Our homes have become technological wonders. Computers run our appliances. The latest insulation keeps our homes cool in summer and warm in winter. Smart technology is all around us. All of that innovation has made our home life easier, more comfortable, and more relaxing.
The problem is that improvements in building practices have created nearly perfectly airtight homes. That’s great for conserving energy. It’s not so great for indoor air quality.
Kitchens, especially, can be the worst offenders. Our cooking can produce a lot of air pollution that’s not necessarily expelled to the outdoors. If you can crack a window or two open while you’re cooking, that certainly helps. But, sometimes, that’s not the best solution. Living in higher elevations or in a colder climate means that you probably won’t want that cold winter air making its way into your nice warm abode.
Well, thanks to those modern technological advances, we now have a lot of options at our fingertips.
The best way to clean the air in the kitchen is to install a high quality range hood and use it every time you cook. Turn it on at least 15 minutes before you begin to cook, then let it run for at least 15 minutes after you’re done cooking. The stove’s fan will pick up the steam, odors, and particles that, if left to settle on your kitchen surfaces, will contaminate the air. That air then gets circulated throughout your entire home. A good stove fan exhaust system will make sure that as much of that poor air as possible is sent outside.
A high quality range hood goes even further. Its not just the food you’re cooking that can create indoor air pollution. In fact, you could swear off cooking for a month and still suffer from poor indoor air quality. The culprit, in this case, is the kitchen appliances.
Microwaves, stoves, cooktop burners, refrigerators, dishwashers … in short, any of your large or small appliances can emit pollutants. None of these are things you willingly will want to inhale. Appliances can release carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde, and more into your breathing space.
You can minimize any health risks and improve your home’s air quality by leaps and bounds simply by opening windows and turning on the range hood fan when using your kitchen appliances.