ventilation

Easy Fixes that Improve Indoor Air Quality

You can improve indoor air quality by routinely addressing sources of dust and mold. The more we insulate our houses  against winter cold and summer heat, the less air leaks between the house and the great outdoors. Pollen and dust that gets into the house stays there, unless you pay attention to it. Areas that

By |2022-05-18T11:16:04-04:00June 1st, 2022|Categories: Energy efficiency, Happy Home Ownership|Tags: , , , , , , |

What’s in your attic?

If you are lucky enough to have insulation in the floor bays of your attic, what is it made of? If you are really lucky, you could have cellulose – stuff made of old newspapers. Cellulose insulation looks like dirty cottony paper-pulp. You are also lucky if you have fiberglass (that pink cotton-candy-looking stuff.) These, fortunately, are

By |2020-07-23T06:28:37-04:00September 16th, 2020|Categories: Energy efficiency|Tags: , , , , |

Smelly house. It’s Summertime.

Summers in the real estate business used to be unpleasant, sometimes because houses were dirty. Houses also collect and hold odor in the heat of the summer (and in the dead of the winter). Most summers, in the cities and college towns, rental property was shown while the tenants were still there, in hopes of

By |2020-07-23T06:32:54-04:00July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , , , |

Direct Vent Heating Systems. What to Not Worry About

Direct vent heating systems are the ones that run so efficiently that they can vent through a PVC pipe instead of a chimney. Why does the efficiency matter? If the air coming out of the boiler is still very hot, it cannot travel through plastic PVC pipes. Newer high-efficiency boilers and hot water heaters use

By |2021-11-01T16:01:28-04:00February 6th, 2019|Categories: Problems and repair|Tags: , , , |