Especially if you’re building a home for the first time, deciding between gas and electric appliances can be difficult. Both come with a range of advantages and disadvantages that homeowners have to think about before they make a choice. To help you make your decision the gas plumbers at Norman Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing have compiled some pros and cons of gas appliances.
Pro: Cheaper Than Electric
Natural gas is always cheaper than electric, particularly in the long run. While it may not be cost-effective to switch from electric to gas (or gas to electric) if you don’t already have a gas line, choosing all natural gas appliances can save you up to 30% on your monthly utility bills. Adding gas lines can be expensive and gas appliances are more expensive than electric ones up front, but these extra costs pay for themselves over time.
Pro: Energy Efficiency
Some gas appliances, particularly dryers, are often chosen specifically for their energy efficiency. This goes hand in hand with utility bills: the less energy your appliances use to get the job done, the more efficient they are. If you’re looking to improve your home’s energy efficiency, gas appliances are the way to go. Remember that, while they will cost more initially, natural gas appliances pay for themselves with their efficiency.
Pro: Superior Cooking Performance
It may not be the most important advantage for all homeowners, but many avid home cooks swear by gas ranges and grills. Gas ovens and cooktops last longer, with fear parts that are easier to maintain. They heat faster than electric ranges and provide superior cooking performance according to most professional and home chefs.
When it comes to grilling, nothing can beat the campfire flavor of food cooked over an actual flame. If cooking is an important part of your appliance choice, considering gas appliances is a must.
Con: Risk of Gas Leaks
One of the only negatives to choosing gas appliances is that natural gas is dangerously flammable and can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. However, gas leaks shouldn’t be a big concern if the appliances and gas lines are installed properly and your home has adequate ventilation. You’ll need to install a carbon monoxide detector if you don’t already have one, learn how to recognize the signs of a gas leak and know what to do in the unlikely event of a gas leak. Once you’ve done these things, you can rest easy knowing your home and family are prepared to stay safe while reaping the benefits of natural gas appliances.
Norman Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing has the experience and skills to help with any of your gas line and appliance needs. If you suspect a gas line leak, our gas plumbers will be able to quickly locate and repair the leak.
Contact us today for more information or to begin a service request for gas line repair.