May 2015 Blog Posts (24)

Survey - Healthy Efficient New California Homes Study

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is conducting a research study on new homes in California. We invite you to participate in this survey if you live in a: 

  • House or townhouse or duplex,
  • AND if your home was built in 2002 or…
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Added by Wanyu Rengie Chan on May 28, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Options for Energy Efficient Carports and Garages

Your garage can be one of the biggest energy drains in your home. Even though you may only spend a few minutes a day there, the amount of energy consumed at certain times of the day can be much higher than other rooms inside your home. Car ports use much less energy than a conventional garage for several reasons, some of which may surprise…

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Added by Tim Cohen on May 28, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Unexpected Blessing

When I received an email from Larry Zarker of BPI, informing me that I had been inducted into the BPI Building Performance Hall of Fame, I thought it must be a big mistake. Then I looked at the list of previous inductees and was sure it was a mistake! I haven’t even done a blower door test all by…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on May 27, 2015 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

KANATA DUCT CLEANING COMPANY

A duct cleaning in kanata is one of the best ways to improve your indoor air quality. When your furnace pushes heat through your ducts, many contaminants, including: dirt, hair, fur, dander, and mold spores are pushed into your ducts and then into your air.

DuctCleaningKanata.ca duct…

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Added by Fresh Air Duct Cleaning on May 27, 2015 at 3:29pm — No Comments

How Homeowners Can Keep Electricity Costs Down in Summer Months

For many people, as summer temps begin to rise, so does the cost of their monthly electricity bill.

Unfortunately, while there is nothing that can be done to keep the warm summer temperatures at bay, there are several tips and tricks to consider in order to keep your electric costs low. Keep…

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Added by Shawn Weeks on May 26, 2015 at 3:23pm — No Comments

5 Home Energy Savings for Homeowners

Home energy savings are very important when you have a new year’s resolution which is saving your money because you do not have to look far to spend less. Meanwhile, the parties, travel and presents of the holiday season can spend you a lot of money. You have to consider that, after your mortgage, the biggest expense of homeowner is utilities. You can save your money by making small enhancements to your home and of course you will be helped to conserve home energy and beyond. These are the…

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Added by Deman PT on May 26, 2015 at 7:52am — No Comments

Energy-Saving Features Now Commonplace in Most New Homes

As a modern homebuyer, you have more opportunities than ever to lower your carbon footprint and to get a home that is energy-efficient and less expensive to run. Today's homebuilders have numerous tools at their disposal for creating sustainable, green homes without adding significantly to the cost. "Look for a homebuilder that prominently displays the homes’ energy-saving features so that you can be sure they are committed to building in such a way," warns Darren Patton of…

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Added by Tim Cohen on May 22, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Some Useful Information about Furnace Air Filters

There is not much we can do about the air pollution outside of a house in Ottawa, Canada, but we can do something about the air pollution in your home, emanating from your furnace and air conditioning systems. It does not matter if you live in Montreal, Gatineau Canada, Mississauga or the GTA, OttawaFurnaceFilters.ca has you covered to help you breathe clean air, wild paying less at wholesale prices.

If you are looking for…

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Added by Ottawa Furnace Filters on May 21, 2015 at 2:13pm — 1 Comment

Why do I need a duct cleaning if my home was just renovated or if I purchased a flipped home?

Why do I need a duct cleaning if my home was just renovated or if I purchased a flipped home?

In the process of renovations, walls are pulled apart, cabinets are installed, carpet is removed, flooring is installed, and wood is cut. During that process, dust is created by sanding, drilling,…
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Added by Fresh Air Duct Cleaning on May 21, 2015 at 10:59am — No Comments

ducts cleaning in Carleton Place, Canada

Why should I have my ducts cleaned in Carleton place?



Have you ever thought that your indoor air might be dirtier than the outdoor air? Your disposable filter can only remove a small portion of the…

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Added by Fresh Air Duct Cleaning on May 21, 2015 at 10:56am — No Comments

Allergies and Your Home Ottawa

Did you know that Dust Mites account for 70% of all allergies?

What does this mean to you? Over time,ducts fill up with contaminants such as dust, dirt, and debris; if you have an allergy sufferer in your home, this could spell days or even months of sneezing, coughing, and itchy or watery eyes. Imagine suffering…
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Added by Fresh Air Duct Cleaning on May 21, 2015 at 10:49am — No Comments

Moving in to a new home and why you should get a Duct Cleaning

Did you just move into your home or Are you about to move into a home?

When we move into homes, it is very difficult to know how diligent the previous homeowner was about the general maintenance and upkeep of their home. If your new home operates using a duct system, then it is time to think about getting your …
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Added by Fresh Air Duct Cleaning on May 21, 2015 at 10:37am — No Comments

Why should I have my ducts cleaned in Ottawa?

Have you ever thought that your indoor air mightbe dirtier than the outdoor air? Your disposable filter can only remove a small portion of…
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Added by Fresh Air Duct Cleaning on May 21, 2015 at 10:32am — No Comments

The Use of Inferior Duct Cleaning Equipment in Ottawa Canada

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There is equipment out there that some companies use, which is ineffective at efficiently cleaning ducts; as the consumer it is important that you understand that there are some companies out there that do not use equipment that properly cleans your ducts.



The National Air Duct Cleaners Association states the following:



“The most effective way to clean…

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Added by Fresh Air Duct Cleaning on May 21, 2015 at 10:20am — No Comments

About J&M Services

J&M Services provides all aspects of Gas Plumbing and Ventilation. We specialize in Homeowner projects and take pride in our work. We enjoy our job and look forward to finding the most cost effective and cleanest installs possible for our customers. By specializing in Gas Pipe Installation in Portland and Ventilation, we have a high level of knowledge and expertise in our trade. We also gain significant purchasing power…

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Added by Steve Mckaye on May 20, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"

A great transcript from a recent NPR "Morning Edition" broadcast about a recent California survey on water conservation efforts. The results are exactly what we find with energy conservation... When homeowners were asked what actions will save water, most said "taking shorter showers" (turning down the heat), or "keeping water off while brushing" (wearing a sweater) which of course is a complete mismatch of real saving efforts, like installing low-flow toilets (installing insulation).- which…

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Added by Jose Macho on May 18, 2015 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

TV Sets, Homes, and QCI

I have had the pleasure of talking to a lot of wonderful people about the challenges of the BPI QCI Certific ation, and I am getting some unique insight.  I started out working on my book – Residential QCI Handbook on a quest to help candidates who are preparing to take the exam. …

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Added by Paul Raymer on May 18, 2015 at 8:17am — No Comments

Contributions of BIM services on Structural Design Companies

There is an enormous contribution of the BIM services on the structural steel services. Most importantly the BIM services promote the overall productivity, integrity and the visualization of the projects. Today BIM services have become an integral part of the structural design companies providing the necessary software solutions for the business executions.

One can well understand the wide range of contributions of the BIM services on the structural design services. The BIM service is…

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Added by Alfie Davis on May 15, 2015 at 8:19am — No Comments

How to Choose the Right Solar Panels

Whether you've decided to live "off the grid" or simply work eco-friendly energy into your current lifestyle, using solar energy is an ideal way to accomplish the goal. Using photovoltaic technology, the heat and light from the sun are converted into electrical energy that you can use to power your…

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Added by Jamie Press on May 10, 2015 at 10:27pm — 1 Comment

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