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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Effective Strategies for Dealing with Ducts in Unconditioned Spaces

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May 01, 2014

Three methods to reduce thermal losses associated with ductwork in unconditioned spaces are discussed. [continue reading]

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The Formaldehyde Threat

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March 01, 2014

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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Variable Capacity Versus Fixed Capacity

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March 01, 2014

An Experiment in the Impact of Duct Location [continue reading]

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A Guide to Installing Window Air Conditioners

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October 31, 2013

Homeowners in the United States spend $1 out of every $8 of utility costs on cooling their living space. Window air conditioners (A/Cs) are an inexpensive alternative to central systems and are sold in greater numbers ... [continue reading]

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Backdrafting Appliances: Causes and Fixes

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September 10, 2013

Homeowners and contractors need to know that when they replace 70%- or 80%-efficient furnaces with 90%-efficient furnaces and leave standard atmospheric draft water heaters orphaned, old atmospheric water heaters may backdraft, creating CO problems for ... [continue reading]

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Building Science 201: Combustion

Author: Rick Karg
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July 01, 2013

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

Cool—and Warm—Clothing

Jim Gunshinan

Cool—and Warm—Clothing

“Why do you need to cool and heat the whole building? Why don’t you cool and heat ...

Smarter Homebuilding: How to Best Incorporate Smart Tech Features

Eric Murrell

Smarter Homebuilding: How to Best Incorporate Smart Tech Features

The old way of integrating technology into a home could be a major headache. If a client doesn’t ...

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