Induction Stoves

Induction stoves have a smooth plate of glass over a big coil of wire. When AC electricity moves through it creates a magnetic field which causes friction in the iron in your pan and the pan heats up.(1) Because induction technology uses magnetic fields, cookware must have a magnetic bottom. You can check if your pan will work with a magnet.

IMG_3290.jpg

Time and Efficiency

Induction stoves heat up to 50% faster and are substantially more energy efficient than gas and electric resistance stoves.(2)

Cleaning a Gas Stove

Easy Clean-up

Induction stoves cook faster and more evenly than electric, gas, and propane stoves. Because the glass surface doesn't heat up except where the pan has heated the glass, food doesn’t get cooked on to the surface making clean up much easier.(4)

Duxtop9100mc_600px.webp

Safety

Induction stoves are safer because they don’t have an open flame and there are no gas leaks.(3) If you touch a cooktop when it is on, it is not hot. After cooking, the heat from your pan will have heated the glass but not the electricity from below. There is no wasted heat from a burner heating the air around the pan. Induction stoves are about 85% efficient compared to gas which is 30% efficient.

Girl with Windmill Toy

Electrification for the Environment

This is one step to reducing fossil fuel use. If your electricity comes from 100% renewable energy, switching to an induction stove will lower your carbon footprint.

IMG_3307.jpg

Health

Induction stoves don’t put out toxic emissions like gas and propane stoves which lead to asthma and cardiovascular disease. Gas hot water heaters are required to be vented directly outside the home. Gas stoves don’t have this regulation and though many people have range hoods, not all of them vent outside nor do people regularly use them to vent the NO2, CO, and HCHO which exacerbate respiratory and other health ailments. A hood which vents to the outdoors should be used for 20 minutes after cooking is completed even for an induction stove so that grease and other microscopic food particles from cooking are dissipated.

Sustainable Energy

Resources

The first two websites below are from our state and from California. The third resource is a short video showing how induction works.

 

Benefits of induction stoves by the MassCEC

Benefits of induction stoves by East Bay Community Energy

Intro to how induction stove works by Fine Cooking

Kill your Gas Stove by TheAtlantic

Nitrogen Dioxide and pediatric asthma severity

 

Indoor air quality: TheGuardian.com

Health and Climate Change: NPR

Asthma and gas stoves Slate.com

Physicians for Social Responsibility