Appliances: Gas vs Electric

Appliances: Gas vs. Electric

Love is in the air, it could be the smell of freshly baked cookies from your oven, the cozy warmth of your fireplace, or that new outfit you have pressed & ready for your romantic dinner date. Yes, Valentine’s Day has arrived. Whether you have used the oven, fireplace or dryer for Cupids big day, we have a guide to help you in what type of appliances you want for your home.

So, let’s pop the question...

Will you...choose gas or electric for your appliances?

When it comes to natural gas it is typically cheaper than electricity. Consumer Affairs says “Choosing all gas appliances can save you up to 30 percent on your utility bill.” This may not matter though, if your home is not set up for gas. Converting a home to gas will be costly, but so will be converting your home to electric. Ultimately, gas appliances cost more upfront, but with gas you save money on your utility bill over time.

You also need to consider the safety of each appliance. Electric appliances should be installed & maintained properly or you risk injury through fire or electrocution. Gas appliances can carry its own risks as well. But, through proper ventilation and by installing carbon monoxide alarms, you will help prevent the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Clothes Dryers

When it comes to clothes dryers it ultimately depends on your laundry room’s setup. Gas dryers are more expensive to buy, but are cheaper to operate. Electric dryers are cheaper in the beginning and some electric dryers require a vent for the outside while others do not.

Fireplaces

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Electric fireplaces are known to be safer since they do not have flames and cool quicker in case they are touched. They are also known to be more cost saving. There is not a flame with electric fireplaces, but carry heat through hot coils. As for gas fireplaces, they have a real flame with faux logs and can create a feeling that is inviting. They do tend to run more expensive than electric fireplaces.

Stoves and Ovens

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Choosing gas or electric stoves and ovens depend on whether you are big into cooking and what is most convenient for your lifestyle. For starters, electric stoves and ovens are known to heat more evenly than gas and can be easier to clean, verses, gas stoves and ovens, which have drip pans and stovetop grates that require cleaning. Gas stovetops do heat more evenly and faster than the electric stovetops.

We wont judge if you choose your old flame or that electric model you locked eyes with from across the room, in the end its what suits your needs best.

APPLIANCESErin EbertComment