Massachusetts

Induction Stoves

Most people think that gas stoves are superior to electric, but they haven't tried induction.

Now we can say goodbye to natural gas, as well as the supertoxic methane emitted when natural gas is extracted from the earth or leaked in our neighborhoods. When you upgrade to heat pumps and an induction stove, you can banish fossil fuels from your residence entirely.

Induction stoves are commonly understood to be faster, more responsive, more efficient, safer, healthier, and easier to clean than gas stoves. Even without green electricity, induction stoves are more sustainable than gas.

Fast, Responsive & Efficient
Induction cooktops use magnetic energy to generate heat directly in cooking pans – as opposed to gas and standard electric stoves, which heat pans indirectly. Due to this direct heat transfer, induction cooking is faster, more precise, and safer than cooking with gas. A pot of water boils twice as quickly on an induction stove than on a gas stove. Induction burners heat pans and cooking oil in seconds. With induction cooktops, chefs can also control the temperature more precisely than with gas or electric burners. This benefit is especially relevant for sauces, confections, and anything that needs to be cooked at a low, slow heat. 

Safe
Induction burners are also safer than gas burners. Induction burners remain cool to the touch, even when at their highest settings, and could not start a fire or burn a cook. Nor do they contribute to the demand for natural gas, which is explosive and climate-changing.

Healthy
An increasing body of evidence indicates that gas stoves are harmful to human health. Gas stoves produce toxic indoor emissions, emitting nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and formaldehyde (HCHO), each of which can cause various respiratory and other health ailments. Cooking with gas has been linked to asthma and other adverse health effects. (See bibliography.)

Easy to Clean
For cleanup, induction cooktops are flat, making them easier to clean than gas cooktops. As burning food directly on induction cooktops is impossible, quickly running a sponge over the cooktop resolves any spills.

Take Action

Step 1: Decide which induction stove you'd like to purchase. Consumer Reports is a good place to start.

Step 2: Test all your pots and pans to see if a magnet will stick to them. If so, they are compatible with an induction stove. If not, you will need to replace them. Sometimes an induction stove will come with cookware.

Step 3: Buy the stove. Unless you have a lot of space, you will probably want to schedule it to be delivered after Step 3, below.

Step 4: Have a plumber come in to turn off the gas for your existing stove.

Step 5: Have an electrician come in, if necessary, to determine whether your wiring will accommodate an induction stove. You will need the specs for your new stove, but you don't necessarily need the actual stove.

Step 6: Have your new induction stove delivered and installed. Typically, the delivery people can remove your gas stove at the same time that they deliver and install your new induction stove.

Questions?

If you have questions about upgrading to an induction stove, please email us at info.ma.brookline@mothersoutfront.org.


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