Heating

Concentric Vents and Blizzard Nemo

July 31, 2013
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    Blizzard Nemo clobbered Maine and most of the eastern seaboard this past February. Snow blanketed the entire coast, piling especially high in the Appalachian foothills. We slogged through a three foot dump in Portland. 50 MPH gusts whipped snow every way, sculpting enormous snow drifts in almost alien landscapes. That’s what our family […]

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Sealed Combustion Heating and the Appliance Hot Tub Party

July 24, 2013
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    Sealed combustion systems are apt to become more central to efficient building as the new energy codes introduce air tightness standards. This implicitly means that you’ll need to pay attention to your heating system safety. And conveniently those codes also lay out explicit guidelines for combustion systems. Building and energy codes often get […]

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Infrareddit – A Second Look at Infrared Cameras

September 18, 2012
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    In the early days of this blog, I slammed out a few articles about various pieces of equipment regularly used during audits. Looking back, the posts were a little too technical and didn’t cover enough of their practical uses in investigating homes. While the various screen resolutions and USB ports are nice, it’d […]

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Journal of Poor Homebuilding v.13 – Pop Quiz, Re-Ducts

August 22, 2012
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    So, what was this homeowner trying to do? It was a classic attempt to move some heat into an otherwise unheated part of the house. There are, however, two minor issues. One, there was no positive mechanical pressure moving the air along and as we all know, heated air will always move horizontally […]

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Can Switching to a Dual Flush Toilet Save Heat?

August 10, 2012
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  First off, my wife just joked that I used a photo of a ‘male’ bathroom. Seat up and two rolls of toilet paper. Regarding the heat savings, we’ll see…I haven’t done the math yet. But it is a minor claim occasionally made alongside those of saving toilet water. Dual flush or low flow toilets […]

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