US-made air filter systems on the way to China to fight air pollution (infographic)

As cities in China struggle with air pollution, an American company is shipping air purifiers to Chinese consumers. Smog in Shanghai has closed schools and airports, and cause breathing problems for much of the population. In an unusual export move,...

Duct sealing added to proposed building standards to boost building performance

The proposed ANSI/Building Performance Institute (BPI) standard for residential energy-efficient construction will include duct sealing with aerosol-based products as a best practice. The proposed standard offers contractors a clear blueprint of recommended rules for maximizing building performance. The addition of...

ERV sets efficiency benchmark for cold climate ventilation (video)

As green homes becoming increasingly tighter and better insulated, providing fresh air ventilation in cold climates has been a challenge. To provide energy-efficient solutions for green homes in cold climates, Zehnder America developed the Zehnder ComfoAir 550 Heat Recovery Ventilator...

High performance homebuilders turning to mini-splits for heating and cooling solutions

High performance homebuilders turning to mini-splits for heating and cooling solutions

As more builders construct homes with a tight building envelope, heating and cooling requirements change. Depending on the climate and other factors in the home, a traditional whole-house solution may not be the most energy-efficient option that also provides a...

Get a handle on moisture for better air quality

What do houseplants, a boiling pot of pasta and your shower all have in common? They all add moisture to your home’s interior. And, while some humidity in the home is good, excessive moisture can be uncomfortable. "We often get...

Do you know MERV? Your furnace does

Facing the wall of furnace filters at home store can be frustrating. There are so many choices, and so many prices, it's hard to know what you need to make your furnace perform well and improve indoor air quality. There are filters designed for homes with pets or small children or for people with respiratory conditions.

LG Electronics Energy Star products selected for Proud Green Home project

LG Electronics Energy Star products selected for Proud Green Home project

Net Zero Home Features LG HVAC System, Solar Panels, Home Appliances and Consumer Electronics ATLANTA, Aug. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As the major "ENERGY STAR Technology Provider" for the Proud Green Home, LG Electronics USA is playing a key role...

Zehnder ERV performance to be measured in Proud Green Home in sustainable community of Serenbe

Press release courtesy of Zehnder America Zehnder’s ComfoAir 350 Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) will ensure fresh-filtered air and a reduction of heating/cooling loads for the recently completed Proud Green Home at Serenbe year-round while reducing the indoor humidity level during...

Home sealing can boost energy performance and indoor air quality

Most homeowners have good, high efficiency air filters in their heating system. While these trap particulates, in many cases there is little impact to overall indoor air quality. According to energy assessment expert Cory Tobin, a certified energy auditor from Washington Energy Services, "Air filters are one part of a larger solution.

Learn more about indoor air quality with new construction guide

Learn more about indoor air quality with new construction guide

To promote good indoor air quality in buildings, ASHRAE is making available for free a guide for building professionals. ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, developed the Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction...

Most homes' air ducts leak 30% How do yours measure up?

Heating and air conditioning ducts that leak air are taking money out of your wallet. Air-Care, a division of DPL Enterprises, announced that their latest air duct leakage tester, the DLT-5, has confirmed earlier independent studies that duct leakage in...

Online course explains heat recovery ventilation for builders

Online course explains heat recovery ventilation for builders

As homes are becoming increasingly airtight, proper ventilation is critical for optimal indoor air quality. To help inform building trade professionals on how to select home ventilation systems, Zehnder America, manufacturers of heat and energy recovery ventilation systems, now offers...

Do you know what's lurking in your home's air?

Most families don't think about what contaminants could be lurking in their indoor air, so environmental health experts studied the air in two average homes to find out just what people were breathing. Two families – one in New York...

Stop air leaks and save on home energy with simple draft stoppers

Stop air leaks and save on home energy with simple draft stoppers

Imagine running the air conditioner with the windows open all summer long – think of the energy loss, hot air and wasted energy. If the home has a folding pull-down attic stair, a whole house fan, a fireplace or clothes...

Zehnder ERV first to receive Passive House certification

Zehnder ERV first to receive Passive House certification

When a home is built to the Passive House standard, one of the key design issues is ensuring an adequate flow of fresh air for proper indoor air quality. Today’s buildings have become tighter and more insulated due to building...

Homeowners should use caution in attacking mold problems on their own

With some parts of the country hit hard by flooding, homeowners face potential danger of old in their homes. But the risk of tackling mold may be too great for untrained homeowners. Do-it-yourself mold removal kits target desperate consumers looking...

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