When you’re in the market for new home appliances, the choice of gas or electric might require some extra research. Never fear! Parker & Sons Plumbing can help you figure out whether gas or electric is right for you.
When it comes to monthly utility costs, gas is almost always cheaper than electricity (a major reason for its spike in popularity). Using all gas appliances can save you up to 30% on monthly utility bills, but that isn’t the only factor when comparing costs.
If you don’t already have gas hookups for your home, rerouting gas lines and installing new gas appliances will cost you before you even calculate the price of the appliance itself. Similarly, switching to electric appliances requires services to install electric lines and cap gas lines. While both are pricey, switching from gas to electric is generally cheaper.
Both gas and electric come with a few safety hazards, so the most important thing to remember when comparing the two is that proper installation and maintenance matters. For gas appliances, adequate ventilation and regularly tested carbon monoxide detectors are essential to keeping you safe. Electric appliances require proper and up-to-date wiring to reduce the risk of fire and electrocution.
Sometimes, it Depends on the Appliance
The bottom line is that choosing between eclectic and gas appliances depends on what you want most. For environmentally conscious homeowners, gas will reduce your carbon footprint. Your choice may also vary between appliances:
- Ranges and Grills. For the home chef, gas grills and ranges are usually preferred, especially when it comes to ranges. Bakers prefer the more even cooking of an electric oven, and sometimes electric grills are more practical and affordable.
- Water Heaters and Dryers. While their electric counterparts are cheaper initially, gas water heaters and dryers are usually much more efficient, so they’ll save you money in the long run.
- Fireplaces. Electric fireplaces provide the cozy heat you want more efficiently than gas, but there isn’t a flame. Gas fireplaces have faux logs and real flames, making an authentic look their primary selling point.