If you’re house proud then you’re likely to be deeply invested in your kitchen. After all, it is often the most visited room in the home. Nowadays, kitchens are commonly where the most socialising tends to happen. Gone are the days of the fancy front room where you leave your guests waiting to be served. Because everyone enjoys hanging around the kitchen there’s a lot of pressure to make sure it’s an inviting, clean, tidy and an aesthetically pleasing space.
Of course, one of the most important installations in your kitchen is your stove, oven and hob. A faulty stove top or oven can mess up your meal quickly and the resultant food and electricity wastage is devastating. What’s more, if you enjoy entertaining then working with a precarious oven or stove top is extremely stressful preventing you from enjoying your guest’s company.
If you’re in the market for a new stove then you’re likely to be bombarded with the varying opinions about whether you should invest in a gas stove or a new high-end electric stove. Both have their merits. Cost is an enormous factor when it comes to choice. Kitchens are pre-wired with the necessary for an electric stove, but gas stoves require a gas line which can be expensive to install.
There are many factors to consider but three of the top line worries are the following.
- Safety and dangers
Gas stoves are considered safer than their electric counterparts but both have their own set of risks. However, gas leaks are not common and by using a professional, reputable company you can be assured of a safe installation of a gas line. Should you decide to use a gas bottle then the onus is on you to turn the switch off after using the stove.
With electric stoves, the danger of burning yourself seems more imminent. A gas stove has an open flame that is visible and extremely hot almost immediately, whereas an electric stove plate doesn’t appear hot and is easily mistaken as off and cool unless you check the dial.
As mentioned, a gas stove offers almost instant heat but this flame can be blown out by a small breeze if it’s near an open window. This is extremely frustrating. An electric stove might take a little time to heat up but the heat will be retained. Similarly, your electric stove will take a small while to cool down whereas when you turn the flame off on your gas stove top the heat is immediately gone. Keeping your food warm on the stove top is easier when you have an electric stove but over-cooking is a danger and you don’t have to worry with a gas stove.
There’s a big move towards going green at home. When it comes to choosing gas or electricity, gas is the greener option. Your gas ranges generally either operate on propane or natural gas and both are considered clean burning. What’s more they’re more cost-effective than the rising costs of electricity. However, many electrical manufacturers are offering green appliances that have been created to specifically save you money and curb negative impacts on the environment.