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NESEA Building Energy Conference Review

Posted on Sat, Mar 10, 2012

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Reflections of the NESEA Conference

This week, two of our leading members from the UltimateAir crew attended the North Eastern Sustainable Energy Association conference in Boston, Massachusetts. While they were there they learned more about creating green energy construction and attended educational sessions about renewable energy sources. UltimateAir attended the conference to learn more information on how our company can enhance the RecoupAerator ® and bring more innovative qualities to our product.
NESEA Craig 2        Over the weekend, UltimateAir’s Craig and Matt attended the conference bringing our product as well as an open mind. Craig and Matt attended several educational sessions where they learned how to create a product that can operate to filter air in larger spaces. They also learned the importance of air quality in a passive house to improve an overall lifestyle. UltimateAir also got the opportunity to go on a passive house tour where Craig and Matt got the chance to learn the background behind the passive house and new efficient additions being made to the newest passive homes. The tour of the convention showed off many products that are a must in a normal passive home including our product the RecoupeAerator ®. Katrin Klingenberg speaks about the tour in her passive house tour blog. Along with attending important learning sessions, Craig and Matt also had the chance to connect with other businesses to learn their sales strategies and renewable energy ideas for the future.
        We definitely cannot wait until NESEA’s describe the image conference next year but most of all, we cannot wait to set forth our new ideas and designs and get to work. We would like to thank NESEA for the invitation and for the wonderful weekend and Katrin Klingenberg for the much enjoyed passive house tour.
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Tags: NESEA, Trade Show, Building Energy Conference, Passive House, recoupaerator, Show

NESEA Building Energy Conference 12 - March 6-8

Posted on Wed, Feb 29, 2012

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NESEA Building Energy Conference 12 - March 6-8

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association will be holding this years Building Energy Conference on March 6-8, 2012 at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston, MA. This building conference will bring together some of the greatest architects, builders, engineers, policy makers and building managers to network and generate future ideas. While at the conference, there will be educational sessions and a world-class trade show that businesses from all over the world will be attending.  UltimateAir’s Matt Baker and Craig Kinzelman will be attending the ten sessions to learn new and improved techniques to complement and enhance The RecoupAerator.

Some of the sessions that we will be attending next week are: Renewable Energy, Green Financing, High Performance Mechanics, Health Care, Game Changers, Renewable Heating and Whole System in Action.  At these sessions we will be learning fresh and innovated designs and concepts to expand The RecoupAerator to its fullest potential. We will be acquiring skills from engineers and designers that are ranked top in the world. After the sessions we will have a chance to attend the trade show to network with other business and hear their ideas. During the conference, we will also have a chance to listen to some successful speakers give their testimonies and their secrets to success. We are all very excited to go and present our ideas to the pubic and our product to the community. Overall, the conference should be a blast!

 

 

Check out our friend Katrin Kingenberg's blog on http://passivehouse.us/blog/

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Come Visit Us at the NESEA Conference!

We will be in booth #438 - Come say hi!!

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Tags: NESEA, Trade Show, Building Energy Conference

Miami Valley Home World Show

Posted on Tue, Feb 28, 2012

UltimateAir at the Home Improvement Show

In February, UltimateAir and distributor Energy Wize, describe the imageparticipated at the Miami Valley Home World Show in Dayton, Ohio.  On site, was Greg Wnek of UltimateAir, Wendell Ott and Roger Humell of Energy Wize.

With Spring approaching, home improvement season is right around the corner.  While new additions and kitchen upgrades have traditionally been popular during home improvement season, the Energy Wize and UltimateAir booth saw a stream of visitors looking for something more; that being, a home improvement for quality of life.  Simply put, this home improvement strategy boils down to lowering your home's energy use and improving it’s indoor air quality by providing Whole-House Ventilation.


describe the imageEnergy Wize offers energy audits that gather data from using a thermal imaging camera and a blower door test to pinpoint areas that may need to be sealed or insulated.  Depending on the report and actions followed, it is often recommended that a Whole-House Ventilation System be put in place through using an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) made by UltimateAir.  This allows fresh air from the outdoors into your home's supply ducts while expelling the stuffy, stagnant air outside. At the same time, the ERV retains the heat and energy from the outgoing air stream; a concept in greater need once insulation steps are taken.  A door opening or keeping a few windows open is often times not enough fresh air for people.  Many have said Whole-House Ventilation is like "always having your windows open."  However, instead of having unconditioned or un-filtered air blowing in, the incoming air goes through a filter capturing particulates 1.8 microns or larger, a feature that by itself has been popular among allergy and asthma sufferers.

