The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

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The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

The debate on how best to treat crawl spaces has gone on for decades, and the building codes regulating crawl space design have constantly evolved. For a long time the entrenched thinking was to rely ...

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Carbon Monoxide Problems from New Furnaces

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May 01, 1997

Carbon Monoxide (CO) can creep into living spaces and cause a variety of health problems, sometimes even death. While old or poorly maintained gas furnaces and other older appliances are often the sources of CO, new heating appliances also cause CO problems. [continue reading]

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Two-Stage Evaporative Cooling

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May 01, 1997

Depending on the design, an evaporative cooler can use as little as 10% of the energy consumed by refrigeration air conditioning systems. [continue reading]

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Advanced Two-Stage Design Hits the Market

Author: Leo Rainer
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May 01, 1997

Until recently, most residential two-stage evaporative coolers were of the down-discharge variety and were generally installed on the roof. [continue reading]

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Do New Baseboard Thermostats Save Energy?

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March 01, 1997

Higher quality electronic line voltage thermostats (ELVTs) have been available for several years. Most models indicate temperature in degrees, and they're touted as energy savers. But how well do they work? [continue reading]

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Experts Ponder Multifamily Ventilation Solutions

Author: Rick Diamond
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March 01, 1997

How do you use diagnostic equipment (such as blower doors, and pressure sensors) to measure air flows in high-rise apartment buildings? [continue reading]

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Fireplace Pilots Take Gas Use Sky High

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January 01, 1997

In the past few years, sales of convenient, clean-burning gas fireplaces have increased dramatically. [continue reading]

The Convergence of Technology in the Home

Erik Norwood

The Convergence of Technology in the Home

Huge changes are happening across a variety of industries that will significantly change the way we live. These include the ...

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

Mariel Wolfson

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...

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