Ed Minch
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Cold climate wall

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Hynek Jul 11, 2014. 2 Replies

I have heard Joe Lstriburek twice say that a wall in this climate (Albany NY, almost 6,000 DD) should have 1/3 of the R-value on the outside of the structure and 2/3 in the cavities to prevent…Continue

Duct testing in a conditioned crawlspace

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Minch Nov 25, 2011. 13 Replies

Concerning duct testing in crawlspaces (this is for new houses for Energy Star, but will be the same for existing houses):I have a house on a conditioned crawl with ducts in that crawl.  There is an…Continue

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Ed Minch replied to David Byrnes's discussion When can an oversized A/C be a good thing?
"When it is the high end of a multi-speed/variable speed system just sitting there waiting for climate change to catch up Ed"
Dec 6
Ed Minch replied to Gordon Smith's discussion Duct Cleaning? Good value or a waste of money?
""They are taken in by the return ducts and circulated around the home by the HVAC system. A regular duct cleaning can help reduce the number of these particulates building up and being pushed back into the home." If they are circulating…"
Nov 5
Ed Minch replied to Brett Little's discussion Virtual CEU Tour of the Pembroke Passive Solar Zero Energy Ready Home
"Bret Thanks - I also found the attachment that had more specs on it.  The windows are triple glazed - what are the numbers?  Is he really paying 3.6¢/kWh? Ed"
Oct 8
Ed Minch replied to Brett Little's discussion Virtual CEU Tour of the Pembroke Passive Solar Zero Energy Ready Home
"I sure wanted to know more about the wall and roof construction, type of insulation, window numbers, air sealing techniques, floor area, south facing and total window area. etc, etc. Also, something is wrong with the numbers.  At 13:35 of part…"
Oct 8
Ed Minch replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Stud cavity air returns
"I work with the State of DE on code language, and for 2012 there was was backlash from the HVAC guys about panned returns.  We managed to get language stating that they could be used only if the ducts are not required to be tested (i.e. all…"
Aug 27
Ed Minch replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Stud cavity air returns
"Has anyone documented mold inside a panned return?  We discourage the practice for different a reason.  We frequently see a 4 X 12 return grill = 48 in2 (less a bit for louvers), but the hole in the bottom plate of the wall is 2-1/2 X 10 =…"
Aug 27
Ed Minch replied to John Carton's discussion Insulation touches underside of roof in home with no soffit or soffit venting.
"I don't think it would be a problem provided there is no large source of interior moisture getting into the attic, especially in a cold climate.  With that in mind, a thorough sealing of the attic floor - including those plates at the…"
Aug 23
Ed Minch replied to Jerry Needham's discussion HVAC Question about running fan continuously VS setting on Auto so it runs when AC or furnace runs
"It all depends on the house - attic ducts, older unit, poor return capability - but I like the thermostats that have the "CIRC" circulate mode that operates the fan for only a portion of the time.  In my experience, it does the job…"
Aug 23
Ed Minch replied to Dav Camras's discussion Adding blown insulation to poorly installed batts?
"After lifting specific batts for blower-door/IR/experience guided air sealing, (rarely with 2 part foam) my crews will use a narrow rake to push batts down against the ceiling and around wiring and framing anomalies.  Then we will blow on top.…"
Aug 2
Ed Minch replied to Ed Minch's discussion Open return in the group Hall of Shame
"This is a return high on a cape cod knee wall after we took off the grill - the glove has a hand in it.  That is a supply duct running up through the return, and the angled roof above the knee wall attic visible through the hole"
May 7
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Ed Minch replied to Greg Labbe's discussion Easiest way to convert 2"x10" into 2"x5"! in the group Hall of Shame
"Might not be as bad as you think - if the load needs a 2X10 out in the middle of the span, a 2X5 at the end might be within spec.  That is assuming the plumber actually thought about it."
May 7
Ed Minch replied to David Meiland's discussion Air-sealing 101 for new home builders who have failed their blower door tests
"The three things I would do first is to try to find any big holes - returns missing pans in the attic and stuff like that.  Use a scanner to check interior cavities. Second, I would seal the wall/ceiling joints in the attic - we have found an…"
Mar 29
Ed Minch commented on Ian Halpern's blog post Looking to Make Your Home More Comfortable and Healthy? Building Scientists Say ‘Air Seal First. See Your House as a System & Look Up in the Attic.’
"Bill As an industry we have been sealing existing houses and ducts using diagnostic equipment for guidance for almost 40 years now. We had organized existing home sealing a couple of years before we had organized new home sealing. Ed"
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