Nonetheless, the show saw attendees that are now more than ever looking for an improvement strategy that gears toward lowering utility bills and improving health as indoor air quality continues to be a major health risk, one in which is well documented by the EPA.  UltimateAir's ERV is one a few products Energy Wize carries, and they do so because of its energy efficiency and local manufacturing base.  Recently, homeowners are realizing at the end of the day that time is truly their only asset.  Steps taken to spend money on items other than their utility bill has this home improvement strategy becoming popular.  Along with this, the improved health benefits allow the time spent together between loved ones to be an enjoyable experience, an asset that by itself is immeasurable.

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Tags: Home, Improvement, Show, Miami Valley

UltimateAir Attended the Better Buildings by Design | 2012 Conference

Posted on Mon, Feb 13, 2012
UltimateAir’s Jason Morosko attended the Better Buildings by Design conference.  The conference was held on February 8 & 9, 2012 at the Sheraton Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont.describe the image

Jason presented at the conference the following topics.  Check out his presentation.
  • Best practices of commercial ventilation operation
  • The cost of ventilation options in commercial applications
  • Commercial ventilation design
  • Commercial ventilation and it's relationship to the heating/cooling system

“The conference was well attended, great turnout, I was impressed”

Stay tuned to our blog for more events and conferences!

Tags: Home Energy Efficiency Best Practices Better Build, Vermonts by Design 2012 Conference

Technical Ventilation Info on Flow Control

Posted on Tue, Feb 07, 2012


The Best Ventilation System

The best ventilation system will bring in an equal amount of air that Double Shaft Fan Motor
is removed from the home, while transferring the ‘energy’ from the leaving air -into the incoming air (so you don’t waste it), and filtering it.  This is not as easy as it sounds.  Manufactured E/HRV’s which perform this function have two air moving fans.  One fan to bring fresh air in, and one fan to take stale air out.  In most products available in North America - these two fans are tied to the same single motor.  Now- if i have two duct systems, one to move air into the house, and one to remove stale air from the house... the only way that these two duct systems would have the same air flow is if (1) they were identical, (2) they were balanced with a differential pressure manometer after the system was commissioned, and the system never saw any environmental change.  It is almost impossible for either of those two cases to be true.


 


Two Independantly Controlled Motors

The UltimateAir RecoupAerator has two independent variably controlled motors controlling two independent fans.   With this capability, we have built in volumetric flow control - independent on each of the two air streams.  This uniquely allows the RecoupAerator to balance incoming vs outgoing flow with different duct systems and a dynamically changing duct condition (filter load up, impeller load up, etc), and over its full range of flow settings.

The RecoupAerator is the only unit in the industry which has ‘flat fan curves’, independent on each of its two air moving fans.

Tags: energy efficient, Air Flow, Air Flow Efficiency, Fans, Flow Control, Technical

Moisture, Mold and Indoor Air Quality

Posted on Thu, Feb 02, 2012

The Problem

Mildew is a mold that grows under warm (temperatures between 77 – 86 degrees F.), wet, and humid conditions (relative humidity between 62% - 93%).

Window condensation is one visible manifestation of excess humidity, but ideal conditions also are found lurking out of sight within wall cavities, in crawl spaces and attics.
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Under saturated conditions wood will rot, giving rise to frequent and expensive repairs, and mold spores serve as triggers for allergies and contribute to an unhealthy home environment.

You don’t have to open doors and windows to bring moisture into our home. Outside humidity, moisture generated in the home, vapor pressure (the drive that causes moisture to migrate to dryer areas), all contribute to the problem.  Exhaust only ventilation (bath fans, range hoods, dryers) as well as the stack effect from a chimney will accelerate the infiltration of outside humidity through poorly installed (or non-existent) air barrier. Cumulatively this moisture can add hundreds of pounds  of water per day to a home.

