Moisture

How to Avoid Mold Part 2 – Control Temperature

by Erik North on August 26, 2013

Temperature

      An Energy Auditing Blog article on reducing mold risk by reducing the homeowner’s ‘water sports’ (water related activities in the house) was published at GBA last week. Allison Bailes, the self-described energy guy with the funny name, rightly pointed out that temperature plays a key role as well. Temperature Makes Humidity Relative […]

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  Crawlspaces are like the Loch Ness monster; talked about, rarely seen and potentially a bit scary. The crawlspace is that empty, barely accessible pit under the house filled with swampy water, cobwebs and spiders the size of dinner plates (that was the Google result for ‘spiders the size of dinner plates…enjoy). At least that’s […]

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How to Avoid Mold? Avoid Water Sports

by Erik North on August 14, 2013

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  Mold and moisture issues are a pretty common motivation for homeowners to give us a ring. There’s condensation on the windows, water dripping into the window box. One homeowner described how if they opened their front door during the winter, the glass panes on the storm door would fog up within 10 or 12 […]

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Post image for Reader Questions – Basement Ceiling Insulation and Moisture

  Erik, I have been trying to educate myself so that I may finish my house. I have a garage/basement that is above ground. Above that is the finished house. I want to fire safe my house, i.e.. separate the garage from the main house using 5/8 drywall in the ceiling. What I am not […]

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Post image for The Worst House Ever Audited (Was Built in 2008) Part 3

    To recap: Last post I started reviewing possibly the worst house I ever audited. The house had built in 2008, which hit one of my pet peeves: That new automatically means good. But to reiterate a buddy’s favorite saying, “a house built to code is the worst house you’re legally allowed to build.” […]

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Post image for Reader Questions – Potential Mold Growth in Cellulose

  I get a number of homeowner emails with residential energy questions. I try answer the questions and thought I’d publish (with permission) some of the responses here. I’ve altered the exchanges slightly to remove all personal and company names. I mean besides mine or those I’ve been involved with. _______________________________________________________ Good afternoon Erik, I […]

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Post image for The Worst House I Ever Audited (Was Built in 2008) Part 2

    Last post I started reviewing possibly the worst house I ever audited. There have been others with a similar magnitude of issues. But this house had built in 2008, which some folks thinks signifies no worries. But to reiterate a buddy’s favorite saying, “a house built to code is the worst house you’re […]

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    OK, maybe THAT house wasn’t built in 2008. One thing apt to set my teeth on edge as an auditor is when folks casually assume that a new home won’t have energy problems or be inefficient. I was just discussing some marketing with a friend, who casually dropped that weatherization and efficiency work […]

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Post image for Air Conditioning and Dehumidifiers: The Friendly Rivals

  Huge swathes of the country condition air to make sweltering hot weather manageable and they are also blessed with incredibly humid weather. When I first moved to Maine, some friends asked why? I mean other than the hiking, biking, skiiing, golf, lobster, plentiful microbrews, great fishing, somewhat accessible ocean (I’ve never understood the extreme […]

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Why Do Air Conditioners Drain Water?

by Erik North on September 26, 2012

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    On a hot, humid day, air conditioners are awesome. They’re awesome most other days as well but on hot, humid days especially so. As an energy auditor, even on particularly sweltering days, it feels a wee hypocritical having an electricity hog AC cranking away. But it sure is nice. Air Conditioners Help How? […]

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