Tag: Induction Cooking

Explore popular, common questions regarding Induction Cooking, Cooktops and more.

Holy Cross Energy Rebate

Heat pump:

Cold Climate (ductless mini-split or ducted) Heat Pump
Rebate amount: 25% of project cost up to $3,000 for homes heated with electricity, 25% of project cost up to $4,000 for homes heated with gas or propane

Criteria:

  • Ducted: HSPF 9+; Ductless: HSPF 10+; Compressor must have 3+ stages or continuously variable capacity
  • Must be rated for cold climates and provide heat down to 5°F or lower
  • Load calculation required to right size outside unit and derate for high elevation
  • Must be used as primary heat source in the home

Heat Pump Water Heater:
25% of project cost up to $1,000 if replacing gas or propane water heater, 25% of project cost up to $500 if replacing electric

  • HPWH must be Energy Star rated

Induction Cooktops: 25% of project cost up to $100

How does induction cooking work?

Induction cooking works by creating a magnetic field between the cooking pan/pot and the magnetic coils beneath the cooking surface. The magnetic field then heats the contents of the cooking pot.

What kinds of pans can you use on an induction cooktop?

The cookware must contain iron (cast iron or some types of stainless steel) or have a layer of material with magnetic properties. Some types of stainless steel do not work – for example, if it is a blend of aluminum and stainless steel, or if the nickel content of the stainless steel is too high.

What is the difference between an induction cooktop and an electric cooktop?

Induction is a type of electric cooktop. Other electric cooktop types are the coil-type, which are very common, and the flat surface radiant type. The latter is more efficient than the coil-type, and as the name implies, it transfers heat by radiating it (rather than conduction) from the heating elements below the smooth ceramic surface to the cookware, with very little warming of the surrounding air. Radiant cooktops are cheaper than induction but not as fast or efficient. Both are easy to clean because of the smooth surface of the cooktop. With induction, the cooktop itself does not heat up, so it is even safer to use and to clean.

What are the benefits of induction cooking?

Induction cooking offers several benefits compared to cooking with gas or propane. It is safer because there are no direct flames and no fire hazard. It is healthier because there are no emissions of pollutants such as carbon monoxide and nitrous oxides. And induction also heats up food quicker than with gas or propane. Induction cooktops are also very easy to clean, because they are smooth, and the cooking surface itself does not get hot.

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