A Kitchen Vent will Raise Your Indoor Air Quality

If you have a kitchen vent, use it. A lot. If you don’t have a kitchen vent, get one installed.

The kitchen vent does a great job of removing odors and unhealthy particles and improving your home’s Indoor Air Quality. If you don’t use the vent, then smoke, food, grease and water from the kitchen will latch onto your floors and furniture and detract from your Indoor Air Quality.

A kitchen vent, which should send unwanted air outdoors, gets rid of more than smells.

“Any time you’re cooking or searing something in a pan, you’re producing ultra-fine particles in the air that are not just particles, but coated with all sorts of other chemicals that you don’t want to be breathing,” said Richard Shaughnessy, Ph.D., director of research and manager of the Indoor Air Program at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.

The kitchen vent also can get rid of unhealthy byproducts such as nitrogen dioxide produced by gas flames, said Shelly L. Miller, Ph.D., an indoor air quality expert and associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

“In complete combustion, you just get carbon dioxide and water,” said Miller, who tests natural-gas appliances. “But a lot of times you get incomplete combustion, and its byproducts. Nitrogen dioxide is the main one of concern. Elevated concentrations of nitrogen dioxide have been shown to cause respiratory problems, including elevated asthma and irritation.”

Miller and Shaughnessy made their remarks in a report in the New York Times.

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