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When cooking with a standard commercial kitchen stove and oven, vapors, grease particles, smoke, and other contaminants can accumulate in the surrounding air. This is because most homes have at least one ducted vent or exhaust system to remove such pollutants from one room (typically the kitchen) to another. Although it may seem rather tedious for homeowners to manually clean their ventilation systems annually, this practice will produce various benefits beyond preventing fires.
Better Air Quality
When a properly cleaned kitchen exhaust system is in place, the indoor air will be cleaner and have fewer odors. However, a dirty vent hood can allow some fumes to re-enter the room instead of being removed from the home entirely. This would cause smells associated with cooking to linger around a bit longer than necessary.
Cooking becomes easier when you don’t need to worry about breathing contaminated air. Clean ventilation helps reduce the unpleasantness of having to smell the food as it cooks or waiting for grease smoke to clear after flipping a batch of burgers on the grill, etc.
Lower Utility Bills
Clean kitchen exhaust systems work more efficiently because they allow better flow within your heating and air conditioning ductwork networks. By eliminating obstructions such as grease build-up, homeowners can also prevent the need for extra maintenance soon. That work would include having technicians visit your home to clear out clogged vents with specialized equipment from inside and/or outside.
Improved Indoor Air Quality
Properly ventilated homes have fewer problems with pests and humidity since they don’t create a welcoming atmosphere for certain types of bugs or mold. Dirty smokestacks can also allow particles and pollutants to infiltrate other rooms within your home instead of being forced outdoors through an exterior venting system. The cleaner the kitchen exhaust system is, the more effective its filtering components will improve indoor air quality overall. Even if you don’t cook much throughout the year, it’s still important to clean your HVAC equipment at least once a year. This includes the vents for any warming drawers found in a modern kitchen island or while cleaning the outside of one’s home with power equipment.
If you regularly use your oven and/or stovetop, it is advisable to give them a thorough cleaning every year. A few hours spent working indoors during this maintenance task can pay off by increased air quality throughout your entire house!
Primarily, ensure that grease has been removed from all hoses and filters.
One mistake homeowners make to buy cheap or used vent hoods without realizing how much more challenging they make cleaning efforts. Grease and particulates will accumulate rapidly in lower-quality models that lack effective filtration mechanisms, so investing in a higher-quality one can save you time in the long run.
Prevents Odor Transfer
A clogged vent system provides a breeding ground for bacteria which generates odors within the home environment. In addition, an unclean vent system forces air recirculation which causes unpleasant smells to occur and linger throughout the house. And if someone smokes indoors or cooks spicy foods frequently, the ventilating system can become clogged and contaminated quickly.
Increased Air Flow
Kitchens must be provided with enough ventilation because many cooking appliances often release toxic fumes into the air. For example, incomplete combustion from stoves and ovens, which results in exhaust leaks, releases carbon monoxide (CO). This poisonous gas replaces oxygen in the bloodstream and can lead to death. Increased airflow prevents such toxins from being released into the environment, where they can cause serious health problems for all residents.
Reduces the Risk of Fire Hazards
When grease particles accumulate within ductwork over time, there is a potential fire hazard should an excess heat build-up due to restricted airflow. In addition, with reduced amounts of fresh air entering circuits during operation, more dangerous gases may become trapped within the ductwork system. Grease is the most flammable substance known to man, so preventing its build-up (by routinely cleaning) can prevent a kitchen fire from occurring.
Avoids Potential Fires
Individuals might not think twice about turning on their stove or oven to heat their meals on a typical day. And although this practice is convenient, it also generates excess heat, which can accumulate inside the venting system if it is crammed with grease particles or other debris. This causes overheating, which over time accumulates residue in explosive areas like connections and entrance points of your ducted exhaust system, eventually leading to fire risks!
Long Term Energy Savings
When the air has restricted pathways, less fresh air enters a room from the exterior atmosphere, resulting in poor ventilation for indoor occupants. After a prolonged period of time, the lack of fresh air can cause a build-up of humidity and excess heat, which triggers health problems such as allergies and respiratory issues. Also, suppose you have an excessively hot home when you are not cooking or heating water. In that case, this is because your venting system is operating at maximum efficiency due to a blockage.
Keeping your ventilation system properly cleaned periodically will provide considerable benefits throughout the year. Over time, the odor from food particles, smoke residue, and additional contaminants can accumulate in your ducted venting system. For safety reasons, homeowners should regularly clean their kitchen exhaust systems to help prevent fire outbreaks.