The Formaldehyde Threat

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The Formaldehyde Threat

Keeping healthy indoor air quality was as important in 1984 as it is today. Unfortunately, formaldehyde is still a threat to homeowners.

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The Formaldehyde Threat

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March 01, 2014

Keeping healthy indoor air quality was as important in 1984 as it is today. Unfortunately, formaldehyde is still a threat to homeowners. [continue reading]

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10 Common Misconceptions About Combustion Safety

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February 28, 2014

In the home performance industry, most standards require extensive testing to identify vented appliances that could backdraft and spill exhaust gases, particularly when homes are air-sealed. But how good are these tests at finding problems? ... [continue reading]

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Building Science 201: Combustion

Author: Rick Karg
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July 01, 2013

The more we understand about combustion appliances, the better we can serve the houses we work in. [continue reading]

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Air Sealing and the CAZ

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February 25, 2013

After I described how air can get sucked down the chimney and vent connector and flue, and out the draft diverter of the gas water heater, and into the basement, the mother, who was now ... [continue reading]

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Is That House an Air Filter?

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January 02, 2013

Residential building envelopes can act as particle filters - but to what extent? [continue reading]

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Testing Duct Testers

Author: Paul Raymer
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June 29, 2012

According to DOE’s Building America program data, typical residential ductwork efficiency is about 67%. That means that if you install a 90% efficient furnace, your system efficiency would be just over 60%. Another way to look ... [continue reading]

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Safe Air at Home

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September 01, 2011

At Pure Energy, we are finding more and more IAQ problems caused by pollutants that are supposed to be outside the living space, but are being drawn into the living space by unbalanced house pressures. [continue reading]

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Carbon Monoxide Around the House: Comparing Ambient CO Monitors

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July 01, 2011

Carbon monoxide (CO) is really nasty stuff. It’s odorless, colorless, and neutrally buoyant, and it can make you stupid before it kills you. It’s not the kind of stuff you want ... [continue reading]

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