What do you know about home IAQ?

You're probably among the people who are aware that indoor air quality (IAQ) is an issue in many homes. But according to a national survey, many lack a practical understanding of the more overt indicators of unhealthy air.

The value of water

What was once a “cause” for impassioned environmentalists, water conservation is now deemed a common sense requirement for anyone with a brain.  Individual efforts of homeowners and businesses, while seemingly small, quickly accumulate saving millions of gallons of precious water.

6 natural remedies to mold and mildew

Mold and mildew are among the most unpleasant problems that you might have to deal with at home.

Create a perfect crawlspace

The best way to design a crawlspace that accentuates your building envelope and does not allow unwanted moisture into the home is to treat them as if they were miniature basement spaces.

Don't fall for greenwashing about your new home

Buyers beware: builders that simply make claims of great energy efficiency with no proof of testing or third party certification are Greenwashing!

Prepare early for the long hurricane season

Sponsored by the National Weather Service, Hurricane Preparedness Week is a seven-day campaign that raises awareness of the potential damage hurricanes can cause.

Future sustainability relies on home water conservation

Given that a number of states, including California and Oregon, are already experiencing the effects of climate change, the need for an efficient water management plan becomes all the more pressing.

What do you know about a healthy kitchen?

For most homes, the kitchen is the center of activity. But it can also be the main source of indoor air pollutants, according to the Home Ventilating Institute.

Millennials are willing to pay more for energy efficiency

Home builders often talk about the increasing desire among Millennials for energy-efficient homes. Those home builders are hearing it for a reason.

What are the pink stains in my toilet?

Pink residue is generally not a problem with water quality. A pink discoloration may be a result of...

STEP Warmfloor® electric radiant heating can utilize solar energy for maximum efficiency

To further expand the energy efficiency of electric radiant heat many homeowners are integrating solar panels with their STEP Warmfloor radiant heating systems.

5 hardwood flooring problems and how to prevent them

The appeal of wood is its natural makeup and warm texture. But that which most attracts us to hardwood flooring is also the reason for most of the call backs flooring installers have to deal with.

Harvest and use your rainwater

Harvesting rainwater is a way of saving and utilizing the rainwater that would normally fall on the roof of your home and go down the drain.

Radiant heat allows heat-by-room efficiency

Standard forced air heating has one thermostat governing the overall temperature of a home. If that thermostat calls for more heat due to its location and ambient surroundings, the entire home gets a blast of costly heat.

Safety is a big advantage of a STEP Warmfloor® radiant heating system

STEP Warmfloor radiant heating systems operate with safe, low voltage AC or DC electrical current requiring no furnace or mechanical room.

How to choose a quality filtration system

For drinking and point-of-use water filtration systems, look for the following features...

STEP Warmfloor® radiant heating installs easily in new construction

Installers of STEP Warmfloor electric radiant heating elements across the United States and all parts of the world marvel at the ease of installing the radiant heating elements.

Radiant heat is more than spot heating

Homeowners sometimes think of radiant heating as something that is only good for a warm bathroom or kitchen floor, not realizing it is a highly efficient primary heating solution for an entire home or commercial application.

What is the maximum moisture content for wet wall sheathing?

A builder recently had a question about a project where the wall sheathing was allowed to get wet. They wanted to know what the maximum moisture content should be before closing the walls back up.

Geothermal provides consistent comfort as the seasons change

In this period of climate transition, homeowners will enjoy lower energy bills as their heating and air units aren’t working as hard to condition air against extreme cold conditions outside.

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