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Induction Ranges & New Bay Area Regulations

Published July 17, 2022 by Manuel Escobar

With so many environmental issues, it’s up to us to make sure we do everything we can to better preserve our planet. There are many ways we can do this, one of which is replacing our natural gas stove with an induction range! It’s a great way to help the environment and makes for a better cooking method for your home.

However, you may not know what an induction range is. More so, if in the Bay Area, you probably don’t know new regulations and guidelines that are being introduced. So, keep reading below to see how you can help the planet and your wallet once again with an induction range!

Induction Ranges

An induction range is a much faster, safer, and energy-efficient cooking appliance that leaves any gas range in the dust. Induction ranges use electromagnets to heat any pot or pan directly which makes for a faster cooking time. By doing so, it cooks food more efficiently and doesn’t send any wasted heat or other pollutants into the air. Overall, these ranges have better temperature control than any gas or electric option, while being energy-efficient and improving air quality.

You can cook anything you’d normally cook on a typical gas range and doesn’t limit you. Plus, you can rest easy knowing that nearly all the heat you produce with the induction range is going straight to the food unlike with gas ranges.

How Do They Work?

In the simplest form, an induction range is an electric range that uses magnetism to make heat. There are magnetic coils inside that generate a magnetic field that then sends heat directly onto the cookware. The heated base of an induction range is the only area that gets hot, and only works when it detects a pot or pan.

Since the base only sends heat to cookware, it makes it safe for you to touch the area and not burn yourself. It’s an automatically safer option for family members such as children and the elderly since there’s no open flame or coils that are red hot.

Bay Area & State Regulations

You may be surprised to hear that several cities such as Berkeley, Oakland, San Jose, and parts of Los Angeles have already implemented measures to officially prohibit the installation of gas infrastructures in new building constructions to help fight climate change and protect public health. This means any new building being made cannot legally have any gas-powered appliance. Gas appliances are a large source of harmful emissions, thus making induction ranges a suitable option.

In the Bay Area, San Francisco was one of the major cities that were ready to make a change in harmful pollutants in 2019/20. Sean Keighran, the Residential Builders Association President, would then propose the ban of natural gas in all new construction. It would later gain backlash as many restaurant owners did not want to comply with the ban as some cooking is not the same on electrical appliances.

However, guidelines and areas have been amended to allow the use of hybrid appliances so some restaurants can continue to use gas. Since June 2021, all new constructions are gas-free.

The change will only continue to grow and spread as even in Los Angeles, a unanimous vote in May of this year allowed for the ban of all gas appliances in most new homes and businesses. Los Angeles, along with 50 other cities, is making the change for the better of our planet and our health. From what we can tell, the ban plan would eventually require the installation of all-electric appliances in homes by 2026 and in new businesses by 2029.

If you’re in the Bay Area and are still unsure about the movement, you can always learn more through BayRen.org and see the benefits of induction ranges and cooktops. Plus, they’re even offering a rebate to anyone who switches out their gas appliance for an induction appliance.

Final Thoughts

In the end, it seems in the Bay Area, and California, we only really have two choices: Make the switch to induction ranges now or wait for the ban plan to take effect state-wide to switch. Though there are reasons to keep gas-powered appliances, induction ranges and cooktops are the way to go for our public health and environment. Plus, let’s be honest, it saves us money too in the long run.

So, whenever you’re ready to make that change, you can trust Airport Home Appliance to help you make the switch with several different induction range options! You can see them in person at any of our showrooms or online at any time.

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