Your Home’s Air Conditioning Efficiency

Over the previous six months there has been more discussion on Air Conditioning efficiency and home efficiency than any other time in recent years! Since manufacturers, local utilities and the Federal Government are offering rebates people have a better understanding of SEER and EER (efficiency ratings) of air conditioners. Overall this is a good thing, but it only addresses half of the problem! The air distribution system (air ducts) are the other half of the

How Your New Hydronic Heating System Works

What is Hydronic Heating? Hydronic heating, very simply, is the use of hot water (hydro) for heating a space. For many years large buildings have used hydronic heating in conjunction with boilers for heating (remember the old radiators?). In the North many residential homes are heated with residential sized boilers due to the long heating season and the higher efficiency of hydronic heating. Here in Central Texas we employ a similar system but on a

How does an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) keep you healthy?

It works like this: The ERV has two fans in the cabinet along with a heat exchanger and a desiccant. The outside air fan (1) draws air in from the outdoors; the Exhaust fan (2) draws air in from the home and the heat exchanger (3) heats or cools the incoming outside air while the desiccant removes humidity. Okay, so what’s the benefit? To help control indoor air pollutants and contamination it is essential to

Concerning Thermostats: To Program or Not To Program?

In Segment One we learned the difference between older analog thermostats and newer digital thermostats. We touched on WHY digital technology has found its way into thermostats; primarily to facilitate programmable features. But, do you really need a programmable thermostat? The answer isn’t as easy as you would think; which is why I get asked this question so often. Features and benefits of programmable and non-programmable thermostats: Non-Programmable: Not many features outside of the normal