Reports indicate that people worldwide cook 6.9 meals at home a week, compared to 6.5 in 2018. The figure represents a 6% increase in home-cooked meals. Cooking is an important activity that takes place in the kitchen, an area in the house where everyone gathers, creates meals, enjoys food, and makes memories. Ensuring that the room temperature is right makes the kitchen a pleasant place to cook, dine, and hang out. Extreme temperatures make it unbearable to stay in the kitchen, preventing you from enjoying the pleasures of cooking, dining, and even small talk. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can make sure your kitchen is at a comfortable temperature, no matter what season it is.
Heating Ventilation And Air Conditioning (HVAC) Impacts Kitchen Life
Your HVAC system is an important part of your home. If your house has an HVAC system, you can control the right temperature using individual room thermostats. Heating is provided during the cold winter months, keeping a pleasant temperature throughout your home. In the summertime, when it’s hot outside and you’re cooking, air-conditioning is provided. In addition, when cooking or even preparing ingredients, you will need a good ventilation system to eliminate the vapors, odors, and heat from the stove.
To keep cool when your stove is lit, several appliances are switched on, and the oven is working, experts at Advanced Ceiling Systems recommend installing ceiling fans to improve air movement. Available in different sizes and styles, ceiling fans help in circulating air by distributing stagnant air evenly. They also draw out moisture, preventing unwanted build-up of humidity and reducing discomfort. When it is not too hot outdoors, you can also use fans to cool your kitchen without switching on the AC.
Easy Fixes That Won’t Cost You Money
Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of a centralized HVAC system. But there are things you can easily do to warm up or cool down your kitchen. Keep the room cool using shutters or curtains on windows. Cooking early in the morning will also help in avoiding the hottest part of the day, and preparing large batches of meals will reduce the amount of time you need to spend in a hot kitchen. Meals you’re not eating straight away can be warmed up in the microwave, limiting the use of stoves and ovens, which can easily heat up rooms. Cooking outdoors is also an option to avoid excessive sweating and lessen heat produced in the kitchen. You can also go for easy recipes that don’t involve lots of cooking, such as salads, fruit platters, or blended smoothies.
In winter, insulate your windows with extra blankets to prevent draughts from entering your kitchen. Operate space heaters if there’s no centralized heating. Make use of your ceiling fan all year round to create the perfect temperature in your kitchen. Rotate your ceiling fans’ blades clockwise to create a warm breeze in the room, and in the summer, they should move counter-clockwise for cool air to reduce temperatures. Don’t forget to let the night air in and close your windows once the sun rises to keep the kitchen fresh.
Keeping desirable temperatures in the kitchen helps to make cooking, dining, and socializing a pleasant experience. You can do this by using your HVAC system properly, turning on fans, shading, and insulating windows, cooking outdoors, and minimizing your use of large appliances when it’s warm outside.