Why you need an attic fan in winter

Most homeowners buy attic fans in the summer. That’s when they’re most concerned about venting hot air before it can build up and overheat their homes. But here’s a fact many people don’t know: attic fans are just as important, if not more so, in the winter.

Standby generator installation checklist

Once a homeowner decides that they want to purchase a standby generator system to provide reliable backup power to the home in the event of a power outage, installation of that system can raise numerous questions for the homeowner.

Fight wildfire season

As California, Colorado, Arizona and other western states approach the end of the 2014 wildfire season, higher fire risk looks to be a fact of life.

Intro to heat pump hot water systems

These pumps are able to extract energy from the surrounding air and transfer it to the water in the tank.

Ductless mini-split heat pumps

These are an excellent choice as a retrofit to older homes which have non-ducted heating systems. These include homes with hydrontic heating systems, space heaters or radiant panel heaters.

Roof de-icing saves northern homes from costly damage

If you live north of that intangible line where the winter months change from chilly to extremely cold you know what ice buildup on roofs is all about. Ice dams are formed by a couple of common elements in cold climates: snow and heat loss.

What is poly-ash?

Ideal for exterior trim and siding applications, the poly-ash structure consists of more than 70 percent recycled or rapidly renewable materials...

IAQ at gyms can turn treadmill to dreadmill

I don’t know about you, but when the temperature is too cold outside, the last thing I want to do is exercise in it. The air burns the lungs.

Your eco-friendly garage checklist

Did you know that a three-car garage is as big as the average American home in the 1950s?

Supercharged heat pumps nearly ready for cold climates

New technology under development with the Department of Energy could supercharge heat pumps for better cold-climate performance by 2015.

My demand control pump experience

As publisher of ProudGreenHome.com, I'm fortunate to be able to interact directly with some of the best and brightest people in the green building movement.

Is reverse osmosis water filtration good for home use?

Originally developed for large quantities of water in industrial and commercial use, especially for the removal of salt from salt water, reverse osmosis water filtration has become common in homes across the US. But is it right for home use?

Benefits of working with a local standby generator dealer

Oftentimes, the purchase process of a standby generator system can be overwhelming for homeowners — there are many details to work through and steps to complete. But luckily for homeowners, a local professional can be tapped to lead them through every step.

Build right with defensive building practices

Our homes need to be tougher. With severe weather events on the rise, including hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, wild fires and blizzards, homes can take a beating.

8 newest trends in home design

Modern home design is a dynamic entity that needs to grow and change with the market needs. Any builder who is building the same homes they did ten years ago will steadily be reducing...

Sustainable solutions to decking problems

Although wood decks are beautiful, they can be fairly high-maintenance and not very environmentally-friendly to maintain.

Cosmetic benefits of a shower filter

Without the negative effects of chlorine and other chemicals found in tap water, your skin and hair retain moisture more effectively for a younger, healthier look and feel.

Where It Makes Sense To Use LED Bulbs In Your Home

The price of LED bulbs is dropping, but they still cost about 10 times more on average than CFLs. Are the energy savings worth it?

Autumn is a great time for a healthy shower filter

Your skin is your largest organ. And it can be cared for, in part, with a health-focused shower filter...

White House Report Highlights Power Outage Costs

A recent report issued by the White House discusses the country’s aging power grid. The report is hard to fathom, but it’s worth sharing.

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