Is Grilling Bad for Your Home's Indoor Air Quality?

Is Grilling Bad for Your Home's Indoor Air Quality?

Throughout the warmer summer months, many people turn to the grill to cook their foods outdoors, rather than heating up the house. Yet you may be surprised to learn that the grill can actually have a negative effect on your home’s indoor air quality. If you are not careful, you could be putting your family’s health and safety at risk by grilling.

Here are some of the risks you need to know.

Grill Smoke and Particles Enter Your Home

If you are grilling outdoors, the smoke and particles created can enter your home through open doors and windows. This can have a negative effect on your indoor air quality (IAQ). Smoke and its smell can create respiratory problems for family members and particles can irritate bronchitis, allergies, asthma and other respiratory conditions.

Charcoal Grills Release Dangerous Gases

Not only is smoke a potential risk for your IAQ, but charcoal grills release dangerous carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide into the atmosphere. Outdoors, this is rarely a problem, but if these enter your home they can cause serious problems. Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can be fatal and nitrogen dioxide damages the lungs. Long exposure can lead to lung disease. Both are colorless and tasteless gases, so it’s possible to be poisoned by them without knowing it is happening.

How to Avoid the Effects on IAQ from Grilling

Does this mean you shouldn’t grill? No, it does not. You can grill safely if you are simply a little cautious. Make sure the grill is placed far from your home and avoid grilling when the wind will push the smoke and soot into your home through open windows or doors. Also, invest in indoor air quality devices, like air filters and air cleaners, that will help protect your home.

For help with limiting the effects on IAQ that grilling can cause, contact Valley Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Soalr. Serving all of the South Bay and Silicon Valley, Valley Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Solar is passionate about indoor air quality. Visit our website for in-depth information on most HVAC topics, or give us a call at (408) 868-5500.