Weatherization

What is Dew Point?

December 16, 2011
What is Dew Point?

  I’ve mentioned dew point in passing many, many times. You can tell from the name it has something to do with moisture. And moisture is a problem flash point in homes so it might be worth knowing a bit more about dew point. So what is dew point? How is it a driver of […]

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The Difficulties In Heating Ranch Style Houses

December 13, 2011
The Difficulties In Heating Ranch Style Houses

  I don’t have many energy audits with ranch style houses despite their popularity. I suspect it has to do with their compact size and correspondingly reasonable heating bills. If it isn’t costing a bundle to heat, where’s the pressure to have an audit? However I find that owners of ranch style houses call about […]

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What Is A Gambrel Roof (The Classic Dutch Colonial Design)?

December 9, 2011
What Is A Gambrel Roof (The Classic Edwardian Design)?

  Gambrel roofs are another style common to houses in the Northeast and to some extent throughout the country. Their architectural style recalls older rustic settings and like cape cods remains a lower cost option for homeowners. So what is a Gambrel roof? The style has its origin in Indonesia where early Dutch and English […]

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What is Perlite?

November 27, 2011
What is Perlite

  I’ll admit up front. Perlite is not commonly used as insulation at least not in Maine. I’ve only encountered one house insulated with perlite on an energy audit. But perlite is closely related to vermiculite and having written about Zonolite brand vermiculite recently, it seemed appropriate. So what is perlite and what is its […]

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Energy Audit Equipment – The Tools of The Trade

November 19, 2011
energy audit equipment

  I thought I’d put together a list of energy audit equipment. This is all the equipment I use during energy audits. Not all of these are used during every audit or aren’t essential to investigating the house. I’ve separated the lists into essential and useful items and will write a bit on each item. […]

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