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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

Mechanical Ventilation and Defrost

Posted on Mon, Apr 30, 2012
If you live in a cooling dominated or less than 4000 HDD climate - you might skip this article.  Else - in the world of heat/energy recovery mechanical ventilation there exists this nemesis known as dew-point temperature.....  and when this is associated with really cold outside conditions - this results in frost accumulation on a heat (energy) exchanger core.  You have warm moist air from inside the building exposed to a very cold surface.  There is no magic here- condensation at best, and frost at worst is going to happen.  Basically- the manufacturer must ensure that the core is not exposed to conditions that will result in frost accumulation on the core.  Every manufacturer has slightly different strategies based on the design of the core.  The UltimateAir RecoupAerator’s core is a random matrix fiber - and as designed does not start to frost until outside temperature drop below 12 F.  That is assuming that inside relative humidity at around 70 F is at or above 25%RH....  inside relative humidity plays a big role in whether or not frost occurs.  

The most common defrost strategy employed by manufacturers is known as ‘recirculation defrost’.  This strategy temporarily allows the leaving air to be redirected into the incoming air duct to warm it up enough to keep the core from frosting.  This cylce is generally 25-75% of an hour, every hour depending on outside temperature.  NOTE- that while this is happening - there is no (or very little) fresh outside air coming in.  This effectively lowers your fresh air ventilation rate... and turns your mechanical ventilator into a recirculation fan pushing air around for little reason.

UltimateAir has provided a pre-heat - pulse modulated solution that allows for no decrease in ventilation.  This is the most efficient solution which ensures the fresh air required for the health of the occupants in the home.  This is one of many other methods that best keep the incoming air at or above 12 F.

That is the short of it.  Defrost is a fairly complex notion to discuss with regard to the cost associated with it.  Know that UltimateAir has your health in mind first.

Contact UltimateAir for more details.

Tags: recoupaerator, RecoupAerator Technical Training, Ventilation Strategy

The Passive House Project

Posted on Thu, Mar 29, 2012

Enter the Passive House Project

Did you know that buildings are responsible for 48 % of greenhouse gas emissions per year and that 76 % of electricity generated goes to the building sector. In the past couple years, a new and innovative option has been brought about to establish a way to save our environment and save thousands of dollars in reduced energy usage. It goes by the name passive house which refers to the building style of buildings that are well insulated, air tight, and primarily heated by passive solar. In passive homes, energy losses are minimized and an airflow is provided through an energy recovery ventilator that purifies the air as well as prevents energy loss and keeps the air supply fresh and constant. This is where we come in as a company. Air ventilation systems such as the ones needed for a passive house are supplied by UltimateAir to ensure that the best air quality can be provided for any home, office, or school at an affordable cost. UltimateAir is one of the only companies that supplies air ventilation systems that are completely green and recover 95% of energy that would normally be lost. You don’t have to have a passive house to purchase our ventilation system called The RecoupAerator, but it makes it all the more affordable and healthy for your body, your home, and the environment.

The chart below from www.parsit.parsons.edu shows how the typical home compares to the energy savings of a passive house.

Passive House comparison chart

Tags: energy efficient, Passive House, recoupaerator

UltimateAir Upcoming Health Webinar

Posted on Fri, Mar 23, 2012

Breathe Healthy

To be able to take a deep breath in your own home describe the imagethat you know is safe, pure, clean, and healthy is an assurance that you can’t pass up. At UltimateAir we have a product that will allow you to finally be able to trust the oxygen and air particles going in your body. The RecoupAerator, a top-of-the-line air filtration system, does all that and more! This ERV system recovers 95% of would-be lost energy as well as the filtration of air particles as small as 3.5 microns.
This month at UltimateAir we have created a webinar that will help you learn more about the RecoupAerator, your health and the many reasons why this product is for you. Each month we will come out with new and interesting topics that will relate to your life including tips for air safety, indoor air pollution, ways to improve your living, and green energy.
Make sure you visit our website at www.ultimateair.com/library/webinars/ to stay tuned for more of our webinars including our latest webinar on your health and ways to improve your health through your indoor air ventilation.

Thanks!

UltimateAir

Tags: recoupaerator, Webinar

NESEA Building Energy Conference Review

Posted on Sat, Mar 10, 2012

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Reflections of the NESEA Conference

This week, two of our leading members from the UltimateAir crew attended the North Eastern Sustainable Energy Association conference in Boston, Massachusetts. While they were there they learned more about creating green energy construction and attended educational sessions about renewable energy sources. UltimateAir attended the conference to learn more information on how our company can enhance the RecoupAerator ® and bring more innovative qualities to our product.
NESEA Craig 2        Over the weekend, UltimateAir’s Craig and Matt attended the conference bringing our product as well as an open mind. Craig and Matt attended several educational sessions where they learned how to create a product that can operate to filter air in larger spaces. They also learned the importance of air quality in a passive house to improve an overall lifestyle. UltimateAir also got the opportunity to go on a passive house tour where Craig and Matt got the chance to learn the background behind the passive house and new efficient additions being made to the newest passive homes. The tour of the convention showed off many products that are a must in a normal passive home including our product the RecoupeAerator ®. Katrin Klingenberg speaks about the tour in her passive house tour blog. Along with attending important learning sessions, Craig and Matt also had the chance to connect with other businesses to learn their sales strategies and renewable energy ideas for the future.
        We definitely cannot wait until NESEA’s describe the image conference next year but most of all, we cannot wait to set forth our new ideas and designs and get to work. We would like to thank NESEA for the invitation and for the wonderful weekend and Katrin Klingenberg for the much enjoyed passive house tour.
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Tags: NESEA, Trade Show, Building Energy Conference, Passive House, recoupaerator, Show

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

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