Electrified homes are healthier homes
Gas appliances are commonplace in many homes for space and water heating, laundry drying, and cooking. However, studies have shown that exposure to the air pollutants they produce pose significant health risks, especially for gas stoves which we have the greatest exposure to. An all-electric home eliminates these risks and can provide a safer and healthier living environment for you and your family.
Solutions for Healthier Indoor Air
Healthy indoor air, free of harmful pollutants, should be commonplace for everyone. If you have gas appliances, there are still many ways to reduce exposure to air pollutants in your home
Ensure appliances are vented properly
Ventilation, when used correctly, can move some of the harmful air pollutants from gas appliances, cooking, and other sources out of the air you breathe, though it is not always a perfect solution. Gas appliances like laundry dryers, furnaces, and water heaters are typically vented outdoors when installed. It’s important to ensure these outdoor vents are intact as the appliance ages to avoid pollutants, like carbon monoxide, sneaking their way into the home.
Use your kitchen ventilation
Using ventilation above your stove is critically important to reducing exposure to harmful pollutants, especially if you have a gas stove. Kitchen vent fans that move air outside the home are most effective at reducing exposure. Some vent fans recirculate air back into the kitchen after pushing it through a filter that removes particulate matter but not other pollutants. To help your fan capture pollutants, prioritize cooking on the back burners and turning on the fan a few minutes before you cook and keep it on for a few minutes after.
Electrify Gas Appliances
The best way to eliminate exposure to gas pollutants in a home is to remove the source altogether. Upgrading to energy efficient, all-electric appliances is a great way to do so.
All-electric homes are an equitable need
Though anyone with gas in their home is susceptible to exposure to air pollutants, some communities face increased burden and are less able to seek solutions.