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There is no definitive answer in terms of whether gas or electric is better, however if given the option, many people prefer to have gas in the apartment, as it is often cheaper to heat, provides a better cooking experience with a gas range, as well as generally providing a more comfortable and even source of heat for those residing in Winter climates.

However, sometimes, people do not have the option to have gas in the apartment, as the apartment is not hooked up to gas in the street.

Background

Virtually all apartments in the United States are powered by electricity to run at a minimum, the lights.

In comparison, not every apartment has gas, as that depends on whether the apartment building itself is connected to the locale’s gas in the street. Gas is generally more expensive for buildings in the construction phase because they have to make two connection points – one for gas and one for electricity, and piping for gas is much more expensive than wiring which is bendable and plyable. For this reason, many newer buildings only come with electric connections.

If you do have gas in your apartment, there can be many benefits, including the ability to have more consistent and efficient heat, as well as cooking.

Should You Choose Gas or Electricity?

Many people like the convenience of gas for cooking because it heats up food faster and more evenly (with its open flame), which can be good for people who like to spend time in the kitchen.

Many people also feel that natural gas also provides a comfortable and well-distributed heating solution for homes if you live in a colder climate.

What is Easier to Maintain – Gas or Electricity?

In general, electrical appliances are considered easier to maintain than gas appliances. For example, flat-top electrical burners are easier to clean in comparison to gas stoves, which can make it harder for you to clean out food debris.

In both cases, if something goes wrong with the appliance, it is always best to seek the help of a professional and call your landlord for a safe and efficient job.

What is Cheaper – Gas or Electricity?

According to consumeraffairs, Natural gas is almost always cheaper than electricity. So if you have gas cooking and heating, and you pay for utilities and live in a cold climate, your overall bills should be lower than if the whole building was electric.

Having gas could also make a difference during power outages because you will not have access to hot water or heat with just an electrical appliance. There is no disruption to gas appliances in this case.

In conclusion, there is no magic answer here. If you had the choice between the two, ultimately it comes down to personal preference.

With gas, if your apartment has a natural gas flue / appliance, make sure the apartment also has a carbon monoxide detector.


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