Energy Solutions

Repairman Checks Carbon Monoxide Level on Furnace Duct

How to detect the silent killer in your home

What if I told you that baking ­cookies could be bad for your health, would you believe me? Along with the wonderful aroma of fresh baked ­cookies wafting throughout the home could also be carbon monoxide (CO). I can tell you first hand, you will never know when you are overcome with CO. In my […]

Keeping your windows from getting all wet

There is a condition in the winter that drives some homeowners crazy – sweating windows! The colder the temperature outside, the worse it is. Droplets of water run down the glass onto the wood or vinyl sash, onto the window trim and down the wall. I have seen homeowners have a “towel changing schedule” to […]

This common temperature and ­humidity gauge sells for $12-$18. It’s nice to have one on each floor. There are several ­others gauges that work great. You can even get them with three or four ­sensors that c­ommunicate with your smart phone.

To humidify or not to humidify?

By now your furnace has been ­running three or four hours a day and your home is starting to feel a ­little dry, just like last year and the year before that. So, you make your annual pilgrimage to the basement to bring up and fill your freestanding humidifier, or turn on your furnace mounted […]

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What size furnace do you really need for your home?

Sometime in your life you will need to buy a new furnace. Either you are building a new home, the old ­furnace finally gave up, or you are being proactive and would like to invest in something more energy ­efficient. Whatever your reason, it is very important to install a properly sized furnace to match […]

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Finding the truth hidden behind the wall

I have written six articles so far and in all six I have talked openly and ­honestly about the ­performance of different insulations and their ­applications. Also, I have discussed controlling air leakage in and out of your home so that it will be ­comfortable and have ­reasonable monthly energy bills. All of my ­comments […]

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Getting the best quote for insulation

Now that you have had an energy professional come to your home to do an energy evaluation, one of the top three recommen­dations on your prioritized list of energy ­improvements is attic ­insulation. Now what? First of all use your energy professional to help guide you in your decision making process. If you have read […]

For basement walls and rim joist the best choice is closed cell spray foam applied directly to the foundation walls.

Foam, fiberglass or cellulose insulation?

Are you at the point in the ­building or remodeling process when you need to make a decision as to what insulation system you would like to use in your home? Or, are you going to just leave it up to your builder to use what he thinks is best? I hate to say it, […]

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The science behind insulation

In the past articles I have ­mentioned that your home’s building shell is made of thermal and pressure ­boundaries. These boundaries are both located between the conditioned space we intentionally heat and cool and the outside unconditioned space. Defining what is a conditioned and unconditioned space can fool many people in the home building and […]

An infrared photo of a bath exhaust fan leaking attic air into the home while the blower door is depressurizing the home.

Do it yourself energy efficiency projects

Congratulations, you have made it through another Illinois winter, but your household budget took a pretty good hit keeping the ­homestead warm. Now that the weather is nice, you want to get started on some do-it-yourself home improvements that will save money on your energy bill and make your home more comfortable. Where do you […]

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Building a new home?

If you have started the process of ­building a new home, you may have heard about the new Illinois energy code. All homes ­permitted after Jan. 1, 2013 must meet the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for energy efficiency. Just what does that mean to you, the person paying to have your new home […]