Archive for January, 2012



The EPA and New Indoor Air Protocol

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New guidance will help ensure that home energy upgrades protect the health of Americans while saving energy and money. The EPA has developed a new voluntary guidance document, Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades, that provides a set of best practices for improving indoor air quality in conjunction with energy upgrade work in…




Causes For Virginia Beach Furnace Repairs

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As soon as you notice that the general temperature of your house is continuously dropping, there is a great chance that your furnace has stopped working. There are various reasons behind this sudden breakdown. Usually, these problems may warrant various types of Virginia Beach furnace repairs. While some of the furnace unit problems may be…




What Does MERV Have To Do With My Filter?

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The MERV rating indicates the percentage of particles the air filter will remove from the air passing through it. In general, a MERV rating of 6 indicates that the filter will capture up to half of the particles in the air; a filter with a rating of 8 will trap 70 to 85 percent of…




Combat Winter Skin in Virginia Beach

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Read here to learn about the top 10 causes of dry skin — and what to do about it. 1) Winter weather: Dry skin is especially common in the winter months, when the humidity level outside drops. When Virginia Beach air is cold and dry, the water in your skin evaporates more quickly; this makes…




More Fit for Your Furnace

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The right amount of heat in your Virginia Beach home is very important: an oversized furnace can waste a lot of energy and a lot of your money in the process – and an under sized furnace will not be able to heat your home to the necessary level for you and your family to…




Baby Wants a Disposable Electrostatic AC Furnace Filter

If you have a newborn, it is likely you have not given consideration to your furnace filter when thinking of your baby’s safety, but it is VERY important. The indoor air in most Virginia Beach homes is much more polluted that the outside air. The EPA says that “….indoor air can be be more polluted…




AFUE Explained

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AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) ratings are something that every Virginia Beach homeowner should learn about and be aware of. AFUE ratings are governmental standard of the measured thermal efficiency of furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, etc. This is not the only measurement available to determine the energy consumption of any such system, and does…




Flu-like Symptoms? Carbon Monoxide May Be the Culprit

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Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your Virginia Beach home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include…




Home Heating Fuel Options: How to Calculate Cost Difference

When choosing a heating system for a new Virginia Beach home or replacing an existing system, consumers often want to compare the cost of heating fuels. Because fuels are measured and sold in different units such as gallons of oil, therms of natural gas, or kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, comparing the price of dissimilar…




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