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Air Source Heat Pumps Question from Colorado
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One of our readers asked us this question - we'd love any feedback you have:For the climate in Denver, do air source heat pumps with natural gas furnace backup make sense from an energy savings and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jose Macho Apr 25, 2013.

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Hi all! One of our readers sent us the following question. Can you please help him out?"I clean air ducts and would like to expand into duct testing. What is a common fee to test for air duct leakage…Continue

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UV light in Furnace?
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Had our furnace and air ducts cleaned today for the first time in years; could have spun an entire dog from all the embedded hair.  The serviceman tried to upsell me with both a new reusable filter…Continue

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Van Jones delivered the opening plenary keynote speech for ACI's 2014 National Home Performance Conference in Detroit last week.  I've been aware of Van's work since he started the Green Collar Job Corps program at the Ella Baker Center in Oakland, Calif., back in 2007.  Van was the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act that was signed into law by Pres. George W. Bush in that year. Under the Obama administration, green…See More
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The House of Mystery

Sometimes we forget how complicated a house is. Building scientists know all about a house’s complexity because, even with help from supercomputers, they still can’t reliably simulate many of the processes taking place, let alone model the whole house. Perhaps the biggest challenge is that the darn thing can’t keep still. Cycles with different periods impose their wills on the structure and equipment in not entirely predictable ways. The seasons impose annual cycles for the sun and average…See More
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The House of Mystery

Sometimes we forget how complicated a house is. Building scientists know all about a house’s complexity because, even with help from supercomputers, they still can’t reliably simulate many of the processes taking place, let alone model the whole house. Perhaps the biggest challenge is that the darn thing can’t keep still. Cycles with different periods impose their wills on the structure and equipment in not entirely predictable ways. The seasons impose annual cycles for the sun and average…See More
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Brett Little replied to Home Energy Magazine's discussion UV light in Furnace?
"Don't do UV. Grab a MERV 13 from filtersfast or something."
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Ed Voytovich replied to Home Energy Magazine's discussion UV light in Furnace?
"I bought the UV lights and found myself replacing the expensive bulbs way more often than one would expect.  I do not recommend the UV component unless there were a realistic possibility that it "might" (emphasize "MIGHT")…"
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Kent Browning replied to Home Energy Magazine's discussion UV light in Furnace?
"UV lights have their place - but in my opinion are ridiculously oversold.  In order to do ANYTHING worthwhile they MUST shine directly on the evaporator coil / drain pan.  Any other location and they do nothing useful.  Only when the…"
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Tal segal replied to Home Energy Magazine's discussion UV light in Furnace?
"UV Light is working very well and been tested in Universities, its help to keep the air and the air handler clean from mold and bacteria.."
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Curt Kinder replied to Home Energy Magazine's discussion UV light in Furnace?
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Tal segal replied to Home Energy Magazine's discussion UV light in Furnace?
"Alejandra, This is the best UV Light in the market the Clear Blue Master. www.tmsuv.com"
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Interview with Van Jones: Rebuilding the Dream in Detroit, Part 3

[This is the third in a three-part inteview with Van Jones, who delivered the keynote address in Detroit, Mich., on April 30, 2014, to attendees of the ACI National Home Performance Conference.  The full interview is posted in three consecutive blogs.…

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Interview with Van Jones: Rebuilding the Dream in Detroit, Part 2

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Interview with Van Jones: Rebuilding the Dream in Detroit, Part 1

Van Jones delivered the opening plenary keynote speech for ACI's 2014 National Home Performance Conference in Detroit last week.  I've been aware of Van's work since he started the Green Collar Job Corps program at the Ella Baker Center in Oakland, Calif., back in 2007.  Van was the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act that was signed into law by Pres. George W. Bush in that year. 

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The House of Mystery

Sometimes we forget how complicated a house is. Building scientists know all about a house’s complexity because, even with help from supercomputers, they still can’t reliably simulate many of the processes taking place, let alone model the whole house. Perhaps the biggest challenge is that the darn thing can’t keep still. Cycles with different periods impose their wills on the structure and equipment in not entirely predictable ways. The seasons impose annual cycles for the sun and average…

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