Gas Appliances

Considering natural gas home appliances might be an option to lower expenditures while experiencing gains in comfort and efficiency.

There is a abundant supply of gas in the United States meaning that prices are low and stable, and gas is viewed as the cleanest non-renewable energy source, consequently, it can be seen as the most eco-friendly alternative.

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

Learn more about gas appliances below from C&L Fort Lauderdale Appliance Repair:

What are Natural Gas Appliances?

A natural gas appliance uses gas as the main fuel source. Gas appliances present a workable substitute to electrically powered appliances.

In most cases gas home appliances nevertheless will need an electrical outlet but use gas as the major fuel. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. E.g, a gas furnace can still be used even if the power goes out, whereas a gas tumble dryer still needs electricity to make the drum turn.

A List of Appliances That Operate Using Natural Gas.

Gas has many uses in your home.

Heating

Providing heat with natural gas is typically less expensive than heating your home using electrical heaters. Your outgoings could halve subject to your fuel costs and efficiency.

Natural gas heats the air in less time and offers better reliability.

Fireplaces

Aside from general heating gas is perfect for a fireplace. With a natural gas fire, you still get real flames and a focal point without the fuss.

Air Conditioning

Natural gas can be an efficient way to keep cool.

Natural gas air conditioning requires a bigger initial investment but is better value on an ongoing basis meaning savings in the long term. Better performance also has a positive impact on your carbon footprint.

Heating Water

There are two styles of natural gas water boilers, on demand and tank. Natural gas heaters are faster and more efficient than their electric counterparts. On-demand water heaters also provide a continuous supply even with high demand. Invaluable if you have a big household that indulges in long showers.

The fact that gas lines are usually underground and sheltered from the elements means you will still have heating even when there’s a power outage.

Preparing Food

Most people have come across the saying “cooking with gas”. A gas company marketing line designed to link the use of gas with effectiveness and efficiency.

Clever marketing or not the saying is used today because it is valid. The majority of chefs and amature cooks choose gas for the ability to control the heat, and natural gas hobs are also a much more efficient way of converting energy into heat.

Clothes Dryers

Natural gas might not be the immediate place your mind goes when it comes to drying clothes, however, gas clothes dryers can be an excellent choice. They dry clothes a few degrees hotter thus drying clothes in a shorter time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Outdoor Entertaining

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

Wow guests before they even get out of the car with path lights, keep them toasty on cool evenings and get a meal prepared outside, whenever you are ready, and without the need to remember to fill up your propane bottles.

Just like domestic water heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as fast as an electric equivalent. And natural gas outdoor heaters set the mood as well as giving warmth for luxurious outside living.

Pros of Gas Home Appliances

As with anything there are pros and cons to gas appliances. First up the pros of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Choosing gas will cut your power bills.
  • Natural gas appliances tend to use less energy making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Natural gas is an environmentally responsible option as it is viewed as the cleanest of the fossil fuels, emitting around 27% less C02 than oil and 45% less carbon dioxide than coal.
  • Natural gas lines are generally more reliable and less susceptible to damage or interruption This means you can continue to cook even if there’s no electricity supply.

Disadvantages of Gas Appliances

  • Natural gas home appliances usually are subject to a higher initial cost. Both the cost of the appliance and the associated installation costs are likely to be more for a natural gas appliance when comparing to electrical goods.
  • Installing a new gas line can be costly. The amount will vary depending on how close the nearest supply is to your home.
  • Moving or extending a gas line can also be expensive.
  • Safety comes first and carbon monoxide can be an issue if natural gas home appliances are not properly installed or not maintained. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm is non-negotiable is you use natural gas in your home.

Should You Choose Natural Gas?

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

If your main driver is cost gas is for the time being the cheaper option. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have gas, switching 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 reason to choose gas is stability of supply. If power outages happen often where you live then being able to heat water, heat or cool your home and cook during power cuts can be a big plus.

Finally, in environmental terms, while gas devices are generally more efficient you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical appliances. Choosing renewable energy may turn out to be more cost-effective and more eco-friendly options in the long run.

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