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Jul 10, 2012

Solar Attic Fans

Most people are unaware that they are losing huge amounts of money by not optimizing there attic.  Today’s topic is Solar Attic Fans: How it works: 1. Heat Builds Inside An improperly Vented Attic The sun beats down on a homes’ roof and heats up the enclosed attic space. Passive vents (soffit or gable) allow some circulation but do not provide the pressure needed to force out the hot air. 2. Solar Attic Fan Provides Air Circulation The photovoltaic panel of the solar attic fan collects sunlight that powers the fans motor to increase air movement. 3.Air Circulation Moves Hot […]

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Jul 09, 2012

Is money leaking out of your home?

Air leakage, or infiltration, occurs when outside air enters a house uncontrollably through cracks and openings. Properly air sealing such cracks and openings in your home can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs, improve building durability, and create a healthier indoor environment. Many air leaks and drafts are easy to find because they are easy to feel — like those around windows and doors. But holes hidden in attics, basements, and crawlspaces are usually bigger problems. Sealing these leaks with caulk, spray foam, or weather stripping will have a great impact on improving your comfort and reducing utility bills. Homeowners […]

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Jul 03, 2012

When to replace your AC?

Sometimes it can be difficult to choose between a major repair or an entirely new system. With the help of Energy Star, we have put together this checklist of things to consider whenever you are faced with this choice. time to consider replacing heating and cooling equipment, or improving the performance of your overall system. It may be time to call a professional contractor to help you make a change if: Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old. Consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label. Even if your current […]