Archives: Air Conditioning

Benefits of an ERV System (Energy Recovery Ventilator)

By Todd Fratzel on Ventilation

Benefits of ERV Systems (Energy Recovery Ventilator) If you’re building a new home or doing a major renovations it’s very likely your builder will recommend and possibly insist that an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) be installed. With new construction and renovations the building envelope is typically much more energy efficient and “tighter” than older construction.…

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Winter Window Condensation – Sweaty Windows

By Todd Fratzel on Air Conditioning, Windows

What Causes Window Condensation Each winter I’m asked repeatedly why new energy efficient windows have condensation on them. I’ve written several articles about window condensation, Winter Window Condensation Problems, Window Condensation – Part II, and More On Winter Window Condensation, but I thought it was worth reviewing the issues because it seems to be so…

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LG Eletronics Art Cool™ Premier Duct-Free Air Conditioner Review (Model LSN090HYV)

By Todd Fratzel on Air Conditioning, Product Reviews

LG Electronics Art Cool™ Premier Duct-Free Air Conditioner Over the last 5 or so years we’ve been installing more and more duct-free air conditioning systems in order to meet demanding budgets, schedules and complicated renovations. Duct-Free air conditioners (often referred to “mini-splits”) have become the go to solution for lots of our customers on tight…

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Installing Programmable Thermostats

By Todd Fratzel on Air Conditioning, Electrical, Energy Conservation

Programmable Thermostats Save Money Installing a programmable thermostat is a very easy home improvement project and one that could save you quite a bit of money. Installing a programmable thermostat helps save energy by automatically turning down your heat or turning up your cooling when you’re asleep or away from home. The savings from using…

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Programmable Thermostats Save Money

By Todd Fratzel on Air Conditioning, Energy Conservation, Home Improvement Cost Savings

Save Energy With Programmable Thermostats Using programmable digital thermostats save money. I can’t stress enough how making an investment in programmable digital thermostats can really pay off with your heating and cooling bills and save you money. In addition to saving you money digital thermostats also help make your house more comfortable by controlling the…

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DIY Tips From Lennox on How to Extend the Life of Your A/C This Summer

By Todd Fratzel on Air Conditioning

DIY Tips from Lennox To help consumers add years to the life of their air conditioning system, Bill Cunningham, a home cooling and energy efficiency expert with Lennox – a leading manufacturer of heating and cooling products – suggests the following tips for keeping your cool this summer: Change the Filter – Dirty air filters…

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Whole House Fans Vs Attic Fans

By Todd Fratzel on Air Conditioning, Electrical

Difference Between Whole House Fans and Attic Fans As summer quickly approaches I wanted to share an archived post about whole house fans and gable attic fans. This post was written to help a reader decide which type of attic fan was best for her home. Marrisa wrote to me and wants to know about…

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Using Infrared Camera To Identify Radiant Heat Location

By Todd Fratzel on Air Conditioning

Using Infrared Cameras Recently I had the pleasure of seeing how infrared cameras can be used to locate radiant heat tubing in a concrete slab. These infrared cameras are amazing to say the least. We were building a large assisted living facility that had radiant heat in the slab. We needed to drill in some…

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