Demystifying Appliance Jargon Part 1

Demystifying Your Appliances: How to Decode Home Appliance Terminology and Jargon

Cfm’s, Btu’s, induction – what does it all mean?

The home appliance industry seems to speak its own language. As a consumer, it’s confusing to try to decode what it all means. If you’re buying a top quality kitchen appliance package, you could spend tens of thousands of dollars. To know which package is right for you, you need to understand the home appliance terminology behind your purchase.

Before you try to sift through abbreviations and jargon, read this. Here are some of the most common terms you’re sure to encounter while shopping.

Cooking With Gas: BTUs

Residential cooking appliances are important. This is where you make your family dinners and embrace your inner chef. Many homeowners opt for gas cooktop burners. Before you choose to cook with an open flame, consider one of the most important standards of measurement – the speed of cooking.

Salespeople will often refer to BTUs when talking about cooking strength. For example, one cooktop burner could have as many as 25,000 BTUs and simmer at only 600 BTUs.

BTU stands for British Thermal Units. Think of this as the appliance equivalent to horsepower in a car. A BTU is the amount of energy needed to heat or cool one pound of water by one degree fahrenheit.

To decide what’s right for you, it’s important to think about your cooking style.

If you prefer simplistic cooking, such as boiling a box of pasta, you probably won’t need a burner exceeding 15,000 BTUs. With that strength, you can boil water in about five minutes.

However, if you’re the type of chef who screams “BAM” when cooking, you’re going to want to kick your BTUs up a notch and research the direction of the flames too. This has a direct impact on BTUs. Burners pointed straight up heat faster than if the flames are pointed sideways because the flame is pointed directly at your pots and pans.

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