The Importance of a Properly Ventilated Kitchen

If you’re like many Americans, chances are you’ll be doing at least a bit of extra cooking during the holiday season. That means you’ll want to make sure your kitchen is properly ventilated so you don’t set off the smoke alarms or inhale all that smoke.

Ventilation is a necessary part of any commercial kitchen, but it’s sometimes overlooked for the home kitchen. Many kitchens have exhaust fans over the stove, but is that enough? Despite what you’ve been told, you should turn on the exhaust fan anytime you use your burners or oven because the device removes heat and odors. Exhaust fans also work to prevent moisture and grime from building up on nearby surfaces.

One of the most important jobs an exhaust fan can do is removing very fine airborne particles that are created when foods are cooked. Those particles contribute to indoor pollution if they aren’t removed. Exhaust fans help reduce carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and other hazardous products.

If your home doesn’t have a range hood or vent, or it simply isn’t doing the job, there are a number of things you can do to improve your kitchen’s ventilation. There are many home range ventilation systems that can be purchased and installed to improve cooking conditions. Here are some other things you can try:

  • Open windows and use a window fan

  • Use an air purifier

  • Use other fans nearby (ceiling fan, bathroom fan, etc.)

  • Use a splatter screen to control grease

  • Wipe down kitchen cabinets often

At Blue Water Kitchens & More, we will work with you to design and discover your new kitchen. We offer pre-made kitchen cabinets you can install yourself or have us install for you. We also offer several styles of countertops to help you realize your dream kitchen. Call today for a free consultation at 810-958-3193.