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Indoor Air Quality Audit: The Living Room

Posted on Wed, Oct 12, 2011

UltimateAir aims to promote health, specifically clean indoor 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.

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Because the living room is where our families spend a great deal of time reading, watching television, entertaining guests and eating, it tends to be an area that accumulates risks to our health. Many of these risks are hidden from view, making it all the more dangerous!

Everyone knows the danger of secondhand smoke. But many do not know that the risks do not end when the smoke dissipates and the smell ceases. The toxic chemicals in cigarettes are absorbed by furniture, clothes and curtains.The easiest solution is not to allow people to smoke inside your home.

Additionally, carpets, drapes, furniture and other furnishings may release dangerous toxins into the air. While purchasing solid wooden furniture and low emission furnishings may prevent this, it is not always possible to know which toxins are present or to go out and buy new furnishings. Investing in a product like the RecoupAerator®, which ventilates your entire home, removing toxins from the air so that they are not absorbed, is a wise decision.

Eliminating Dust In Your Living Room

Though air conditioners and humidifiers are meant to make our living rooms more comfortable, they can do more harm than good. If they are not properly maintained, both can breed bacteria and mold. The air conditioner or humidifier then circulates these dangerous micro-organisms around the living room. It is advisable to clean both as often as possible to prevent this. Dust tends to hide in living rooms, on top of cabinets and entertainment centers, and under furniture.

How to Keep Your Living Room Clean

Of course, we cannot throw out all of our furniture… but there are simple steps that can be taken to create a healthier environment.

  • Cleaning the furniture with a damp cloth on a weekly basis eliminates the dust before it accumulates.
  • By reducing clutter, the dust and mites have fewer places to hide.
  • Removing carpets reduces the amount of dust breathed in.
  • Adding the RecoupAerator® a balanced filtration/ventilation system that exhausts dust and airborne pollutants, continuously diluting them while introducing and filtering fresh, outside air into the home.

An audit of your living room is a simple and practical step towards the continued health of your family. 

Tags: indoor air quality, Indoor Air Quality Audit, Common Indoor Air Pollutants

Commercial RecoupAerator Part of First Public School Passive House

Posted on Fri, Aug 26, 2011

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Ultimate Air and the RecoupAerator have been featured in the Green Mechanical Contractor’s latest article, “The Building That Teaches- First Passivhaus U.S. School Building”.

This Franklin County, Virgina public school (K-12) is the first in the United States designed to Passive House standards and is equipped with the first ever  commercial RecoupAerator on the market!

Adam Cohen, LEED AP, co-owner of Structures Design Build LLC, has been involved with the CEED project (Center for Energy Efficient Design) since 2007.

When asked why his company selected the RecoupAerator over similar products he said, “There are no other products in the United States that have this type of cutting edge technology and efficiency. We also wanted to use a U.S. based manufacturer.”

Passive House design is a fabric first approach to low energy use, and the RecoupAerator lowers energy use with its high efficiency air exchanger. It’s all about numbers, Cohen says, revolving the three metrics: heating and cooling annual demand, air tightness and overall energy use.

The United States has a huge opportunity to improve our nation’s energy efficiency by adhering to Passive House standards for new commercial and residentail building projects. As a leading air filtration/ventilation system that uses less energy than most lightbulbs, the RecoupAerator is well positioned to serve this market.

Be sure to read the full article in the latest GMC, and learn more about how the RecoupAerator can be part of your next Passive House project.

Tags: indoor air quality, energy efficient, Passive House, passivhaus, air filtration systems, public school air quality

RecoupAerator Installed in Massachusetts' First Passive House

Posted on Wed, Aug 10, 2011

passivehouseUltimateAir and the RecoupAerator have been featured in the Green Building Advisor’s latest blog article, “Matt Beaton’s Fill-Court Passivhaus Press." 

Built last September, a home in Shewsbury, Massachusetts has become the first certified Passive House in the Bay State. 

The Recoupaertor plays a vital role; because it's so energy efficient, it's contributed to Beaton's home's Passive House U.S. Certification, which was issued in July.

Passive House standards are growing in popularity throughout the United States because of the demand for environmental friendliness, long-term energy savings and exceptional indoor air quality. Because the Passive House is air-tight it is imperative that one has a quality air filtration system installed - and that's where we come in.

These homes will serve as a model for future homes and Ultimate Air was happy to be a part of this project and many more to come.

Read the full article over at Green Building Advisor, and visit www.BeaconConstruction.com for more information.

Tags: indoor air quality, Indoor Air Pollution, Passive House, passivhaus

Indoor Air Quality Audit: The Bathroom

Posted on Thu, Aug 04, 2011

UltimateAir aims to promote health, specifically clean indoor air inside you 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. 

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In our first post, we explored ways to improve the air quality of the bedroom. This week, we will concentrate on the bathroom. Because of the shower, sink and toilet, the bathroom becomes wet throughout the day. It also tends to be the place where we store household cleaning products. For both of these reasons, the air within bathrooms is both susceptible to contaminated air and fertile grounds for unwanted allergy triggers to live.

Wet surfaces cause mold. According to the National Association of Realtors, mold causes allergies and asthma, and can generate illnesses in ourselves and our pets. Thankfully, we can prevent the accumulation of mold throughout our home with the use of an air filtration system and other simple steps.

How to Remove Mold From Your Bathroom

    • Remove the mold by cleaning the surface with an air-friendly cleaning product such as baking soda and water.

    • After drying it well, make an effort to keep it dry by applying towels, using an exhaust fan, or by leaving the door and window open after using the shower.

While we are removing mold and keeping it at bay in our bathrooms, we should also audit underneath bathroom sinks and in bathroom closets, where many people store their household products. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, cleaning, disinfecting, and cosmetic products all contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be very dangerous if breathed in. Ammonia, for example, is present in many of these products.

How to Make Our Own Non-Toxic Cleaning Solution

Thankfully, we can protect our air quality (and even save some money!) by making our own non-toxic cleaners. It is very simple.

    • Baking soda and water, though perhaps old-fashioned, is just as effective as any modern product.
    • And vinegar is a great disinfectant; it can be used to clean grout, shower curtains, sinks and toilets.

To ensure a continuous air exchange in the bathroom, where pollutants can be created and stored, consider adding an air filtration/ventilation system that can exhaust mold spores and VOC’s, and supply clean, fresh, filtered air.

Though bathrooms are vulnerable to poor indoor air quality, these best practices are necessary to ensure a healthy environment in your bathroom – and are very simple to take.

Tags: Indoor Air Pollutants, indoor air quality, Clean Home Air, Indoor Air Quality Audit, Indoor Air Quality Tips, EPA