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Dust-Control Strategies for Energy Upgrades

In the Winter 2019 issue (our last under the Home Energy name), author Cory Chovanec…


Added by Building Performance Journal on January 21, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Re-introducing Myself as the Building Performance Journal’s Managing Editor

I worked on the editorial staff of Home Energy magazine for nearly 7 years before I made the decision to leave in 2017 to pursue a freelance writing career. And now I’m back! Don’t worry, my freelance writing career is still happening but I’m also revisiting something I’ve greatly missed: the building performance industry.

When I first knew I wanted to be a writer I was in high school. There was something about writing, and eventually editing, that simply felt right. I’ve…


Added by Macie Melendez on January 21, 2020 at 5:49pm — 3 Comments

Troubleshooting Tips for a Furnace That is Not Blowing Hot Air

Nothing can be more frustrating than having a furnace that is not able to blow hot air in the cold winter season. In many cases, this may be something easy to fix by yourself.

Furnace Not Blowing Hot Air? 5 Potential Reasons Behind the Issue

1. Thermostat Issues

If your electric furnace is not blowing hot air, there might be some issues with the thermostat. Here are some of the common problems related to a faulty thermostat.

  • Low…


Added by John White on January 17, 2020 at 5:30am — No Comments

How Do You Know When to Replace Your Furnace?

Winters can be unpredictable; therefore, it is essential to create a safe and warm environment at home to help you and your family defend from the cold and snowstorms. Here are a few signs that will help you determine if you need to replace your furnace.

Furnace Is 15 Years or Older

If your furnace is 15 years old and regularly needs maintenance, then it likely needs to be replaced. An older furnace might not operate at maximum efficiency and sometimes result in an increased…


Added by John White on January 16, 2020 at 5:56am — No Comments

The ACEEE Hot Water Forum

The Hot Water Forum (HWF) has been around for about ten years, meeting yearly.  I missed one, once and still regret it. It’s a mix of manufacturers, code folks, researchers, utilities, local, state and federal governments, engineers and the odd hot water nerd, like me. People come from all over the US and some other countries to…


Added by Larry Weingarten on January 15, 2020 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Near Perfect Air Tightness Measured in Contemporary Home

A discussion of a near perfectly airtight contemporary home in Marietta, GA, the testing, the results, and how it was achieved.

The blower door is set up in the front door of the…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on January 15, 2020 at 2:58pm — 6 Comments

2020 Industry Trends in HVAC, Home Performance & Solar

-By Jake VP, Energy Circle Content Writer

It isn’t just a new year, it’s a new decade. Is your New Year's Resolution to simply “keep up the good work”? Of course not — you want to know where the better…


Added by Emily Ambrose on January 9, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?

Yes, it is.

Energy efficiency is good for the economy, good for families, good for workers, and good for the environment.

Here are some key points pulled directly from a recently published, Energy Efficiency Impact Report, by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 7, 2020 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Winter’s here! We can help you keep your cool without freezing

Every winter, Minnesota’s first sub-zero days bring a host of outdoor safety and comfort concerns: How is your engine doing in the frigid cold? What if the bus is late? How quickly will you get …


Added by Josie Pivec on January 6, 2020 at 10:25am — No Comments

Mechanical Room Temperature

I am working on a project and was wondering what the temperature would be in a typical mechanical room housing a direct vent furnace 80% efficiency.   The room is approx  10x10

Would you typically install a separate heater to keep the sprinklers from freezing?

Added by Sam Feder on January 2, 2020 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Duct leakage testing blocks

I've seen foam blocks used to block the register boots for a duct leakage test. Anyone know where to get these?

Added by Chris Schiewer on January 1, 2020 at 7:52pm — 6 Comments

HVAC Pro Blog - Free Access to my Manual J v8 Site Survey Form!

In case you missed it, I started the New Year offering free access to my Site Survey Form to my social media contacts and email Subscribers! 

Thanks for following HVAC Pro Blog!!!…


Added by Chris Morin on January 1, 2020 at 5:30pm — No Comments

HVAC Trade Shows In 2020

Outlook for the HVAC industry remains very strong heading into 2020 as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 13% growth right through the year 2028. If you’re looking to establish yourself in this space (or even just increase your…


Added by Kristina Frunze on December 27, 2019 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Breaking Down the Crawlspace Repair Costing

Crawlspaces are an integral part of the home and neglecting their maintenance and upkeep could have serious repercussions that could endanger your family’s life, health, and your life’s investment in your home. Nobody likes moist crawlspaces which serve as a breeding ground for pests, rodents, mold, and destroys the peace, safety, and comfort of your home. Therefore, it is necessary that you closely observe and monitor the signs that indicate an unhealthy crawlspace and instantly take action…


Added by baycrawlspace on December 23, 2019 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Looking for a new job or career in home performance?

BPA’s new Job and Career site launched a month ago and is seeing major activity mainly due to the fact it is pulling in positions from all aspects of the home performance industry, contractors, utilities, manufacturers and nonprofits for example.

Our stats since we launched show our job board had 9,503 Job Exposures, 675…


Added by Building Performance Association on December 19, 2019 at 11:07am — No Comments

HVAC Industry Trends: 7 Things Every Contractor Should Know

The past year has seen many developments in HVAC technology and the industry as a whole. For contractors, understanding these HVAC industry trends is key for maintaining competitiveness in the space. 

Today, we’ll take a look at 7 of the most prominent trends for 2019 and beyond. First, let’s examine the state of the industry as a whole.…


Added by Building Performance Journal on December 17, 2019 at 12:36pm — 5 Comments

Clues a Water Heater Gives You

If only we would listen, water heaters would have a lot to tell us, their owners.  Water heaters, sorta like people, don’t appreciate not being heard. So, why do you think…


Added by Larry Weingarten on December 15, 2019 at 1:19pm — No Comments

A New Chapter Begins

The beginning of one story is the close of another.


After over 35 years of providing relevant, technical content to the building performance and weatherization communities, Home Energy will end its run after this issue. Starting with the Spring 2020 issue, the magazine will be called the Building Performance Journal. The goal of this rebranding is to hone our new format into a valuable benefit of the Building…


Added by Building Performance Journal on December 13, 2019 at 5:16pm — No Comments

HCFC Refrigerant Ban: Everything Contractors Need to Know

As of January 1, 2020, HCFC refrigerant use will be severely limited in the United States. 

If you work in the industry, you’ve probably known this for some time; the Environmental Protection Agency announced…


Added by Kristina Frunze on December 13, 2019 at 3:29pm — 2 Comments

2-Step Energy Efficient Patio Door Replacement

Even considering replacing your patio doors, for new energy efficient patio doors shows you’re making a wise decision! Replacing exterior doors…


Added by Joe Tankard on December 12, 2019 at 11:53am — No Comments

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