutes. Tankless heaters also give a continuous supply even with high demand.

The fact that gas lines are usually underground and sheltered from the weather means you still have heating even if you don’t have electricity.

Cooking

We’ve all encountered the phrase “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line designed to link the use of gas with effectiveness and efficiency.

Clever marketing or not the phrase stuck because it is valid. The majority of chefs and amature cooks choose natural gas for the ability to control the temperature, and natural gas ranges provide a much more efficient way of converting energy into heat.

Clothes Dryers

Gas might not be the first place your mind goes when it comes to laundry, however, gas tumble dryers can be an excellent choice. Gas Dryers dry clothes a few degrees hotter thus clothes dry in less time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Using Gas Outside

You have to restrict your gas use to indoor appliances. Outside, natural gas is often used for lighting and outdoor cooking and even to heat your spa.

Wow guests before they even reach the front door with outdoor lights, keep them cosy on cool evenings and get the food cooking outside at the perfect temperature, whenever you are ready, and without the need to remember to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like indoor heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as fast as an electric equivalent. And natural gas outdoor heaters give atmosphere as well as giving heat for luxurious outside living.

Advantages of Gas Appliances

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

  • Gas is generally less expensive than electricity saving you money on your annual power bills.
  • Gas appliances tend to use less energy making them more sustainable for your wallet and for the planet.
  • Gas is an environmentally responsible selection 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.
  • Natural gas lines are less exposed to the elements making supply more reliable. This means you can still cook even if there’s no electricity supply.

Negatives of Natural gas Home Appliances

  • Natural gas devices usually have a higher initial outlay. Both the price of the appliance and the cost to install are likely to be greater.
  • Installing a new gas line can be costly. The cost will vary depending on a number of factors.
  • Moving or extending a natural gas line can also be expensive.
  • Safety comes first and carbon monoxide can be an issue if gas home appliances are not installed correctly or regularly maintained. making sure you have 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 may not be the optimal decision for everyone.

Currently gas is almost always cheaper than electricity, so if the price 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, switching to gas comes at a cost. With this in mind, 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 reason to choose natural gas is that you are less likely to get interruptions in supply. If power failures happen often in your area then being able to heat water, heat or cool your home and cook during power failures can count for a lot.

Finally, in environmental terms, while natural gas home appliances are generally more efficient you can’t switch them to renewable sources like you can electrical goods. Choosing renewable energy may turn out to be a better investment and more eco-friendly options in the long run.

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