Gas Appliances

Considering natural gas home appliances could be an option to lower expenditures at the same time as experiencing increases in comfort, convenience and efficiency.

Natural gas easy to extract in the US meaning that equivalent prices are low and stable, and gas is viewed as the least polluting fossil fuel, thus, it can be viewed as the least environmentally damaging choice.

If you already have a gas line in your house, or are buying a new dwelling you should consider the possible benefits of switching to natural gas and natural gas household appliances.

Learn more about gas appliances here from Dynamic Dayton Appliance Repair:

What are Gas Home Appliances?

A natural gas appliance runs on gas as the primary power source. These appliances present a practicable substitute to electrical devices for heating your home, providing hot water, heating your food and even air conditioning and clothes drying.

In most instances natural gas devices nonetheless require an electrical outlet but use gas as the major source of power. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. For example, a gas furnace can still be used even if the electricity cuts out, whereas a gas tumble dryer still relies upon electricity to make the drum turn.

Different Gas Appliances

Natural gas can have any number of purposes in your house.

Proving Heat

Keeping yourself warm with gas usually costs less than keeping warm with electricity. The reduction can be as high as 50% subject to your energy prices and relative efficiency gains.

Gas provides higher air temperatures and offers better reliability.

A Fireplace

Aside from heating gas is great for a fireplace.Forget the hassle of having to collect or buy logs or clean out the ashes. With a gas fireplace, you still get real flames and a warm home without the mess.

Air Conditioning

Gas air conditioners can be an adept method to keep your home cool.

Gas powered air conditioning may be more costly to install but is more cost effective to run and maintain meaning a better return on your investment. Superior efficiency has the added positive impact of lowering your carbon footprint.

Water Heating

There are two types of natural gas water boilers, non-tank and tank. Natural gas heaters are faster and more efficient than electric water heaters. On-demand water heaters also offer a continuous supply.

The fact that natural gas lines are usually hidden and guarded from the weather ensures you will still have hot water even if you don’t have electricity.

Cooking Food

We’ve all encountered the phrase “cooking with gas”. A great advertising strategy designed to link the use of natural gas to effectiveness and efficiency.

Clever marketing or not the saying has stuck around because it is true. Most chefs and home cooks choose natural gas for the fact that they can vary the temperature, and gas stoves also offer a less wasteful way of turning fuel into heat.

Clothes Dryers

Natural gas might not be the immediate place your mind goes when it comes to laundry, however, gas dryers can be an excellent choice. They operate at a higher temperature thus drying clothes in a shorter time.

Outdoor Living

Did you know you don’t just have to use natural gas inside your home? Outside the home, gas is a popular choice for lighting and food prep and even to heat your pool.

delight your guests before they even reach the front door with outdoor lights, keep them cosy on cool evenings and get dinner ready outside, when you like, and without the having to go to fill up your propane bottles.

Just like indoor water heaters a pool or spa heater will heat the water twice as fast as an electric equivalent. And gas fire pits provide atmosphere as well as giving warmth for perfect outside living.

Advantages of Gas Home Appliances

With any decision you make it makes sense to look at the pros and the cons. First up the advantages of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Choosing gas will reduce your utility bills.
  • Natural gas home appliances tend to be more efficient making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Natural gas is an eco-friendly selection as it is considered the least polluting of the fossil fuels, contributing around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less carbon dioxide than coal.
  • Gas lines are less exposed to the elements making supply more reliable. 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 Home Appliances

  • Gas appliances generally are subject to a higher initial cost. Both the cost 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 amount will vary depending on how close the nearest supply is to your home, so it is worth talking to your energy company before deciding.
  • Moving or extending a gas line can also require a big outlay.
  • Safety comes first and carbon monoxide can be an issue if gas home appliances are not installed correctly or regularly maintained. Having a carbon monoxide alarm is a must is you use gas in your home.

Is a Gas Appliance Right for You?

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

Currently natural gas is almost always cheaper 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, retrospectively installing 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 first step.

Another reason to choose 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 outages can be a huge benefit.

Finally, in environmental terms, while gas devices are generally more efficient you can’t switch them to renewable sources like you can electrical devices. Opting for renewable energy may turn out to be more cost-effective and more environmentally responsible options in the long run.

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