When it comes to pollution control, addressing the source of the pollution itself is the key. Both the cooking of food and the burner use can be a major emission source, so how you cook can make a big difference. Here’s how to tackle cooking and burner emissions of air pollutants, odors, grease, and moisture in your home to protect your family’s health.

More information and webinars on best practices are available at our ROCIS Kitchen Range Hoods page.

Check out the stories of families who have used low emission cooking methods are available:

The Pollards’ Story and Andrew’s Story.


in addition to improving the performance of your vented range hood
(see Channel The Flow Tips)

1. Use techniques to reduce your cooking emissions:

Photo of a stovetop with a covered pot and range hood overhead. Text blocks read: Use cooking oils that handle high heat better. Clean burners, ovens, and range hood filters routinely (mark your calendar). Consider alternatives to stovetop frying, such as baking and microwaving. Keep lids on pots—or partially cover pots (also reduces cooking time). Use lower temperatures.

2. Reduce burner emissions from gas stoves:Photograph of an induction stovetop with a metal frying pan on it.

  • Use an induction stove to prevent burner emissions of NO2, particles, etc. and to reduce burn and fire hazards. Tax incentives for induction stoves may be available. See ROCIS Induction Stove Resources. A young child standing on a stool next to an adult beside a kitchen stove and microwave.
  • An affordable alternative is a portable induction cooktop, used on top of your existing stove.
  • Use an electric hot pot or pressure cooker.
  • Preheat the cooking water you need in a microwave or electric teapot.

 3. If feasible, cook outside:

  • Use a portable induction cooktop
  • Try out a solar cooker for various types of cooking. Solar cookers can be DIY projects or purchased products.Gift a solar oven to your friends and family, especially in areas with high energy costs and in households with respiratory disease patients. Solar ovens are also great as educational tools.

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Tom Phillips, ROCIS Technical Advisor, Healthy Building Research