Energy Efficiency and Skylights

Skylights are a fabulous way to let in light throughout your home. But skylights may not be the best investment when it comes to your home’s HVAC system and efficiency. Here are some of the disadvantages of skylights: In summertime, skylights can let in too much...

HVAC Products that are High-Tech

If you follow the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, you might be dazzled by the array of products available that promise to make life faster and simpler. While many are just prototypes, there are HVAC products you can get immediately to make your home more...

Energy Efficiency Impactors: the Stack Effect

Some causes of lost energy efficiency are a simple fact of physics. One of those is the natural principle that hot air is thin and rises while cold air is dense and sinks. Inside a house, these forces combine to create a phenomenon known as the “stack effect.” Without...

3 Ways Window Treatments Boost Energy Efficiency

Window treatments help boost energy efficiency in most houses. Windows often present a major gap in a successful home energy plan. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, about 75% of the sunlight entering through standard window glass converts to heat inside the...

End-of-Spring Energy Savings

It’s always a relief when spring comes around and we can finally turn off the heating system for the season. For a brief time, before the weather heats up and we need the air conditioner, we can cut back on energy use. End of spring is also a great time to plan...

Achieving Efficiency: How Pet Doors Affect Your Bills

That small opening in your exterior wall where your pet door is located may not seem like much of an energy waster, but if it could be costing you plenty in utility bills. The best pet doors lock conditioned air in and keep unconditioned air out so they don’t...