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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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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?
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Tal segal replied to Home Energy Magazine's discussion UV light in Furnace?
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"LED lamps are better option than the old CFL with no warm up period."
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"Scott, ACCA manual S addresses that question at length"
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Tom Conlon commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Thirty Years of Waterbeds and Home Energy Magazine
"Thanks Alan, You're right, waterbeds were affordable, and an awful lot of fun while they lasted (especially after Mr. Hefner's endorsement). Although electric resistance heating is likely to remain passé, I'd love to see a…"
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Dennis Heidner commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Thirty Years of Waterbeds and Home Energy Magazine
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Thirty Years of Waterbeds and Home Energy Magazine

The January/February 2014 issue of Home Energy magazine officially kicks off our 30th year in print. In commemoration of our 30 years we will be reprinting some of our earliest articles. We hope that these articles are both entertaining and informative.This first…See More
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Thirty Years of Waterbeds and Home Energy Magazine

The January/February 2014 issue of Home Energy magazine officially kicks off our 30th year in print. In commemoration of our 30 years we will be reprinting some of our earliest articles. We hope that these articles are both entertaining and informative.This first…See More
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Scott Jarman commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Home Performance and HVAC Contractors: Recent Legislative Initiative In Texas
"Doug, do you have an opinion or can point to any studies saying oversizing by a 1/2 ton for a variable or two speed uint is good? "
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Robert Logston commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post December 9, 2013...Will It Go Down In Weatherization History As The Day That Changed The Future?
"Response to: tedkidd on December 17, 2013 at 7:49am Sorry to hear of your problem, but this in my almost 30 years seems to be an exception to the Rule of Quality Control. All WAP homes are to have 100% inspections before funding is released for…"
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David Williams commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post December 9, 2013...Will It Go Down In Weatherization History As The Day That Changed The Future?
"  Tedkidd might be on to something with program accountability.  I recently spent time in the crawl space, of a building that is owned by the government agency that administers the WAP program in my area.  I informed the director that…"
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Thirty Years of Waterbeds and Home Energy Magazine

The January/February 2014 issue of Home Energy magazine officially kicks off our 30th year in print. In commemoration of our 30 years we will be reprinting some of our earliest articles. We hope that these articles are both entertaining and informative.

This first…

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Posted on January 2, 2014 at 10:14am — 2 Comments

December 9, 2013...Will It Go Down In Weatherization History As The Day That Changed The Future?

“Weatherization Drives New Technology and the Home Performance Industry,” hosted by NASCSP, brought a full house of movers and shakers to the White House to demonstrate WAP’s technical innovations, leadership in the home performance industry, and role as a go-to partner for utility and other partnership projects. Brad Penney, on behalf of NASCSP, opened the event and thanked the…

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Posted on December 13, 2013 at 9:18am — 14 Comments

We're Too Serious

While preparing for Home Energy’s 30th anniversary, we leafed through some of the earliest issues. Today’s issues are slick compared to those early years. It was amateur hour then because an untrained staff researched and wrote articles, prepared artwork, edited, typeset, proofed, and much more. Still, the topics have not changed much and—sadly—some of the editorials from the 1980s…

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Posted on November 5, 2013 at 10:00am

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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Posted on September 3, 2013 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

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