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Bonnie Speeg lives in a chilly apartment in the gaslight district of Clifton in Cincinnati, OH. She reached out and here's her paraphrased situation: "Tim, my forced-air furnace comes on too often and it's driving me nuts. It's hard to sleep and it's annoying. My landlord says everything is fine and I'm under the impression I […]

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Stacey lives in a nice house that was built the same year I was born! It's in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada where it can get bitter cold. Let Stacey tell you what the problem is: "Hi. I'm in a 1,100 square foot one and one-half story house built in 1952. During the colder months I feel a draft […]

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Tim discusses new technology that alerts you when it's time to change your furnace or AC air filters. The notification can be via email. You can play the AsktheBuilder Filterscan Game. Just CLICK HERE to play. You could win prizes. (Prize deadline is November 17, 2014.)

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Thanksgiving and Christmas are bearing down on you. When I still was building and remodeling six days a week, I clearly remember how customers wanted me gone and out of their homes during this festive season. The stress level that accompanies turkeys, family, gift giving and parties is already high enough so the dust, plastic […]

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Quick Column Summary: Intake vent for makeup air What height from the ground Be aware of blockages Randy King, who's in need of makeup air in Madison, WI, wrote: "I saw your video on make-up air. I'm installing Skuttle's Model 216-6 (6") damper control and exterior intake vent. The intake vent needs to exit through […]

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Quick Column Summary: Is furnace smell dangerous Carbon monoxide is odorless/dangerous Dust accumulation causes smell Clean furnace and ductwork Jane, who lives with an old octopus gravity-feed (probably) furnace in Roseville, MI, has an odor issue. Let her describe it: "We moved into a home that has an old octopus furnace - it is labeled […]

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Below are the links to the other videos in this series. Install Radiant Heating Floor Mat Video 1 of 3 Install Radiant Heating Floor Mat Video 2 of 3 Install Radiant Heating Floor Mat Video 3 of 3 Check out my Radiant Heat Floor Mat Install Quick Start Guide for tips and required tools for […]

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Below are the links to the other videos in this series. Install Radiant Heating Floor Mat Video 1 of 3 Install Radiant Heating Floor Mat Video 2 of 3 Install Radiant Heating Floor Mat Video 3 of 3 Check out my Radiant Heat Floor Mat Install Quick Start Guide for tips and required tools for […]

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DEAR TIM: I'm remodeling a small room that has no heat. Radiant heating is really appealing to me because it's so comfortable. I've seen mats that go under ceramic tile or laminate flooring. Are these electric radiant heating mats reliable? Are they hard to install? Can you control them with a programmable thermostat to save […]

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Radiant heat is by no means new. Different form forced-air systems, it uses electromagnetic, infrared waves to heat. Radiant heating systems are a little more expensive to install but provide silent, clean and comfortable heat.

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