Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky and Still Effective
The name "mini-splits" generally refers to heat pump systems with one outdoor unit and one or several smaller capacity air handlers. The efficiency of their operation comes via the inverter compressor and variable refrigerant…Continue
Many would think that the cost of having windows installed across house walls would be the intimidating factor during house renovation or construction. This is not the case for many in California. Safety concerns are the major challenge that homeowners attempt to address when they initially consider having all their interior or exterior walls covered completely with windows....…Continue
Added by Joe Romero on April 17, 2013 at 2:59am — No Comments
During the past 12 months (2011/2012) we have completed several energy efficiency and other projects in our home in Plano, Texas.
Brick Veneer, slab on grade home built in 1985.
Living 1938 sq. ft.
Under Roof 2560 sq. ft.
Home faces Southeast. All rooms have ceilings above 8' with ceiling treatments (vaulted, boxed, splayed,). Home built with 24 contractor-grade windows mostly 3-0x6-0. Home…Continue
Added by Dale Stephens on December 11, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments
Fireplace and Chimney
The fireplace is an absolute must for maintenance and inspection. Although fireplaces are not energy efficient for most case, they can be a money saver if you have a wood source. They are also most efficient when a number of people are in the same room as the fireplace.
Buildup from smoke is a recipe for disaster. Over time creosote is layered onto the tile liners of the chimney from smoke. It happens to be a highly flammable byproduct and…Continue
Added by David Allen on March 27, 2011 at 6:55am — No Comments
For a long time, answers such as “improve insulation” or “designed better HVAC” systems would have likely been what first came to mind. However, with new building guidelines,…