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A Case Study in Converting from Two-Pipe Steam to Hydronic Heating
In 1997, Cadet Manufacturing in Vancouver, Washington, issued a recall notice on some of its electric in-wall heaters. The heaters contain limit switches that have been identified as a fire hazard by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). [continue reading]
The severe ice storm of January 1998 in eastern Canada and the northeastern United States showed the benefits of efficient gas and wood fireplaces that can operate independently of electricity, and increased interest in high-performing fireplaces that supply comfortable heat during an extended power outage. [continue reading]
Ventless gas heaters have seen sales take off over the past few years, buoyed by their low cost, attractive design, and high efficiency. [continue reading]
Most American thermostats measure only air temperature. But there are numerous other elements that affect thermal comfort, and some of these can be used to turn HVAC equipment on and off. [continue reading]
Higher quality electronic line voltage thermostats (ELVTs) have been available for several years. Most models indicate temperature in degrees, and they're touted as energy savers. But how well do they work? [continue reading]
In the past few years, sales of convenient, clean-burning gas fireplaces have increased dramatically. [continue reading]
In my job as the factory-built home specialist for North Carolina's Alternative Energy Corporation (AEC), I have been crawling under, in, and around manufactured homes for the last dozen years, looking for causes of, and solutions to, building energy problems. [continue reading]
What makes solar power contagious, and can home energy upgrades spread the same way? Solar is spreading like a reinvented ...
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 student design competition, which challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate ...