The kitchen range, which combines an oven with a four-burner “cooktop” is one of the most common cooking appliances in the American kitchen. Most ranges have an average lifespan of 20 years and provide gas or electric cooking options. While approximately 58 percent of American households cook with electricity, gas cooking is making a steady comeback.
Urban Edge Guidelines
- Select an electric range if possible. Although gas stoves are more energy efficient, Urban Edge aims to minimize indoor air pollutants when possible, since asthma is a common condition among residents.
- When selecting an electric range, select conventional coil elements. These are the most common and least expensive electric burner option to operate and maintain. While there are other more efficient coil types, the most efficient elements are new and only available in the highest-price ranges. Other efficient elements may not heat up as quickly as conventional coils or require specialized cookware.
- Select a convection oven. According to Home Energy Magazine, convection ovens cost 30 percent less to operate than conventional ovens. Convection ovens reduce cooking time by circulating air inside the oven.
- Be sure that you select an appropriately sized fan for the range hood. A fan that that is too big may result in the backdrafting, exposing occupants to hazardous combustion fumes.
Spotlight on Urban Edge
Urban Edge currently uses both electric and gas stoves in its buildings. A survey of Urban Edge maintenance staff reports that electric stoves incur fewer maintenance calls than gas stoves. Frequent gas stove maintenance issues involve calls on pilot lights shutting off when holes on the burners clog with grease. Frequent calls on electric stoves deal with broken burners or the need to have the stove plates replaced. In addition, the most frequent cause of maintenance problems are due to tenants not properly and consistently cleaning their ovens.
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