September 12, 2013

Ductwork Issues Hindering Airflow? Common Obstructions Pros Look Out For

Unless your home is new, or you have recently had your ducts redesigned, ductwork issues may be compromising your HVAC system’s efficiency. One of the most common duct issues is caused by various obstructions. Any obstruction can reduce airflow through the ducts, which forces your HVAC system to work harder in order to maintain your indoor comfort. Here are some of the common obstructions a pro will look for when evaluating ductwork issues: Air filter issues. Dirty or clogged air […]
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 […]