Gas Appliances

Looking at natural gas devices might be a way to save money while seeing increases in comfort and efficiency.

Natural gas easy to extract in the US meaning that prices are low and stable, and shale gas is considered the cleanest fossil fuel, therefore, it can be seen as the environmentally responsible option.

If you already have natural gas installed in your house, or are buying a new dwelling you may wish to look at the likely advantages of using more gas and gas appliances.

Learn more about gas appliances below from United Appliance Repair:

What are Natural Gas Home Appliances?

A gas device employs natural gas as the dominant fuel source. These devices are a practicable substitute to electrically powered appliances.

In general you will still need to supply electricity to a gas appliance. The amount of electricity needed will vary from appliance to appliance. E.g, a natural gas boiler will provide hot water even during a power cut, whereas a natural gas dryer still requires electricity to make the drum turn.

Examples of Gas Home Appliances

Natural gas has many uses in your house.


Keeping yourself warm with gas generally costs less than keeping warm with electricity. Your expenditure could halve depending on your fuel tariffs and relative efficiency gains.

Gas heats the air more quickly and offers better reliability.This is a huge benefit if you experience regular power outages in the winter


As well as keeping your home warm gas is ideal for a log fire with real flames. With a gas fire, you still get real flames and a focal point without the mess.

Air Conditioning

Gas air conditioning can be an effective way to keep your home cool.

Gas fueled air conditioning requires a greater initial investment but is more cost effective to run and maintain meaning savings in the long term. Higher performance has the added benefit of reducing your C02 emissions.

Water Heating

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

The fact that natural gas lines are generally underground and guarded from the elements ensures you still have heating even when there’s a power outage.


We’ve all come across the saying “cooking with gas”. A great marketing strategy conceived to link gas with effectiveness and efficiency.

Regardless of the origin the saying is still around because it is accurate. The majority of chefs and home cooks choose gas for the fact that they can control the heat, and gas stoves also offer a much more efficient way of converting fuel into heat.

Tumble Dryers

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

Outdoor Living

Natural Gas doesn’t just have indoor uses. Outside, gas is a great power source for lighting and outdoor cooking and can even be used to heat your spa.

Impress your guests as soon as they arrive with driveway 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 worry of remembering to fill up your gas bottles.

Just like indoor heaters a pool or spa heater will get up to temperature twice as quickly as an electric heater. And gas outdoor heaters set the mood as well as giving warmth for luxurious indoor-outdoor living.

Pros of Natural Gas Home Appliances

With any decision you make it’s best weight up the pros and the cons. Here are some of the benefits of choosing Natural Gas.

  • Choosing natural gas will cut your energy bills.
  • Gas devices tend to be more efficient making them financially and environmentally viable.
  • Natural gas is an ecologically sound selection as it is the least environmentally damaging of the fossil fuels, with emissions of around 27% less C02 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 you get a power outage.

Negatives of Natural Gas Appliances

  • Gas devices usually have a higher initial investment. Both the price of the appliance and the installation cost 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 home appliances are not installed correctly or regularly maintained. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm is non-negotiable is you use gas in your home.

Is a Gas Appliance The Right Choice for You?

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

If your main driver is cost natural gas is at the moment the lower priced option. However, while studies show that three-quarters of new home buyers are choosing to have gas, converting to natural gas comes at a cost. Therefore, getting a quote for installing a gas line if you don’t already have one is a good first step.

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

Lastly, the environmental credentials of natural gas may be relatively short term, as you can’t power them from renewable sources like you can electrical devices. Installing renewable energy could be more cost-effective and more sustainable options in the long run.

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