Solutions

Here is where an ounce of prevention is worth 100s of dollars of expensive water removal using dehumidification/air conditioning, building repairs and potentially medical expenses and even debilitating illnesses for family members.
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Remediation and Prevention

Building/remodeling right and ventilating right, along with occupant awareness to reduce moisture generation will have a major impact on the prevention of moisture issues that lead to mold growth.

The Building Envelope

Minimize paths of infiltration by sealing your home and adding insulation, install a vapor-permeable air barrier, prevent water from entering basements and crawl spaces with proper sealing, drainage, and landscaping.  Don’t forget to clean the gutters.

A Ventilation Strategy
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Install an Energy Recovery Balanced Ventilation System.  The UltimateAir® RecoupAerator,® model 200 DX will exhaust excess humidity (along with odors, stale air and pollutants) in the winter and leave a percentage of the humidity outside in the summer while bringing in an equal amount fresh filtered air.  This balanced ventilation approach will help prevent unwanted infiltration by keeping the home at balanced or slightly positive pressure most of the time.  It is also the most cost effective way to provide the ventilation necessary for a safe, comfortable and durable home.

A well-ventilated, balanced- pressure home with a 35 – 45% RH is one of the best investments you can make to prevent mold, reduce allergy triggers (both pollens and mold spores) and insure the health of your family.

UltimateAir's Jason Morosko writes about moisture, mold, indoor quality and other topics.  Stay tuned!  

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Tags: indoor air quality, Ventilation Strategy, Remediation, Prevention, Moisture, Mold

The Masking Tradition and Indoor Air Quality

Posted on Mon, Jan 23, 2012

Indoor air can be up to 5 times more polluted than the air outside

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Today’s well-insulated and sealed homes trap odors and chemicals from rugs, furniture, and household cleaning products. Common sense and studies have shown that the by exhausting the pollutants and replacing this exhausted air with filtered, fresh air from outside, the quality of the home environment is uncommonly improved.  By adding heat and moisture recovery to this air exchange (in essence, recovering the energy already used to heat and cool the home), ventilation and filtration can be done for as little as 25 cents per day.

 

Green Cleaners

However, consumers are confounded by a bewildering array of sprays, powders, candles and plug-in devices to mask IAQ issues. Indeed, these masking agents - “air fresheners”, “aerosol air cleaners”, and candles - significantly contribute  to degrading the home environment and causing allergic reactions.

Check out the green cleaner experiment - you can see formadhyde levels rise.

We also used to powder and perfume ourselves instead of bathing, go on pilgrimages to avoid the plague, and build homes without insulation... And how did this work out?

Choose a better indoor air quality with the RecoupAerator

To insure the health, safety and comfort of your family, choose the real long-term solution to a better indoor environment, the UltimateAir RecoupAerator Ventilation and Filtration system.

Tags: Homeowners, indoor air quality, Air Filration, recoupaerator, Common Indoor Air Pollutants, Outdoor Air Quality

Home Winterization and Your Indoor Air Quality

Posted on Thu, Dec 22, 2011

drafts winterize lgIn the great race to deck our halls and dress our homes for the holidays, it’s easy to overlook how much money we might be wasting, and the dirty air we might be breathing by ignoring some simple winterization, and air filtration secrets.  

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors during the winter.  Since indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than the outdoors, we can be allowing an unhealthy amount of pollutants to unnecessarily remain in the home.

While these statistics can be seriously unsettling, it’s important to remember that, despite the “dirty” talk, there are ways to keep your family safe and warm this season; and more energy efficient.

Fact is the harm of unhealthy air is easily avoidable; it’s simply a matter of awareness and proactive efforts. These quick energy saving tips along with a sound air filtration/ventilation system will keep you breathing easy this season:

Preseason maintenance

Heating and cooling equipment “requires” yearly maintenance.  Dirty filters can quickly restrict airflow and increase your home’s energy demand.  Having your equipment cleaned and checked annually will lower your utility cost and extend the life of your equipment.

