3 Reasons An Air Purifier For Your Kitchen Is Needed

The kitchen isn’t just the place we cook… It’s the place where the day begins, where we eat, where we gather to share food and conversation. Unfortunately, while your kitchen may be the most central room in your home, it’s also likely to have the worst air quality.  

Let’s take a look at the factors that may be contributing to the poor air quality in your kitchen and how to improve it.  

Your Kitchen Is Small 

When it comes to air pollution, size matters.  

Smaller kitchens tend to have less airflow, allowing pollutants and odors to build up quickly. 

This is important because kitchens are often the places where we do a lot of the activities that cause the most pollution.  

One of the biggest dangers to your air quality is cooking.  Each time you turn on your stove, a whole range of pollutants are released into your indoor air.  

Another activity that can impact your air quality is cleaning. Since kitchens tend to be high traffic areas, it’s likely that you also spend a lot of time cleaning them, which further pollutes your air. 

And what about that nice apple pie scented air freshener you use in your kitchen? Turns out scented products and candles can also have a negative effect on your indoor air. 

What this means is that if your kitchen is small, pollutants will build up quickly, meaning it may be the best spot to place an air purifier. Having a dedicated kitchen air purifier, will help with reducing those air pollutants, making it a safer environment to cook in.  

You Cook With A Gas Stove 

Gas stoves can be an appealing alternative to electric. The burners and oven heat up much faster than electric stoves, the gas flame works better with different types of cookware, and the temperature is easier to control. Also, gas stoves are often cheaper to operate than electric stoves. 

Unfortunately, gas stoves are a major contributor to indoor air pollution. When cooking with gas, you’re emitting pollutants into your indoor air like nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), and formaldehyde (CH2O or HCHO). 

Even more concerning, research suggests that gas cooking generates about twice as much PM2.5 as electric stoves. Exposure to PM2.5 has multiple short-term and long-term health impacts. 

 Short-term issues include eye, nose, and throat irritation, coughing, sneezing, and shortness of breath. Long-term exposure to PM2.5 can cause permanent respiratory problems such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and heart disease. 

While PM2.5 impacts everyone, people with breathing and heart problems, children, and the elderly are most sensitive to it.  One recent study called PM 2.5 “the largest environmental risk factor worldwide,” responsible for many more deaths than alcohol use, physical inactivity or high sodium intake. 

You Don’t Have Proper Ventilation in Your Kitchen 

An air purifier can assist with the air quality that results from poor ventilation in any room but could be even more beneficial for a kitchen. There are several reasons that the ventilation in your kitchen may be less than ideal.  

Any of these factors can lead to poor air quality: 

  • No windows in your kitchen 
  • Having the only ventilation access be through the overhead fan above your stove 
  • Your overhead fan doesn’t have an exhaust system to vent cooking smells, odors, steam, or smoke. 

Improper ventilation can cause humidity in the kitchen… leading to mold.  

Mold exposure can cause stuffy nose, wheezing, and red or itchy eyes or skin, and even infections of the skin or mucous membranes… and potentially even more serious ailments, so a kitchen air purifier can really reduce the risk of experiencing those symptoms.  

Other Factors to Keep in Mind 

You may have thought about getting an air purifier for kitchen odors. While keeping your air free of pollutants is the most important reason to use an air purifier in the kitchen, a kitchen air purifier can also help keep your kitchen smelling fresh and reduce those odors. This is an important benefit in the kitchen, where trash cans and sinks tend to fill quickly.   

Which type of purifier is best for your kitchen? 

Good air quality is essential for optimal physical and mental health. Ideally, you should have an air purifier in every room. However, if that’s not possible, the kitchen is an important room to prioritize because of how much pollution is generated there.  

The aair 3-in-1 pro is an ideal purifier for the kitchen because it removes both particulate matter and harmful gases and odors. Check out aeris to find the purifier that works best for your family’s needs. 

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