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August 28, 2017
Most people understand the concept of humidity — you walk outside, and the air is so heavy it feels as if you can drink it. When the air is thick like this, it’s usually near 100% relative humidity, or the maximum amount of moisture it’s able to hold. The warmer the air is, the more moisture it will hold.
August 23, 2017
The height of summer is upon us, and although it’s great to enjoy the sunshine, you might already be longing for cooler days when the upstairs of your home won’t feel like a furnace. If you sleep upstairs you know just how difficult sleeping in the sticky heat can be. Your air conditioner is running over time so why exactly is it still so hot up there?
August 2, 2017
Many homeowners are surprised to discover something quite a bit more sinister is lurking up there — mold. Whether it’s on the sheathing or growing among the rafters, attic mold is a serious problem that requires attention. Looking into preventing and addressing any existing mold will give you peace of mind and improve your home’s indoor air quality.
July 27, 2017
Summer’s here, and the temperatures outside are certainly reflecting the change in season. Is your Northern Virginia or Washington, D.C. home able to handle the heat or are you in for a long few months? Find out and make upgrades that will improve your home year-round!
July 21, 2017
By Angela Woolsey/Fairfax County Times. Originally published here.
It took a water leak, a termite invasion, the intervention of city officials and the hard work of numerous volunteers, but Teresa Oliver is now finally back home.
April 18, 2017
Summer is coming. It's already cooling season. So how do you save money on cooling costs? You've paid for all that cool air already, so it doesn't make much sense to waste it now.
A simple enough premise - it's the application that gets complicated. We (and most building science experts) strongly recommend air sealing and insulation as high priority measures to make your home use less energy, make you more comfortable, and make the planet happy.
April 14, 2017
Using a blower door--a device that sucks the air out of your house to simulate an especially windy day--is the best way to identify where your house leaks. For many of us, a thousand little pin pricks may add up to a hole in your house the size of a window left open 24 hours a day, 365 says per year.
By using a blower door in coordination with air sealing, we can identify the biggest leaks and get them sealed.
This video from Green Building Advisor shows how it's done.
June 21, 2017
Here's an interesting video from our friends at Energy Vanguard that shows how much air can leak through simple things like light switches.
March 24, 2017
This video from our friends at Go Green Star explains how to insulate a home's walls from the exterior, for improved energy performance and reduced energy bills, with minimum intrusion.
March 16, 2017
Ever wonder how much coal is being burned to keep your home cooled with air conditioning in the summer?
Wonder no more. EnergySavvy has an infographic that visualizes the coal it takes to keep an average home in the Southeastern U.S. comfortable with air conditioning, compared to the same house with an energy efficient air conditioner, and the same house after a comprehensive home energy upgrade.
The crew did an excellent job. Everyone was so professional (on time, clean workspace, well mannered) they exceeded my expectations. I'm no longer using my dehumidifier and the air on the upper level is soooo much better.
Zeeye L., Arlington, VA