The holidays are right around the corner! With extra cooking going on and gatherings happening all the time, it's an important time to make sure you're keeping your home, family members and guests safe and comfortable by ventilating right. Young children and older adults are especially vulnerable to poor indoor air quality and pollutants.
Here a few common poor indoor air quality culprits and what to do about them...
Yes, they exist!
With homes built tighter than ever the importance of ventilation, and the best way to achieve it, is top of mind for building performance professionals. The ideal ventilation system is easy to install, effective, and simple enough for the average homeowner to use.
AirCycler can help you meet ventilation requirements with these simple set-it and forget-it products
Builders looking for solutions to meet whole-home ventilation requirements can tap into a proven system that does the job at an economical cost.
The SelectCycler System from Panasonic Eco Solutions is a cost effective, whole house mechanical ventilation solution for residential and multifamily projects.
At the 2016 International Builders' Show, Jason Wolfson with AirCycler, a supplier to Panasonic products, reviewed the SelectCycler system. Watch the video here.
Once in a while we get questions from the field regarding NEC 725.136 and the installation of the FanConnect™ switch. Specifically, whether or not Class 3 cable is sufficient for installation. The answer is yes, and we've enlisted the help of code expert Mike Holt of Mike Holt Enterprises to explain. See his answer here
If you have an attached garage where you live, the odds are high that your indoor air quality is worse than a home without an attached garage.
It is a common misconception that mechanical ventilation without recovery will cost a homeowner hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a year in energy costs. If we tighten up a home and then put a 6" hole in the wall and bring in outside air, we must be running the electric bill through the roof. The truth is, we're actually talking tens of dollars - a year - in most cases. Take my home for example: I live in New England in a roughly 2,000 square foot home with oil heat. I got an estimate of $38-$144/year to operate an AirCycler® g2-k, depending on the tightness of my home. That’s roughly $3-$12/month. How do we know? We calculated it.
We have recently released our cutting-edge AirCycler® g2 Furnace Fan Timer, designed to be the most cost-efficient and effective solution in the industry for meeting ASHRAE 62.2 whole house mechanical ventilation requirements. Using a patented algorithm, the AirCycler® g2 combines both central furnace fan integrated ventilation and exhaust fan ventilation methods for the ultimate whole house ventilation system.
The popular SmartExhaust™ switch that meets an abundance of ventilation codes is now available as the new SmartExhaust™ Rocker. With the same features as the Toggle version, the Rocker offers an additional benefit of style for modern decor.
The Lipidex Corp. announces the GarageVent™ garage fan timer/temperature controller to meet several new energy efficient building codes. The GarageVent™ is a simple, flexible and economical solution for optimal garage ventilation. For more information, check out our GarageVent™ Information Page.
Ventilating is easy — it’s ventilating right that’s hard
Most green builders include some type of mechanical ventilation system in every home they build. That’s good. Since green buildings usually have very low levels of air leakage, mechanical ventilation is usually essential.