September 2013 Blog Posts (11)

Quickest way to Field-check you Model 3 Flow Sensor!

I think the question I get asked the most is, well I dunno know, it happens a lot, enough that I would remark on it – a lot of people come up to me and they say “How do I know if my flow sensor is positioned within spec?“

My answer’s always the same, I say: “Listen. Luckily we don’t have to go all the way back to the Civil War to answer this…” ¹

The truth is, most never check, but here’s a quick easy way to ensure your Minneapolis fan’s flow sensor’s positioned properly in the…

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Added by Greg Labbe on September 30, 2013 at 7:59am — No Comments

Check the Flue?

Seems pretty elementary doesn't it?  What should be a simple safety check on fossil fuel burning appliances, particularly for boilers with regards to ease of inspection, often is assumed with complacency or even goes unchecked.  I know everyone's maintenance schedule is packing up in the Northeast…

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Added by Christopher Morin on September 24, 2013 at 6:11pm — 2 Comments

The little known check every auditor should be doing in every home.

HVAC guys (hopefully) know the importance of measuring static pressure, but what about energy auditors? All auditors should be measuring static pressure because it tells us how well the air is moving through the ductwork under operating conditions, not under 50 Pa of blower door pressure.  

A high static pressure means there are restrictions on your supply ducts (the ones pushing air out and cooling your home) or that there too many restrictions on…

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Added by David Byrnes on September 24, 2013 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Do We Give People Energy or Help Them to Save It?

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) was budgeted $2.5-billion by Congress in 2013. The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was allowed $68-million. Does anyone see a contradiction here?

LIHEAP provides, primarily, emergency help for households who can’t afford to heat their homes in the winter or cool their homes in the summer. It saves the health and sometimes the lives of vulnerable people. It’s a great program. But it is designed to provide help during…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on September 23, 2013 at 3:28pm — 6 Comments

About Fry Bread and Hope for a Greener Planet

Last evening my wife Michele and I walked a few blocks from the hotel in Phoenix where the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) is holding it’s Annual Training Conference, to an Open Market. There were a circle of food trucks and tables offering fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on September 12, 2013 at 11:50am — No Comments

Lesser Known Features of Dux Heat Pump

The utility of hot water systems has increased significantly in the recent times for heating water. Their energy efficient mechanism not only ensures reduced electricity consumption, but also puts a great relief on your monthly expenses.    





One of the most popular brands in the industry, DUX brings noticeable changes from time to time, so as to provide a top class heat pump hot water…

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Added by Jack Sadyak on September 12, 2013 at 12:16am — No Comments

BPI Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional vs. BPI Heating Professional

Luis,

There are many advantages of geothermal heat, but the main one is that there is no boiler or furnace needed to burn fuel.

As you are…

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Added by Bill Meehan on September 6, 2013 at 8:13am — No Comments

Smart gauges will change how we use Blower Doors, DucTesters and other diagnostic tools

The world’s first touchscreen WiFi gauge          

Webinar Sept 12/2013 11AM PDT, 2PM EDT

The DM32 controls all blower doors, duct testers, and some flow grids. We’ve even introduced advanced features that will not only modernize just the gauge but the older devices attached to them as well. For example, automatic corrections can be made in the gauge for system backpressure correction when using flow grids.  Control your gauge using any mobile…

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Added by Colin Genge on September 5, 2013 at 8:53pm — 2 Comments

Lighting Controls and Zero Energy Homes

An article in the September/October issue of Home Energy, "Boosting Multifamily Energy Savings Through Lighting Control Settings" (page 38), has implications beyond dramatic savings in stairwells in apartment buildings. Ostensibly the article is about proper settings for motion sensors and the…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 3, 2013 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

Adding Up - Couple Finds Green Adds Value to Their Home

Rick and Joann Sandoval live in a green Ferrari – a souped-up, high-performance home loaded with energy-sipping systems and green-home features.  But when it came time to refinance their house and capture value from those items, the Sandovals were going nowhere…

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Added by Melissa Baldridge on September 3, 2013 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Why Do You Need Wet Basement Waterproofing Before It Is Too Late?

The thought of establishment repair is sufficient to make most property holders alarm, however how would you know when you require it? Is that little stream of water in your basement truly an indication of a difficult issue? Shockingly, it more often than not is. A touch of water does not generally demonstrate an issue with the establishment, but rather in the event that it is, you must act rapidly to avoid exorbitant harm to your home. Time is of the embodiment in terms of establishment for…

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Added by Mary Desilva on September 3, 2013 at 3:30am — No Comments

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