The Search for Thermal Comfort

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The Search for Thermal Comfort

In the beginning there was woman and man, naked; I assume. The body’s core temperature is stable at about 98 °F. In an outdoor environment with a temperature between 65 to 102 °F, a ...

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Crawlspace Conundrum

Author: Brad Turk
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May 01, 2005

        Q. I have a problem with the crawlspace in my home. When the air conditioning is running, I can smell the crawlspace. Is there a good way to keep ... [continue reading]

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Use Foil in Walls?

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March 01, 2005

Q. I’m desperate for some balanced information. I’m putting new cement-based clapboard siding on my house on top of a plywood shell. The siding contractor said that he typically wraps the ... [continue reading]

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Thinking Ahead to a Humid Summer

Author: John Proctor
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March 01, 2005

Q. I recently read that a variable speed, two stage air conditioner can maintain 50% relative humidity (RH) even when the latent load is 60% of the total load.Would this really work?      &... [continue reading]

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Toxic Mold

Author: Iain Walker
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January 01, 2005

                      Q.We just moved into a brand-new house in April, and paid more than twice what we paid ... [continue reading]

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The Latest on Steel Stud Walls

Author: Jan Kosny
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September 01, 2004

      Q.We are interested in building our own home in Northern California, just east of Sacramento. It is our understanding that steelframed homes are considered more energy efficient than wood-framed homes.... [continue reading]

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Tankless Water Heaters

Author: Ed Wyatt
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May 01, 2002

    Q:    It seems like I waste a lot of water while waiting for the hot water to get to my faucet. I have heard that tankless water heaters can ... [continue reading]

Angry Air!

Paul Raymer

Angry Air!

John Tooley said, “Air is like crooked rivers, crooked people, teenagers, and cheap labor. It always seeks the path ...

Energy Efficiency is Increasingly Popular With Home Buyers

Gary Ashton

Energy Efficiency is Increasingly Popular With Home Buyers

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a trade association based in Washington. It boasts more than 140,000 members across ...

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