9 Easy Ways To Improve Indoor Air Quality In The Kitchen

When spending time indoors, it’s only natural to want fresh, clean air circulating in your home. And while stale odors and indoor air pollution can linger in any room, the worst offender is by far the kitchen. After all, nobody wants to smell the remnants of last night’s dinner over their morning coffee. Don’t plug your nose just yet! There are several easy ways to improve indoor air quality in the kitchen, from powerful kitchen vent hoods to air-purifying house plants. Read on to learn more, and don’t forget to shop The RTA Store’s Memorial Day Sale, May 15-25, 2020!

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Choose Your flooring wisely.

Everyone knows carpet can absorb unpleasant smells — but that’s not the only reason to consider another option for your floors. Chemicals and glues in carpets are often made with  volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can irritate the ears, nose and throat and contribute to breathing problems. According to the American Lung Association, carpets can also trap indoor pollutants like dust mites, pet dander and other allergens, as well as lead, mold spores, pesticides, and dirt. These particles and toxic gases in the air can settle into carpets and negatively affect your health.

The RTA Store offers a wide selection of stylish flooring options that can help you design a healthier home, such as durable, easy-to-clean ceramic, Carrara marble and porcelain tile. These natural materials are impervious to mold and water, and most selections are NSF Certified® and Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified®. Some even realistically mimic the look of hardwood! Other options include luxurious vinyl plank flooring that is 100% waterproof, phthalate free, and FloorScore and Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified®

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Feel free to vent.

According to Hunker, Kitchen vent hoods help to keep your kitchen safe and odor-free by removing fumes and particles in the air as you cook on your stovetop. Just like a beautiful backsplash protects your kitchen walls from steam damage and grease splatters, a hood protects your kitchen and all wood cabinetry with fans and filters that pull foul odors, cooking oil particles, and steam outside.

While kitchen vent hoods are a necessary part of modern kitchen design, they are more than just functional. When you install a new vent hood, you will also give your kitchen an amazing finished look. Browse our inventory of kitchen vent hoods at the The RTA Store, including under cabinet hoods and wall mounted models, or install a new vent hood over the kitchen island! There are so many stylish opportunities for improving the air quality in your kitchen, with options that run the gamut from traditional to sleek and contemporary.

Other easy ways to improve indoor air quality in the kitchen.

  • Take off your shoes at the front door.
  • Make your own DIY cleaning products with natural ingredients from your kitchen pantry cabinet.
  • Choose paints that are labeled zero or low-VOC when painting your walls.
  • Place an air-purifying live plant on your kitchen island.
  • Change filters regularly and maintain your central A/C unit.
  • Open the windows and let the fresh air in.
  • Quit smoking.


At The RTA Store, we help make your dream home a reality with RTA (ready to assemble) and pre-assembled cabinets and accessories. Whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, home office, home bar, or TV room, we offer the same (if not better) quality you would find at any retail store, but for a fraction of the price. Stop by our website or give us a call, and let us make your dreams come true with the help of our free room design service.