Earth First: How The Chimney Scientists are Helping Homes Become More Sustainable and Safe
“Our company is customer-oriented, and we are also passionate about helping reduce emissions and help clients eventually become more climate-friendly,” stated Ochal.
The company is helping the industry reduce particulate matter, emissions, and unnecessary overuse of materials and products, and that benefits humans, animals and the environment.
“We are ardently working to help reduce emissions and enable our clients to eventually become more climate-friendly,” Ochal said.
Joe Ochal, Founder of Chimney Scientists, Offers Pro Advice on Chimney Cleaning
Joe Ochal has chimney science in his blood. Though he studied microbiology at Temple University and got his master’s at Thomas Jefferson University, he helped to put himself through school by working at his uncle’s chimney business, cleaning flues, and inspecting fireplaces.
In 2011, as an undergrad, Conshohocken resident Joe Ochal worked in his uncle’s fireplace showroom to make some extra cash.
This was the perfect mix of career passions, as Ochal’s science background blended seamlessly with his knowledge of fireplaces and chimneys: getting a clean and well-run chimney is surprisingly scientific.
“One of the first things we do when we first go out to a customer’s home is ask about their lifestyle,” Ochal says.
“We want to know if this is a wood-burning or gas fireplace. Are they looking to sit by the fire to enjoy the crackling of wood and the wood-smoke scent? Or are they looking to push a button and have the flames instantly spring to life?” he posed.
Doing Good, Being Green
Ochal is also a passionate climate advocate. He has put his scientific knowledge to use by creating and funding Afrilab medical diagnostics, Valley Forge Watershed Association’s water quality testing program. He is also a board member of the association.