Control your mini-split heat pump with your smart phone

For many years, online controls have been available for many heating and cooling systems. Unfortunately, minisplit heat pump owners haven’t had this option. That is changing.

Survey finds what length of power outage is most frustrating

As a society, we become more “plugged-in” every day. So, now more than ever, a home without power can bring a family’s daily routine to a standstill in just a few minutes.

Home on the range

The range in a home can be the source of a lot of moisture and odors in the home. A microwave over the range typically has a fan built in to the enclosure that draws air in.

Green 101 – the why of green and greener homes

You know the story…drop a pebble in a pond and watch it create a seemingly, endless ripple effect.  It always amazes me that the ripples seem to go on forever, touching so many things in their path.

Use geothermal to offset the spiking prices of fossil fuels

The change of seasons might as well be gambling season for those who rely on fossil fuels to heat and cool their homes.

ACT D’MAND Kontrol® Systems wins 2015 PCBC Parade of Products Award

ACT D’MAND Kontrol System, a recirculating, water-saving system for residential homes, won top honors in innovation and new product solutions by the Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference (PCBC), the largest homebuilding tradeshow representing the West Coast Region it was announced. The...

How to get rid of pink stains in your toilet

Homeowners have asked us why there is a pink ring in their toilet bowl or evidence of the pink discoloration elsewhere and what can they do to get rid of it.

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.

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.

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.

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