Isn’t it time for a kitchen refresh?

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We are excited to officially announce our Zephyr Upgrade Photo Contest! Take a picture of your kitchen range hood (it can be old, dirty or just simply needs a facelift), post to our Facebook Zephyr Upgrade Tab and get your friends to vote for your chance to win a new Zephyr Ventilation Hood (among other prizes!). There’s an “entry” and “voting” period so after you post your pic, stay tuned; we will open the contest up for voting on September 16th. And, if you find yourself more often on Instagram or Twitter, you can enter your pic into our contest by tagging your photo with #ZephyrUpgrade (just make sure your Instagram/Twitter accounts are connected to your Facebook page).

Below are some additional details on the dates, prizes and entry info and here’s a link to our Facebook tab where you can enter:

Good luck!

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Do you cook with gas? Tips to stay healthy in the kitchen.

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(photo from The New York Times)

It seems that we’re always hearing about outdoor air quality with regard to pollution, toxins and global warming – but what about inside the home? A recent study conducted by Berkeley Lab scientists tested the way indoor air quality affects human health – from cognitive ability to personal comfort. And, for those that regularly cook with gas, you might be surprised to see these results! Here are a few tips to prevent poor indoor air quality while cooking. Some of these may seem pretty obvious, but it’s a good reminder to think about the air we’re breathing every day in our homes, especially when cooking with gas.

– Always turn your kitchen fan on
– Cook on the back burners
– Use highest fan setting
– Clean grease traps periodically
– If you don’t have a hood, open windows

Surprising Facts:

– Emissions of nitrogen dioxide in homes with gas stoves exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of clean air in an estimated 55 percent to 70 percent of those homes.

– Cooking represents one of the single largest contributors, generating particulate matter (formally known as PM2.5) at concentrations four times greater than major haze events in Beijing.

– The population-wide health impact of indoor pollutants is on a par with that of car accidents, and greater than that of traditional concerns like secondhand smoke.

You can see the full study here along with an article, The Kitchen as a Pollution Hazard, published in The New York Times on July 22, 2013.