Jon LaMonte
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Duct Sealing Spray From the Inside
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I had a call from a customer asking me if we sealed ducts.  He was watching This Old House on TV and the contractors were using equipment that sealed the ducts from the inside.  They stated that this…Continue

Tags: HVAC, Sealing, Duct

Started this discussion. Last reply by Evan Mills Feb 28, 2011.

Any Experience with Radiant Barrier Bubble Wrap
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I wanted to know if anyone had any experiences using the bubble wrap w/ the double sided radiant barrier.I had a weird experience thanks to a fire pit, my Brother-in-Law, and a few beers.  My…Continue

Tags: heat, transfer, walls, knee, bubble

Started this discussion. Last reply by Guy DuBois Feb 13, 2011.

Are Zoned Heating/Cooling Systems a Good Idea or a Bad Idea?
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For starters, I live in Atlanta, Ga and I am not an HVAC pro so this is a serious question that I would like answered for one of my clients.  I understand the premise of a zoned system and on the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by George W. Reynolds Jan 17, 2012.

 

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Bob Blanchette replied to Jon LaMonte's discussion Are Zoned Heating/Cooling Systems a Good or Bad Idea? in the group HVAC
"Overheating of the 2nd floor/Over-cooling the 1st floor is a valid concern with a zoned or 2 separate systems. The systems could be designed to "swap returns", the upstairs system gets it's return air from downstairs and downstairs…"
Dec 29, 2012
Chris Heenan replied to Jon LaMonte's discussion Are Zoned Heating/Cooling Systems a Good or Bad Idea? in the group HVAC
"In the winter, I'd like to recapture the heat lost from the first floor that rises upstairs. A return at the top and bottom helps average the stratification. Even using the "Circ" feature on newer thermostats in a zoned single system…"
Dec 29, 2012
Bob Blanchette replied to Jon LaMonte's discussion Are Zoned Heating/Cooling Systems a Good or Bad Idea? in the group HVAC
"2 systems is normally not much more if any more expensive than a properly designed zone system. Upstairs systems can use options such as heat pumps or air handlers with hot water coils. Even electric strip heat could be an option in areas where…"
Dec 28, 2012
tedkidd replied to Jon LaMonte's discussion Are Zoned Heating/Cooling Systems a Good or Bad Idea? in the group HVAC
"Bypass ducts are beginning to be recognized as a very energy inefficient design and bad practice to be avoided whenever possible.   I see you've just joined Allison's group - I think he might have a blog about this.  "
Sep 27, 2012
Chris Heenan replied to Jon LaMonte's discussion Are Zoned Heating/Cooling Systems a Good or Bad Idea? in the group HVAC
"Zoning has benefits beyond temp control. Most often the home does not require the full 2 stage heat or cooling as the system only needs to satisfy a portion of the home. So, then if 1/2 the heated air goes through a properly sized and balance…"
Sep 27, 2012
Jon LaMonte commented on Diane Chojnowski's group Facebook Pages
"Great idea to get the "Likes" increased on your Facebook Page.  Mine is https://www.facebook.com/effcientenergysolutionsllc.  Amazing how important social media has become."
Apr 4, 2012
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"Hey guys. Does your company have a Facebook page? Mine is http://ning.it/HUfiiz Click "Like" and I'll click yours back. Thx."
Apr 4, 2012
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"So good to see HEP membership growing so much. There were 400 or so when I joined. Now almost 2200 woo hoo!"
Mar 30, 2012
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"Just spent the day in an attic with a 5ft peak, which isn't great when your 6'3."
Jan 19, 2012
George W. Reynolds replied to Jon LaMonte's discussion Are Zoned Heating/Cooling Systems a Good Idea or a Bad Idea?
"From the sidelines, this is a draw. Your both right, if you live in Florida. North of the dehumidifier line, it's all about heat. Here in the mountains  we don't need AC and contractors will tell you that the most cost effective…"
Jan 17, 2012
Chris Heenan replied to Jon LaMonte's discussion Are Zoned Heating/Cooling Systems a Good Idea or a Bad Idea?
"Just a small drop in a big oily ocean."
Jan 16, 2012
Chris Heenan replied to Jon LaMonte's discussion Are Zoned Heating/Cooling Systems a Good Idea or a Bad Idea?
"Seems like we're sliding into politics here. I read the study you are showing. http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/publications/html/FSEC-PF-328-97/ Figure 4 shows that 17 hours out of the day the oversized units used more electricity than the…"
Jan 16, 2012
Bob Blanchette replied to Jon LaMonte's discussion Are Zoned Heating/Cooling Systems a Good Idea or a Bad Idea?
"Oversized equipment sucks from a comfort prospective, especially for gas furnaces. The heat comes on, blows you out of the room, then it's freezing before it cycles again. Furnaces do tend to be sized for CFM in the southern climates. A 45,000…"
Jan 16, 2012
Bob Blanchette replied to Jon LaMonte's discussion Are Zoned Heating/Cooling Systems a Good Idea or a Bad Idea?
"Some of the benefit to 2 stage A/C units is the "oversized coils" in relation to compressor size when the unit is operating on low stage. If a 2 stager unit is 2ton/3ton you have a 2ton A/C system most of the time with 3 ton sized…"
Jan 16, 2012
Chris Heenan replied to Jon LaMonte's discussion Are Zoned Heating/Cooling Systems a Good Idea or a Bad Idea?
"Jon, Answer to your initial thread question: zones are good. MUCH better than oversizing. "
Jan 16, 2012

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Efficient Energy Solutions, LLC
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BPI Building Analyst and RESnet Certified HERS Rater
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How Rising Gasoline Prices can Teach us to Conserve Energy at Home

So the price of gas is hovering near $4.00 a gallon again.  Have you noticed a change in your driving habits?  More people are choosing to stay home over driving long distances for vacation.  They’re also combining trips to multiple locations to get more things done all at once and if they forget to stop at one,…

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Posted on July 25, 2011 at 5:51pm — 1 Comment

Why I Love My Job

We all go through transitions in our lives.  One of the biggest is choosing or changing a profession.  As I mentioned in previous entries, my background for the previous 9 years was doing class action and warranty inspections on residential building products.  This meant I became keenly…

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Posted on April 21, 2011 at 6:47am — 7 Comments

Building Science Proven by the Bug Man



A buddy of mine, Dennis, that’s an exterminator called me the other day while I was standing in Home Depot.  “Jon, I’ve got a problem and I need some of your building science expertise.” The problem he was having was being caused by some granules he had put down to repel some flying squirrels.  The granules…

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Posted on February 21, 2011 at 6:02pm — 2 Comments

Auditors Offering Contracting Services - Conflict of Interest?

This very question was recently posed in the BPI Group.  Is there a conflict of interest when an energy auditor also offers contracting or weatherization services to their clients?  At first glance, many would say that the easy answer is "yes". The common reasoning is that people will steer their clients towards the products they sell in order to make as much money as possible.  After all, that's what we are all in business for, isn't it?  The other answer was "it's just human…

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Posted on January 14, 2011 at 8:35am — 10 Comments

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