If you are over having to wait for your water to heat up before you can get in the shower on these cold winter days and you’ve decided to upgrade your home to a gas hot water system, have you considered upgrading your kitchen appliances to gas at the same time?
Everyone knows that bathrooms and kitchens are the most used parts of your home and anything you can do to make them more energy efficient and user friendly is a bonus! Connecting gas so you can utilise it in more than one part of your home does not need to be extra expensive. In fact if you upgrade both your bathroom and kitchen at the same time you will save money in the long run.
If you have already decided on installing a gas fueled hot water system, you will already be familiar with the multiple benefits that it can provide to you and your family including:
• Instant hot water
• Powerful and practical
• Budget friendly
• Instant control of the hot water
• Compact unit
But what are the benefits of gas cooking? Firstly, ask yourself (if you’re responsible for the nightly cooking) or the person who generally cooks in your household what their number one pet peeve is about cooking and the majority of people will answer “the time it takes”.
Although traditionally, electricity fueled appliances have been the norm in household kitchens throughout New Zealand, gas is fast taking over and is the fuel of choice in many new build and renovated homes. Gas remains the most efficient and responsive way to cook on the stove. Whether boiling or steaming, sautéing, griddling or stir-frying, there are a huge number of advantages of cooking with gas.
It is rare that you would ever find a professional kitchen that uses electricity these days. The reason behind this is that the chefs can easily control the heat. With a simple turn of the dial the flame gets bigger or smaller so that the change in heat is immediate and precise. There’s no long wait for the pan to heat up or for it to cool down, saving time and ensuring dishes aren’t spoilt by a slow response. This is no different to your home kitchen. Your “chef” wants to make you meals that are tasty, healthy and cooked to perfection. If your appliances can give you more accurate temperatures that are closer to the recommended heat in recipe books, then your “chef” will achieve dependable results every time they cook.
Even the most inexperienced of home cooks know that having good quality pots and pans can make a world of difference to the final outcome of their cooking. However, if you combine good tools with a gas cooktop then their experience will be so much more enjoyable. Gas cooktops allow for even heat distribution. Electric cooktops and the pans used on them need to be perfectly flat or the heat is not distributed evenly across the cookware. If you don’t have good quality pots and pans, then you can find that parts of your pots and pans will take longer to heat and other parts will scorch your food. This is because an electric element can be damaged over time and whilst it still works it is subject to uneven heat distribution. The difference with gas is that the flames on a gas cooktop are found in the centre of the cook space. This allows your pans to heat evenly, with no cool spots and without scorching them. Gas is also inherently safer to use, especially if you have small children around. An electric stovetop will heat the element and the entire surface, whereas gas stovetops tend to be safer as they cool faster and do not heat the surface of the stove.
Another benefit with gas in your kitchen is that you do not suffer in the summer months with added heat to your atmosphere. Cooking in summertime is one of the most hated chores. This is largely due to having to stand in a heated kitchen. Gas stoves not only keep your home cooler when they’re on but as soon as you turn them off the flame is extinguished and the heat source vanishes. This does not happen with an electric stove, which continues to emit heat after it is switched off.
What about the cost of gas appliances? Well initially, yes, they do appear to be more expensive than their electric counterparts, but your long-term outlay will be lower as the costs of operating electric models are noticeably higher.
With the large push to get consumers to be eco-friendlier and energy efficient, gas appliances are far more environmentally friendly than electric ones as gas exhaust products are cleaner than the coal burned to generate electricity.
So, overall, if you are looking at installing gas in one part of your home do consider extending the installation to cover your hot water needs, home heating and your cooking needs in the kitchen. Over time the cost advantages will be significant.