Gas Appliances

Thinking about natural gas devices may be an option to lower expenditures while seeing higher levels of performance and productivity.

There is a abundant supply of shale gas in the US resulting in low, stable costs, and natural gas is relatively the least polluting fossil fuel, therefore, it can be regarded as the environmentally responsible option.

If you already have natural gas installed in your home, or are completing a new house you may wish to consider the probable advantages of gas home appliances and natural gas home appliances.

Learn more about gas appliances here from Magic Appliance Repair:

What are Natural Gas Home Appliances?

A natural gas appliance employs gas as the main fuel source. These appliances offer a viable alternative for electrically powered goods for heating your home, heating water, heating your food and even cooling your home and drying your clothes.

In general you will still need to supply electricity to a gas appliance. The amount of electricity needed depends on the type of appliance. E.g, a natural gas furnace can still be used even during a power cut, whereas a gas dryer still relies upon electrical components.

Examples of Natural Gas Home Appliances

Gas can be used for more than heating.

Keeping You Warm

Providing heat with natural gas generally costs less than heating your home using electricity. Savings can be up to 50% depending on your energy tariffs and relative efficiency gains.

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

An Indoor Fire

As well as keeping your home warm natural gas is great for a log fire with real flames. With a gas fire, you still get real flames and plenty of warmth without the mess.

Cooling Your Home

Natural gas can offer an adept means to keep cool.

Natural gas powered air conditioning requires a higher initial investment but is more cost effective on an ongoing basis meaning a better return on your investment. Better effectiveness has the added benefit of cutting your carbon footprint.

Water Heating

There are two styles of natural gas water heaters, on demand and tank. Gas heaters are faster and more productive than electric water heaters. On-demand water heaters also give a continuous supply. Handy if you have a big household that enjoys long showers.

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

Preparing Food

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

Regardless of the etiology the saying stuck because it is true. Most chefs and amateur cooks choose natural gas for the ability to vary the size of the flame, and natural gas hobs are also a less wasteful way of turning fuel into heat.

Clothes Dryers

You might not immediately think of using natural gas to dry your clothes, however, gas tumble dryers can be an excellent choice. They dry clothes at a higher temperature thus drying clothes in less time.

Outdoor Entertaining

Gas doesn’t just have indoor uses. Outside, natural gas is often used for patio lights and cooking and can even be used to heat your pool.

Impress guests as soon as they arrive with driveway lighting, keep them cosy even when the temperature falls and get food cooked outside, when you like, and without the worry of remembering to fill up your propane bottles.

Just like domestic heaters a pool or spa heater will heat the water twice as quickly as an electric equivalent. And gas fire pits give ambiance as well as providing heat for the best indoor-outdoor living.

Advantages of Natural Gas Appliances

As in all things there are pros and cons to gas devices. Here are some of the benefits.

  • Gas is generally less expensive than electricity thus lowering your annual power bills.
  • Natural gas devices tend to be more efficient making them a more sustainable choice for your wallet and for the planet.
  • Gas is an environmentally responsible choice as it is viewed as the least environmentally damaging of the fossil fuels, contributing around 27% less carbon dioxide 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 still cool your home even if you get a power outage.At worst you might need to find a match.

Disadvantages of Natural gas Appliances

  • Gas appliances generally have a higher initial investment. Both the value of the appliance and the associated installation costs are likely to be more for a natural gas appliance when looking at next to electrical appliances.
  • Installing a new gas line can be costly. The price will vary depending on a number of factors, so it is worth talking to your supplier before deciding.
  • Having a gas line moved or extended can also require a big outlay so this should be included in any price analysis.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if gas devices are not installed correctly or regularly maintained. making sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm is a must is you use gas in your home.

Is a Natural Gas Appliance Right for You?

Making the change between natural gas and electricity is not always simple and the best choice for you might not be the best decision for everyone.

If your main driver is cost natural gas is currently the cheaper fuel. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have gas, switching to gas is expensive. Therefore, finding out how much a new gas line would cost if you don’t already have one is a good first step.

Another benefit of natural gas is stability of supply. If power cuts 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, the environmental credentials of gas could be considered as relatively short term, as you can’t switch them to renewable sources in the same way you can electrical appliances. Opting for solar panels or a heat pump may turn out to be less expensive and more eco-friendly options in the long run.

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