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When can I start up my new Zehnder ventilation unit?

3/2/2021

In a modern home, the balanced ventilation unit (HRV or ERV) is like the lungs of the building, optimizing air exchange for a healthy environment. Like human lungs, your ventilation unit is connected to the environment through passageways that need to be kept clean. The system won’t operate correctly when the valves, ducts and heat exchanger are clogged with dust, dirt, and construction debris.  If you decide to power up your Zehnder unit before construction is completed (and/or before filters are

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Dealing With Fragrance Sensitivity At Home

2/24/2020

Fragrance sensitivity is more than just allergies or disliking a smell—11% of people experience severe reactions to artificial fragrances found in perfumes, air fresheners, and other household products. If you have a sensitivity to fragrances, or believe you may suffer from this, you may want to consider clean, filtered air for your home.Symptoms of fragrance sensitivity can include:HeadachesTightness in the chestSneezingDifficulty breathingSkin rashLong term exposure to fragrances that cause these reactions can lead to lung problems, especially for those who

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7 Signs of a Haunted House (And What Actually Causes Them)

10/30/2019

Is your house the home of an angry ghost? Are you visited by phantoms at night? Or do you just have a faulty ventilation system? Find out what classic signs of a haunted house are actually caused by ventilation problems, and how you can fix them.Cold SpotsA cold spot in your home is a sure sign of a ghost—or is it? If a room or area in your house is noticeably colder than the rest of the space, it’s more

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Ventilation for Indoor Plants

9/23/2019

Many people have some plants in their home. These can range from succulents on a windowsill to a full hydroponics garden in the kitchen. Plant life is beneficial for health benefits such as less CO2 in the air, a nice aesthetic, and reducing stress levels. However, many people can struggle with keeping plants alive without proper ventilation. Plants are usually seen as a cheap way to get clean air because they take in CO2 and produce oxygen. However, adding plants to

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Ceiling Fans and Your Home’s Ventilation

9/20/2019

80 million homes in America currently have ceiling fans. These fans have long been used as a method of cooling homes as well as providing aesthetic benefits. However, not everyone considers the effects that ceiling fans can have on ventilation or air quality. Ceiling fans are useful for cooling a room. The actual temperature of the room won’t decrease from just a fan, but it can feel a few degrees cooler as it circulates. This can help with comfort in the

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Wildfire Smoke

5/1/2019

One of the biggest threats to healthy air quality is smoke. Whether it’s cigarette smoke, fireplace smoke, or wildfire smoke, you need to be aware of how these can affect your home’s air quality and your health. Currently, a large area of the western United States is seeing wildfires affect air quality and quality of life for many people. These wildfires release a large amount of particulate matter into the air, and the exact composition of the particulates depends on what

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Your Heart & Lungs

4/30/2019

Bad air quality can be the root cause of a slew of health problems. The most common problems affect the heart and lungs. Make sure that you are aware of the air quality in areas where you spend your time to ensure you stay healthy. Polluted air carries small particles of smoke or other harmful materials. By breathing in this air, you are bringing these pollutants into your lungs. The pollution can spread to your blood and can be a trigger

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Understanding Fragrance Free

4/15/2019

Many workplaces are moving to have a fragrance-free environment in order to keep employees safe. However, many don’t understand the importance of this change. Take a look to learn why fragrance-free environments are better for employee health, and how to maintain one in your workplace. Fragrance-free doesn’t necessarily mean odor-free. Instead, it means ridding the workplace of artificial or natural fragrance compounds present in everyday products including personal hygiene products, cleaning products, or cosmetics. The compounds in these products are potentially hazardous

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Understanding Humidity Recovery

3/18/2019

If you have ever wanted to know how humidity recovery works with Zehnder’s ventilation systems, take a look at this video.

 

Air Quality and Eye Health

3/11/2019

Have you ever felt your eyes itch or become dry? If this happens often, the cause of your irritated eyes could be surprising—the air quality around you. Air quality affects more than just your lungs, and it can be a major cause of irritated eyes or more serious eye diseases. If you’ve ever walked through a cloud of smoke or perfume, you probably know that eyes can be temporarily sensitive to air pollutants. However, if your home or workplace has poor

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