If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen, you may want to consider induction. Advantages of induction include:
- Fast cooking: Induction cooktops heat up faster than electric or gas, allowing you to cook your meals faster and more efficiently.
- Easy to clean: Induction cooktops have a smooth, flat surface that’s easy to wipe clean. This makes them a convenient and hygienic choice for cooking.
- High efficiency: Induction cooktops directly heat the cookware using a magnetic field that causes atomic-scale friction with the pan. This helps to make cooking more efficient and lowers energy bills.
- Improved safety: Induction cooktops don’t produce an open flame or generate excess heat, making them safer to use compared to gas. Also the cooktop surface remains cool to the touch, preventing burns or accidental fires.
- Low carbon emissions: Induction cooktops don’t produce carbon emissions or methane, making them an eco-friendly and healthy choice for cooking.
Induction-ready pots and pans
Induction cooktops use a magnetic field to transfer heat to the cookware, so it’s important to use cookware that is made of a magnetic-based material. Cast iron and stainless steel are both good options for induction cookware. Brands such as All-Clad, Le Creuset, and Lodge are compatible with induction cooktops.
If you’re not sure your cookware will work on an induction cooktop, try the “magnet test”. Take a magnet and see if it sticks to the bottom of the cookware. If the magnet sticks, the cookware is likely compatible with an induction cooktop. If the magnet doesn’t stick, the cookware is not compatible and will not work on an induction cooktop.
Induction can be affordable
There are currently several tax credits available for homeowners. High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act (HEEHRA) is available for those who install clean electricity products, including induction.
Low-income households may be eligible for a rebate that covers 100% of the cost, up to $840 for the stove/cooktop. Moderate-income households may be eligible for a 50% rebate, also up to $840.
If you’re considering multiple home improvements, keep in mind that the law’s overall threshold for “qualified electrification projects” is up to ,000 per household.
In addition to the federal tax credits and incentives, you may also be eligible for credits and incentives from your state government and your utility provider. These can help offset the cost making them even more affordable.
Induction is the best choice for meeting latest building regulations
Many municipalities around the country including California, New York, and Washington have banned or are considering banning natural gas heating and cooking from new construction, citing gases non-renewable status and the potential for unhealthy fumes. According to research, using gas for cooking increases the risk of asthma in children by 42%.
As building regulations continue to evolve and focus on sustainability and safety, many homeowners are looking for ways to meet these requirements in their homes. One of the most effective and efficient ways to do so is through the use of induction cooking.
Overall, induction offers an efficient and safe choice for your home cooking needs. If you’re considering upgrading to an induction cooktop, be sure to consult with a professional to determine the best option for you.