Content tagged "energy efficient new homes"

Understanding Moisture and its Flow in Homes for Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Updated: November 12, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 11/12/2013Water vapor is one of the many gases that makes up the air we breathe. A little water vapor is good; too much is trouble.An...

Understanding Air Flow in Homes for Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Updated: November 12, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 11/12/2013Air tries to equalize between higher and lower air pressure areas. If there is a pathway (a gap) and a pressure difference,...

Exhaust Vents for Energy Efficient New Homes

Home Energy Updated: November 06, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 11/06/2013   The purpose of an exhaust vent isRemember, when air is exhausted out of a building, replacement air needs to come in....

Questions and Answers about Shading Your Home for Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Updated: October 31, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 10/17/2013The sun warms your home in three ways:by direct radiationby reflected radiation from patios, driveways, or other...

Tips to Having an Energy Efficient Home Swimming Pool

Home Energy Updated: October 31, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 10/31/2013Several features contribute to increasing the energy efficiency of a home swimming pool: proper selection, installation,...

Questions and Answers about Radiant Barriers for Energy Efficient Homes

Home Energy Updated: October 31, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 10/31/2013A radiant barrier (sometimes called radiant heat barrier) is a layer of metallic foil, reflective paint or any other...

Installation of Air-to-Air Heat Exchanger

Home Energy Updated: October 31, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 10/31/2013Installation costs of an air-to-air heat exchanger can cost $500 and up, depending upon the home size and...

Air-to-Air Heat Exchangers for Healthier Energy Efficient Homes

Home Energy Updated: October 30, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 10/30/2013Why is Home Ventilation a ConcernMeasuring In Home HumidityPollutants in HomesAir-to-Air Exchanger Operation and...

Cost Effectiveness of Installing Heat Exchangers

Home Energy Updated: October 30, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 10/30/2013The benefits of installing a heat exchanger in a home include improved moisture removal, decrease in the potential of...

Using Landscaping Shade to Reduce Home Energy Costs

Home Energy Updated: October 17, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 10/17/2013Landscaping for Shade in the SummerSummer shade is best provided by strategically locating plants along the sunny borders...

Choosing an Air-to-Air Exchanger System

Home Energy Updated: October 15, 2013

One way to minimize air quality and moisture problems in a home, without opening a window, is by the installation of a mechanical ventilation system such as...

Questions and Answers about Energy Efficient Home Ductwork Systems

Home Energy Updated: October 15, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 10/15/2013How does a duct system work?Air distribution systems, or duct systems, are designed to supply rooms with air that is...

Insulating Knee Walls in Homes

Home Energy Updated: October 10, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 10/10/2013             Knee walls are found in houses with finished attics and multiple ceiling heights. The knee wall is the short...

Basic Information about Mold in Homes

Creating Healthy Communities Updated: September 27, 2011

Mold has received a lot of attention of late due to high profile lawsuits and television news broadcasts that have highlighted the potential hazards and...

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