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Staying Cool without AC

The “dog days” of summer are here; high temperatures and high humidity. This phrase was created by the Greeks and related to the time of year when the Sirius constellation rose with the sun. It’s a time when seas “boil” and people go mad. While I’m not certain about the seas boiling, we all understand […]

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Replace Your Windows?

Windows are a very important part of our lives – they allow us to see what is going on in the world, they let in sunshine, and they light our houses so we don’t have to use electricity during the day. We need windows. But they are a mixed blessing. They have very low insulation […]

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Geothermal Heatpump – The Magic Box

When we talk about heating efficiency, we talk about how much of the fuel we use ends up in the house. A standard oil or gas – natural gas or propane – heater has an annual efficiency of about 80%. This means that 80% of the heat produced as the fuel burns makes it into […]

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The Real Cost of Heating

We are all familiar with the factors that go into the cost of heating a house: insulation values, window selection, infiltration levels, the absence or presence of convection, and the furnace and duct efficiency. However, one factor that can more than double a heat bill is the cost of one fuel over another. We would […]

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Insulation: The Rest of The Story

Insulation is installed in walls, floors, and ceilings to slow down the flow of heat between the interior and exterior of the house. “R-Value” is the term used to measure a material’s insulating value, the higher the “R”, the higher the resistance to heat, and therefore the better the insulation. Each time the R-Value is […]

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Your Room Over Garage

About the most frequent complaint we deal with is a problem in a room over a garage. Heating or air conditioning this type of room takes special consideration, and there are four different causes of comfort problems that need to be looked at: First is the increased exterior wall surface ratio – your dining room […]

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