A Guide to Home Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality

Every home needs ventilation to exchange stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. That’s due to moisture, mold, and chemicals from carpets, clothing, paint, cabinets and other common items. This guide includes everything you need to know about the air in your home and the benefits of proper ventilation.


MID-MOD MESS – Energy (In)Efficiency in Mid-Century Modern

Mid 20th-century modern homes have some of the coolest design out there but they are a train wreck in terms of energy efficiency.

Reduce Your AC Load Without Breaking a Sweat

As we discussed last time, air conditioning has had an amazing ripple effect with its impact on where and how we live and work. Air conditioning also places a tremendous load on our electric systems. So what to do?

Historic hotel renovation uses VRF HVAC technology that can handle Chicago winters

One of the major challenges in renovating the historic Chicago Motor Club was selecting an HVAC system that could withstand Chicago's winters and preserve the historic character of the building.

Wounded Marine receives energy efficient home with geothermal heating and cooling

The Gary Sinise Foundation recently used a geothermal heating and cooling system in a home it constructed in Duluth, Minn., for a wounded Marine.

Easy home maintenance tips that can save you money

Proper maintenance of the home and appliances will prevent costly repairs or replacements and will add to the efficiency with which your home runs. Here are a few items to keep an eye on that may be slipping under your home-maintenance radar.

Introducing the low pressure foam that thinks it's high pressure

With the introduction of FROTH-PAK™ ULTRA Premium Foam Insulation, builders can get the same performance attributes as high-pressure foam in a low-pressure spray foam system, without the expense of a rig.

The biggest obstacle to a green home

Green home building is becoming a bigger part of the market, but more homes could be green except for one thing.

Keep Your Cool – Air Conditioning in Our Everyday Lives

Thank you to Willis Carrier for inventing air conditioning in 1902. For years air conditioning was primarily in public places, making things like going to the movies a popular event on a hot summer day. Air conditioning, especially central air conditioning, changed how and where we live and work.

New home energy scores work like the MPG concept for vehicles

Consumers often are swayed toward one vehicle or another by the miles-per-gallon rating. The state of Connecticut is using the MPG concept to help promote energy efficient homes going on the market.

Practical fixes for noisy ducts

In homes and offices, rattling ducts can really add to the noise pollution and seriously affect those who live and work there. While you may not be able to stop the HVAC from rattling, you can prevent that sound from being transmitted into your living and working areas.

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High efficiency boiler delivers residential hydronic heating

For residential projects using hydronic heating, a new 95% AFUE boiler offers flexible functionality.

Hot tips for staying cool in the summer heat

Each year, homeowners in the U.S. spend $11 billion on energy costs. Wouldn't it be great to reduce your share of that?

Smart home market set to boom by 2020

The smart home market is forecast to be a $58.68 billion industry by 2020, with a 17% annual growth rate between 2015 and 2020.

Tips for keeping your home cool in the summer heat

The good news is there are things you can do to control summer energy costs.

Mixed-use apartment complex aims for LEED Platinum

A new LEED Platinum-designed apartment building will create some of the most sustainable, livable, and innovative mixed-use buildings in the Pacific Northwest.

New duct sealing technology cuts HVAC energy loss

A new aerosol technology can cut air loss from leaky ducts, improving HVAC efficiency and improving comfort in homes and buildings.

Where do you rank? Most homeowners say they're above average in energy efficiency

While most homeowners pass the energy conservation test, they need to brush up on Energy Savings 101 if they want to stay cool and keep bills low this season.

Take control of mini split heat pumps with smart phone and web controls

Homeowners can make their mini split heat pumps more efficiently with connected controls from PowerWise.

Ready for the heat? Environmental scientists rank America's top 10 sweatiest cities

This is one list you don't want to be No. 1 on.

High performance home designed for ductless mini splits

Because the Proud Green Home of Cincinnati will be built to Passive House standards, the heating and cooling demand will be minimal.

Proud Green Home of Cincinnati designed for ERV

As a high performance home, the Proud Green Home of Cincinnati will have a tight building envelope. That means mechanical ventilation is a part of the plan.

High rise apartments use ductless HVAC for efficient living

Builders of a twin-tower high rise apartment complex were searching for the most efficient, yet comfortable heating and cooling system for their residents.

Bosch launches geothermal awareness campaign

Bosch Thermotechnology has launched a campaign to create awareness of geothermal heating and cooling as an unlimited, renewable form of energy to boost greater adoption in the marketplace.

Utilities use smart thermostats for demand control

One Oklahoma utility is using smart thermostats to manage electrical demand to avoid building new fossil fuel power plants.

Solarcity and Nest partner to make cost savings even easier for homeowners

To boost home solar power performance, SolarCity and Nest Labs have offered a free Nest Thermostat to 10,000 customers in California.

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