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INSULATION: THE REST OF THE STORY

Insulation is installed in walls, floors, and ceilings to slow down the flow of heat between the interior and exterior of the house. “R-Value” is the term used to measure a material’s insulating value, the higher the “R”, the higher the resistance to heat, and therefore the better the insulation. Each time the R-Value is

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MAKING YOUR AIR CONDITIONER CONDITION AIR

Are you replacing your old air conditioner? Installing air conditioning in your current home? Building a new home with air conditioning? There are several pitfalls you should know about that can reduce the efficiency of even the best units by half, resulting in warm, humid spots and in higher bills than necessary. The first problem

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WHAT “SNOW ON THE ROOF” CAN TELL YOU ABOUT A HOME’S INSULATION

NEXT TIME IT SNOWS, TRY THIS: If a light snow falls over night – just ½” or so – notice in the morning what the pattern of melting is on your roof, then check your neighbor’s roof. If you see the snow before the sun has had a chance to work on it and before

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THE REAL COST OF HEATING

We are all familiar with the factors that go into the cost of heating a house: insulation values, window selection, infiltration levels, the absence or presence of convection, and the furnace and duct efficiency. However, one factor that can more than double a heat bill is the cost of one fuel over another. We would

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GEOTHERMAL HEATPUMP – THE MAGIC BOX

When we talk about heating efficiency, we talk about how much of the fuel we use ends up in the house. A standard oil or gas – natural gas or propane – heater has an annual efficiency of about 80%. This means that 80% of the heat produced as the fuel burns makes it into

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REPLACE YOUR WINDOWS?

Windows are a very important part of our lives – they allow us to see what is going on in the world, they let in sunshine, and they light our houses so we don’t have to use electricity during the day. We need windows. But they are a mixed blessing. They have very low insulation

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STAYING COOL WITHOUT AC

The “dog days” of summer are here; high temperatures and high humidity. This phrase was created by the Greeks and related to the time of year when the Sirius constellation rose with the sun. It’s a time when seas “boil” and people go mad. While I’m not certain about the seas boiling, we all understand

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ICE DAMS & FROZEN PIPES

Ice dams are formed when snow on the roof melts and then refreezes on the eaves. The ice accumulates along the gutters/eaves forming a dam. When this happens, the water flows under the shingles and into the house. HOW DO I PREVENT ICE DAMS FROM OCCURRING? Proper ridge ventilation Seal attic hatch Properly vent bath

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WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE AN ENERGY AUDIT BEFORE GETTING YOUR HOME REMODELED

So: You’re finally getting your home remodeled! Maybe you are getting a home you just bought remodeled, or are getting ready to sell your property and want to boost its value. Either way, we at Energy Services Group believe that it is important to get a home energy audit conducted before you start the remodeling

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WHAT’S A BTU? AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?

If you own a home in North America, and you use heat or hot water, chances are you’ve seen the term “BTUs” before; if you’ve read a gas or electricity bill before you may have seen the term on there or you may have seen it labeled on a water heater. If you’ve paid that

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