Energy Solutions

Seal tight, ventilate right

Dear Pat: Now that ­winter is here, I’d like to make my home more ­comfortable by ­keeping cold air out. I’m ­planning to have a contractor inspect and seal air leaks. However, a neighbor ­mentioned that I could seal up my home too much and cause ­ventilation ­problems. Is this true? – Tricia Dear Tricia: You’re […]

Remodeling the heart of your home

Dear Pat: My family is ­planning to remodel our kitchen in the ­coming months. The remodel will be pricey, but we hope to incor­porate energy ­efficient features that will help reduce our energy costs. What are some things we can do to make sure our kitchen is as energy efficient as it can be? – […]

Keeping your pets (and your energy bill!) comfortable

By Patrick Keegan Dear Pat: I recently adopted a dog, but I work during the day. I want to make sure he stays ­comfortable without ­making my electrical bill go ­haywire. Can you offer any tips? – Annie D. Dear Annie: Congratulations on your new furry family member! It’s a good idea to think about […]

Cure for cold floors over a crawlspace

The floors over your crawlspace should not be cold in the winter. I know it’s easy for me to say, but that’s the truth. And, neither should the floors over a basement. If you think about it, there is no difference between a crawlspace and basement, the crawlspace is just shorter. So why is your […]

Where is the biggest heat loss in your home?

The nights are getting cooler and the leaves on the trees are starting to turn colors. Is your home ready for old man winter? Or, are you wondering where the best place is to start making your home more comfortable and save money on your energy bills? Typically, the best place to start is in […]

Choosing a “smart” thermostat

A basic nonprogrammable ­thermostat is nothing more than a temperature controlled switch that does two things – turns your heating or cooling systems “on” and “off” to maintain a specific temperature of your home. That’s it! Everything else beyond that are options that can make your home more comfortable, efficient and convenient for the user. […]

How to build a comfortable, efficient new home

If you are going to build a new home, here are some bullet points to remember that will make your new home comfortable, energy efficient, safe and healthy for your family for years to come. Be prepared, this all takes careful planning and attention to detail from ­beginning to end. The three main areas you […]

Geothermal and air source heat pumps

In your years as a homeowner, you have probably bought and sold a few homes and maybe even built one or two. When it came time to replace your outdated ­furnace and air ­conditioner, or you had to decide on what kind of heating and ­cooling ­system to put in your new home, I’ll bet […]

Things homeowners goof-up

What’s the first thing you do when you want to improve the comfort of your home and save money on your monthly utility bills? Like most people you start with Google to get more information. You get unlimited details, plans and suggestions on what to do, how to do it, what ­products to use, and […]

A home as a system

Are you unhappy with the ­“performance” of your home? Do you have cold floors, cold rooms, your home feels drafty, high humidity in the ­summertime, low humidity in the winter or just high ­utility bills? Before you pick up the phone to invite ­someone into your home to sell you something you think you need, […]