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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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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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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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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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