Cooking With Gas?

Homeowners in Alaska may have seen or heard of comments by Richard L. Trumka, Jr of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission of the potential health threats produced by gas ranges.  Those comments went viral with fears that the U.S. may ban gas stoves in the future.  Trumka put an end to those rumors, stating that any new regulation would apply only to new products.  He also noted that homeowners that wanted to replace their existing gas appliance with an electric alternative would be eligible for a $840 rebate courtesy of the Inflation Reduction Act.

The controversy stirred by Trumka’s comments was further diminished when the chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission Alexander Hoehn-Soric clarified the government’s intent by stating instead of proposing a ban on gas stoves, the Commission wanted to increase research efforts to identify how to minimize potentially hazardous effects of cooking with gas.  An easy way to avoid potential problems is to install a range hood.

Cooking with gas is favored by approximately 40% of Americans.  It is a preferred method, especially among avid cooks and home chefs in Alaksa because gas makes it easier and faster to reach and maintain desired temperatures, offers more versatility for grilling, searing and simmering, and, in most cases, gas stoves and cooktops are easier to clean.  

Thanks to technological advances there are electric options that provide similar benefits to cooking with gas that have been embraced by many homeowners in Anchorage.  For Alaska homeowners that want the performance of gas in an electric alternative, we often recommend induction cooktops and stoves. They offer even more precise temperature control than gas and heat up to the desired temperature in a few seconds.  When you turn off an induction burner, the heat stops immediately eliminating the possibility of overcooking, burning, or pots boiling over.

Energy efficiency is another benefit of induction cooking that is favored by homeowners in Alaska. Induction appliances are also safer. There is no chance of a fire or accidentally burning oneself because the cooking surface remains cool. Only the pots and pans get hot.  As a result, induction appliances are easier to clean and safer to use around children.

Unlike gas, induction cooking does not emit anything into the air and induction appliances automatically shut off when a pot or pan is removed from the cooking element, eliminating the possibility of accidents that can occur if you forget to turn a gas or electric cooktop off.  

What appliances will work best to help you keep your family safe, avoid accidents and make it easier to cook delicious meals?  Give us a call at (907)561-9299 or make an appointment to visit our showroom at 122 W. 92nd Avenue in Anchorage, and let us show you the new technology that can make the kitchen of your dreams the envy of the neighborhood.



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