Kitchens are the busiest areas of a home. It is where families spend their time preparing and cooking their meals. In most cases, family members also love spending their time while they do other chores in this part of the house. But kitchens can have stale smells, have unpleasant emissions and stuffy air quality.
Not many homeowners are aware of the toxic by-products that gas stoves, toasters, and ovens emit. These things can lead to different levels of toxicity and cause illness to family members. There are many ways to improve kitchen airflow, and kitchen extract cleaning can be done to rid your kitchen of toxic build-up.
Likewise, there are simple adjustments that homeowners can do to reduce unhealthy air quality and improve kitchen ventilation for healthier air around your home.
Use Range Hoods
At the start of your food preparation and before you start cooking, make sure to turn on the range fan. It will prevent odour, trap particles from burned food and improve air circulation in the kitchen. Additionally, homeowners are advised to maintain their range hood properly to optimise its function.
The filters may need changing at least once a year, while the metal mesh and baffle filters can be cleaned with dish soap when there are grease build-up and warping.
Use Splatter Screen
Another effective yet straightforward means of reducing airborne particles and cooking smells is by using a splatter screen with carbon lining. It is an expensive solution that helps absorb odours and will not take up a lot of space in small kitchens.
More so, most of the splatter screens are dishwasher safe, but it is also simple to wash using a sponge and soapy water.
Use Fans in the Kitchen
If the kitchen does not have a range hood, fans are an inexpensive addition that will help improve air quality and ventilation. There are various models of fans, and the most basic one can do the trick. It can be installed in the kitchen window to suck out stagnant and smelly air while blowing fresh air into the room.
A regular fan may be used when there are no windows. An oscillating fan with ioniser will help purify the air in the kitchen and trap out allergens.
Open Windows and Doors
Opening windows around the home can invite fresh air inside. But there are strategies that homeowners can apply to impact airflow around the house and in the kitchen. Proper airflow is needed during meal preparation and cooking.
Ideally, homeowners can keep interior doors open, and leave open a combination of windows or exterior doors to create a draft. Doing this will ensure that the air will not just enter the home; instead, it will also push out polluted and stagnant air from your home.
In essence, fresh or filtered air is the best way for homeowners to battle unpleasant airflow in the kitchen. Avoid the habit of spraying “air fresheners” every time there is a bad or stale smell in the home. It will only mask the odours and increase air pollutants without addressing the real cause of the bad smell.
Better ventilation around the house and in the kitchen will lessen the risk of illness and allow better breathing for everyone in the family.