Gas-to-Electric Stove Switch in NYC

Why go electric?

No more waiting for the gas to ignite or dealing with the unpleasant smell and health risks of gas leaks. Not only does an electric stove provide unparalleled convenience, but it also offers a sleek and modern look that perfectly complements any high-end kitchen design.

The switch is also especially popular among those seeking to reduce their carbon footprint without sacrificing style, as electric stoves are known for their energy efficiency. Cooking on electric stoves allows you precise temperature control on your culinary creations so you can cook your meals more quickly with its even heat.

Research has also shown that gas stoves can release high levels of nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, and particulate matter. These pollutants are harmful to our bodies and to the planet. Exposure can result in harm to respiratory and cardiovascular wellness and may be related to asthma. In fact, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has prioritized reducing indoor air quality hazards such as those that gas stoves can emit.

What are the current New York City policies on gas vs. electric stoves?

In 2021, New York City’s City Council passed a bill that will prohibit installing gas stoves in kitchens, starting in 2024 for buildings under seven stories, and in 2027 for buildings over seven stories. This legislation moves the city closer to its goals to reduce greenhouse emissions and ameliorate climate change. Thus, as Manhattan real estate continues to develop, electric stoves will become the norm as years go by. In a few decades, it may be extremely rare to see a gas stove in homes for sale in NYC.

Making the switch:

If you’re convinced it’s time to bring your kitchen into the 21st century, there are a few steps to prepare and considerations to make. 

Check your electric box’s amperage

First, you need to make sure your electric box can handle the amperage. Modern electric stoves require between 20 to 50 amps, so make sure your current electric box falls within this range. If it doesn’t, don't let this deter you. You could increase your amperage service or consider electrifying your property. Tax rebates on home electrification for up to $14,000 can be yours for the taking. This investment in your property could eventually pay off in the future in ways you didn’t even expect.

Make sure your outlet and circuitry are compatible

Next, ensure that your home is outfitted with outlets that can service your new electric stove. Most of these appliances use between 220 and 240 volts, so you need a 240-volt outlet, the type that dryers and electric cars use. One way to check this is to look behind your current stove. If you only see a standard outlet, it's time to kick-start the switch to your dream electric stove. Standard outlets only supply 110-120 volts, so you’ll need an upgrade.

Research if you qualify for rebates

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 incentivizes upgrading to electric stoves, offering rebates that might offset 50%-100% of your electric stove purchase. You may save up to $840 in rebates, saving money while adding an upscale touch to your home. Don't stop there! You may qualify for more incentives on a local, county, or state level. Check with your utility company as well.

Select your new stove

Browse your options to find the best fit for your kitchen. There will surely be a perfect match for your style, whether it’s electric, induction, or a stovetop-oven combination.

You may be wondering what the difference is between electric and induction stoves. Electric ranges are heated with a current that travels through a metal coil underneath the glass or ceramic surface. This heat will transfer through the surface from its centralized source, meaning the burner gets hot. The heat transfer between the stovetop and the pot is what cooks the food. Even after they turn off, electric ranges have lingering residual heat, so be careful.

The other option is an induction cooktop. Also electric, these ranges use electromagnetic radiation to cook your food. A current of electricity passes through the stovetop to your cookware in order to heat your food. The air between the stove and the pan never heats up, meaning that induction stoves don't leave residual heat. These appliances are very modern and are generally a little more expensive than electric stoves.

It’s also worth noting that induction stoves require induction-compatible cookware. Some of your pots and pans may not work with these high-tech appliances. Since induction stoves heat up through electromagnetic radiation, you can test if they will by seeing if a magnet will stick to them. If so, they are induction-friendly. Cast iron and stainless steel cookware will work with your new stove as well. You could continue using non-magnetic cookware with your induction stove by purchasing an induction converter, which will adapt your pots and pans to work with the induction system.

Hire professionals for installation

It's time to bring in the pros to transform your kitchen into a haven of safety and style. Let a licensed gas plumber handle the removal for a safe transition. The plumber will shut off the gas line to remove the stove and later turn it back on and relight the pilot lights for the rest of your appliances that rely on gas. Afterward, an electrician should handle installing your brand-new stove. You can recycle your old gas stove or call a company to help you remove and dispose of it.

The Novo Team are local real estate experts. Don’t hesitate to contact them for more information on this subject or to start looking for your dream home in New York City.

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