Gas versus Electricity for Appliances
Comparing the Use of Gas and Electrical Household Appliances
By: Gallatin Shopper
Whether you choose gas or electrical appliances depends in part on your individual considerations when it comes to safety. Obviously, gas is a combustible material and for that reason, you must be made aware of the fact the potential of an explosion does exist.
Granted, in today's times, far more safety features are now in place to prevent such events from occurring, but that does not completely rule out the possibilities anytime an explosive material is in use.
Okay, so let's discuss the comparable factors for both gas and electricity. First and foremost in this discussion is the fact that in almost every location in which you may be living in, natural gas is the cheaper of materials to use over electrical costs.
Natural Gas is considered a clean fuel source. From an environmental state, natural gas burns clean and is considered safe to the environment.
If we compare the use of gas or electric central unit choices, the gas used in a central unit is contained outside the home and no gas fumes or residue are brought into the home through the duct work.
Electricity is the non-flammable fuel source but it comes at a higher price and for that convenience, you will pay more as a comparison to gas. Electricity has some drawbacks. In the event of a power outage, gas will not be affected and there are far fewer events that can affect a gas outage compared to an electrical outage.
With all situations and choices being equal as far as availability, and with safety precautions being in place, gas is the overall winner when selecting which to use for your stoves, water heaters, and central unit.
A gas stove will typically cost from 10% to 30% less to operate than an electrical stove, but the difference is the gas stove will react to temperature settings much faster, so cooking with gas is more responsive to changing the control settings.
Another key note is when discussing the choice of a gas or an electric central unit, gas central units provide a much better application of even heating throughout a home than electric. This alone is worth serious consideration. A house that is drafty or is less than adequately insulated will always have cold spots that an electrical central unit cannot compete with efficiently.