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Health Risks Of Improper Kitchen Ventilation

March 1, 2023
Health Risks Of Improper Kitchen Ventilation
Health Risks Of Improper Kitchen Ventilation

If you are planning a kitchen remodel, you may be wondering if it’s actually worthwhile to invest in a rangehood. This article takes you through the health risks associated with improper kitchen ventilation, reasons for a rangehood and what makes a Schweigen perfect for any kitchen.

Improper kitchen ventilation damages health

Fundamentally, cooking produces odours, fumes, moisture and airborne grease that reduces the overall air quality in the home. Continued exposure to these pollutants can lead to a range of health problems, including:

  1. Respiratory illnesses: Breathing in cooking pollutants irritate the lungs and may cause or exacerbate the conditions of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses.
  2. Eye irritation: Smoke and fumes produced during cooking can irritate the eyes - causing redness, itching and tearing.
  3. Headaches and dizziness: The buildup of carbon monoxide in a poorly ventilated kitchen can cause headaches, dizziness, and even death in extreme cases.

Rangehoods are essential in any kitchen

Rangehoods are purpose-built to ventilate kitchens. No matter your cooking habit, a rangehood is a practical and essential kitchen appliance because they:

  1. Improve indoor air quality by removing cooking smoke, grease and odours - providing a healthier environment for cooking, dining and entertainment.
  2. Prevent mould growth by reducing humidity levels in the kitchen.
  3. Increase the lifespan of home surfaces, décor, fixtures and appliances by preventing grease buildup and staining.
  4. Reduce the risk of kitchen fires by removing flammable gases and airborne grease.
  5. Enhances the look and value of a home by completing your kitchen.
UM-PA9S Silent Undermount Rangehood

Dangers of ineffective rangehoods

Ineffective ventilation can be just as bad as no ventilation. Here is what might happen if you have an ineffective rangehood installed or one that is improperly maintained:

  1. Grease and other contaminants begin to build up in the filters as well as in the ducting of your rangehood.
  2. These contaminants begin to attract pests, promote mould growth, and may even drip back down to contaminate food on the stove or cause kitchen fires.
  3. You deal with the short-term and long-term impacts of these issues, including headaches, fatigue, cancer, irritation of the skin and eyes, and even respiratory problems

Are all rangehoods made the same?

Kitchen designers are also recognising the impact that noise pollution from appliances have on household occupants – especially in modern homes that are increasingly being sealed and have multi-purpose living spaces. Like air pollution, noise pollution impacts health and wellness – contributing to issues like stress, difficulty concentrating and poor sleep.

Traditional onboard (or internally motored) rangehoods roar at eye-level. Now, imagine cooking with a powerful rangehood that operates blissfully silent - that lets you enjoy conversation and music even as you cook and entertain.  By removing the motor and fan from the rangehood and locating it outside of homes, Schweigen’s top selling silent rangehoods have made this an amazing reality for Australian homeowners over the past 2 decades.

CC-PARA4W Silent Ceiling Cassette Rangehood

What should I look for in a rangehood?

Picking a beautifully engineered, robustly constructed and energy efficient Schweigen silent rangehood means investing in the health and wellbeing of your loved ones for years to come.

Check out our Silent Rangehood Buying Guide or reach out to us at / 1300 881 693 for a free consult with our Product Experts today.

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