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Jon Haczyk – General Contractor

 

Jon Haczyk
General Contractor
ALC Construction
Address: 23 Violet Trail Lafayette, NJ 07848

Office phone: 973-620-9617

Mobile phone: 973-634-4201

Website:  alcllcnj.com

Email address: anthonylopezconstruction@gmail.com

The work that ALC does is high quality craftsmanship that last for a generation.

This morning, Jon gave us a great talk on ways to improve the air quality of your home.

What can adversely affect IAQ?

  • The main pollutants that affect IAQ are carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds.
  • Many of those pollutants can be emitted by ovens, microwaves, and cooktop burners, all of which are found in the kitchen.
  • Lack of proper ventilation of these pollutants can compromise IAQ and contribute to asthma, allergies and adversely affect the occupants’ health in general.

Research and Strategy:

  • According to a report published by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, an estimated that only 25% of the country’s population lives in states whose building codes require kitchen exhaust.
  • Increasing building codes to require kitchen exhaust will require contractors to install a properly ventilated exhaust system in the kitchens of all new and renovated homes.
  • Increasing public awareness of the dangers of poor IAQ will put pressure on building code officials to enforce existing codes and develop new codes where there are none.

Improving existing technology:

  • Over the range microwave ovens combined with range hoods and very popular among homeowners however, there are no microwave range hoods that currently comply with either the Energy Star Certified Exhaust Fans standard or ASHRAE 62.2 – stands for Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings.
  • Existing range hoods are powerful fans that can quickly depressurize homes if left on for long periods. This can result in moisture and contaminants being pulled back into the home.  The Department of Energy is currently developing a system which will introduce makeup air using an integrated whole house ventilation system that would open a supply duct near the kitchen when the range hood is being operated.
  • Developing range hoods with timers. This will allow the unit to operate even after cooking has been completed as there may still be pollutants that have not been evacuated.

Developing new technology:

  • Onboard diagnostics with sensors that can measure airflow, static pressure and power consumption can assist technicians in troubleshooting any problems that may arise throughout the life of the unit.
  • Developing smart hoods that can operate automatically when needed, can greatly reduce health impacts caused by kitchen pollutants.
  • Potential mechanisms include particle counters and heat/humidity sensors. These smart hoods can communicate directly with the range through wireless or direct wire connections.
  • One drawback from this is there needs to be an industry standard that will allow different brands to communicate with each other.

Where is the industry headed?

  • As energy efficient products are becoming more popular, manufacturers are under increasing pressure to develop more efficient range hoods.
  • Advanced kitchen ventilation systems will need to be developed for common home types and climates. These systems could include balanced ventilation with heat capture, low-flow/high-capture efficiency designs or a recirculating hood that includes effective pollutant filtration.

Other tips for improving IAQ

  • Keep your floors fresh. Vacuum at least 2 times per week and use a HEPA filter and make sure you clean your vacuum regularly.  Mop any hard surfaces and place a large rug at the entry of your home.
  • Keep a healthy level of humidity – between 30-50 %. Also use a dehumidifier and run A/C in the summer.  This will help control dust mites and mold.
  • Have your home tested for radon – if necessary have a radon removal system installed.
  • Limit the use of air fresheners whether they are solid, spray or even oil based. Some plug-in fragrances are known to contain volatile organic compounds (VOC’s).  Instead try using mild cleaning agents that are fragrance free or naturally scented.  Don’t use aerosol sprays.  Bring a plant indoors – A NASA study found that plants like ferns or spider plants can absorb chemical pollutants released by synthetic materials.

 

 

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