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Air filtration/ventilation systems that has a MERV rating of at least 10 will ensure clean air is coming into your home without unwanted particles from the outdoors, and it will also ensure you’re not breathing the same stale air.

Keep your vents clear

Drapes, furniture or any other blockages will restrict airflow throughout the house. Keeping them clear will avoid running your heating system longer than it needs to.

Weather strip doors and windows

Compensating for drafty doors can account for 5 to 30 percent of your energy use in the winter.  Again, it’s OK to have your home tightly insulated if you own an air filtration/ventilation system. Keep unfiltered outdoor air from entering your home, and let the RecoupAerator® cycle in fresh, filtered air for your family to breathe!

Block even the littlest leaks

The average American home has leaks that amount to a nine-square-foot hole in the wall. The RecoupAerator’s WarmFlo Defrost System gives homeowners peace of mind that there home can be tightly insulated AND have clean, healthy air to breathe during cold winter months.

Standards for environmental efficiency have ushered in a global consciousness for clean air and energy savings; and homeowners and builders across the globe are paying attention. The goal, successfully saving money in heating and cooling costs while improving indoor air quality – keeping all your holidays safe, healthy, and warm.

RecoupAerator® Training Video: Unpacking & Preparing for Installation

Posted on Thu, Dec 15, 2011

In November, UltimateAir®'s Vice President of Engineering, Jason Morosko, hosted an excellent Technical Training webinar on the RecoupAerator® air filtration/ventilation system. We had a great response; so much so that dozens of questions from attendees went unanswered due to time constraints.

To follow up and provide the most comprehensive information possible on the importance of indoor air quality AND performance and specs of the RecoupAerator®, we have launched a follow-up video series to answer many of those great questions.

Be sure to subscribe to our blog to ensure you don't miss a single video part of this series, and download the Technical Training eBook as well!

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We'll start this video series with the most important step to installing a RecoupAerator® 200DX: properly unpacking the system from the delivery box!

In this three-minute tutorial, Jason discuses the best method to prepare your RecoupAerator® for installation.

Tags: RecoupAerator Technical Training, RecoupAerator Installation

Take Advantage of Federal Tax Credits & Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Posted on Fri, Dec 02, 2011

energy efficient homeThe federal government is currently offering two tax credits to help assist with the total cost of energy efficient products or upgrades.  Both credits require a large initial investment in order to produce years of utility savings. . 

The underlying intention and incentive behind this unique government-funded opportunity is a mutually beneficial arrangement for the homeowner to save money while boosting the US economy through market expansion from increased demand. 

Only certain highly efficient products qualify and the credit is only eligible if purchased before the end of December, in which case they can be deducted from your taxes.

Energy Efficiency Tax Credit:

  • 10% of cost up to $500 or a specific amount from $50 - $300
  • Expires on December 31, 2011
  • Existing home & principal residences
  • New construction and rentals do not qualify.

This credit will offer financial help for both improvements to the home shell and installation of any qualifying energy-efficient heating and cooling systems including:

  • Biomass Stoves
  • Heating Ventilating AC (HVAC)
  • Insulation
  • Roofs
  • Water Heaters
  • Windows & doors

The extended renewable-energy credit is slightly more flexible, allowing both primary and secondary homes to qualify, as do both new and existing homes.

Renewable Tax Credit:

  • 30% of cost with no upper limit.
  • Expires December 31, 2016.
  • Existing homes & new construction qualify.
  • Both principal residences and second homes qualify.
  • Rentals do not qualify.

Applicable for the following products:

  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Small Wind Turbines
  • Solar Energy Systems

How to Apply For a Tax Credit On Your Energy Efficient Product

If installed before December 31, 2011, the credit can be applied for qualifying products through your 2011 taxes by filing IRS form 5695.  Dissimilar to a deduction, the credit will function as a reimbursement, lowering your tax burden by up to $500.

Learn more by visiting Energy Star

Tags: Homeowners, Air Filration, energy efficient, Home Energy Efficiency Best Practices, Energy Star