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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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ACCA

ACCA, or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, is a code regulation designed by HVAC (Heat Vent Air Conditioning) specialists for use by contractors who build structures. As an early reminder, we are not HVAC specialists, and we are not code i...
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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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Energy Recovery Ventilator

Energy Recovery Ventilators work in much the same way as heat recovery ventilators (HRV). Warm air exits the home through a special ductwork and box. Cool outdoor air is brought in through another duct instead of gaps and cracks in the building. Duct...
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Floor Coverings

Floor Coverings have many purposes and options. Buildings begin with a subfloor, which is the structural portion carrying the load of occupants and furniture. The floor covering (often simply referred to as the floor) is whatever finish work is suita...
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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality – is a subject that is relatively new to building scientists. We used to build a home so that it would stand the test of time, and we were happy enough. Today, we have learned about many factors that affect our health, from t...
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Mold

Mold – mold is a broad term for living organisms that are categorized as fungi. In biology, there are six major kingdoms. We are most familiar with: the kingdom of animals which ingest food for energy (cats, zebras, humans, etc.); the kingdom o...
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