A buyers guide to your next home gas appliance purchase
If you’re building a new dream home or renovating an existing property, keep gas appliances in mind for your kitchen, bathrooms and heating needs.
When it comes to cooking, most chefs and home cooks prefer gas stoves and ovens. Using gas is typically more affordable than electricity, and also results in lower carbon emissions compared to electricity generated by coal-burning power stations.
Choose based on the reviews.
When choosing gas appliances and a gas provider, don’t forget to check the reviews. For reliable review forums choose between productreview.com.au, canstarblue.com.au, and roymorgan.com.au. All three are reliable sources of ‘the people’s choice’.
PoductReview.com.au is Australia’s first and most comprehensive consumer opinion site. Their online review forum allows us every day folk, the chance to rate and review services and products and the shops that sell them.
The ProductReview community continually shares feedback on ovens, gas cooktops, gas hot water systems, and gas heaters. So check out what ranks highest with the Australian community before making your purchase.
In terms of retailing gas providers, WA-based gas retailer Kleenheat, took top honours in the Energy Provider category in the 2021 ProductReview Awards, as well as winning the Customer Satisfaction Award for Gas Provider of the Year 2021 with Roy Morgan. So, when comparing the market, what do you need to keep in mind in your search? It all depends on what appliances you’re after. Here are some key gas appliance tips for your home.
If you’re planning the design of your new kitchen it is important to consider your needs and preferences.
Most standard domestic gas ovens are 600mm wide, though there are 700mm and 900mm options for larger families or those that spend lots of time in the kitchen.
There are many features like an in-built thermostat, fan-forced functionality, rack and tray placement options or self-cleaning capacity that you could consider in your oven.
Usually, a new gas oven will cost around $1,000 – $5000, or if you have a tight budget you might be able to find a basic model for around $800.
Cooking over a gas flame offers instant heat and the flexibility of better heat control when compared to electric or convection models.
They generally come in sizes between 60 – 90L but this will depend on your allocated cooking space. The stovetop size affects the number of burners and variety, with larger burners at the back, small or simmering burners at the front and a wok burner to the side.
The stovetops are available in a range of materials and styles including stainless steel, ceramic, enamel and glass.
For a mid-range stovetop, you will likely spend $1,000-$2,000, high-end models with added extras will cost you over $4,000.
Gas hot water systems
Did you know heating water accounts for around 25% of home energy costs? It is important to shop around for the best appliance you can afford.
Gas systems offer a reliable supply of hot water, keeping your household bills in check.
There are two main hot water system designs: storage or continuous flow (instantaneous).
- Storage hot water systems store heated water in a tank ready for use. You’ll need to consider available space and desired aesthetics for home installation.
- Continuous systems are smaller and heat water only when required. While it might take a few extra moments for hot water to flow, you’ll save energy by not having to warm your water constantly.
Gas home heating
Gas heaters for your home come in a portable or flued model.
Portable gas heaters are cheap, fuel efficient and can be moved to any room with a gas bayonet. It is important to consider the room size and rating capacity match as combustion emissions may result in a safety issue. A portable gas heater will cost $400-$1,500.
Flued gas heaters are more expensive and are often installed in existing fireplaces with a chimney vent available, allowing emissions to be extracted.
There are features such as thermostat, child lock or cleaning alerts that will ensure your home is warm, safe and energy efficient. Usually, flued gas heaters cost $1,200 – $2,200 but high-end options can cost upwards of $5,000 (excluding installation).
Kleenheat have been supporting the needs of local households for over 60 years. If you’d like more information contact Kleenheat, an award-winning energy provider for more information.
Safety first for your household and your neighbours’
When installing or making appliance updates to your home it’s important that a licensed gasfitter undertakes work involving gas, including installation or removal of gas appliances. Visit masterplumbers.asn.au to find a plumber or gasfitter near you.
Your safety and that of your family comes first and remember it’s illegal for an unlicensed person to install or repair gas appliances, so never attempt repairs or installs yourself. The only exception is when you’re connecting a gas cylinder to a barbecue or outdoors gas heater.
Always remember to visit ‘Before You Dig’ or www.byda.com.au (previously Dial Before You Dig) before commencing any works where you are digging around your front or backyard.
For more information about using gas in your home visit Kleenheat.com.au. Kleenheat makes gas easy, from fast sign ups to set and forget billing. Kleenheat are always thinking about gas, so their customers don’t have to. When you think gas, think Kleenheat.Return to Partners