Gas Appliances

Considering natural gas devices may be a good option to reduce your bills while seeing gains in ease, efficiency and performance.

There is a high supply of natural gas in the United States meaning that prices per unit are low and stable, and natural gas is considered to be the least polluting non-renewable energy source, thus, it can be regarded as the least environmentally damaging alternative.

If you already have gas installed in your house, or are building a new home you should look at the potential advantages of switching to gas and natural gas appliances.

Learn more about gas appliances here from Old Town Orange Appliance Repair:

What are Natural Gas Home Appliances?

A natural gas device makes use of natural gas as the main power source. Natural gas goods are a workable alternative for electrical goods for heating your house, heating water, heating food and even air conditioning and laundry.

In the majority of cases natural gas appliances still require an electricity supply but use natural gas as the main fuel. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. E.g, a gas range will still operate even if the electricity cuts out, whereas a gas dryer still relies upon electrical components to make the drum turn.

A List of Devices That Operate Using Gas.

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

Heating

Heating your home with gas typically costs less than providing heat using electricity. Savings can be as much as 50% depending on your energy costs and relative efficiency gains.

Gas provides higher air temperatures and offers better reliability.

A Fireplace

Aside from keeping your home warm natural gas is perfect for having a fire in your home.Forget the hassle of having to collect or buy logs or clean out the ashes. With a gas fire, you still get that open fire feeling and plenty of warmth without the hassle.

Cooling

Natural gas air conditioning can offer an effective method to keep your home cool.

Natural gas fueled air conditioning are often a higher price to install but is better value to run and maintain meaning a better return on your investment. Higher performance also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Water Heaters

Gas water heaters come in two forms, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Gas heaters are more rapid and more fuel efficient than electric water boilers. On-demand heaters also give a continuous supply even with high demand. Invaluable if you have a big family that indulges in long showers.

The fact that gas lines are usually dug into the ground and sheltered from the weather means you can still have heating even when there’s a power outage.

Cooking Food

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

Clever marketing or not the saying has stuck around because it is true. Most chefs choose natural gas for the ability to vary the size of the flame, and gas ranges also offer a less wasteful way of turning fuel into heat.

Clothes Dryers

Gas might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to laundry, however, gas dryers can be an excellent choice. Gas Dryers work at a higher temperature thus drying clothes in less time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Outdoor Living

Did you know you don’t just have to use natural gas inside your home? Outside the home, natural gas is often used for lighting and cooking and even to heat your spa.

Impress your guests as soon as they arrive with path lights, keep them cosy on cool evenings and get the food cooking outside, when you like, and without the having to go to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like indoor water heaters a pool or spa heater will heat the water twice as fast as an electric equivalent. And gas outdoor heaters offer atmosphere as well as providing heat for perfect indoor-outdoor living.

Advantages of Natural Gas Home Appliances

As in all things there are pros and cons to natural gas home appliances. Here are some of the advantages.

  • Choosing gas will reduce your power bills.
  • Natural gas appliances tend to be more efficient making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Gas is an eco-friendly option as it is the least polluting of the fossil fuels, contributing 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 cool your home even if you get a power outage.At worst you might need to find a match.

Disadvantages of Natural gas Home Appliances

  • Natural gas home appliances usually have a higher initial outlay. Both the cost 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 expensive. The price will vary depending on how close the nearest supply is to your home.
  • Moving or extending a gas line can also cost a considerable amount.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if gas devices are not installed correctly or not maintained. Having a carbon monoxide alarm is essential is you use gas in your home.

Is a Gas Appliance Right for You?

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

If your main driver is cost gas is for the time being the lower priced option. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have natural gas, converting to natural gas comes at a cost. Therefore, getting a quote for installing a gas line if you don’t currently have gas appliances is a good place to start.

Another benefit of gas is reliability of supply. If power outages happen often in your area then having appliances that continue to work during outages 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 appliances. Opting for renewable energy could be a better investment and more sustainable options in the long run.

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