It’s no secret that burning natural gas isn’t good for our health. Studies have recently revealed that 12.7% of childhood asthma cases in the United States are linked to gas stoves in the home. A study from the International Journal of Epidemiology also found that children living in households that use gas stoves for cooking are 42% more likely to have asthma. These and many other studies have cemented that homes with natural gas stoves directly correlate with significant health issues.
The US as a whole is working toward banning gas stoves in homes because of the impact on the environment and public health. The city of Seattle has banned most uses of fossil fuels in new buildings, including appliances like gas furnaces, gas water heaters, and gas cooktops. A key point here is that gas bans currently only apply to new buildings. Despite the health concerns, many homeowners are still choosing gas stoves during kitchen remodels while they still have the chance.
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There are pros and cons to both gas and electric stove options. Which you may prefer heavily depends on your cooking style and how often you use the stove. But, it all boils down to the health and safety of those in the household and the environmental impacts.
Nationally, there is legislation in the works to move away from natural gas in the home all together. It is important to work with a high-quality, trusted contractor who will stay up to date on current codes and regulations and guide you through the process of selecting the best appliances for your home.
When you’re ready to make changes to your kitchen, we’ve broken the process into 10 simple steps. Download the eBook, “The Kitchen Renovation Handbook: 10 Steps to Design the Kitchen of your Dreams”, to learn more.
Marin is the Marketing and Communication manager at Better Builders and has experience in Marketing copywriting and content management. Marin loves to deliver educational articles in a way that empowers homeowners and builds confidence in their home renovation journey.