Friday, July 12, 2024

How to Improve Ventilation in Your Kitchen


According to a recent study that was funded by the Department of Energy, cooking with a gas burner even just once per week frequently emitted levels of contaminants that would be criminal outdoors. Although we think of the kitchen as a comfortable, cosy zone and “the heart of the house,” this finding contradicts the common perception of the kitchen. Even toaster ovens and electric stovetops release nitrogen dioxide into the air, which is a carcinogenic byproduct of burning. It should come as no surprise that experts believe increasing the airflow in kitchens should be a “public health priority.” The good news is that by using a range hood correctly and taking a few other basic precautions, toxin levels may reduce by over half. So, take a deep breath and try using some of these strategies to improve the ventilation in your house.

1. Ensure that range hoods are used correctly- Turning on the range fan at the beginning of the cooking process, rather than in the middle of the process or at the end, is the best approach to reduce unpleasant aromas, enhance air circulation, and capture particles that have been produced by charred food and greasy cooking. Homeowners are required to be attentive to the maintenance that maintains a range hood running smoothly, including replacing the filter and cleaning the kitchen exhaust shaft consistently. This is another need for improving kitchen ventilation. How often should you do it? That relies on the quantity and frequency with which you cook, but we suggest doing it at least once a year. Also, be sure to clean or replace the filter as soon as possible if you find that it has an excessive amount of grease buildup, punctures, warping, or rust.

2. Use a Splatter Screen to Keep the Grease Under Control- The use of a splatter screen with a carbon liner that may absorb odours is the first step in reducing grease in the kitchen, which can in turn minimise airborne particles that are breathable and keep unpleasant odours from cooking at bay. This low-cost solution to the issue is stocked at kitchen and culinary supply shops all around the world, and it won’t take up important space in kitchens that are already cramped for room. Although many may be cleaned in a dishwasher, cleaning this air quality tool by hand requires nothing more than a sponge, some hot soapy water, and a little bit of elbow grease.

3. Ensure Proper Operation of the Fans- If your kitchen does not have a range hood, you need to use fans for ventilation. Although there is a broad variety of window fans available, including those that combine three fans into a single device and provide the additional feature of reversible airflow, a simple box fan should be sufficient to meet your cooling needs. Install a strong fan with a square edge into a window, then close the window so that it fits firmly over the top of the fan. If there is any excess space, fill it with a towel bundle or another “stop-gap” option. Be careful to adjust the direction of the blades to ensure the fan will draw stale air out of the room while simultaneously drawing in clean air from the outside.

Georgiana Lake
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