John Nicholas
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  • Derby, KS
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Slab Edge Insulation - A Side Thread to Melissa's Question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony Hicks Sep 2, 2016. 4 Replies

Melissa Baldridge inquired about installing slab edge insulation on a potential E-Star certified project.   Her question is a great one for any type or retro-fit work or one where the rater was not…Continue

 

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John Nicholas replied to Jignesh's discussion Efficiency of furnace
"Any of the various energy modeling programs would give you a starting place. Model the ducts in various places and with different insulation levels.   I know you will not forget to seal the ducts."
Feb 23
John Nicholas replied to Jignesh's discussion Efficiency of furnace
"That is why gravity systems are much less popular then 50 years ago.   It could easily be improved by installing a chimney liner in that huge masonry chimney to reduce the amount of draft needed and the need for keeping it warm. You could…"
Feb 23
John Nicholas replied to Jignesh's discussion Efficiency of furnace
"System Efficiency is great.  Not much use, if you don't intend to fix the various problems with the system.  Not much use for comparison shopping for a new unit. If you are energy modeling, it would give you a great check on the duct…"
Feb 22
John Nicholas replied to Jignesh's discussion Efficiency of furnace
"Furnaces and all HVAC Equipment is rated by AHRI.  You can get the certification as to the actual ratings from their website. AFUE is the essentially the difference between Input Energy and Output Energy.   So a 100k …"
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Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy?

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 11:09am 5 Comments

Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy? New on my Blog! This post was made to respond to my friend Nate Adams question of 'Why?' when I tweeted that I was disappointed at…

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GeoSpring HPHWH from GE

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 9:58am 0 Comments

Most homes in this area have a gas fired natural draft hot water heater. They come complete with a draft diverter.  The purpose of the draft diverter is to send the exhaust gasses (containing Carbon Monoxide, Sulphur Dioxide etc) into the home if the chimney or flue doesn't allow them to go up. Left is a picture of a properly installed heater with a draft diverter. Note the space between the tank and the flue. That is the design that allow the noxious gasses to back draft into the…

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Energy Auditors Rock! They Depressurize!

Posted on January 22, 2012 at 9:00am 0 Comments

You’ve been in the attic, the crawl spaces or basement, climbed up and down any stairs several times. There have been some questions from the home owner and perhaps from the kids in the house. If you are like me, you’ve bumped your head a few times on low hanging fruit. It has been a fun, rewarding and perhaps a little stressful.

The thing I do to relieve this stress, is to depressurize. Yes, let all that built up stress just…

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Application Period for 2018 Energy Auditor (EA) and Quality Control Inspector (QCI) Pilots Now Open

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"Easy... insulate the attic ceiling. I'm not sure how much good it would do to air seal a…"
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Overheating garage

Hi all, I'm looking for potential solutions to a problem at a client's house.  The south facing 2…See More
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Brand new retrotec blower door system $3000

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