HVAC to Whole-House Performance Contractor?

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HVAC to Whole-House Performance Contractor?

Guidelines and best practices for making the profitable transition into whole-house work.

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Mechanical Ventilation for the Home

Author: Don Stevens
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March 01, 1996

All houses and apartments need an efficient way to exhaust stale, moist indoor air and introduce outdoor air. [continue reading]

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Choosing a Heating System That Saves Energy

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March 01, 1996

When something must be done about an old or inefficient heating system, the challenge can be daunting. The decision will affect comfort, energy costs, and the air quality and safety of a home for years to come. [continue reading]

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Duct Improvement in the Northwest Part I: New Construction and Retrofit

Author: Ted Haskell
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January 01, 1996

In the Northwest, energy losses in forced-air systems average 25%-30% in electrically heated homes, with some homes being significantly worse. [continue reading]

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Duct Improvement in the Northwest Part II: Mobile Homes

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January 01, 1996

Although the thermal shell of the typical mobile home has changed radically over the last 30 years, the air distribution system has not. The walls have gone from 2 x 2 framing with an R-4 fiberglass batt to 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 walls with a high-density R-21 batt (codes vary from state to state). [continue reading]

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Drawbacks Of Powered Attic Ventilators

Author: Ted Rieger
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November 01, 1995

Powered attic ventilators, already suspected of using more energy than they save, can also create excess moisture, structural problems, discomfort, and combustion safety problems for home occupants, according to a recent study. [continue reading]

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Researchers Approach Builders on Duct Location

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November 01, 1995

It is common practice in California to put ducts outside the conditioned space, in attics and crawlspaces. These duct systems are typically 50%-70% efficient due mostly to air leakage and heat transfer losses, while sealed conditioned-space duct installations have efficiencies over 90%. O [continue reading]

 How to Reduce Household Waste and Help the Environment

Erich Lawson

How to Reduce Household Waste and Help the Environment

There is a lot of debate going on about climate change and global warming. The naysayers claim it is a ...

Encouraging Homeowners to Invest in Impact-Rated Windows

Jason Fowler

Encouraging Homeowners to Invest in Impact-Rated Windows

If you work with homeowners who live somewhere inland, one of their top considerations when choosing new windows for their ...

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