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Is your kitchen safe from air pollution?

Dec 11, 2017

Indoor air pollution is one of the major health risks in metro cities where homes may lack proper ventilation and are exposed to a number of indoor and outdoor air pollutants.

Common air pollutants inside homes include, mould and mildew from water damaged walls and ceilings, pet dander, and infiltrating vehicular pollution from outside. But there are several other pollutants which are commonly unknown, and which may originate from our kitchen activities.

stove top with flame

Nitrogen Dioxide

Stove-top cooking can release high levels of Nitrogen Dioxide, which is a byproduct of combustion at high temperatures. Nitrogen Dioxide causes several respiratory dysfunctions and can act as a trigger for existing respiratory conditions such as asthma.

Carbon Monoxide

It is one of the most harmful gases for humans and animals, and Carbon Monoxide poisoning can lead to severe health issues such as headache, dizziness, vomiting, and nausea. Long term exposure to CO can cause heart diseases and a permanent damage to the nervous system.

Formaldehyde

It is a colourless, strong smelling chemical which can be released as fume during stove-top cooking. When the levels of formaldehyde in the ambient air goes above 0.1 ppm, it may cause health problems such as burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat, coughing, wheezing, nausea, and skin irritation. Furthermore, formaldehyde is a carcinogen which means long-term exposure to it can raise the risk of getting cancer.

Ultrafine Particles

gas burner with dust particles

Both gas and electric burners release high levels of ultrafine particles in the air. Unlike larger dust particles, ultrafine particles are not filtered through our nose and lungs, and can penetrate internal tissue to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Cleaning the burners after cooking, reduces the danger somewhat, however, home Air Purifiers with HEPA filters are most effective in capturing these particles.

Several companies are offering home and office air filtration products in the market today. Top air purifier brands like Livpure are also providing home air purifiers online for a more convenient buying experience.

Concluding Thoughts

The rising levels of indoor air pollution are a concern for everybody, especially for housewives who are regularly engaged in kitchen activity. Today's kitchen ventilation systems are still behind the curve in removing the gaseous and ultrafine pollutants from the kitchen, hence we advise investing in a home air purifier for the #SampurnaSuraksha of your loved ones.

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