HVAC to Whole-House Performance Contractor?
Guidelines and best practices for making the profitable transition into whole-house work.
Whole-house fans cool homes very efficiently in many parts of the country. But they have come under fire for creating leaks into the attic, causing potential depressurization problems, and being noisy. [continue reading]
The severe ice storm of January 1998 in eastern Canada and the northeastern United States showed the benefits of efficient gas and wood fireplaces that can operate independently of electricity, and increased interest in high-performing fireplaces that supply comfortable heat during an extended power outage. [continue reading]
The Bigger is Better mentality strikes deep into the heart of the American home. Sure, American consumers will live with low flush toilets; they'll put up with low-wattage lights; but when it comes to the kitchen, they want the culinary equivalent of the sports utility vehicle. [continue reading]
In 11 Florida homes with roofs coated with a white material during midsummer, average air conditioning energy use decreased by 8 kWh/day, or 19%. [continue reading]
Stains in homes have many different sources. In my job as an industrial hygienist, I have seen a wide variety of substances that can create stains, including mold growth, vehicle exhaust, combustion appliances, tobacco smoke, cooking fumes, and even candles (see "Black Stains in Houses: Soot, Dust, or Ghosts?" HE Jan/Feb '98, p. 15). [continue reading]
As energy auditors and raters went about their business of testing homes, performing energy audits and HVAC system inspections, they ...
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program (HPwES) released the draft&...