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Explaining SEER, EER, HSPF, and COP

Every industry has its set of acronyms but it often strikes me that the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry has more than its share of arcane and indecipherable…

How much insulation do I need?

When it comes to adding insulation, the old adage of, “if some is good, more is better,” is not necessarily true. The law of diminishing returns has a huge impact…

Cook Out this Summer

Summer is coming upon us, fast. As you think over your strategies to reduce the cost of your power bill during the hot months, here is an alternative that grill…

New Sealing Products

We regularly advise our readers to search out and seal gaps in their home’s exterior. Even small gaps are nefarious wasters of energy. How can small gaps waste energy? Because…

Find and Plug Those Leaks

Another article in this issue talks about interesting alternatives to tube caulk for plugging leaks and gaps. After you read this one, be sure to see what fun products you…

The Internet of Things

If you have heard the phrase, “the Internet of Things or IoT,” raise your hand. Good. If you understand what the IoT is, keep your hands up. Thank you. For…

A Geothermal Heat Pump Primer

Geothermal heat pumps are the stars of the energy efficient heating and cooling world. For years, they have been at the top when it comes to providing their owners with…