Residential HVAC Mythbusting

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Residential HVAC Mythbusting

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Ventilation/Cooling Method Needs User Input

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May 01, 1999

Many U.S. homebuilders and buyers view compressor cooling as a necessity, even in mild climates. But the widespread use of compressor cooling causes several problems, especially in warmer regions like the West Coast. [continue reading]


Oversized Kitchen Fans--An Exhausting Problem

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January 01, 1999

The Bigger is Better mentality strikes deep into the heart of the American home. Sure, American consumers will live with low flush toilets; they'll put up with low-wattage lights; but when it comes to the kitchen, they want the culinary equivalent of the sports utility vehicle. [continue reading]


Moisture Control In Bathrooms

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March 01, 1998

Mold, mildew, failing grout, dislodged tiles, water stains, wet insulation, rotting walls--moisture in bathroom walls causes serious problems. [continue reading]


How Tight Are America's Houses?

Author: Nance Matson
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January 01, 1998

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) recently collected blower door data from across the country to analyze the airtightness of the U.S. housing stock. [continue reading]


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]


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]


Experts Ponder Multifamily Ventilation Solutions

Author: Rick Diamond
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March 01, 1997

How do you use diagnostic equipment (such as blower doors, and pressure sensors) to measure air flows in high-rise apartment buildings? [continue reading]


Preventing Urban Heat Catastrophes

Author: Alan Meier
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July 01, 1996

The heat wave in Chicago last summer created a great deal of human discomfort and, by many estimates, caused over 500 deaths in three days. The overwhelming majority of these deaths occurred in buildings with indoor conditions that were reported as stifling. [continue reading]

5 Ways to Improve Homeowners' Energy Efficiency Outdoors

Josh Weiss-Roessler

5 Ways to Improve Homeowners' Energy Efficiency Outdoors

When most people think about ways to save energy in their home, their minds first go to insulation. It makes ...

Lisa Rinkus

"Cool Smart" Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary

A dozen Northeast companies received COOL SMART awards during the New England Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) golf tournament ...

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