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Posted on Fri, Oct 19, 2012

Report on Energy and Climate Change:
Problems and Opportunities

Talk and Discussion with Pat Murphy
Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions


Today the world is facing increasing CO2 from fossil fuels, declining quantities of suchfuels, record income and wealth inequity, and a population that has reached 7 billion.

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Tags: Homeowners, recoupaerator, energy efficient, UltimateAir., green building, Energy

I (Don’t) Smell Danger

Posted on Thu, Jun 14, 2012

After working here a few weeks and getting a crash course in ERVs and the Passive House, I have started to discuss these topics with family and friends. Most of them are blissfully carefree about indoor air quality. It is not that no one has heard of IAQ issues. They might know all about Radon. Many homeowners can name sources of formaldehyde and other VOCs too. So the obvious question arises: what then, stops someone in the know from properly ventilating their home? The most popular response: "Money. I can't shell out the cash at the moment." Don't despair, Green Builders, because while there is honesty in their responses, it's not entirely true. Many homeowners would rather buy a new TV or finish their basement; they find it difficult to prioritize the invisible. But if you could constantly see nasty air being forced down your throat, wouldn't you do something about it? These toxins are small and subtle enough that we do not perceive them on our own. When we say "passive home" styles we don't mean "passively poisoned."



OK, so sometimes you do smell stenches. Let's say that you do come home and your pet has left you a present. Or perhaps you'll return from vacation this summer to a musty odor. You can open your door, but as was explained to me my first week here, your nose stops smelling it after 5 minutes, no matter what. That's right, it’s not an open window or spray freshener. It's your body acclimating to the smell.


As a coffee fiend, I was immediately reminded of Starbucks. Their cafes exude a unique aroma. This smell is essential to the company's brand. Four years ago, they scrapped their egg-sandwich from the menu because its smell was overwhelming the traditional coffee bean scent. Needless to say, their customers raised a stink. This scent works so well because customers enter over and over again -- they grow to expect a certain smell. Because we are indoors 90% of the time we lose whatever scent there is. Whether we are coming, going, or just hanging around it is always there. It takes something like "Egg-sandwiches" to make us sit up and notice.



So what can we do about this? How do we convince ourselves and others to fix that we cannot sense? Not sure. However interesting, continuous discussion of IAQ is somewhat frugal amongst those already in the field. As an outsider, my best piece of advice is to find more like myself, and educate them however briefly on the importance of good Indoor Air Quality.



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Tags: Homeowners, Indoor Air Pollutants, Clean Home Air, indoor air quality, recoupaerator, Ventilation Strategy

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

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.

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Tags: Homeowners, Common Indoor Air Pollutants, Outdoor Air Quality, indoor air quality, Air Filration, recoupaerator

Take Advantage of Federal Tax Credits & Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Posted on Fri, Dec 02, 2011

The federal government is currently offering two tax credits to help assist with the total cost of energy efficient products or upgrades.  Both credits require a large initial investment in order to produce years of utility savings. . 

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Tags: Homeowners, Home Energy Efficiency Best Practices, Air Filration, Energy Star, energy efficient

How To Choose An Energy Recovery Ventilator

Posted on Thu, Mar 03, 2011
Not all Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) are alike. Choosing the right ERV impacts the quality of air you breathe and the final cost of your system. It’s important to understand the differences in the most critical areas of performance. Consider these 5 points before investing in an air filtration system:
  • Energy transfer rating– what percentage of outbound energy is transferred to inbound air?
  • Cost-of-Ownership– how much does it cost per year to operate?
  • Moisture transfer efficiency– does the system effectively manage moisture and not just heat?
  • Filtration efficiency– how well does the energy recovery ventilator filter contaminants?
  • Ease of installation and service – is the energy recovery ventilator easy to service?

It begins with fresh air. To ventilate properly, stale air must be exchanged with fresh air from outdoors. Don’t settle for a plug-in system that recirculates stale air. The RecoupAerator is rated MERV 12, in other words as fresh air is brought in to the home, over 95% of the contaminants as small as 1 micronis removed.

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Tags: Homeowners

2010 Passive House Conference

Posted on Wed, Nov 03, 2010

UltimateAir will be a vendor at this years' (and the past few) US Passive House Conference. It's in Portland, OR - Nov 4-7. Jason will also be speaking on 'Commercial ERV's'. Craig and I are leaving this morning. Hope to see you there!

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Tags: Homeowners