Robert H
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Robert H replied to Craig Bird's discussion What is COSTCO doing?
"Jerry that is a lot of twisting of facts.   Radiant barriers work on one of the 3 methods of heat transfer. It does nothing to stop convection or conduction. So it works during daylight hours when the sun is beating down on a roof. Radiant…"
Mar 1, 2013
Robert H replied to Home Energy Magazine's discussion UV light in Furnace?
"That sounds like a ozone generator.  I always advise against introducing ozone in to an occupied building.  Ozone is a very caustic gas, that is why it can clean surfaces. Putting this system in a small room could elevate ozone to very…"
Jan 31, 2013
Robert H replied to Home Energy Magazine's discussion UV light in Furnace?
"$400 is over priced.  What you should know about furnace filters is that they should only do a marginal job of removing air borne particulates.  The more you filter the more you restrict the air flow and hurt the efficiency of your…"
Jan 31, 2013
Robert H replied to Gordon Smith's discussion Duct Cleaning? Good value or a waste of money?
"Bob   4 inch filters are not a better filter, they have more surface area and last longer.  If you look the the MERV rating of the 4 in filters they are in the range of an 8 or 10. That is mid level filtering. Furnace filters are a…"
Dec 22, 2012
Robert H replied to John Murphy's discussion Pros and Cons of Selling House
"Selling a house as is means you are not willing to do any repairs that the seller may request.  You are still required to tell a prospective buyer and know conditions.   Most states have a seller disclosure form that tell you what needs to…"
Nov 27, 2012
Robert H replied to Mark Bradley's discussion Does anyone have any experience with an Owens Corning product called "Energy Complete" ?
"Scott Its a spray caulk to be used for air sealing. It is only meant to be applied at the seams.  It takes a $1500+ paint sprayer. Same for the Knauf Eco Seal."
May 18, 2012
Robert H replied to Mark Bradley's discussion Does anyone have any experience with an Owens Corning product called "Energy Complete" ?
"That is a horrendous job of installing batts.  A perfect example of why I would never use batts. If you look in the picture you see a thicker bead that sticks up from the framing.  Then at the top of the picture it is very thin.  I…"
May 18, 2012
Robert H replied to Mark Bradley's discussion Does anyone have any experience with an Owens Corning product called "Energy Complete" ?
"I spoke with a builder who has tried both the Owens product and the Knauf product.   They quit using Owen. It sprays on and bubbles up a little. He couldnt get a good surface for the drywall to sit on. I cant remember all the particulars but he…"
May 18, 2012
Robert H replied to Timothy Renz's discussion Indoor Humidity Levels
"Something to remember is that newer high SEER AC's have a higher coil temp than the unit it replaced.  This reduces the ability to dehumidify. If you compare a new A coil you will see that they are larger than old A coils.  More…"
May 18, 2012
Robert H replied to Joshua Knittel's discussion Correct way to install foil faced insulation blanket in attic in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"I would say that radiant barriers in the midwest are a waste of money. Radiant barrier work best when there is little insulation.  Do some research and you will see home that have an R value of less than 20 will see the greatest benefit.…"
May 17, 2012
Robert H replied to Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA's discussion Article on Energy Audits
"I dont know if it was good or bad.  Most said they dont push an audit.  They only cite 1 case of an audit.  Based on the comments it is really hard to tell what impact it had on the sale.  Yes they provided an audit and did some…"
May 17, 2012
Robert H replied to Patrick Michaelyan's discussion Air Sealing Woes
"The dryer vent should be replaced with a smooth wall pipe.  How long is the run.  The dryer run should not be more than 25' and each 90degree elbow adds 5 feet. That fan is what 30x 30 or 36x 36 with metal flaps.   Its seems…"
May 3, 2012
Robert H replied to Craig Bird's discussion Your thoughts on wiring fiberglass batts to the roof deck (hot dry climate)
"There are a couple of things to consider. First off fiberglass does not work well in an open air environment... that is it needs a 6 sided airthight enclosure to be effective. Roofs give off most of their heat via radiant heat.  Fiberglass is…"
May 3, 2012
Robert H replied to Jack Baikoff's discussion Leakage to outside on ducts fully within the envelope
"Since most homes use wall and floor cavities for returns they is a good proability of the home having air leakage to the exterior. Older homes had the returns running to an exterior wall. Take off the vent cover and you will see the rim joist. …"
Apr 22, 2012
Robert H replied to allen p tanner's discussion The end of profits for Auditors/raters
"Jason I agree with your point.  So far much of what auditing and retrofitting does relys on some type of subsidy.A sbisidy is nothing more than taking someones money and giving it to someone else   Whether it is an independent auditor or a…"
Jan 20, 2012
Robert H commented on Leah Thayer's blog post What's Wrong with These Pictures? A Contest
"1 Definately not  a job using advanced framing 2 Uneven insualtion with at least 1 area having minimal insualtion. 3  Hole in trunk line.  What are they trying to do with the insulation 4 Water is funneled in to side of house due to…"
Nov 17, 2011

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