Kitchens can be major problem spots for your indoor air quality. There’s moisture from sinks and dishwashers, as well as simmering liquids on the range, all of which can encourage mold and bacteria growth. There’s the potential for carbon monoxide buildup from gas ovens, and there are airborne particulates such as smoke. With all these concerns, a kitchen remodeling isn’t just a chance to improve your work space and brighten your home – it’s also a good opportunity to clean up your indoor air.
Here are a few things to consider for big air quality gains:
- Sealing. Kitchens can be super-humid environments. You want to seal cracks and crevices that may allow moisture to attack wall and ceiling cavities – keeping these dry will help to prevent mold and decay.
- Ventilation. Kitchens generate odors both good and bad, but you want to make sure none of them are suspended in your air for an extended period of time. An exhaust fan or range hood will remove dirty air, along with its many contaminants.
- Piping. Making sure your pipes are in good condition will cut down on the leaks and drips that create perfect conditions for mold to grow.
- Filters. Air filters on heating and air conditioning units can make a big difference in the quality of air in your home. Check to make sure the filters on your appliances are clean, and make sure you’re using filters with high efficiency values. And remember, filters should be replaced at least every three months for optimal performance.
Cleaning up your indoor air is a big project, but its effects on the health of your household and the livability of your home can be profound. No kitchen remodel should be complete without a little attention paid to how the new design is going to act on your lungs.
For a friendly, honest assessment of your home air quality and possible steps to improve it, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We’re proud to have helped customers in the Greater Cleveland area for 75 years, and will be proud to serve you.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Western Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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