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September 10, 2013

The Blower Door Test: A Key Component of an Expert Home Energy Evaluation

A professional energy evaluation of your home could be the first step in improving the energy efficiency of your home. These evaluations include a blower door test, an assessment that pinpoints how much and where you home is leaking air (or allowing it to infiltrate). Although it’s possible to conduct your own energy audit by looking for air leaks, the professional audit will turn up those areas where air leaks occur in less obvious places. The blower door frame and […]
September 5, 2013

Air Conditioner Capacity Is Expressed in Tons–Have You Ever Wondered Why?

When contractors talk about air conditioner capacity, they usually measure a system’s cooling performance in tons. There’s a good reason for this and it stretches back to the turn of the century, when keeping homes and foodstuffs cool was done quite differently. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, most cooling and refrigeration was done with blocks of ice. Just like modern-day refrigerant, the ice removed heat from a space by absorbing it. As the block of ice reached […]
September 3, 2013

Unhealthy Volatile Organic Compounds: Getting Them out of Your Indoor Air

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs as they are often called, are gases that are released by common materials found in your home. Exposure to VOCs can result in short-term problems including headache, dizziness, sore throat, itchy eyes and nausea. Long-term exposure has been linked to increased risk of certain types of cancer, liver damage, kidney damage and damage to the central nervous system. There are VOCs in your home right now. Learning how to bring the concentrations down can help […]
August 29, 2013

That Heat Lurking in Your Attic: Ignore It, and It Could Sneak Into Your Living Space

Accumulated heat in your home’s attic can radiate through structural components and into the home’s living spaces. Attics are a significant source of heat gain if they aren’t adequately insulated and ventilated. Excessive heat in the attic causes the air conditioning to work harder in order to keep your home at the desired temperature, wasting energy and increasing utility spending. Here are tips to reduce heat in the attic of your home to prevent it from sneaking into your living […]