While your Thanksgiving checklist probably mostly comprises of food, have you given thought to making sure your indoor air quality on Thanksgiving is adequate for you and your guests?
Picture this: The turkey is in the oven, the gravy is warming up on the stove and the smells of food you just can’t wait to eat are radiating throughout your house.
Did you know cooking creates gases, heat, smoke and ventilation issues that can have an impact on your home’s air quality and your health?
Why cooking pollutants are concerning:
Chemicals in the air cause those delicious aromas coming from your food. Don’t worry, most of these chemicals won’t harm you, but they still may impact the quality of your home’s air.
Cooking can impact your air quality in the following ways:
• Add chemicals, particulates, and hydrocarbons into the air from burnt food
• Add oil particulates in the air from cooking sprays and frying oils
• Create combustion gases and formaldehyde from gas stoves
• Increase heat from cooking, which can create gases from products like cabinets, pot, pans and countertops
How to combat the issue:
• Limit the use of cooking sprays and oils
• Clean up burnt food right away
• Control moisture created by the boiling and steaming items on your stove. Dry up this excess moisture ASAP.
• Ventilate while you’re cooking. Open windows; use the range hood or furnace fan if applicable.
Remember; never underestimate the impact that your home’s air quality has on your health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tells us that your risk of exposure to pollutants can be over 100 times greater indoors.