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Window R Values

R Value (windows) – a classic, single pane window offers little barrier to protect from heat transference. While it prevents air movement, glass is not a great insulator and therefore conducts heat from side to side fairly easily. Of course, si...
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Gas Shut Off Valve

The main Natural Gas Shut Off Valve is a part of the pipes that bring natural gas into our homes, measure the gas usage, and regulate pressure. Not every home has natural gas, but if yours does – it is important to know how to shut off the gas...
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Breakers & Fuses

Breakers and Fuses are overcurrent protection devices for electrical circuits in your home, office, or warehouse, even in cars, electronics and more. Breakers tend to be the modern solution to protect buildings and permanent installations of power, w...
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Furnaces

Furnaces – there are so many ways to heat a home, and even within the specific category of gas fired central forced air furnace, there are several types. I won’t be discussing those types here. Instead, I want to convey how simple they ar...
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Main Water Shut Off

Main Water Shut Off Valve could be just about anywhere in or around your home. It is very important to know how to shut off water in case of a plumbing leak flooding your house. There are typically small valves at every water fixture – sinks, t...
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Light Bulbs

Light bulbs – there are so many type of light bulbs that it is impossible for me to address. But I will discuss a bit about the five most common around your house. The original light bulb (1) was incandescent. It ran a lot of power through a...
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R-Value Insulation

R Value (insulation) – insulation is rated by its R Value, or its resistance value. This is the number that represents how much the product resists heat transference. The higher the r value, the better it resists heat transfer. This means insul...
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Baseboard Heaters Below Windows

Why are Electric Baseboard Heaters below windows? – it never made sense to me that baseboard heaters are located below windows. Windows are typically far less resistant to heat loss than the rest of the exterior wall – whether it is insul...
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Countertops

Countertops are so common that we overlook them. You might even say, we take them for "granite"! Granite, soapstone, and marble all come in many varieties, are durable, and heat-resistant for most residential needs. These options are exp...
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Heat Recovery Ventilator

Heat Recovery Ventilators are special equipment that is designed to save energy. Homes require a specific range of temperature and humidity for occupant comfort and building health. Historically, homes were not well sealed, so drafty air movement...
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