Be a fan of your kitchen fan

| by Brian Wellnitz
Be a fan of your kitchen fan

What's the worst room in your house for indoor air pollution? No, it's not the bathroom (I was surprised too).

Actually, the kitchen is the main source of indoor air pollutants, according to the Home Ventilating Institute. Especially if you cook with a gas stove, the kitchen can be source of irritants, such as excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. These gases can cause respiratory disease and make asthma and heart disease worse if they're not vented properly.

Cooking can also raise the moisture level in the home, and leave odors that linger. So that garlic or fish dish you love can stay around much longer than you think.

A good range hood can capture these gases and odors and get them out of your house. Broan range hoods work hard to protect the home’s interior against the damaging effects of heat, humidity and airborne grease. You save time, labor and money, and your home is more comfortable for everyone.

Keep in mind that for best results, kitchen and bathroom vents should lead directly outside and should never be vented into the attic, where moisture can cause serious problems and pose.

A recirculating fan is a good alternative if your kitchen setup doesn't allow for an external vent. It pulls the air into a filter and exhausts air back into a room. These are common in a set up with a microwave oven or cabinets over the range.

If you're a foodie, a properly size ventilation fan will let you experiment with exotic dishes with ease. You can smoke meats, char broil a prime cut, or indulge your inner Julia Child with no regrets.

Topics: Indoor Air Quality, Kitchen, Ventilation

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