Getting Some Shade

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Getting Some Shade

You’re uncomfortable. You feel streaks of sweat starting to inch down your forehead, back, and neck. The sun is relentless. Frantically, you look around for relief. The only thing in sight is a ...

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Home, Home on the Range Hood

Author: Dave Brook
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November 01, 1997

Exhausting heat and moisture in the summer can keep a house cooler and reduce air conditioning costs. And running a fan whenever someone is cooking will eliminate most water vapor, grease, and combustion products from the kitchen. [continue reading]

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Thermostats That Feel the Heat

Author: Tom Wilson
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November 01, 1997

Most American thermostats measure only air temperature. But there are numerous other elements that affect thermal comfort, and some of these can be used to turn HVAC equipment on and off. [continue reading]

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Improving Ducts in Southern California

Author: John Eash
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November 01, 1997

When Robert Johnson, director of community development for the Southern California city of Irvine, attended an HVAC conference in 1995, he was appalled to discover how poorly designed and poorly installed many residential duct systems were. [continue reading]

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Sick Houses: Using Diagnostic Tools to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Author: Scott Finley
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November 01, 1997

"Sick building syndrome" is caused by everything from dangerous molds to meteorological occurrences. Improving the indoor air quality of these buildings calls for careful diagnostics and even more careful removal of and repairs to problem areas. [continue reading]

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THE CASE OF THE CO LEAK: Solving the Mysteries of Carbon Monoxide Exposures

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November 01, 1997

A colorless, odorless, flavorless, nonirritating gas, carbon monoxide (CO) causes more poisoning deaths today than any other substance. [continue reading]

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Ventilation Facts and Fallacies in Manufactured Homes

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July 01, 1997

Window inlet vents are an alternate way to provide fresh air using an exhaust fan. When the fan is on, it slightly depressurizes the house, causing makeup air to enter through the window vents with minimal heat loss. [continue reading]

Energy Innovation

Rick Barnett

Energy Innovation

Space conditioning is the biggest piece of the residential energy pie, and thermal shell improvement is a homeowner's best opportunity ...

The Future is Now—Or At Least Nearer with ORNL’s 3D-Printed House and Car

Marlene Taylor

The Future is Now—Or At Least Nearer with ORNL’s 3D-Printed House and Car

Energy supplies and efficiency in new home construction took an interesting turn when researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) ...

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