Gas Appliances

Thinking about gas appliances could be a way to lower expenditures while experiencing higher levels of performance and productivity.

There is a high supply of shale gas in the US meaning that prices per unit are low and stable, and natural gas is viewed as the cleanest fossil fuel, consequently, it can be viewed as the least environmentally damaging choice.

If you already have a gas line in your home, or are building a new home you may wish to consider the likely gains of choosing natural gas and gas household appliances. Learn more about gas appliances below from Able Reading Appliance Repair:

What are Gas Home Appliances?

A gas appliance employs natural gas as the dominant fuel source. Natural gas devices present a great alternative to electrically powered goods.

In many cases gas devices nevertheless require an electrical outlet but use natural gas as the major source of power. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. E.g, a natural gas water heater will produce hot water even when there is a power outage, whereas a natural gas tumble dryer still relies upon electricity to make the drum turn.

A List of Devices That Run On Gas.

Natural gas is about more than heating.


Heating your home with gas generally costs less than heating with electricity. Savings can be as much as 50% subject to your energy costs and efficiency.

Natural gas provides higher air temperatures and offers better reliability.This is very handy if you for winter power outages

An Indoor Fire

As well as general heating natural gas is great 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 mess.

Air Conditioning

Gas can be an effective means to keep your home cool, even if there is a power outage.

Gas fueled air conditioning can be more expensive initially but is cheaper to run and maintain meaning lower prices in the long term. Higher performance has the added upside of reducing your C02 emissions.

Heating Water

Gas water boilers come in two main designs, tank heaters and non-tank or on-demand heaters. Gas heaters are quicker and more fuel efficient than their electric substitutes. On-demand water heaters also provide a continuous supply.

The fact that gas lines are usually dug into the ground and guarded from the weather ensures you can still have the ability to wash even if there’s a power outage.

Preparing Food

Everyone has heard the phrase “cooking with gas”. A great commercial strategy designed to link gas to effectiveness and efficiency.

Regardless of the etiology the phrase has stuck around because it is true. Most chefs choose natural gas for the ease with which you can vary the size of the flame, and natural gas stoves are also a much more efficient way of turning energy into heat.

Tumble Dryers

Natural gas might not be the immediate thing you think of when it comes to laundry, however, natural gas tumble dryers can be an excellent choice. They operate a few degrees hotter thus drying clothes in less time.

Outdoor Living

You have to restrict your gas use to indoor appliances. When it comes to outdoor living, natural gas is often used for patio lights and outdoor cooking and even to heat your pool.

Impress guests before they even get out of the car with path lights, keep them toasty even when the temperature drops and get a meal prepared outside at the perfect temperature, when you like, and without the need to remember to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like domestic heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as quickly as an electric heater. And natural gas fire pits give atmosphere as well as providing heat for luxurious indoor-outdoor living.

Advantages of Gas Home Appliances

With any decision you make it’s best look at the pros and the cons. Here are some of the advantages of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Choosing natural gas will save you money on your power bills.
  • Gas home appliances tend to use less energy making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Gas is an environmentally responsible selection as it is viewed as the least environmentally damaging of the fossil fuels, emitting around 27% less C02 than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Gas lines are less exposed to the elements making supply more reliable. This means you can continue to cook even if there’s no electricity supply.

Negatives of Gas Home Appliances

  • Natural gas home appliances usually require a higher initial cost. Both the price of the appliance and the associated installation costs are likely to be more for a gas appliance when looking at next to electrical goods.
  • Installing a new gas line can be expensive. The cost will vary depending on a number of factors, so it is worth talking to your provider before making a final decision.
  • Having a natural gas line moved or extended can also require a big outlay so this should be added to any cost benefit analysis.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if natural gas devices are not properly installed or regularly maintained. making sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm is a must is you use natural gas in your home.

Should You Choose Gas?

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

If your main driver is cost natural gas is currently the lower priced option. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have natural gas, converting to gas is expensive. With this in mind, getting a quote for installing a gas line if you don’t already have one is a good place to start.

Another benefit of natural gas is reliability of supply. If power outages are common in your area then having appliances that continue to work during power cuts can be a big plus.

Finally, in environmental terms, while gas appliances 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 less expensive and more eco-friendly options in the long run.

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