In a recent homechem study, scientists set out to study the effects of preparing and cooking a normal Thanksgiving dinner on indoor air quality.

The results were startling – by 11AM, having simply completed a number of menial basic tasks in the kitchen such as using the toaster, heating oil in a frying pan, and using the coffee machine, the concentration of fine-particulate matter indoors had risen to levels that would be deemed unhealthy by the EPA.

However, as Atmospheric chemist Delphine Farmer states, it’s “safe to say levels of many traditional air pollutants are lower indoors – until you do something like cook a stir-fry, at which point some of those levels will briefly reach peaks that are ten times the maximum observe outdoors.”  Luckily, there are still a lot of practical measures we can take to keep our indoor air healthy.

Patrick Fitzgerald from Atlanta, GA, USA [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Looking After Your Indoor Air Quality

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