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 of all, we wanted to try and cut through the drama, 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 Fed” is not coming for your gas stove. But dozens of cities — and some states — are already transitioning away from natural gas as part of a growing decarbonization, specifically in new construction homes. This will make it much less worthwhile to buy a gas stove, even if they haven’t been banned.
Gas stoves have been the target of controversy due to multiple recent studies that have indicated 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 excellent. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) references studies that indicate indoor levels of pollutants can be two to five times — and occasionally more than 100 times — higher than outdoor levels.
Although gas stoves may help lead to poor indoor air quality, they certainly are not the only culprit. Others may be:
There are formal standards for residential ventilation and acceptable 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 minimize 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 predicated on climate conditions outdoors, the size of the home and other factors. The actual ventilation performance in your average American 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 prospect for poorer indoor air quality. Proper and consistent ventilation is the real key to this debate.
First, anytime 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 available solutions for your home.
Comparison of Whole-Home Residential Ventilation Options
|Exhaust Fans||Simple and Inexpensive||Generally, manually controlled Not energy efficient Not the most effective 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 add 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||Higher cost 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 option might be best for your home, contact Roland J. Down Service Experts at .
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