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A New Perspective on Indoor Air Quality

Posted on Mon, Jun 04, 2012


    Hi! My name is Henry and I have recently begun working with UltimateAir.
This summer I will delve into health and energy efficiency in the context of the RecoupAerator: an Energy Recovery Ventilation system (ERV). Prior to joining this company, I had little knowledge of ERVs let alone the urgent need to ventilate my home. Doesn’t air conditioning bring in fresh air? Besides bugs and the occasional rogue bird, what’s wrong with opening a window? I had to take a deep breath and admit I was clueless to the issue. Parts of this blog will reveal how oblivious I was to the role of ERVs in ‘green’ home technology. By effectively filtering or diluting indoor toxins such as radon, pollen, and various formaldehydes, ventilation (via a RecoupAerator) is one of the most necessary yet easiest steps towards healthy living.

As I have started working and learning here at UltimateAir, one thing has become eminently clear: whole house ventilation such as the RecoupAerator should be a standard in all homes, not a luxury. We must list ERVs amongst televisions, dishwashers, and toasters as essential household appliances. In this series I will not only continue this theme but explore healthy and environmentally friendly practices as well as the lasting benefits of the RecoupAerator.

If you are new to energy efficient ventilation or passive homes, learn with me!! If you are a dealer, already have a RecoupAerator, or are savvy with passive homes, bear with me!! This series will give you insight into ways of promoting and reaching others like yourself. It will allow you to rediscover and explore why clean air is so important. Or maybe you will simply find this newcomer’s views cool and refreshing.

 

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Tags: Indoor Air Pollutants, ERV, Air Filration, energy efficient, Passive House, recoupaerator

What’s New At UltimateAir

Posted on Thu, May 31, 2012

Recently, the UltimateAir crew got a chance to attend The Kentucky Habitat for Humanity Green Housing Conference. This year the conference was entitled “Beginning With The End In Mind.” On site from from UltimateAir was Jason Morosco who was also a panelist and Craig Kinzelman. The conference focused completely on the use of sustainable energy and green building techniques in ways that maintain housing affordability. The first day of the conference our UltimateAir staff got a great chance to hear some excellent speakers, meet some of the newest innovators in green technology and get hands on experience with the newest designs. The second day Jason and Craig got a chance to show the people one of our RecoupAerator units. It was a perfect opportunity to show people the advantages of having an indoor air filtration and ventilation system and why UltimateAir has all the accommodations for your home or workplace. So you may be wondering, “what's next?”

safe imageWe also took our crew is down in Roanoke, Virginia for The Harnessing Innovation for Energy Efficient Construction Conference. This conference is a grand showcase of the most cutting edge products and processes to achieve the most advanced energy efficient technology. Our engineers will be attending workshops, panels and presentations given by the leading firms, researchers and educators in energy efficiency in the country. Our engineers as well as the rest of our team is getting very excited to learn the state-of-the-art technology to stay ahead of the curve. We are looking forward to coming back from conference with new skills and experience.

To learn more about the conference visit: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/hieec/

Tags: Air Filration, Harnessing Innovation for Energy Efficient Constru, Kentucky Habitat for Humanity Green Housing Confer

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

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

Attend an Exclusive Air Filtration Technical Training Webinar

Posted on Fri, Nov 11, 2011

As part of our newly launched educational series, UltimateAir® is presenting a comprehensive look at our RecoupAerator® air filtration/ventilation system's performance specifications and air flow controls as part of our Technical Training Webinar.

attend webinarTo be held on Friday, November 18 at 1pm EST, UltimateAir®'s Jason Morosko, vice president of engineering, will host the presentation that will serve as an excellent resource for builders, HVAC installers, design professionals and even homeowners.

Our featured product, the RecoupAerator®, is a whole-house Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) that exchanges the stale air of an average-sized home with clean fresh air.

It exceeds competition with:

  • 95 percent heat recovery ventilator.
  • MERV rating of 12.
  • WarmFlo Defrost system that allows it to be used year round in any climate.

Learn more today and sign-up for the free webinar by clicking the button above. After you've registered, we will send you all of the necessary information and instructions regarding how to call-in on the exclusive presentation date.

Tags: indoor air quality, Air Filration, Air Ventilation System, recoupaerator, HVAC Installer

Indoor Air Quality Audit: The Basement

Posted on Thu, Oct 20, 2011

1242266400 resized 600UltimateAir aims to promote health, specifically clean air inside your home. As part of an ongoing "Indoor Air Quality Home Audit" series, we will travel to every room in the home to share best practices and tips to ensure your family is breathing fresh air.

In previous weeks, we explored ways to improve the air quality of the living roombedroom and bathroom. This week, we will focus on the basement. Because many of us don’t spend a lot of time in here we often overlook the potential safety hazards within it.

For several reasons, basements tend to become wet, and this wetness is the perfect atmosphere for biological contaminants to thrive. Even more serious, poorly-installed or poorly-maintained utilities and appliances in our basements may leak dangerous gases, as the basement is a particularly susceptible “gateway” for toxins!

They become wet for several reasons, and when they become wet they breed contamination such as mold. This occurs because they tend to be less insulated than the other areas of the house we spend our time in. When we use outdoor hoses, we may be unknowingly allowing water to seep into our basements. And when carpets or stored items in the basement become wet, we tend to keep them there, which perpetuates the problem.

One proven way to prevent mold growth is by installing an air filtration/ventilation system. The RecoupAerator® influences both temperature and  humidity to keep mold spores (and other dangers) from surviving and multiplying.

In addition to investing in a product solution, there are other simple steps you can take to prevent dangers to air quality:

  • Move down spouts away from the foundation of your home.
  • Insulate basement walls.
  • Throw away wet items from basement.

Washers, dryers, furnaces and heaters can all release dangerous gases into the air if they’ve been installed incorrectly or not properly maintained. This is particularly dangerous since these gases—unlike mold—have no smell! A whole house ventilation system, like the RecoupAerator®, is a great way to ensure clean, safe air, but it is also recommended that annual checks are conducted to ensure there are no leaks and that all of the filters are clean.

 

Tags: indoor air quality, Air Filration, Indoor Air Quality Audit