Many of my buyers arrived disappointed at homes to find electric stovetops. And I get it. After years of gas cooking, I was to... until I learned about an induction cooktop. For decades, gas stoves have been the preferred choice for both professional and amateur chefs alike and it’s easy to understand why. Gas stoves allow for quick control of the heat which allows for quick adjustments when cooking. But recently possible bans on gas stoves have dominated national news as unhealthy. Regardless of whether induction stovetops are healthier or not, there are great reasons to make the switch.
What is an Induction Range?
In simple terms, an induction electric range is powered by an electromagnetic field. This allows the range to have the same degree of temperature as a gas powered stove with a similar level of control. You will require special cookware (most is geared towards induction cooktops).
Making the Switch
The first thing to realize is that you’ll pay more for an induction stove than a gas range. The increase in cost may be as much as double the price and the installation will require special wiring and circuitry. But this increase in upfront costs will start to pay off very quickly. First, homeowners can take advantage of a federal rebate of up to $480 and an additional $500 to help with the cost of installation. In addition, these new induction ranges will save energy costs over gas.
There is evidence to suggest that there are significant health advantages as well. This is the reason for the proposed ban in the first place. Gas stoves emit carbon dioxide which can be hazardous without the proper ventilation or for family members with medical issues. Even without the ban, it’s time to look at some of the great induction ranges on the market and consider making the switch.
I have an induction cooktop and prefer it to my previous gas cooktop. Some other benefits include it being very quick to boil water and quick to cool so that you can clean it... Not to mention it's much safer, too. You cannot accidentally "leave on" the induction cooktop after removing any cookware.
Many homes of the older homes (especially in Farragut) have electric cooktops. While gas is usually running to the home for say a hot water heater, it would be much more expensive to run to the kitchen during a remodel. This is why we chose to replace our electric cooktop with induction and I couldn't be more happy!