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Why Indoor Air Quality Is So Important

Posted on Tue, Nov 20, 2018

When we think about pollutants, we often think about those found outside whether in the air, the ground, or in waterways. Indoor air quality, though, is just as vital to our everyday lives and health, and the pollutants found inside should concern us just as much, if not more.

Let’s take a look at some information on indoor air quality standards, classifications, and more to highlight what families need to know about their indoor air quality and why utilizing a fresh air ventilation system is key.

The Value of a Fresh Air Exchange System

Breathing quality indoor air is critical for good health. Most Americans spend a significant amount of time indoors—either in the home, office or other types of buildings—where gases, chemicals and other pollutants can cause headaches, eye irritation, allergies and fatigue. Serious pollutants can cause certain types of cancers and other long-term health complications.

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Tags: Indoor Air Pollutants, Indoor Air Pollution, Common Indoor Air Pollutants

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

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.

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Tags: Passive House, Indoor Air Pollutants, energy efficient, Air Filration, recoupaerator, ERV

How to Eliminate Formaldehyde in Your Home

Posted on Thu, Nov 10, 2011

First, the bad news: formaldehyde is in many household products and is necessary to the manufacturing of them, so to some extent is unavoidable. Many new homes have too much formaldehyde and too little ventilation.

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Tags: Indoor Air Pollutants

Indoor Air Quality Audit: The Kitchen

Posted on Mon, Aug 15, 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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Tags: Indoor Air Pollutants, Indoor Air Quality Audit, Indoor Air Quality Tips

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

Green Cleaning Products and Formaldehyde

Posted on Thu, Jun 16, 2011

Many of us frequently use "green" cleaning products in our homes. But, did you know that some of these products can produce levels of formaldehyde that can be dangerous to breathe?

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Tags: Indoor Air Pollutants, Common Indoor Air Pollutants, Air Quality Study

What you need to know about Volatile Organic Compounds

Posted on Wed, Apr 27, 2011

Volatile organic compounds are toxic gas emissions from solid and liquid sources that can be harmful to health that are indoor air pollutants . VOC sources include but are not limited to: paints, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and office equipment such as copiers, printers, glues and adhesives, permanent markers, and photographic solutions. All of these products give off invisible gases that can be toxic.

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Tags: Indoor Air Pollutants, Indoor Air Pollution

Allergy, Asthma Triggers, and your Indoor Air Quality

Posted on Wed, Apr 20, 2011

According to the Environmental Protection Agency roughly 25 million people suffer from asthma each year. Seven million of these sufferers are children. Air pollutants commonly found in homes, schools and other buildings trigger asthma symptoms such as chest tightness, wheezing, coughing and breathing problems. Left untreated, asthma attacks can be life-threatening.

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Tags: Indoor Air Pollutants, Indoor Air Pollution, Common Indoor Air Pollutants

Ultimate Air Health Risks of Dust Mites, Mold

Posted on Tue, Apr 05, 2011

Dust mites and mold are two common unwanted elements in homes and other buildings that can trigger or worsen asthma and hay fever symptoms. These environmental pollutants can cause wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and breathing problems. In severe cases, dust mites and mold contribute to life-threatening asthma emergencies.

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Tags: Indoor Air Pollutants, Common Indoor Air Pollutants, Home Energy Efficiency Best Practices