A room renovation is a gift the entire family can enjoy. Research indicates that kitchen and bath improvements reap the highest rewards in home value.

There are many changes that can take place in a kitchen, but none that impact functionality of the space as well as upgrading appliances. Manufacturers include new features on kitchen appliances every year, and those upgrades are aimed at making food preparation and storage easier.

An induction stove is a relatively new innovation that uses magnetic energy to induce a current and eventually heat food. It works by way of a copper wire that is underneath where you’d place the cooking pot. An alternative electric current then goes through the copper wire, creating a magnetic field. This creates an electric current in a ferromagnetic metal pot (one that a magnet would stick to). The current flowing through the pot generates the heat in the pot and the pot alone. The food cooks, but the actual heating element of the stove remains cool to the touch.

Many home cooks prefer cooking with gas instead of electricity. However, the safety, speed and cooking provided by induction cooking methods may make induction stoves more popular.

Fast cooking:Heat is transferred directly within the pan’s metal when using an induction stove. That means that little energy is lost between the pan and the heating element as would be the case with other stoves. Pans heated on an induction stove heat up quickly and can cook meals much faster.

Safety:Safety is another consideration with induction cooktops. There is no open flame or hot electric element. This reduces the propensity for burns and there is no chance that an errant towel or other item will catch fire when it is too close to the stove. Also, even if a piece of paper were between the pot and the cooking element, heat would only be generated in the pot and not cause the paper to ignite. Should a child touch the heating surface, there would be no risk of burns.

Environmentally friendly:Because of the concentrated heat delivery, induction stoves waste less energy than their electric and gas counterparts. In addition, they will not heat up the kitchen while cooking, which means homeowners or professional chefs do not have to factor cooling systems into their kitchens to combat excessive heating. Almost no ambient heat is generated through induction cooking. Furthermore, you are using less energy, which means lower electric and gas bills.

Easy clean-up: With heat generated inside of the pan or pot, you will not have to worry about spilled-over food burning and sticking to hot cooking elements. Also, there are no grates or grease traps to contend with while cooking. This means that cleaning up after a meal may only require a damp cloth to clean the cooktop surface.

It is important to note that induction stoves can be three to four times more expensive than gas and electric models. That said, homeowners will recoup some of those costs thanks to lower energy bills. You also will need to purchase ferrous metal pots in order to cook with the stove. Otherwise, a special ferrous disk will have to be placed between a nonferrous metal pot and the induction cooktop in order to generate the heat.

Homeowners looking to give the gift of a kitchen renovation and outfit the room with the latest in appliance technology probably won’t want to pass up on an induction stove. With fast cooking times, improved safety features and the novelty factor of cooking through magnetic energy, these cooktops have quickly become prized possessions. 

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