Buyers Guide: Common Questions About Induction Cooktops

08 November 2022

Lighting a gas burner and cooking over an open flame has a primordial feel. However, it has been proven that using gas for cooking harms the environment by releasing glasshouse gases into the atmosphere. Most Australian homes have gas stoves, which use natural gas that is primarily made of methane. These gas stoves affect the climate like adding half a million gas-powered cars to the road. Gas stoves harm human health and add to indoor air pollution. Because of this, many homeowners have switched from gas to induction cooktops. Here are some common questions about induction cooktops that will help you realise why you should ditch the gas stoves too:

Is It Worth Investing in Induction Cooktops?

Induction cooktops are worthwhile investments since gas (methane) burners heat the surrounding air insufficiently. Only the pot is heated during induction cooking; the air is not heated. With methane cooking, the heat shoots up the sides of the pot.  Also, the pot size is irrelevant when using an induction cooktop. Whether the pot is small or large, it will just heat it. Additionally, it means greater efficiency, which translates into pans and pots heating up more quickly and food cooking up faster.

Are Gas Stoves Bad for You?

Nitrogen dioxide, a toxic byproduct, is released when a natural gas stove (also known as a methane burner) is lighted. Most individuals don’t use ventilation systems, even though improving airflow by utilising a range hood can assist to lessen the health dangers of this. It just took a few minutes of using an unventilated stove in a small kitchen to produce emission levels that were over the recommended levels for human health. Children are particularly vulnerable. Children who live in households with gas stoves are 42 per cent more likely to suffer asthma symptoms, and 24 per cent are more likely to be given a lifetime diagnosis of asthma. Children are particularly prone to health problems linked to air pollution because they breathe more quickly and are more active. They also have undeveloped immunological and respiratory systems.

What Is the Lifespan of Induction Stoves?

An induction cooktop’s lifespan is often measured in operational hours rather than years. Models intended for domestic use will typically last 2500 hours or 10 hours each day for around a year. This number of hours indicates that you will notice a decline in performance over time; the oven won’t stop operating at 2500 hours. The good news is that because induction stoves have fewer components, they are less prone to break or require part repair. Ask about the projected hours and lifespan of the cooktop unit and the warranty when you are looking for an induction cooktop.

Do Induction Cooktops Uses More Electricity?

The electricity consumption of induction cooktops is not higher than that of gas stoves. It uses much less energy than other cooktops that are either gas or even electric. 85–90% of the heat energy produced during induction cooking is utilised for the cooking process. Only 64–70% of the heat is used for cooking compared to gas or electric cooktops. Induction cooktops are therefore the most energy-efficient option.

Several pros and cons come with induction cooktops, but there are more pros overall. So, if you are ready to purchase your first induction cooktop, know that Master Tech Appliance Services can help you source and choose the best type suited for your lovely kitchen. With over 30 years of experience, we provide excellent knowledge and service for all brands of cooking appliances. Contact us at 1300 131 118 for more enquiry.

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