The turkey is in the oven and the potatoes are boiling on the stove, the delicious smells are radiating throughout the house. While you’re busy cooking and entertaining company you may not stop to think about the indoor air quality in your home.
Did you know cooking could create gases, heat, smoke and ventilation issues that can have an impact on your home’s air quality and your health?
Why are cooking pollutants concerning?
Those aromas coming from your food are actually caused by chemicals in the air. There is no need for alarm, most of these chemicals aren’t going to harm you, but they can still impact air quality.
Cooking may generate:
• Increased heat from cooking, which can create additional gases from products like kitchen countertops, cabinets, and items like pots and pans
• Additional chemicals, particulates, and hydrocarbons from burnt food
• Oil particulates caused by frying oils and cooking sprays
• Combustion gases and formaldehyde from gas stoves
Protect the air quality in your home by:
• Limiting the use of cooking oils and sprays
• Cleaning up burnt food right when you see it. Turn your heating system fan on if applicable or use your range hood.
• Controlling moisture created by the boiling and steam when using the stove. Dry up the moisture as soon as you finish cooking.
• Ventilating while you’re cooking and using your range hood
The Environmental Protection Agency claims that indoor air levels of many pollutants may be 2-5 times, and occasionally, more than 100 times higher than outdoor levels.