New research reveals that self-cleaning ovens – the so-called pyrolysis ovens – are directly harmful to health. It writes bolius.dk.
The research was conducted by Danish Torben Sigsgaard, who is a professor of indoor climate at the Department of Public Health at Aarhus University.
– I usually say that it’s like having a fire indoors. Pyrolysis produces like many particles that you should eat over an open floor on the floor in the kitchen, says Torben Sigsgaard to bolius.dk.
When using the standard pyrolysis furnaces, the rapid dirt in the furnace is removed at high temperatures of up to 500 degrees. And precisely the high temperatures are a problem. The heat causes the pyrolysis furnace to emit harmful particles and toxic gases such as formaldehyde.
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According to Professor Torben Sigsgaard, the self-cleaning oven releases more than 500,000 fine particles after just a quarter of an hour, which can potentially penetrate into the lungs and cause damage. In comparison, 10,000-35,000 of the ultrafine particles per cm3 on the heavily trafficked HC Andersens Boulevard in Copenhagen. A wood stove, on the other hand, between 60,000 and 160,000 particles per cm3.
To avoid the harmful particles and toxic gases, it is therefore, according to Sigsgaard, necessary to ventilate with drafts and open doors and windows when the stove is on the self-cleaning program. It is not enough to just turn on the fan.