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Let’s Talk About Basements – Common Problems Along with Solutions

When air sealing and insulating a home, you should always give the attic first priority and then go to the […]

Ventilating A Home In Cold Weather

When I woke up on a recent Saturday morning, the temperature outdoors was -40 degrees†. The wind chill was -100 […]

Different Methods to Treating a “Walk Up Attic”

Walk up attics have to be dealt with differently than a normal attic with a hatch. They are different because the […]

The Importance of Addressing Humidification In HVAC/Home Performance Conversation

It continues to amaze me how often we are in a customer’s home as the second, third or fourth opinion […]

J.M. Oliver Heating & Cooling Recognized as ACCA 2018 Residential Contractor of the Year

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) announces it recognizes J.M Oliver Heating & Cooling of Morton, Pennsylvania as ACCA’s […]

The Four Laws of Thermodynamics

Building science is an odd subject. Few colleges and universities teach it. The majority of those who work on buildings […]

When Do Door Undercuts Suffice for Return Air?

Most people don’t know that simply closing a door in their home can make them sick, increase their energy bills, […]

Why Aren’t You Offering Air Sealing and Insulation?

Over the past several years, HVAC contractors have been enticed to enter the Home Performance industry.  This push has come […]

The Case for Comfort Over Energy Savings in Evaluating Home Performance Improvements

When it comes to home performance there is too much talk about energy savings and not enough about comfort. Contractor Kathe Stewart explains.

Equipment Size, Ducts, and Building Envelope…Oh My!

What do these three have In common? ∙Equipment Size ∙Ducts ∙Building Envelope For HVAC contractors, everything. However, they are actually […]

Change As A Culture

There is nothing we want more in business than to find a process or a product that works. What bliss […]

3 Issues Impacting Homeowner Comfort and Health You Need to Know About

There is an epidemic of people suffering in most of the 100 million homes across the U.S.  Many of your […]

An Air and Moisture Mystery in a Trendy Restaurant

I’ve got the curse, you know. I can’t walk into a building and not check out what’s going on with […]

Case Closed: Ducts Don’t Belong in Unconditioned Attics

About the worst place you can install a duct is up against the roof deck. Dave Roberts, a senior engineer […]

How Bad Is Compressed Fiberglass Insulation Really?

I’ve been guilty of perpetuating a myth. Not long ago I wrote an article in which I said, when installing […]

Lower Electric Bills by Considering The Entire Home

To truly maximize savings on electricity bills, a contractor must take the blinders off. Instead of focusing on just the […]

The New Code Requirements for Buried Ducts

Two articles ago, I wrote about what can happen when you bury ducts in attic insulation. The Home Innovations Research […]

The “V” in HVAC: Ventilation and Your Health – Proper Bathroom Ventilation

Over the coming months, I plan to address several aspects of HVAC. Today, I want to focus on the “V” […]

HVAC Retrofits for Older Buildings

Many older homes are a popular target for remodeling by homeowners who seek dwellings with vintage charm but demand 21st […]

Is It OK to Bury Ducts in Attic Insulation?

Water vapor from the air condenses on air conditioning ducts in humid climates. It’s as normal as poorly insulated bonus […]

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