A/C in the Southeast, Part 2: The Best Way to Cool Homes in Humid Climates?
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Multifamily Retrofit, Southern Style
Multifamily buildings in warm climates often use a lot of electricity for air conditioning, presenting excellent opportunities for energy savings. [continue reading]
Bigger is Not Better: Sizing Air Conditioners Properly
A colleague of ours (we will call him Bill) approached us at a conference seeking advice on selecting an air conditioner for his renovated home. Our recommendations included, "Be sure that the cooling load is calculated and that the air conditioner is sized to that load." [continue reading]
Targeting Residential Conservation Measures
Space cooling is a major contributor to electric utility peak loads in the Southwest. [continue reading]
Ground-Source Heat Pumps Gaining Ground
Ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs), also called geothermal heat pumps or ground-coupled heat pumps, are gaining popularity as efficient space-conditioning systems. [continue reading]
Looking for a Few Good Contractors
When it comes to heating and cooling systems, consumers are concerned with comfort, as well as price, according to an independent study. Contracting Business magazine wanted to determine what consumers want from their heating and cooling systems. [continue reading]
Will Duct Repairs Reduce Cooling Load?
Summer air conditioning causes the peak demand for electricity in most parts of the United States. If utilities reduce air conditioning demand, then they can avoid building expensive power plants. [continue reading]
Affordable Cooling with Window Air Conditioners
While families in southern climates use a considerable amount of energy during the cooling season, conservation programs aimed at reducing air conditioning electricity consumption usually only target homes with central air conditioning, reflecting a general belief that homes with window units can't produce significant savings. [continue reading]
East Meets West: Gas-Fired Heat Pumps
As the 1990s unfold, look for a new kind of energy-efficient heating and cooling appliance-a heat pump powered by an internal combustion engine that runs on natural gas. [continue reading]
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