This $50 kitchen appliance will save you from extreme heat during the summer

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full size gas and electric Ovenare really good heating the kitchen And often the whole house depends on how big your space is. Turn on the big oven for even 10 minutes heat wave can take things from bad to worse worse.cooking outdoors Grilla smoker or Pizza Oven Slightly better, but standing outside in 90 degree+ temperatures Hot Grill Still treacherous.

Keeping your home cool during a heat wave requires creative thinking. air fryer It’s my ticket to getting through those hot summer months without starving. The best part? A great air fryer is at my disposal Minimum $50,

Air fryers cook food faster and use less energy than ovens or grills. I’ve found that cooking with an air fryer doesn’t raise the temperature in my house much, whereas turning on the oven – even just to preheat – can raise the temperature quite a bit.

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Trendy air fryers are all that they claim to be, especially when it’s hot outside.

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So much so that I’ve given up everything Oven and even during my grill on a sultry summer day And gone is the full air fryer. Both my sanity and monthly energy bill are better for it.

To see if the air fryer really is the best heat wave cooking appliance, I compared how much cooking with an air fryer raises the temperature in my kitchen compared to how much it raises the temperature using a full-sized wall oven.

How I Tested the Heat Output of an Air Fryer vs. a Wall Oven

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The air fryer turns out juicy chicken thighs in less than 20 minutes.

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To find out the real-world difference, I roasted chicken thighs in my KitchenAid wall oven (less than 10 years old) and 4-quart Dreo air fryer according to two popular recipes from a well-known cooking site. I tested temperatures before, during, and after to see how much of a difference each machine made.

The kitchen in my Brooklyn apartment is small, but it’s not closed and opens up to the rest of the apartment. I kept the windows closed for testing, though it’s worth noting that Recent studies This shows that cooking with natural gas in a closed kitchen can be risky to health.

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These days I find very few reasons to turn on the big oven.

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The standard oven recipe calls for roasting the chicken in the oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Because of its smaller chamber, the air fryer recipe only takes about 20 minutes to cook at the same temperature. The air fryer only takes about a minute to come to temperature, while the oven takes over five minutes.

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An ambient thermometer was all I needed to test how hot a gas oven could heat the kitchen.

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I placed a standard ambient thermometer in the middle of the kitchen — about 5 feet from the stove — at counter height. I took a reading before turning on the oven or air fryer. I took another reading in the middle of the cooking time and a last reading at the end of the cooking time. Between the two sessions, I waited for the kitchen to return to a comfortable temperature before starting the next session.

The larger oven made my kitchen 12 degrees hotter than the air fryer

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Ovens have more capacity than air fryers, but still not enough to heat the house in the summer.

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As I expected, my oven heated the kitchen much hotter than the air fryer. In between recipes (15 minutes), the oven raised the temperature in my kitchen by 15 degrees from 71 F to 88 F.

After 10 minutes of cooking with the air fryer at 375 F, the temperature in my kitchen had only increased 5 degrees F, from 72 F to 77 F. Although you can feel the gas coming out of the air fryer if you stand close enough, it’s not enough to significantly change the temperature in the kitchen.

Read more: How to keep your kitchen cool in the summer (and reduce your electricity bill)

Not only did the air fryer rise to temperature less quickly, but I also had to run it for about 20 minutes with a one-minute preheat time. The oven took 30 minutes to cook the chicken and 6 minutes to preheat.

Using an air fryer will reduce energy bills

Set the oven temperature to 170°F. Set the oven temperature to 170°F.

Even modern ovens use significantly more energy than air fryers.

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During a heat wave, your air conditioner Already working harder. They have to work harder to heat the kitchen than your oven, using more energy to get the room back to your desired temperature. Forking out the difference for an AC for a 20- or 30-minute cooking session with an oven might not be a total budget-buster. But spreading it out over time or for longer cooking sessions and using the oven during warmer months can have real financial consequences. For more on this, read my fine-tuned analysis How much more does it cost to run an oven compared to an air fryer,

What can you make in an air fryer?

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Roasting chicken in an air fryer is delicious and takes less time than in a large oven.

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Air fryers can do almost all the cooking tasks that an oven can, although air fryers are typically smaller than wall ovens, so you can’t cook as much food at once.

I’ve been doing a lot with the air fryer this year. I discovered the joy of cooking Whole Chickens in the air fryer, Fillets of Salmon Even more Bacon Cheeseburgers. The air fryer goes way beyond its reputation for cooking crispy wings and French fries. You can make dinner party-level recipes in an air fryer without any hassle.

here are Seven foods I now only cook in air fryers, not only because they keep my kitchen cool, but also because the results are just as good or better than other methods. And here’s how Our Complete Guide to Air FryersEveryone’s favorite new kitchen tool.

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