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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

Indoor Air Quality Audit: The Outdoors

Posted on Fri, Oct 28, 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 and outside the home to share best practices and tips to ensure your family is breathing fresh air.

outdoor air qualityIt’s easy to overlook and think that it can’t possibly affect indoor air quality, but there are many characteristics of our yards and the environment that surrounds our homes that have direct impacts upon energy use and air quality within our homes.

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality by Improving Your Outdoor Air Quality

  • If there are blockages in your chimney, vents or air intakes, remove them immediately (Seek professional help if necessary).
  • If you see cracks on the exterior of your home, seal them.
  • Shrubs should be at least three feet away from the foundation of your home.
  • Refrain from using chemical fertilizer and pesticides on your lawn and garden as they can be tracked in or could infiltrate your home.
  • Remove leaf and grass debris from the intake and exhaust of your whole house ventilation unit intake/exhaust hoods located on the exterior of your house.

How to Reduce Energy Costs by Improving your Outdoor Air Quality

  • Plant coniferous trees on the north side of the home and deciduous trees to the south. This combination blocks cold winds and allows for passive solar heating in the winter, and provides shade in the summer months. Trees remove gaseous pollutants from the air such as sulfur dioxide, ozone and nitrogen oxides. Additionally, they can increase the value of your home!
  • If you are building a home or choosing one, it is best to have more windows facing south than north to make use of solar heat.
  • When installing doors and windows, it is wise to add weather stripping.
  • This combination, in addition to the installation of a whole house ventilation system like the RecoupAerator®, will make your home as energy efficient as possible.

An audit of the area outside your home is one of the simple and practical steps you can take towards the continued health of your family.

Tags: Indoor Air Quality Audit, Common Indoor Air Pollutants, Outdoor Air Quality

New Air Quality Study Shows States Lagging Behind

Posted on Wed, Jun 01, 2011

Most ‘Industrial Countries’ have decided there is a link between health issues/ health care costs and residential ventilation, and have mandated all new homes be properly ventilated.  While this is not the case in the US, we do have Ventilation Recommendations (see ASHRAE 62.2).

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Clean Edge, a clean technology-marketing firm, recently published an air quality study with rankings and list of states that have established the most progressive clean air policies.  And some states like California, Oregon, Washington and Massachusetts are among the leaders in promoting mandated residential ventilation, energy saving appliances and healthy living.

While outdoor air pollution can be a concern, the EPA has determined that the air in your home can be up to 5 times worse than the air outside.  Even if you are careful with the products you bring into your home, pollutants can still be present due to furniture and carpet out gassing, pet dander and odor, radon and cleaning and computer products, as well as other paints and chemicals commonly found inside.

UltimateAir is the innovative leader in indoor air quality and has closely monitored issues from new building technology to key legislative policies that impact the quality of air you breathe every day. Technology and traditional principles inform our air quality solutions.

UltimateAir’s RecoupAerator system removes pollutants, stale air and odors from your home and replaces them with fresh, filtered, pollen and mold spore free air from outside.  This whole-house ventilation system also saves the energy you have already paid to heat and cool your home

If you live in states like Alabama, Mississippi or West Virginia – which scored poorly in Clean Edge’s study - shouldn’t you consider an air filtration system that can maintain a healthy, comfortable and safe home environment for your family? Instead of waiting for the government to initiate policies that may take years to implement, control your air quality now with a balanced air ventilation/filtration system.

Get with the clean air program by examining your options for an air filtration/ventilation system, and learning more about our residential RecoupAerator unit.

Tags: Air Quality Study, Outdoor Air Quality