You’ve probably heard the popular phrase “now we’re cooking with gas!” Meant to imply a positive directional shift in a task at hand—and as a direct reference to the adage, “turning up the heat,” which itself is a cooking term for faster, better, or stronger cooking. Though benign, the implication is that we were not cooking with gas before—as though the cooking was somehow inferior. Historically, gas ranges have been considered a better alternative to gas ranges. But this is an outdated misconception. When electric ranges were first introduced, these low power models were often seen as worse than a traditional gas range. Gas ranges, which had been around for far longer, were the basic gold standard for a cooking appliance. At their introduction, electric ranges simply could not compete.
Electric Range as a New Standard
This is the case no longer. Electric ranges have become a standard of the industry, making their way into energy conscious homes across the nation. Additionally, electric ranges don’t just reduce the need for natural gas hookups within your house, they also offer exceptional control while baking. Even at the height of their popularity, gas ranges were—and still are—known for their hot and cold spots. Because of the nature of a gas-lit flame, temperatures can fluctuate, both in an oven and on top of a range. While a gas range can produce a high heat in an instant, it’s often scorching and unreliable, leaving your pots and pans—and the food within them—occasionally burned or stuck. Electric ranges and ovens, on the other hand, are reliable and easy to control. Their elements heat up slowly and carefully, and their oven interiors offer a specific granularity. When a thermostat says your oven is a heated 400 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll know the entire oven is resting at that temperature, ready for even baking of delectable recipes. So don’t be afraid of an electric range. Their reputations are a relic of a bygone era, before technology let them catch up to their natural gas peers.
Not only will an electric range make it easier to control your cooking—it’ll also make it easier to control your utility bills. Most nightly recipes take at least half an hour of baking and cooking, and with natural gas as a source, it adds up. Electric ranges and ovens are able to maintain a constant temperature without fluctuation. Additionally, they tend to create a dryer oven while baking, making sure that no additional moisture enters your perfectly-tuned recipes.
No matter your reason for choosing an electric range—be it energy, preference, or pre-installed kitchen equipment—you’re sure to find a solution that will fit into your space here at Living Direct. No matter if you need a range with a thin footprint or a full-sized unit with plenty of space, we’ve got you covered. If you’re after a specific brand, or maybe you just can’t go without a spotless stainless steel appliance, you’re sure to find it here.
General Summary of Proposition 65
The “California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986” (more commonly referred to as ‘Proposition 65’)
was enacted to ensure that customers be properly warned when a product contains a substance known to cause cancer or
reproductive harm. The law requires the State of California to publish and maintain (annually) a list of substances
to be available to the general public. Additionally, the law requires that businesses properly notify residents of
the State of California about the presence of these substances in the products they purchase, or that may be present
in their homes, workplaces, or that otherwise may be released into the environment. The specific list contains a wide
range of naturally occurring and synthetic substances including manufacturing and construction chemicals, pesticides,
tobacco, food-additives, solvents, household products, drugs and byproducts created from a specific product usage.
You may have noticed the below warning label on our products, or on products from other manufacturers. The warning
has become increasingly commonplace and oftentimes raises questions about why the warning exists, and what it means
to a customer. The warning itself is just one of many requirements for businesses operating in and/or selling products
to customers in the the State of California. The warning does not mean that a product that includes the warning will
cause cancer or reproductive harm, but rather it simply is provided in order to educate the consumer that a substance
may exist. A large number of the substances listed under Proposition 65 have been in regular use for many years
without any documented harm to a consumer. This is due to the low concentrations and minimal exposure that actually
occurs with these substances. Those chemicals, however, have been determined by the State of California to be listed
as potentially harmful.
I don’t live in California. Why did my product include this warning?
In order to ensure compliance with Proposition 65 requirements we have determined that all products manufactured by
Living Direct Inc, including products sold under the EdgeStar, Avallon and Koldfront brands, should include the
above-referenced warning label. This labeling requirements exists for all of our products regardless of the
location / destination to which the product is ultimately sold and/or shipped.
We believe that our products, when used as designed, are not harmful and as such this warning is provided
in order to properly conform to the requirements of Proposition 65.
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