Recently, we have seen several news stories concerning the potential ban of gas stoves used for cooking. So why is a heating, air conditioning and plumbing company talking about gas stoves? More on that question later! To begin with, we wanted to try and cut through the excitement, confusion and misinformation to provide a recap 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. However, dozens of cities — and some states — are already transitioning away from natural gas as part of a growing decarbonization, particularly in new construction homes. This will make it pointless to buy a gas stove, even if they haven’t been banned.
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 play a role in poor indoor air quality, they certainly are not the only culprit. Others could be:
There are well-known guidelines for residential ventilation and acceptable indoor air quality (IAQ) levels. These guidelines are known by industry experts as the ASHRAE 60.2 standard. Local building codes have largely adopted these standards to identify minimum ventilation requirements and other measures so that you can reduce 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 the average 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 be forced to decide between your gas stove and the potential for poorer indoor air quality. Proper and consistent ventilation is the real key to this debate.
First, each time 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 to be candid: how often do any of us use the fan on the range hood?
Which leads to our next point. There are much more effective 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 potential solutions for your home.
Comparison of Whole-Home Residential Ventilation Options
|Exhaust Fans||Basic and Inexpensive||Typically, manually controlled Not energy efficient Not the ideal solution for proper ventilation costs|
|Outside Air Dampers||Relatively inexpensive Integrated into the HVAC System Adjustable Automatic Ventilation||Not energy efficient May result in 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 necessitate 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 system might be best for your home, contact Calverley Service Experts at .
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