Recently, we have seen several news stories regarding the potential ban of gas stoves used for cooking. So why is an HVAC company talking about gas stoves? More on that question later! First, we wanted to try and cut through the excitement, confusion and misinformation to provide a summary of the facts and only the facts:
There are approximately 40 million gas stoves in the U.S. and no, “the Man” is not coming for your gas stove. But dozens of cities — and some states — are already transitioning away from natural gas as part of efforts to reduce CO2, particularly in new construction homes. This will make it much less worthwhile to buy a gas stove, despite what lawmakers are talking about.
Gas stoves have been the target of controversy due to several recent reports that have suggested that emissions from gas stoves may be hazardous to your health. Namely, it’s causing respiratory illness and asthma.
The air inside our homes (and businesses) is much less than perfect. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed reports that indicate indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times — and occasionally more than 100 times — higher than outdoor levels.
While gas stoves may help lead to poor indoor air quality, they certainly are not the only culprit. Others may be:
There are common standards for residential ventilation and suitable indoor air quality (IAQ) levels. These guidelines are more commonly known as the ASHRAE 60.2 standard. Local building codes have generally adopted these standards to identify minimum ventilation requirements and other measures in order to decrease adverse effects on your health, resolving both health and safety problems for everyone.
That being said, the overall performance of your ventilation is not directly measured or audited. Even if it was, it’s highly dependent on climate conditions outdoors, the size of the home and other factors. The true ventilation performance in a typical home fluctuates widely.
It’s still entirely your choice. You don’t have to rip out your gas stove and replace it with electric, and you also don’t have to choose between your gas stove and the possibility for poorer indoor air quality. Proper and consistent ventilation is the real secret to this debate.
First, whenever you cook with a gas stove, you should use the fan on your range hood so the combustion byproducts like smoke and CO gas are safety discharged out of your home. But let’s be honest: how often do any of us use the fan on the range hood?
Which leads to our next point. There are more suitable whole-home ventilation solutions that will consistently improve your indoor air quality and home comfort while still allowing you to be the master chef in your home. Read on to learn more about the possible solutions for your home.
Comparison of Whole-Home Residential Ventilation Options
|Exhaust Fans||Easy and Inexpensive||Commonly, manually controlled Not energy efficient Not the most reliable for proper ventilation costs|
|Outside Air Dampers||Relatively inexpensive Integrated into the HVAC System Adjustable Automatic Ventilation||Not energy efficient May cause air pressurization inside the home May produce excess moisture/humidity into the home May negatively impact comfort in cold and more humid climates|
|Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV)||Energy Efficient Balanced Ventilation throughout the home Adjustable Automatic Ventilation||More expensive May require distribution ducting Installation may be challenging in retrofit applications|
So, why is a HVAC company talking about gas stoves? Well, the “V” in HVAC stands for “Ventilation” and “There’s an Expert for That”! To learn more about gas stoves and which solution might be best for your home, contact Rolf Griffin Service Experts at .
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