Weatherization and Indoor Air Quality

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Weatherization and Indoor Air Quality

Air sealing is one of the best ways to lower heating-and-cooling bills for many home weatherization programs, and especially so for the federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Most homes receive blower door-guided air sealing to ...

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Greening Your Ventilation

Author: Jim LaRue
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May 06, 2007

    Since today’s houses are now tightened for air conditioning as well as heating, there is less and less natural ventilation in our homes. This means that additional forms of mechanical ... [continue reading]

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Copper and Cast Iron

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May 06, 2007

Q I live in a 1920s Wardman row house in Washington, D.C. The house has a cast-iron radiator heating system. I hired a local contractor to do some bathroom renovations. It was necessary to ... [continue reading]

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What Were They Thinking?

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March 10, 2007

Plumber’s Bummer This picture was taken from inside a mobile home. The plumber had run the water lines inside the ductwork to prevent freezing. However, he failed to seal the ductwork back. We ... [continue reading]

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From HVAC to Home Performance Contracting

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March 10, 2007

Matthew Holtkamp knew when he was in technical school at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, that he would have his own HVAC business some day.  In 1996 his dream became a reality when ... [continue reading]

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Energy Star Changes Approach to Programmable Thermostats

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March 10, 2007

Energy Star has promoted programmable thermostats since 1995, estimating that consumers will save 10%–30% on their heating and cooling energy bills. With sales of programmable thermostats doubling in the last ten years, and with more than 25 ... [continue reading]

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What's the Value of One Life Saved

Author: Larry Zarker
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March 09, 2007

Training in the whole-house approach to home performance gives contractors the ability to save lives as well as energy. [continue reading]

The Extraordinary Growth of Solar in the US Visualized

Kumar Dhuvur

The Extraordinary Growth of Solar in the US Visualized

Residential solar installations have grown rapidly as solar costs have plummeted over 80% over the last 10 years. Ever wondered where all ...

HPC Launches the Home Performance Forum

Lindsay Bachman Flickinger

HPC Launches the Home Performance Forum

HPC launched the Home Performance Forum last week, where members openly discuss topics including education, certification, field procedures, equipment, building ...

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