Masonry Heaters are Massively Comfy
You enter the house on a winter’s evening, remove your wet boots and coat. In your living room, there are a few pieces of split, dry firewood, ready to burn. You open the ...
You enter the house on a winter’s evening, remove your wet boots and coat. In your living room, there are a few pieces of split, dry firewood, ready to burn. You open the ... [continue reading]
Since 1993 the Federal Energy Information Agency (EIA) has reported a non-stop, national growth trend in all-electric buildings, led by the Southern states at 44% of all their built homes (Figure 1). Why is all-electric growing when conventional ... [continue reading]
Part 1: Evaluation of Mini-Split Heat Pumps as Supplemental and Full System Retrofits in a Hot-Humid Climate
More stringent energy efficiency standards and the demand for higher efficiency are increasing the popularity of technologies such as mini-split heat pumps (MSHPs). The market for ductless heat pumps is growing 10–30% annually. The U.... [continue reading]
Some time ago, my colleagues and I at Taitem Engineering observed that two-story buildings with open staircases used significantly more heat downstairs than upstairs. We saw this in two buildings. This led to further investigation ... [continue reading]
Part 1: Challenges of Cooling in Hot-Humid Climates [continue reading]
Last December’s weather was no more extreme than the norm in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where temperatures can swing from above 100°F in summer to below zero in winter. Yet for Air Solutions Heating &... [continue reading]
A Case Study in Converting from Two-Pipe Steam to Hydronic Heating [continue reading]
Energy expert continues to learn from a deep energy retrofit of his Montana Home. This time he's installing a wood-burning stove to save money, add ambiance, and provide security during emergencies - like when runaway trains knock out a town's power. [continue reading]
Concerns about the environment and climate change have everyday Americans more determined than ever to do their part to reduce ...
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), where I work as a senior manager, is a corporate agency of the United States ...