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Meet the Team: Gilly Starcher UltimateAir Assembly & Testing

Posted on Fri, Aug 10, 2012
Gilly S 11.25.14UltimateAir employee for 12 years, Gilly Starcher makes RecoupAerators. She is also is a RecoupAerator owner and explains that, "It really makes a difference in my home! At work, I love making a product that I know will help thousands of people all over this world breathe better air.”
  
Gilly is from Pomeroy, Ohio and has lived there almost all her life. She has been married to her husband, Coy, for 35 years, and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren; as well as 5 dogs, 2 fish, and a rabbit. She says "My grandchildren are the best pleasure of them all." Gilly enjoys camping, fishing, gardening, boating, going for a motorcycle ride, and being with her family. As you get to know Gilly, it is immediately apparent that she loves talking (to whoever will listen).

Tags: Home, ERV, employee, ulitmateair, sales, recoupaerator

Meet the Team: Chelsea Croston

Posted on Fri, Aug 10, 2012
describe the imageChelsea Croston is a customer service representative at UltimateAir. She has also worked in the factory, and has gained hands-on, working knowledge of the RecoupAerator. From checking materials, to finishing and shipping final products, her experience translates into a value-added aspect of the job that customers appreciate. “I enjoy working for an American manufacturing company with a conscious that stands behind its products, supports its customers, and its employees” says Chelsea. “I became aware of the importance of healthy indoor air quality when I joined the company in 1996.”  

Chelsea, a Southeast Ohio native, has two sons. One produces comic books and sells his own artwork, the other is a student pursuing a master’s degree and is a coaching assistant. Chelsea has an adventurous and do-it-yourself spirit; she describes herself as somewhat “raw and earthy.” She prefers preventative and alternative approaches to home and health. “I like to learn, experience, and explore new things. I’m always looking for ways to be healthy (mind, body, and spirit) and become financially fit.” In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys surfing the web, reading, journaling, gardening, hiking, and target shooting.

Tags: Home, ERV, employee, ulitmateair, sales, recoupaerator

Meet the Team: Sherry Walker

Posted on Thu, Aug 09, 2012

SherryOriginally involved with Sunpower Inc, there Sherry Walker became acquainted with company founders Catherine Chagnot and Craig Kinzelman. She has been part of the UltimateAir family from the beginning, in a secretarial position that has taken on many facets over the years. Sherry likes "that the company has been on the cutting edge of alternative energy and efficiency, while promoting a healthy environment."

An Athens County native, Sherry loves spending time with her family which includes two children and three grandchildren. She is a member or officer of several organizations pertaining to genealogy and Native American Affairs. Currently, Sherry is part of the Tutelo Nahyssan Tribal Council; Research and Identification of Early Occupancy of Southern Ohio; the Federal Creek Indian Center; and the Multicultural Genealogical Center. She is active in her church and likes to read, bicycle, swim, and walk.

Tags: Home, ERV, employee, ulitmateair, sales, recoupaerator

Meet the Team: Matt Baker

Posted on Wed, Aug 08, 2012

Matt Baker, describe the imageProduct Development and Design, studied aviation electronics at Colorado Aero Tech in the mid 90s and, more recently, completed a degree in Interior Architecture and Design at Ohio University. He started working with UltimateAir testing and protoyping a potential product in 2009. He is an experienced designer, and has practiced with architects in South Florida and was a lab technician at Sunpower, Inc. here in Athens, Ohio. He loves being in an innovative workplace.  Matt explains, "The process of good design is very interesting to me. Being a design thinking person I like to test new ideas for viability. The ups and downs of the design process is as much physical as it is intellectual. If nothing else is accomplished in the design process, I usually gain some important insight about why things are made the way they are. The wonderful thing about the RecoupAerator is the way in which it effects our architectural decisions. It makes us think about fresh air and ventilation, and I believe it has the potential to change the whole building industry. This product allows people to build more energy efficient and longer lasting buildings, while improving their indoor air quality."

Matt has been a cyclist and bicycle mechanic for over 20 years and worked
designing and developing an auto-shifting bicycle transmission concept which has been patented.

Tags: ERV, recoupaerator, UltimateAir., HVAC, Profile

Energy Recovery Ventilation or Heat Recovery Ventilation

Posted on Mon, Jul 23, 2012

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             There is quite a bit of debate out there as to where ERVs should be used and where HRVs should be used. For those of you who do not know, HRVs, like ERVs, are ventilation systems that transfer heat. However, unlike ERVs they do not transfer moisture.  We see a lot of maps claiming that ERVs should be used in the humid South, to reduce incoming moisture, while HRVs should be used in the colder North. However, these maps are inconsistent (for example, some suggest HRVs in the arid Southwest). Moreover they are wrong; ERVs can and should be used everywhere.
           While the "Bermuda Triangle" comparison might be something of a hyperbole, instances where an HRV would make more sense are few and far between. If you do not need to actively increase or decrease the humidity level inside your home at anytime during the year, then sure, an HRV would be an acceptable choice. At the same time, so would the ERV because you will not just be using the moisture transfer ability. But the claim that ERVs are bad outside of humid regions is just untrue. By transferring moisture as well as heat, they effectively assist moderate indoor humidity for optimal comfort and safety. Buildings in the dry Southwest that need humidity benefit from ERVs. Homes in the cold North would suffer similarly without retaining some humidity inside. The myth that HRVs are prefered in the North is based on a freezing problem that ERVs experienced twenty years ago. This problem has long since been fixed. However, some still use it as a misleading justification. The HRV industry survives on this misinformation.

Energy Recovery Ventilators are more efficient and practical. They are the ventilation system of choice for Passive Homes and commercial buildings. If you are making the investment for your health and your home, why would you go halfway? Maybe in a place where the laws of physics don't apply, like the Bermuda Triangle. Get lost HRVs.

Tags: indoor air quality, Home, ERV, energy efficient, Air Ventilation System, HRV, ERV or HRV

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

A Few of UltimateAir’s Favorite Websites

Posted on Tue, May 29, 2012

UltimateAir likes to stay informed and involved in the newest and innovational ideas in green technology. To keep ourselves in the loop we like to visit a few great websites that we thought you would enjoy as well :)

 

1.  http://www.100khouse.com/

100khousePicThis website is definitely one of our favorites to visit. Its a great blog to get involved in to learn more about the science and secrets behind green home technology and passive homes. The blog is filled with interesting articles informing readers on the A to Z on everything you need to know to create an environmentally friendly and energy saving home.

 

 

 

2.  http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/

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Green Building Advisors is also one of our top choice websites to visit. Its an easy navigational website for the average person to learn the newest and important basics on building a green home including a mass amount of information on why products such as The RecoupAerator are an important commodity for your home. On this website, you have the opportunity to read interesting and new articles posted by experts on the newest trends and designs in green homes all over the U.S. Another great part about this website is you can blog and chat with experts to help you learn more about green energy and its importance in your home.

 

3.  http://www.homeenergy.org/

homeEnergyHome Energy is a fantastic website that’s based on a magazine. This website is perfect for referencing to learn about any home energy topics. The website touches on every subject and includes the most practical information on residential energy efficiency, performance, comfort, and affordability. UltimateAir loves Home Energy because all the content included on this website comes directly from the experts who are researching and employing innovative design, building, and remodeling practices and product.

 

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