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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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When Wall Insulation Doesn't Save

Author: Doug Johnson
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May 01, 1997

Wall insulation clearly saves heating energy, but does it save cooling energy as well? [continue reading]

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Conditioned Attics Save Energy in Hot Climates

Author: Ted Rieger
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May 01, 1997

Do homes with vented attics use less cooling energy than homes with unvented, conditioned attics in hot climates? With little formal research available to answer the question, common wisdom and most building codes have favored venting. [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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Heat Pumps and Manufactured Homes: Making the Marriage Work

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November 01, 1996

In my job as the factory-built home specialist for North Carolina's Alternative Energy Corporation (AEC), I have been crawling under, in, and around manufactured homes for the last dozen years, looking for causes of, and solutions to, building energy problems. [continue reading]

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Sizing Air Conditioners: If Bigger Is Not Better, What Is?

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September 01, 1996

Since the publication of "Bigger Is Not Better-Sizing Air Conditioners Properly" (HE May/June '95, p. 19), homeowners, builders, and contractors have questioned us about sizing and performance issues raised in that article. [continue reading]

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Where Radiant Barriers Really Shine

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July 01, 1996

Manufacturers of radiant barrier materials claim that their products significantly cut cooling costs by reducing summertime radiant heat gain through attics and ceilings (see "Conservation Clips: Radiant Barriers Test Well," p. 45). A new study confirms that radiant barriers can indeed conserve cooling energy. [continue reading]

Environmentally Friendly Flooring Options

Sarah Smith

Environmentally Friendly Flooring Options

If you are investigating options for renovating an older home or building a new domicile, it’s likely that ...

Avoiding Mold in the Cold Season

Ted Shoemaker

Avoiding Mold in the Cold Season

People often avoid ventilating rooms during the cold season to avoid loss of heat. But this, the German Energy Agency (...

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