Indoor Air Pollution from Cooking

Indoor Air Pollution from Cooking

The importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) in your home cannot be overstated. According to various studies, Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, with 70 percent of that time coming from inside our homes. Studies also estimate that indoor air quality in our homes can be anywhere from 2 to 5 times worse than it is outdoors. Primarily, this stems from airborne pollutants and allergens that invade homes and are circulated by your home’s HVAC system. Poor indoor air quality is especially harmful to people who experience asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues and can also promote the spread of flu and illness-causing germs.


One of the most important services your friends at Associated Heating & Air provides is helping our customers make their indoor air cleaner and healthier. One of the most important things regarding indoor air quality is filtering air that comes into the home from outside. Changing your air filters frequently and scheduling regular system maintenance will help your system do this efficiently. But another factor to consider when keeping your IAQ as clean and healthy as possible is the impact indoor cooking has on IAQ. A variety of heat sources are used in indoor home cooking, including electricity, gas and wood. All emit some form of airborne pollutants. Let’s take a look:

  • Gas Stoves. Natural gas and propane-fueled stoves can emit harmful carbon monoxide, which can be toxic to people and pets.
  • Wood stoves/fireplaces. These can also emit significant pollution through smoke and other chemicals which may be on the wood.
  • Electric stoves/ranges. Cooking on these appliances can also affect IAQ as oils, fats and other ingredients are heated to high temperatures. In addition, self-cleaning ovens release pollutants as food waste is burned away.

Ventilation is the key to making sure that indoor cooking does not adversely affect your home’s indoor air quality. A high-efficiency range hood should be installed over ovens/stoves and gas-fueled appliances should be inspected by a professional regularly to ensure there are no carbon monoxide leaks.


Associated Heating & Air is Anaheim and Orange County, CA’s experienced IAQ professionals, and we offer a full line of services and products to ensure your family is breathing the cleanest, safest air possible. This includes duct cleaning/replacement, asbestos removal and inspection of your appliances to make sure they are operating efficiently and safely. We also offer a full line of air purification systems such as the NASA tested and approved Air Scrubber Plus. Call us today to schedule an IAQ analysis to see what we can do to help you improve and maintain good indoor air quality. And don’t forget to stay in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter!