All Blog Posts Tagged 'air' (42)

When windows aren't the culprit of a leaky building, solve the mystery with an energy audit.

Liz Vogel replaced the windows and updated the heating system in her small multifamily building in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. But she still noticed that parts of her home were not staying warm in winter. So she set out to solve the mystery of the missing heat. She saw icicles hanging from her roof, and that was a clue that pointed to where heat was escaping. The presence of these “ice dams” meant that Liz was paying to heat her roof and melt the snow instead of heating her…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on September 11, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Making Homes Cozier With a House Party

This week, Elevate Energy read two great accounts of how friends and neighbors came together to learn how to make their own homes cozier and more energy efficient. Thanks for sharing!

This homeowner wanted to improve her “leaky old ship” of a home and discovered an energy loss culprit.



Added by Melissa Ulbricht on May 15, 2014 at 8:32am — No Comments

New Air Tightness Record in Ontario (Dare I say Canada?)

It happened again yesterday: a new record (tell me if you know of a tighter house in Ontario if not Canada!) for air tightness was broken in Oakville by Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) Ed Marion of Passive House Ontario.

And this was just a pre-drywall test, so it can only get better from here.…


Added by Greg Labbe on May 6, 2014 at 1:51pm — 5 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, …


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

Warnings About Portable Air Conditioners

Warnings About Portable Air Conditioners

Warning About Portable Air Conditioners

Here are some warnings about portable air conditioners to help you to be aware of their low energy efficiency rating when purchasing a new air conditioner. If you already have a portable air conditioner or if a portable air conditioners your only option to get some cooling,…


Added by Perry Ning on July 2, 2013 at 12:20pm — 8 Comments

Changing The Way We Use AC

Aside from vacations, longer days and spending time in the great outdoors summer brings with it oppressive heat resulting in large segments of the population blasting the AC.

This often translates into long hours of high energy usage which, depending on how much its relied upon, has a tendency to become routine throughout the warmer months.

Since AC spikes power usage more than most other…


Added by Jakob Barry on June 27, 2013 at 5:09am — 6 Comments

0.72 ach50 Before Drywall - This Home is already 90% Tighter than Energy Code

Before drywall was installed, I tested the infiltration (air leakage) at the Proud Green Home (PGH) at Serenbe,…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on April 15, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

10 Ways to Cool a House Without Air Conditioning

Sleeping on the front porch after a hot summer day was a straight out necessity. The upstairs of the 1940’s farm house had turned into a sauna and sleeping in the upstairs bedrooms was not possible. Even after the sun went down, the upstairs seemed to get hotter. Let's look at some ways to cool a house without air conditioning?

Now that I spend time trying to figure out how a home can be more energy efficient, I think back to those hot summer days and wonder two…


Added by Don Ames on August 22, 2012 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Visually Inspect Your Home For Energy Saving Gold

Whether you are a “do-it-yourself” home energy auditor or a seasoned professional, learning about a home from an initial visual inspection is an important tool during an energy audit of home which can highlight energy saving opportunities. The visual inspection is the first indication…


Added by Don Ames on July 2, 2012 at 3:47pm — 1 Comment

How our first heat wave of summer can help you understand your home

DETROIT (WWJ) - Just ahead of the official start of summer (June 20), Metro Detroit is expecting a couple of days with near record-high temperatures.

“By dinner time Tuesday, 6 p.m., we’re still looking at 91 degrees in Metro Detroit with high humidity levels,” he said.

We have record heat coming for the next couple days around Metro Detroit. Air conditioners will be on full blast and people will be roasting in their 2nd story bedrooms at night.…


Added by Adam Duke on June 21, 2012 at 7:14am — No Comments

Conventional AC is not COOL

In order to feel comfortable in the cooling season conditioned air has to be at the right air temperature AND relative humidity. Conventional AC dehumidifies when it is running but it is thermostatically controlled by air temperature only. Which means that when air temperature is reached the AC turns off and stops dehumidifying. Not a big problem if you live in an arid climate such as Pheonix but if you live in New England where the summers are very humid and not…


Added by Joseph Novella on May 22, 2012 at 6:36pm — 12 Comments

How To Reduce Energy at Home

9 Steps to a More Energy Efficient Home and Lower Power Bills

How to reduce energy at home has gradually become a household desire as a result of high definition T.V.'s and homes the size of a castle. Throw in a struggling economy and the melt down of a nuclear plant and becoming more energy efficient seems like a great idea.

Our power bills rise as a result of increasing power costs and the need for more and more power to operate are power hungry homes and…


Added by Don Ames on April 11, 2012 at 7:32pm — 2 Comments

Home Energy Audit With a Hole in the Wall

Why is there a heating register 4 feet up on the wall?

by Don Ames,

In my last article, I spoke about a home energy audit and the hot tub on the back deck. Remember, it was a manufactured home with a great deck overlooking a roaring hillside stream. Next door, the neighbors were the countryside recyclers, at least I suppose that's what they might call themselves.

Personally, I think I would call them by a…


Added by Don Ames on March 1, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Measuring Air Flow

Check out these fantastic tips on measuring airflow! This covers measuring with a vane, pitot tube, TESP, temp rise method, hot wire anemometer and more. Complete with videos and diagrams, it's all here. 


Added by Bill Spohn on February 10, 2012 at 6:35am — No Comments

What is Air Sealing

What is Air Sealing and How can it Save Energy?

by Don Ames,

Air sealing is important because air leaks through the walls, floor, and ceiling of your home. Air leaks out of your home when the air pressure inside the home is greater than the air pressure outside the home. Air also travels from hot to cold. The bigger the hole and the greater the pressure or temperature difference, the more air…


Added by Don Ames on January 23, 2012 at 12:01am — 1 Comment

Heat transfer: How Heat Gets Out of Your Home and Costs You Money.

by Don Ames,

Heat flows out of your home in two ways, transmission and air leakage. Transmission and air leakage occur through all surfaces of the home - walls, floor, roof, windows and doors.

The amount of heat transfer depends on two factors: thermal resistance and surface area. Thermal resistance has to do with the quality and quantity of the material in the walls, floor, roof, windows, and…


Added by Don Ames on January 10, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Energy Efficient House: Common Sense Guidelines

Energy Efficient House: Common Sense Guidelines to Energy Conservation.

by Don Ames,  The security of home energy conservation and the Energy Spy Insider.

Think of the ways we try to separate the outside climate from the inside climate. In a nut shell, that is the goal of an energy efficient house. Take a snowmobile or a dog sled and you will see a domed home made out of snow and ice.…


Added by Don Ames on December 16, 2011 at 12:29pm — No Comments

There is a Weatherization Assistance Program Near You!

There is a Weatherization Assistance Program Near You!

By Don Ames,

I receive calls on a regular bases asking me about help fixing the problem of being cold and whether or not I have heard of any Weatherization Assistance Programs. These calls are not about being cold for a day - while the furnace is fixed - or being cold for a week - while a few more dollars are scraped together to have the…


Added by Don Ames on December 7, 2011 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Cost-Effectiveness of Home Energy Retrofits

Are Energy Saving Retrofits Cost-Effective?

by Don Ames

weatherization program

Government and Utility based programs that offer weatherization and other energy saving…


Added by Don Ames on October 10, 2011 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

How To Make The Right Evaluation

Thinking of convincing the homeowner that you are the right contractor for the window replacement project? Make sure that you are prepared to demonstrate that you have the knowledge to evaluate the problem correctly. The customer wants and expects to perceive this quickly or you will not be selected for the follow-up. So, to ensure your business is the one selected for that coveted follow-up session, it is critical to showcase your knowledge and experience, the two fundamental factors that say… Continue

Added by David Allen on March 27, 2011 at 6:55am — No Comments

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