Vicki Mead, who resides in Jonesboro, Arkansas, asked me with a tinge of smoker's guilt this question: "First of all: I don't smoke, so that is not an issue. But there is a film that develops on the INSIDE of the car window.I live in the sunny south and when the sun strikes that film, […]
Tom Donohue, who lives up in Ontario, Canada, has a humid basement. He's not alone. Millions have this issue. "How can I reduce humidity in my basement in the summer. I do not have cracks in my foundation or sitting water. The humidity level today is handled with a de-humidifier. Is there a better long […]
Bill Curtis, who lives in Concho, AZ, emailed me with a fascinating situation: "We have a barn that we installed 8 roof turbines. Four blew off, mangled. Company sent 4 more, we now only have one left on roof. We get 50 mph winds alot, micro bursts that hit over 100 mph often. Should we […]
A fresh air intake directly next to water pipes can cause a frozen water pipe. The fresh air is required for today's HVAC systems. By redirecting the make-up air inlet down to the floor, you can provide some pipe freezing protection.
An attic fan can help lower excessive attic temperatures. Solar attic fans are available, but have limitations. Electric powered attic fans are available with thermostats to help conserve energy. Wind-powered turbine vents are another option, but require Mother Nature to supply the power.
Kitchen exhaust fans have to be sized properly for your kitchen. Overhead exhaust fans capture the smoke and grease mist that could coat your kitchen surfaces. Some of the cook exhaust fans come with built-in lights.
Venting your clothes dryer directly into the garage could be a building-code violation and a bad idea. Dryer vents exhaust a large amount of water vapor. Putting this condensation into your garage could create rust on unpainted surfaces, and worse, mold inside the walls and ceiling. Clothes-dryer venting should be to the outside.
Does your garage heat up like an oven? Once the heat builds up in the objects in the garage, they can radiate heat for hours after the direct sun is gone. Insulation and ventilation fans will help reduce the temperature inside your hot garage.
To keep your attic cool, your attic ventilation requires moving massive amounts of air. More than natural ventilation will do. Attic ventilation fans or turbine roof vents will assist in moving the air. But, powered attic fans can draw your air-conditioned air out of the house.