About 3/4ths of my basement is finished into a family room, the remaining
1/4 has been walled off for my wood shop, this gives me the comfort of air
conditioning and heating. My problem is the odors and fumes created when
refinishing my wood projects are going through out the house. Can I install
some kind of exhaust fan to vent those odors and fume to the outside witho
ut affecting my heating and air conditioning, would a bathroom type venting
fan work or would a larger system be required?
On Monday, August 1, 2016 at 6:45:08 PM UTC-5, email@example.com wrote:
Probably. How much square/cubic footage is your shop area? Do you have a window in your work area, to modify, maybe for a fan or other exhaust (and air intake?) unit.
If practical: Consider an intake air supply, also, rather than the outgoing ducting removing the AC/heated air. Close the AC/heat vents prior to finishing, at least for some circumstances.
Also, possibly, drape off (temporarily) your finishing area, so that the fumed air flow would be mostly/best guided toward the exit fan, only.... i.e., least amount to mix with the fresh air, coming in.
As Sonny suggested, you have to consider where the air is
coming from to replace what you are venting to the outside.
If it's coming from the air conditioned/heated part of the
house, then yes, it will affect your heating and AC.
Depending on what your fumes are and their intensity, you
might need a fan rated for flammable vapors.
Ideally you'd have two fans, or a two speed fan - so you
can have a higher flow rate while you're actually doing
the finishing work, and a lower one while the project is
drying (e.g. overnight).
On Tue, 2 Aug 2016 15:11:21 -0000 (UTC), John McCoy
Not to mention moisture content. Bringing warm, moist, air into a
basement isn't a good idea.
It would be _really_ unusual to have an air mixture above the
flammability (or explosive) limit. If the concentration in the room
were that high, the room would blow anyway. IMO, this is sorta like
the "ground your DC so you don't have a dust explosion" sort of thing.
Well, I don't know...what if he chose to build a spraybooth
type enclosure, to help ensure all the fumes go out the vent?
Seems like you could end up with a situation where the
concentration at the fan was pretty high.
Probably not an issue, but worth taking a moment to think about.
On Monday, August 1, 2016 at 4:45:08 PM UTC-7, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Back when taverns allowed smoking, there were boxes on the ceiling that
filtered the smoke out. Electrostatic air cleaners, they glommed dust and odors
with ion generators. Every so often you had to put the 'filter' elements through a
dishwasher. Home units were available to bolt into your air-handler.
Not sure how economic they are, though. There's also "heat recovery ventilator" systems
that do the task you have in mind, more efficiently than just opening a window.<http://www.carrier.com/residential/en/us/products/indoor-air-quality/ventilators/ervxxnva1090/
Find an HVAC outfit and ask questions...
That might work well with pain overspray (though cleaning dried paint
off the filters may be a problem) but electrostatic filters aren't
going to do anything for VOCs.
That's probably the best advice yet. There are heat-exchangers made
to exchange inside/outside air and retain the heat and limit moisture.
One I've heard of is, I think, called "The Wave". I have no idea how
well, or even if, it works.
On Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 7:13:25 PM UTC-7, email@example.com wrote:
No, I'm not talking about 'electrostatic air filters', I'm talking about the equivalent
of smokestack scrubbers. Similar names, different stuff. Electrostatic air cleaners ionize
and collect organic molecules... and it takes an ion generator to do that (corona
on thin wires). So-called 'electrostatic air filters' use an electret (kinda like a permanent
magnet) to collect dust.
On Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 1:55:31 PM UTC-7, J. Clarke wrote:
Apparently one needs to search for 'electrostatic precipitator' to get any hits.
Wikipedia article leads to this paper, which seems relevant, if somewhat limited in scope
To remove volatiles effectively, you need to trap them, either chemically or in a solvent,
at the collecting plates.
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