Gas Appliances

Thinking about gas appliances may be an option to lower expenditures at the same time as seeing increases in comfort, convenience and efficiency.

There is a abundant supply of gas in the United States resulting in low, stable equivalent prices, and shale gas is relatively the cleanest fossil fuel, therefore, it can be viewed as the greener alternative.

If you already have a gas line in your house, or are completing a new house you may wish to consider the likely benefits of choosing natural gas and gas household appliances.

Find more information about gas appliances below from Smithtown Appliance Repair:

What is a Gas Home Appliance?

A gas home appliance runs on natural gas as the main power source. These devices present a great alternative to electrically powered devices for heating your home, heating water, heating your food and even cooling your home and clothes drying.

In many situations natural gas home appliances nonetheless require an electricity supply but use natural gas as the primary source of power. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. For example, a natural gas water heater will still work even when there is a power outage, whereas a gas dryer still requires electricity to make the drum turn.

A List of Appliances That Run On Gas

Gas has any number of purposes in your home.


Heating your home with gas is typically less expensive than heating your home using electricity. Your expenditure could be cut in half depending on your energy prices and relative efficiency gains.

Gas provides higher air temperatures and offers better reliability.This is very handy if you if you get power cuts

A Fireplace

Aside from keeping your home warm gas is perfect for a log fire with real flames.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 mess.

Cooling Your Home

Natural gas air conditioning can offer an effective method to keep cool, even if there is a power cut.

Natural gas air conditioning may be a higher price to install but is cheaper on an ongoing basis meaning savings in the long term. Higher efficiency has the added benefit of reducing your carbon footprint.

Water Heaters

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

The fact that gas lines are almost always hidden and guarded from the elements ensures you will still have hot water even if there’s a power outage.

Cooking Food

Most people have heard the phrase “cooking with gas”. A great advertising line conceived to link the use of gas with effectiveness and efficiency.

Regardless of the etiology the phrase has stuck around because it is valid. A great many chefs choose gas for the ease with which you can vary the heat, and natural gas stoves provide a more cost effective way of converting energy into heat.

Tumble Dryers

You might not instantly think of using natural gas to dry your clothes, however, gas tumble dryers have many advantages. They dry clothes at a higher temperature thus clothes dry in a shorter time.

Using Gas Outside

Natural Gas doesn’t just have indoor uses. Outside the home, natural gas is a great power source for patio lights and outdoor cooking and even to heat your pool.

Impress friends before they even get out of the car with outdoor lights, keep them toasty on cool evenings and get food cooked outside, whenever you are ready, and without the having to go to fill up your propane bottles.

Just like indoor heaters a pool or spa heater will heat the water twice as quickly as an electric equivalent. And natural gas fire pits set the mood as well as providing warmth for perfect outside living.

Benefits of Gas Home Appliances

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

  • Choosing natural gas will cut your power bills.
  • Natural gas devices tend to be more efficient making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Natural gas is an ecologically sound choice as it is the least environmentally damaging of the fossil fuels, contributing around 27% less carbon dioxide than oil and 45% less C02 than coal.
  • Gas supplies are generally more reliable and less susceptible to damage or interruption This means you can still cool your home even if there’s no electricity supply.At worst you might need to find a match.

Cons of Natural gas Appliances

  • Gas appliances tend to have a higher initial outlay. Both the value 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 cost will vary depending on a number of factors.
  • Moving or extending a gas line can also require a big outlay.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a killer if natural gas appliances are not properly installed or not maintained. Having a carbon monoxide alarm is non-negotiable is you use gas in your home.

Is a Natural Gas Appliance Right for You?

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

Currently natural gas is almost always cheaper than electricity, so if the cost is your main driver this can be a big part of the decision-making process. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have gas, retrospectively installing gas comes at a cost. Thus, getting a quote for installing a gas line if you don’t currently have gas appliances is a good place to start.

Another key advantage of natural gas is that you are less likely to get interruptions in supply. If power failures happen often in your area then being able to heat water, heat or cool your home and cook during power cuts can count for a lot.

Finally, the sustainability credentials of gas may be relatively short term, as you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical devices. Opting for solar panels or a heat pump could be more cost-effective and more environmentally responsible options in the long run.

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