Electric Ceramic Cooktop
There are many reasons to switch to an electric ceramic cooktop. One of which is health concerns. Did you know gas stoves can increase the risk of childhood asthma?
In this article, we’re going to go over the health risks associated with gas stoves. We’ll also compare gas stoves to electric ceramic cooktops. If you read until the end, you’ll be able to decide which one is best for you.
Respiratory Risks of Gas Stoves
Since the beginning of 2020, Australia is experiencing a recovery of the gas-fired economy. There is a proposal for a 6 billion dollar gas pipeline to run through the country. Other than the environmental issues associated with a “gas boom,” there is another issue that hits closer to home.
Over the past 20 years, research has shown that gas stoves can put you and your family’s respiratory health at risk. A 2018 study at the University of Queensland showed 12 per cent of childhood asthma could be attributed to gas stoves.
Since 38 per cent of Australian homes have gas cooking appliances, a large section of the population is exposed to the risk of childhood asthma.
In the United States, the problem is even worse. Living in a home with a gas stove increases the risk of childhood asthma by 42 per cent. Gas stoves have been so commonplace that people haven’t stopped to consider the risks associated with using gas.
Other Health Risks
Besides increasing the risk of childhood asthma, there are other pollutants released by gas stoves. These include formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Increased NO2 levels are linked to a host of health problems. Cardiovascular problems, diabetes, reproductive issues, cancer, and issues with brain development in children are all caused by exposure to NO2.
Another study found that gas stoves can raise NO2 concentrations by 50 to 400 per cent. This is an alarming statistic that can make people reconsider their preference for gas stoves.
Good Solutions for Gas Stoves
Perhaps you can’t afford an electric range, or you’re a chef who prefers the control and precision of gas. Luckily, there are some caveats to mitigating the health risks of gas stoves.
One of these solutions is an extraction device. These can help capture particles; however, their efficiency mostly depends on their performance level. The highest performance extraction devices can capture more than 75 per cent of particles, while the lowest quality ones can capture less than 15 per cent.
Another solution is using range hoods. Although 44 per cent of people don’t use them regularly because they are noisy, they can reduce the risk of childhood asthma from 12 to just 3 per cent.
The Long Term Solution: Electric Ceramic Cooktops
Researchers agree that the ideal long term solution is switching to an electric ceramic cooktop.
Goldline has state-of-the-art electric ranges that are built to last through years of cooking.
Browse Goldline’s extensive electric range selection and contact an associate for more information.