Gas Appliances

Looking at switching to natural gas home appliances might be a good option to lower expenditures while experiencing increases in ease, efficiency and performance.

There is a plentiful supply of natural gas in the United States resulting in low, stable costs, and gas is looked upon as the least polluting non-renewable energy source, thus, it can be viewed as the least environmentally damaging choice.

If you already have gas installed at home, or are building a new house you might look at the probable gains of gas home appliances and natural gas appliances.

Learn more about gas appliances below from Excel Appliance Repair:

What are Gas Appliances?

A gas device employs natural gas as the dominant power source. Natural gas home appliances afford a great substitute for electrically powered devices.

Generally you will still need to plug in a gas appliance. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. For example, a natural gas heater can still be used even if the electricity cuts out, whereas a gas tumble dryer still needs electrical components to make the drum turn.

Examples of Natural Gas Home Appliances

Gas can be used for more than cooking.


Providing heat with natural gas usually costs less than keeping warm using electrical heaters. Your expenditure could halve subject to your energy tariffs and relative efficiency gains.

Natural gas makes the air hotter in a shorter time and is more reliable.This is due to gas lines being better protected than power lines.

An Indoor Fire

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 natural gas fire, you still get that open fire feeling and plenty of warmth without the mess.

Cooling Your Home

Natural gas air conditioning can be an efficient method to keep cool.

Gas powered air conditioning requires a bigger initial investment but is better value to run and maintain meaning savings in the long term. Superior performance has the added benefit of lowering your C02 emissions.

Water Heaters

There are two types of natural gas water boilers, on demand and tank. Gas heaters are quicker and more efficient than electric water boilers. On-demand heaters also give a continuous supply even with high demand. Handy if you have a big family that appreciates long showers.

The fact that gas lines are usually hidden and protected from the weather means you can still have hot water even when you don’t have electricity.

Cooking Food

Most people have encountered the saying “cooking with gas”. A great commercial strategy created to link the use of natural gas with effectiveness and efficiency.

Regardless of the etiology the phrase is used today because it is valid. The majority of chefs choose gas for the ability to control the heat, and gas hobs provide a more cost effective way of turning fuel into heat.

Clothes Dryers

You might not immediately think of using natural gas in your laundry room, however, natural gas dryers are a great choice. They operate at a higher temperature thus clothes dry in less time and clothes have to endure less tumbling.

Outdoor Living

You have to restrict your natural gas use to indoor appliances. When it comes to outdoor living, natural gas is a popular choice for lighting and food prep and can even be used to heat your spa.

Wow your guests before they even get out of the car with path lighting, keep them toasty even when the temperature falls and get dinner ready outside at the perfect temperature, whenever you are ready, and without the worry of remembering to fill up your propane bottles.

Just like domestic heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as rapidly as an electric equivalent. And gas outdoor heaters set the mood as well as giving heat for perfect indoor-outdoor entertaining.

Pros of Gas Home Appliances

With any decision you make it makes sense to investigate the pros and the cons. First up the pros.

  • Natural gas is generally less expensive than electricity thus lowering your annual utility bills.
  • Gas appliances tend to use less energy making them better for your wallet and for the environment.
  • Gas is an ecologically sound choice as it is viewed as the least polluting of the fossil fuels, with emissions of around 27% less C02 than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Gas lines are generally run underground making supply more reliable. This means you can continue to heat water even if there’s no electricity supply.

Disadvantages of Natural gas Home Appliances

  • Natural gas home appliances generally require a higher initial outlay. Both the cost of the appliance and the associated installation costs are likely to be higher.
  • Having a natural gas line installed if you don’t already have one can be costly. The cost will vary depending on a number of factors.
  • Having a natural gas line moved or extended can also cost a considerable amount so this should always be added to any cost comparisons.
  • Safety first! Carbon monoxide can be an issue if natural gas appliances are not installed correctly or not maintained. Having a carbon monoxide alarm is essential is you use natural gas in your home.

Is a Gas Appliance Right for You?

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

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

Another key advantage of natural gas is reliability of supply. If power cuts happen often in your area then being able to heat water, heat or cool your home and cook during outages can count for a lot.

Lastly, the environmental credentials of gas may be relatively short term, as you can’t power them from renewable sources in the same way you can electrical goods. Installing solar panels or a heat pump may turn out to be more cost-effective and more environmentally responsible options in the long run.

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