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Are New Heating Systems Really That Much More Energy Efficient?

Ever wondered if upgrading your heating system could make your Arizona home more energy efficient? Today’s heating systems are more efficient than ever before, and with the right heating system and HVAC contractor, you can significantly improve energy savings in your home. Advantages of a High Performance Heating System The right HVAC equipment can give … Continue reading “Are New Heating Systems Really That Much More Energy Efficient?”

Need to Replace Your Heating System? Here’s What to Consider

Temperatures may still be soaring here in Arizona, but cooler nights will be here before you know it. Now is the perfect time for homeowners from Prescott to the Phoenix metro area to consider maintaining or replacing the heating systems in their homes. If you think your heating system might need to be replaced, here … Continue reading “Need to Replace Your Heating System? Here’s What to Consider”

Could Your Attic Be Undoing the Work of Your Heating and Cooling System?

Whether you know it or not, your attic’s insulation actually has an effect on your whole house. Did you know that a poorly insulated attic can actually undo the work of your HVAC system? This is especially true in Prescott and the greater Phoenix Area, where the hot Arizona climate causes temperatures to rise to … Continue reading “Could Your Attic Be Undoing the Work of Your Heating and Cooling System?”

Common Attic Insulation Defects

There are about ten common insulation problems that we routinely identify when performing insulation estimates and energy audits. If a homeowner wants a quality insulation job, then all of these insulation defects must be identified and dealt with during the repair process. In this section of our website we will provide a brief overview of … Continue reading “Common Attic Insulation Defects”

A Quality Retrofit Attic Insulation Job

Having your attic reinsulated is not like having tile installed in your foyer or carpet in your living room. You can watch the tile and carpet be installed and carefully study the final product for installation defects. Insulation is different. Most consumers will never go up into their attic to make sure the job was … Continue reading “A Quality Retrofit Attic Insulation Job”

Dust Mitigation

The customer took her index finger and ran it across her grand piano in her living room and asked me if I could see the dust streak. The dust was very apparent and the question was asked to establish a point. It was clearly implied, “dust is my problem and if you undertake this job … Continue reading “Dust Mitigation”

Pressure Testing Ductwork

A pressure test with telltale fog will keep your duct installers on their toes. Airtight ductwork is one of the keys to a quality heating and cooling system. It helps to make a home more healthful, more comfortable, and more energy efficient. By reducing the load on the equipment, it also reduces wear and tear. … Continue reading “Pressure Testing Ductwork”

Getting The Most From Mechanical Cooling

We’re in an attic in Phoenix, directly over the closet that holds the air handler. With a flashlight and smoke pencil, which makes the air stream visible, we watch hot attic air being sucked into return duct fittings and down the interior partition walls into the air-handler’s platform plenum below. Later, while inspecting the crawlspace, … Continue reading “Getting The Most From Mechanical Cooling”

Getting Quality From Fiberglass Insulation

My company specializes in high-quality insulation work, in both new construction and retrofit applications. We also provide energy consulting and energy audits that include testing with a blower door, duct blaster, infrared camera, and other diagnostic tools. Experience has convinced us that blown-in insulation products are the way to go if quality is the top … Continue reading “Getting Quality From Fiberglass Insulation”

Insulating With Spray Cellulose

In the hierarchy of the building trades, insulation contractors are often considered about half a step above the porta-john guy. That’s because insulation is one of the most taken-for-granted systems in a house. It’s installed in exterior walls one day and covered up with sheetrock the next, and few municipalities have substantive insulation inspections. The … Continue reading “Insulating With Spray Cellulose”

Q&A – January JLC 2003 Flashing An Arched Window

Q. What’s the best way to flash an arch-topped window? A. Builder and designer Carl Hagstrom replies: The slickest way I’ve found to flash a circle-top window is to use DuPont FlexWrap, a flexible flashing tape from the makers of Tyvek housewrap. I refer to FlexWrap as “peeland- stick on steroids.” Like generic peel-and-stick, FlexWrap … Continue reading “Q&A – January JLC 2003 Flashing An Arched Window”

Walking On Attic Cellulose

Q. Stiffening a Pony Wall for Tile I’m framing a new slab-on-grade home where the master shower is enclosed by a pair of 6-foot-tall pony walls that are connected to the flanking walls only at their ends. Because both partitions will be covered with ceramic tile, I’m wondering how I can frame a wall rigid … Continue reading “Walking On Attic Cellulose”