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Healthy Living in a Toxic World, Issue #15
July 21, 2015
Did you know central air and heating systems recirculate your dirty house air and do not pull in any fresh air from the outside? So, if you have mold in your house, it just gets worse.
ERVs (ENERGY RECOVERY VENTILATORS)
DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE THE AIR QUALITY IN YOUR HOME!
When the weather is just right you can open your windows and let the fresh air in. But when it's 100 degrees or 10 below outside, you really cannot open your windows.
What if there was a way to replace all the air in your house with fresh air from outside 2 to 3 times a day, every day, no matter what the weather is outside?
If you could do this, that would lessen the level of mold spores and VOCs that you would ordinarily be breathing in if you are living in a moldy house (as many of us are, unwillingly).
Well, there are such things and they are called ERVs (Energy Recovery Ventilators) or HRVs (Heat Recovery Ventilators).
There are a few companies that make them. They are basically a fan blowing fresh air in and a fan blowing your dirty house air out with a unit in the middle that either heats the incoming air in winter or cools the incoming air in the summer so you don't freeze in the winter or cook in the summer, while trying to just get some fresh air.
They run anywhere from 1000 to 2300 dollars for the unit and installation runs anywhere from 200 dollars to 2000 dollars. Installation requires cutting holes in your walls so unless you want to piss off your landlord (which many of us may not care) this may not be an option for renters. And some of the units have HEPA filters to filter the incoming fresh air!
After doing some research today, I discovered a cheaper ERV (The Panasonic Whispercomfort Spot ERV Ceiling Insert Ventilator) that you can put in a window rather than cutting holes in your walls so it's portable and you can install it yourself. It is sold as a ceiling fan but it can also be rigged to fit in a window.
By replacing the air in your home with clean fresh air and letting the bad air out, it is like opening your windows on a windy day and letting the fresh clean air wash through your house!
I do believe ERVs will dramatically improve the air quality in your home by diluting mold spores and VOCs. This just may be the perfect solution for those of us who have become sick from mold but do not have the financial means to leave our moldy home.
Panasonic FV-04VE1 WhisperComfortTM Spot ERV Ceiling Insert Ventilator with Balanced Ventilation and Patent-Pending Capillary Core..................... 354.09
Offers a revolutionary way to provide balanced ventilation with a ceiling insert ERV Supplies fresh air to replace exhausted air helping to balance air pressure within the home Uses two 4-Inch ducts, one duct to exhaust stale air and the other to supply fresh air from outdoors Continuous run ensures chemicals and other pollutants from cleaning fluids and building materials are vented out and replaced with fresh air Rated 40 cubic feet per minute.
Panasonic FV-04VE1 WhisperComfortTM Spot ERV Ceiling Insert Ventilator with Balanced Ventilation and Patent-Pending Capillary Core
ULTIMATE AIR RECOUPERATOR WITH HEPA FILTRATION(ERV)
The RecoupAerator® is the ONLY air filtration/ventilation system with All of these features:
Self-balancing – Air flow between the fresh air intake and stale air exhaust are automatically balanced EconoCool™ – Brings in cool filtered air in the summer – A/C required less often Brushless Motor Technology – EC Motors Perform quietly and efficiently MERV 12 Filtration – Filters particles as small as 1.8 microns Filter Alert – Automatically signals you when it’s time for filter service Adjustable Fan Speed – Range of air flow to perfectly match fresh air requirements (30-200CFM) Primary Benefits of the RecoupAerator®
Delivers continuous, fresh, healthy air Saves money on ventilation by recovering 96% of building heat energy Automatically balances air flow and pressure Reduces cold air drafts by balancing building pressure Maintains consistent indoor humidity Lowest Cost-of-Ownership Exhausts pollutants to improve Indoor Air Quality Reduced wear and tear on HVAC system – extends service life Reduced usage of A/C system – saving energy Easiest whole-house ERV to install and maintain
The RecoupAerator® 200DX is a whole-house Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) that exchanges the stale air of a home with clean fresh air. It provides both ventilation with 96% heat recovery, and air filtration, capturing pollens and mold spores before fresh air is released into the home. This makes the RecoupAerator uniquely suited for asthmatics and allergy sufferers. The RecoupAerator® also removes the many contaminants created from inside the home.
Unit cost -----2350.00 with free shipping (a 90 dollar savings) Installation is a separate cost and varies.
WISHING YOU GOOD HEALTH,
Dr. Mary Ray DO
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