Energy Solutions

America mobilizes for energy efficiency

April 22 will mark the 45th celebration of Earth Day. The rallies and marches in the spring of 1970 called for more attention to protecting the environment. If you measure the success of that cause by greater energy efficiency, the results have been remarkable and the future holds great promise. Here are a few examples […]


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Ventilation: how much is enough?

To answer the question how much ventilation is enough, we first need to understand why we need ventilation. Just to be clear, the “ventilation” I am referring to is mechanical ­ventilation. Although, opening a window is ­ventilation as well. Mechanical ventilation would include your bathroom exhaust fan and kitchen range hood. We call this local […]

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Can my home be too tight?

No, a home cannot be too tight. However, a tightly constructed home without a planned and measured ­ventilation strategy is a recipe for ­disaster! I have seen this many times. The tighter the home, the more important the mechanical ventilation. It’s common sense. People get into trouble when they ignore the “V” in HVAC. Having […]

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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 […]