Superior Indoor Air Quality
Air quality and the harmful substances in the air we breathe often go unnoticed because air is invisible. Air quality inside the average home is at least five times more contaminated than outdoors, and we spend 90 percent of our daily lives indoors.
The average household today contains more chemicals than an average chemical plant 100 years ago. In most homes, ventilation is provided accidentally when air leaks through the building envelope. This ‘natural’ ventilation is unreliable because it’s dependent on inconsistent weather conditions.
The UltimateAir Whole-house air filtration ERV allows you to take control of your indoor air quality by flushing out harmful pollutants with clean, fresh, healthy air.
Air Filtration Systems for Zero Energy Homes
Saving the planet is a big job, and the way we build can make a tremendous impact- for better or worse. The old excuse that “building green costs more” just doesn’t hold up anymore. We can continue to hide behind weak energy codes to justify building “energy hogs,” or we can do the right thing and build to a higher standard. Net Zero Energy Homes are being built throughout the world and well within reach to homeowners willing to demand better solutions.
What is a Net Zero Energy Home?
Net Zero Energy Homes are energy-efficient homes outfitted with efficient appliances and powered by commercially available renewable energy systems such as solar water heating and solar electricity. The term “net zero energy” refers to the fact that ideally, such a home can result in net zero energy consumption by producing as much as energy as it consumes annually. They give homeowners the luxury of never again being affected by rising energy costs as well as the opportunity to live in a cleaner, healthier home and leave a cleaner world to future generations.
Meeting tomorrow’s energy challenge isn’t only about developing new energy sources. In fact, by using building technology already available, we can make a huge impact on energy consumption and the environment. By making simple changes we can save tremendous amounts of energy while building healthier, longer lasting homes.
The Role of Air Filtration Systems in A Zero Energy Home
Air filtration systems are a very important component of building a Zero Energy Home because the home must be as tight as possible. Because the RecoupAerator® offers the lowest electrical footprint and highest amount of heat transfer (up to 99% ASE), UltimateAir® is involved in many Zero Energy projects.
As the industry evolves towards Zero Energy Homes, UltimateAir® is committed to supporting this movement with products that allow builders to build homes as tight and healthy as possible.
So go ahead, make your home as energy-efficient as possible and enjoy the peace of mind that UltimateAir is keeping your indoor air fresh, clean and healthy.
UltimateAir Benefits: Improved Respiration
If you or someone you love suffers from respiratory problems, you know how important it is to breathe clean air. While it’s difficult to avoid allergen triggers outdoors, at least the quality of the air we breathe indoors can be controlled with a high-quality air filtration system.
Scientists warn that pollution inside our homes frequently reaches concentration levels that would be illegal outdoors. This level of pollution is unhealthy for anyone exposed for long periods of time, but especially unsafe for those afflicted with respiratory ailments.
Researchers conclude that homes built since the 1970s have been built tighter to address rising energy costs, and that these tighter homes are a major contributor in the rise in respiratory problems. That is why air filtration systems are a necessary part of the solution to improve indoor air quality.
UltimateAir Benefits: Reducing Indoor Allergies
Those who suffer from allergies know the misery– itchy nose, scratchy eyes, coughing and tightness in the chest. Indoors, symptoms can actually get worse. What causes indoor allergies?
In the spring or fall, most allergy symptoms are caused by pollen or mold spores that make their way into your home, but other causes also play a part. In fact, up to 72 trillion allergens find their way into your home every day.
Homes that are built more airtight trap more allergens and irritants indoors. By installing an UltimateAir® air filtration system, indoor air quality is dramatically improved and your allergy symptoms are reduced.
RecoupAerator® Benefits: Saving Energy
Unlike opening a window, UltimateAir ensures the fresh air entering your home is filtered and at a consistent flow any time of year.
Today, rising energy costs are changing the way we think about our homes. New homes are being built tighter and more energy-efficient. Existing homes are receiving energy-saving retrofits. Unfortunately, tighter homes means polluted air can actually be trapped inside where it can make your family sick.
Adding a fresh air ventilation source to your HVAC solution allows homeowners to build even tighter, saving the homeowner energy without making them sick.
The UltimateAir’s® unique high-tech features contribute to the lowest electrical footprint of any whole-house air ventilation system. Having the lowest electrical footprint makes UltimateAir® extremely popular in LEED, Passive House and Zero-Energy projects.