All Blog Posts Tagged 'HVAC' (19)

Why do I need a duct cleaning if my home was just renovated or if I purchased a flipped home?

Why do I need a duct cleaning if my home was just renovated or if I purchased a flipped home?

In the process of renovations, walls are pulled apart, cabinets are installed, carpet is removed, flooring is installed, and wood is cut. During that process, dust is created by sanding, drilling,…
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Added by Fresh Air Duct Cleaning on May 21, 2015 at 7:59am — No Comments

Allergies and Your Home Ottawa

Did you know that Dust Mites account for 70% of all allergies?

What does this mean to you? Over time,ducts fill up with contaminants such as dust, dirt, and debris; if you have an allergy sufferer in your home, this could spell days or even months of sneezing, coughing, and itchy or watery eyes. Imagine suffering…
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Added by Fresh Air Duct Cleaning on May 21, 2015 at 7:49am — No Comments

Moving in to a new home and why you should get a Duct Cleaning

Did you just move into your home or Are you about to move into a home?

When we move into homes, it is very difficult to know how diligent the previous homeowner was about the general maintenance and upkeep of their home. If your new home operates using a duct system, then it is time to think about getting your …
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Added by Fresh Air Duct Cleaning on May 21, 2015 at 7:37am — No Comments

The Use of Inferior Duct Cleaning Equipment in Ottawa Canada

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There is equipment out there that some companies use, which is ineffective at efficiently cleaning ducts; as the consumer it is important that you understand that there are some companies out there that do not use equipment that properly cleans your ducts.



The National Air Duct Cleaners Association states the following:



“The most effective way to clean…

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Added by Fresh Air Duct Cleaning on May 21, 2015 at 7:20am — No Comments

Points to Consider about the Best Furnace filter for indoor Air Quality





Amongst the top environmental health risks today, indoor air pollutants pose a major threat. Home insulation and air-tight structure add a lot to reduced indoor air quality. Many of the home improvements help save on energy costs, but they prevent fresh air from approaching into your home.… Continue

Added by Crosbey Archery on May 5, 2015 at 9:26pm — No Comments

The Importance Of Furnace Cleaning and Maintenance

As the trees start to lose their leaves and the temperatures begin to drop, we tend to turn our home heating system on for comfort. However, what most people don’t realize is that, like any other appliance, our furnace also needs regular care in order to perform at its highest as well as to last longer.

First: Clean up your Furnace

Regardless of what type of furnace you have, …

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Added by Matthew Zajechowski on November 6, 2013 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Installing Ducted Mini-Splits and ERV in Modern High Performance Home

Things are really moving along on the Proud Green…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on March 26, 2013 at 11:18am — 15 Comments

AEROSEAL Seals Leaky Ducts From the Inside Out.

Seal Your Leaky Ducts Now with AEROSEAL, UL-listed.

 

It is not uncommon to have your ducts leaking by 20% and sometimes even 30% or more which means lost heating and cooling to your living space. With new ‘green’ building practices duct work usually remains within the condition…

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Added by David Popoff Ct on February 28, 2013 at 7:20am — 1 Comment

CA Title 24 will require RTUs to have automated fault detection and diagnostics

When your "check engine" light comes on in your car, your mechanic (or you, with a low-cost codes reader) can get a quick readout about the possible problem(s).  Now, CA's Title 24 will require something similar for Rooftop HVAC units by 2014.

See this article:…

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Added by Elizabeth Stuart on October 11, 2012 at 1:50pm — 2 Comments

HVAC and DC Fan Motors

Here are links to my latest posts on how these motors can be used for retrofitting in existing HVAC systems.

HVAC Savings Upgrades – Cutting Fan Watts In Half or More 

In this post I cover how the savings can be dramatic, and the most important part is to get duct pressures low.…

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Added by Christopher Cadwell on April 19, 2012 at 6:14am — 2 Comments

Comfort as a Selling Point

One aspect of the HVAC industry that I believe many contractors are yet to embrace is that of utilizing comfort as a selling point. And by not doing so, they are missing out on potential business and falling farther behind the leaders of the industry. What I mean by this is that, over the past two decades, understanding of the indoor environment, indoor air quality and the interrelation of building systems has increased dramatically. Think AHRAE 55-2010, and the factors effecting human…

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Added by Adam Flowers on February 13, 2012 at 12:18pm — 4 Comments

Notable Results in AC Training

The final survey results of the second week of students in the High Performance HVAC classes.
Here are some notable results of what the students felt that they got out of the course.
  • How to reduce # of registers while improving comfort. 
  • Importance of velocity - amount needed to properly mix air.
  • How to select register types to control noise and performance. 
  • Whole house as…
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Added by Christopher Cadwell on November 27, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Super Efficient HVAC is Easy

Attending a week long class where veteran trainer Rick Chitwood is moderator has been entertaining and joyful. In the class which is inside a house that is being retrofit completely we are now designing and installing a super efficient HVAC system.…



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Added by Christopher Cadwell on November 17, 2011 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

Selling AC Retrofits - Notes from the field.

First I talk of safety. I mention old furnaces and CO possibilities, etc. This will usually make them sour up a bit because it is slightly a sales pitch.

Then I usually talk to homeowners about the hot and cold rooms. This is a big button and an easy one to push and get them talking. This adds to the sourness but gains…
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Added by Christopher Cadwell on October 25, 2011 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

The Ductopus or the Centipede - Which HVAC Duct System Is Better?

I've been thinking lately that I might be in danger of losing all my friends in the HVAC business because I've been a bit heavy on showing examples of what they get wrong but not so good at showing what they do well. If you read my article… Continue

Added by Allison A. Bailes III on June 6, 2011 at 10:39am — 2 Comments

The Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump's Big Brother - CITY MULTI

In my last four HVAC Design jobs, I've specified ductless mini-split heat pumps. I have four more such jobs underway now.

Why mini-splits?

  • Efficiency (up to 26 SEER)
  • Variable Refrigerant…
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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on May 11, 2011 at 8:02am — 1 Comment

No Carts Before Horses - Design for Energy Efficiency Early

My recent visit to Savannah for the USGBC's green product expo charged up my historic preservation bug and got me to thinking about how to apply building science to historic buildings.

Most of us that have ever lived in, owned, or even just visited a historic home…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on May 4, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Energy Tax Credits for 2011: What's Available

Thanks to the federal tax bill signed into law in December, there are still energy tax credits available for 2011. That's the good news. The not-so-good news is that the amounts available in 2011 have been reduced for certain improvements. From 2009 through 2010, homeowners were rewarded with a 30% tax credit for making their homes more energy efficient ($1500 maximum credit). For 2011, homeowners will receive only a 10% tax credit for home energy efficiency improvements ($500 maximum credit).… Continue

Added by Dennis Cheslik on March 3, 2011 at 4:33pm — 3 Comments

Fluke TiR Featured in new Home Energy Auditing Commercial

Our TiR Thermal Imager was featured in the new Baltimore Gas & Electric home energy inspection commercial! We couldn’t be happier about seeing our signature Fluke-yellow imager featured in this commercial,

which began airing around the greater Baltimore area in late September.



For nearly 200 years, Baltimore Gas & Electric has been meeting the energy needs of Central Maryland, serving more than 1.2 million business and residential electric customers and more…

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Added by Fluke Thermal Imaging on November 15, 2010 at 10:47am — No Comments

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