Mechanicals-Floor Warming

When working as an energy auditor, I often see homeowners using under tile floor warming as a supplement heat source.  When working on custom tile jobs, I often install these systems.  These all electric heat sources add comfort by warming the tile, but can they be used as a source of heat for a room in a northern climate?  What do they cost to operate?  This weeks topic, electric floor warming. Continue reading “Mechanicals-Floor Warming”

The Energy Audit-Air Conditioners

Summer has arrived, bringing warm temperatures and higher humidity.  As a kid, I remember hot nights sleeping in the upper story of an old farm house, often also suffering from sunburn.  Now, I can’t imagine not having at least one cool room in the house for relief.  What a wimp I’ve become.  Many homes in Minnesota have some sort of air conditioning today.  This blog posting is going to discuss the different types, efficiencies, and operating costs of common air conditioners along with the basics of how they operate.
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The Energy Audit-Energy Costs

Most of the energy audits and assessments I conduct are because of a high bill complaint.  Some homes have heating related issue, some have specific equipment adding to costs, some, the homeowner just needs a little education.  When looking to decrease energy costs,  where are the best places save?  The Department of Energy has categorized and estimated the energy used by the typical American home…

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