Electric Vs. Gas Ovens

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Both gas and electric ovens have their supporters. If you have a choice about which to install, consider the cost of gas and electricity in your area and any price difference between the basic models available. You might also want to consider your feelings about indoor air pollution from a gas oven.

Features

  • Electric ovens utilize electricity to radiate heat from elements at either the bottom (heating element) or top of the oven (broiler). Gas ovens are heated by a gas flame in the bottom of the oven.

Cost Considerations

  • On a yearly basis, the cost of energy for a gas oven may be slightly less expensive than an electric one. There is generally little difference in price between basic models of electric and gas ovens.

Warning

  • Gas ovens may cause indoor pollution, according to a 2001 California Air Resources Board study. The study demonstrated that gas oven cooking can produce high concentrations of particles and gases. No similar warnings were offered for electric ovens.

Considerations

  • Some cooks say that electric ovens heat more evenly than gas ovens and that their temperature control is more precise, but these characteristics are a matter of personal preference.

Expert Insight

  • According to the Northwest Natural Gas Company, safety features on a gas oven prevent you from lighting it manually. Therefore, neither gas nor electric ovens can be used during a power outage. Gas- powered ranges, however, can be lit by hand.

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