Infiltration of Outdoor Pollutants: Field Notes

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Infiltration of Outdoor Pollutants: Field Notes

Parallel to the research undertaken by Brent Stephens and others (see “Infiltration of Outdoor Pollutants” in the upcoming May/June 2015 issue), there has been a recent Pittsburgh-based initiative called Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in ...

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Infiltration of Outdoor Pollutants: Field Notes

Author: Don Fugler
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April 15, 2015

Parallel to the research undertaken by Brent Stephens and others (see “Infiltration of Outdoor Pollutants” in the upcoming May/June 2015 issue), there has been a recent Pittsburgh-based initiative called Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in ... [continue reading]

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

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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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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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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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