How Does Cooking Pollute Your Indoor Air Quality?

March 11, 2020

When people think about indoor pollution, they often picture things like mold growth or dust buildup. However, the reality is that simple everyday activities like cooking can also contribute to pollution inside the home. Here are a few ways that your cooking may be causing problems for your indoor air:

Toxic Byproducts From Ovens and Stoves

If your stove is wood burning, natural gas, or propane powered, then it is particularly likely to cause indoor air pollution. The problem with these types of stoves is that they create heat by burning. As fuels combust, they release carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and other potential indoor air pollutants. If your oven and stove are properly vented, this should not be too much of an issue. However, it is possible for your ventilation to leak and cause problems.

Pollutants From Cooking With Oil and Fat

Even if you are not regularly burning your meals, you are probably still releasing a lot of smoke and oil particles into the air. As you cook, moisture in meats, vegetables, and broths turns to steam, pulling a fine mist of oil into the air. Commonly used cooking oils like olive oil have a very low “smoke point,” which means they start releasing smoke even when cooked at lower temperatures. This can lead to a lot of unpleasant particles that linger in the air, resulting in strange smells and greasy buildup.

Cooking Odors

Though not necessarily dangerous like smoke and carbon monoxide, cooking odors in a poorly ventilated kitchen can damage your indoor air quality. No one likes smelling last night’s dinner or the bacon you had for breakfast last week, but these scents can stick around for a surprising amount of time if you do not have the right ventilation.

Marietta residents who want the best possible indoor air have plenty of options at Innovative Mechanical, LLC. In addition to helping with ventilation, we also assist people with installing, repairing, and maintaining heating and cooling systems. Find out more about what we have to offer by calling now.