Green builders collaborate to build high performance home

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The Proud Green Home of St. Louis is under construction to deliver sustainable benefits to its owners and to educate and inspire building professionals and consumers about the benefits of building and living green.

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STEP Warmfloor® installations go way beyond comfort

For most of us comfort is among the top reasons in determining a heating source for a home or business. There are other reason, of course, such as...

Geothermal helps Montana ranch go off the grid

ClimateMaster uses innovation to help consumers take their homes “off the grid,” a move that provides self-sufficiency that drives down energy costs.

Deep green remodel will be a living laboratory for Purdue

A deep green rebuild of a 1920s vintage Craftsman home demonstrates that existing housing stock can be transformed into a net-zero energy, water and waste high performance home.

How much water is used in a hotel shower? (Full disclosure: I had to waste water to answer this question)

I love taking long showers in hotels and using the sample bottles of soap and shampoo that come in them. It is the best way to unwind after exploring a city...

Zehnder ERV meets the indoor air quality challenge for the Proud Green Home

One of the key elements of the indoor air quality strategy for the Proud Green Home of St. Louis is an energy recovery ventilator that will ensure a continuous flow of fresh air.

A pioneer for geothermal systems and heat pumps

Beginning in the 1970s, Daniel Ellis pioneered innovation for those using geothermal systems and heat pumps.

Why consider STEP Warmfloor®?

STEP Warmfloor is based here, in the United States, where consumers can contact us with any questions before and after installation. Our engineers and designers are in-house, having extensive experience with radiant heating.

How to choose (and size) your tankless water heater

You have had it. You just ran out of hot water because your tank either ran out, or you had to disconnect it because it started leaking. You do all your research, you have decided to go tankless. Your next step will be not only pick the right brand, but also...

What makes the ice water challenge work? Nobody likes very cold water

As the ALS challenge makes the rounds, it has raised awareness and funds for an important cause. As someone involved in water heating, I couldn’t help but notice that the challenge involved ice water...

STEP Warmfloor® introduces new element resistant to water and chemicals

One of the traits of STEP Warmfloor that enables product enhancement is simply listening to distributors, contractors and end-users. Feedback is paramount for product improvement...

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NEWS


Tackle furnace maintenance with smart app

A new app helps take the guesswork of furnace maintenance, improving indoor air quality and saving utility costs.

Geothermal offers alternative to propane price spikes for winter heating

One alternative to uncertain prices and availability of fossil fuels is a geothermal heating and cooling system that uses a ground-source heat pump.

Find how much new A/C will save with the energy calculator

If you're in the market for a replacement unit, or building a new home, find out how much you can save with a more efficient heating and cooling option with the Energy Calculator from AC Pro.

New map leads to resources for UK water-source heat pumps

A new map from the United Kingdom's energy department shows areas where water-source heat pumps would be most feasible.

Renovation of historic homestead includes geothermal system

A top-down renovation of an 1867 Wisconsin homestead incorporated a ground-up geothermal heating system that relies on steady temperatures just beneath the earth’s surface to provide energy-efficient heating and cooling to the home, while preserving its historic charm.

Zone an existing HVAC system with add-on register

Zoning is becoming more and more popular in the residential and commercial markets but adding zones to an existing HVAC system can be a real headache.

Smart home users could have up to 50 wireless sensors

Early adopters of smart homes may have as many as 50 wireless sensors in the their homes as the Internet of Things reaches into many residences.

5 things you can do to keep your home cool this summer

If your air conditioning has been running full blast all summer, you may be dreading your next electric bill. But there are ways to keep your cool without breaking the bank. Energy Trust of Oregon, a nonprofit helping customers of...

Mini-split HVAC systems offer flexibility

Ductless mini-split air conditioners are ideal options for homeowners looking for both a heating and cooling capable unit, but for whom a central AC system is not an option due to the infrastructure of the home or the price of installation.

Use warning signs to replace your AC before it goes out

You don't want to wait until your air conditioner fails to replace it. It will likely breathe its last wisps of refreshing, chilly air at the beginning of a holiday weekend. One with the hottest day of the year.

Beat the heat with a home air conditioning app

You don't have to accept high summer air conditioning costs, even in a Texas heat wave. Controlling your utility bills can be as easy as using a smartphone app.

Geothermal: a comfortable way to cut home heating costs

One way to keep your home at a comfortable temperature without your heating and cooling bills going sky high can be found underground.

A simple solution for a hot home

In hot months, attic ventilation is important for two reasons: 1) it keeps your attic cool by eliminating heat buildup and 2) it prolongs the life of your roof by preventing early failure of roof materials.

Wink smart home automation platform expands to 60 devices

From window shades to water sprinklers, the Wink home automation platform expanded the set of connected devices to almost 60 products available through The Home Depot

Is your home too hot? The problem could be in your walls and roof

If your home is too hot this summer, it's easy to blame the air conditioner for not keeping up with the heat. But you could be missing the real culprit.

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