The UltimateAir® News

Meet the Team: Ming Wu

Posted on Fri, Aug 10, 2012
describe the imageMing Wu, UltimateAir’s Electrical Engineer, is from China. He came to Athens several years ago, in order to attend graduate school for electrical engineering. In 2009, Ming was asked by a friend to help translate for a group of Chinese visitors looking to form a partnership here at UltimateAir. From there, he got a chance to know and become a part of the company. “I liked the feeling of working with people here” Ming says of his initial impressions. He officially joined as UltimateAir’s “super-electrician” after completing his degree.

He is married to his lovely wife and has a handsome 3 year old boy. Ming likes to play soccer, "although he cannot finish a game anymore 'cause he has gained some unnecessary weight.” He loves the atmosphere of his work; "Like a big family, everyone knows each other and cares for each other.”

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

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

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

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