Mild Weather Humidity Issues in Foam Encapsulated Homes

Think of a foam encapsulated home in these terms… shrink yourself to about the size of a cold one and jump into an Igloo cooler.  No ice, just some moisture and a lid that seals really well.  Does the air feel humid and stale?  Blower door tests on some of these ‘beyond well insulated’ homes reveal as little as .01 air changes per hour under...

2009 I.E.C.C. Commercial Energy Code Requires Economizers

Cities including Fort Worth, Texas have adopted the 2009 I.E.C.C.Commercial Energy Code which states that all HVAC commercial systems greater than 54,000 Btu’s of cooling will require an economizer.  Yes, even split systems.  That requires the Contractor to coordinate the space and the controls for an economizer in an already crowded ceiling. ...

Why Consider Social Media

I went to a 6 hour Social Media Seminar with only one question.  Why is Social Media becoming such a big deal?  When I emerged, I had the answer.  Here it is.  Social Media will cause your business name and a massive amount of your key words to be flying around the internet.  This will cause your web page to gain ranking on Google and all the search...

Solar Power Reality

After watching market forces lower the cost of solar installations for several years, Ben Stark of Stark Air, realized that solar power is the most immediate way to decrease the cost of power.  “I believe solar is in the future for our customers that are looking for significant energy savings.” stated Ben.   As one of the most successful Lennox...

You’ll Love Radiant Floor Heating

In contemplating this article, the question becomes "who loves radiant floor heating?" First, if you have ever been around radiant floor heating you know that the clients love radiant floor heating.  It is without a doubt the most comfortable way to heat.  There is nothing like walking around barefooted on 82 degree floors when it's cold outside. ...

Introducing EconoPLENUM

How many hours per year do we have cooling calls in well insulated buildings when the outside air is 55⁰F or less?  Would you like to have 100% ventilation manually and/or programmable through the thermostat?  What if you had a return air plenum operating as an economizer and had all the dampers built into the plenum?  Just install the starting...

To our Friends and Customers…

    We specialize in zoning systems.   Here are good reasons you should specialize in zoning systems, too.    We make your zoning jobs easy with       Install a 21” x 21” sheet metal plenum and the dampers are built in.  Large decals, called cutting guides, give the contractor a pattern to use for cutting...

Control Two Stages with Zoning

When zoning was first introduced... we learned that we had to control excess equipment capacity if we were going to close dampers and dramatically change the airflow or the air temperature across the coil or heat exchanger.  We used mainly single speed equipment with a bypass duct that would allow excess capacity to be dumped back into some unobjectionable...

About HVAC Load Calculations?

When potential homebuyers discuss designs with architects they wish to control the look and the feel of their new home.  This is done with any number of design elements such as lots of windows or high ceilings.  Load calculations allow the HVAC Contractor to study the building and determine the energy usage of each specific design element.   In...

Affluent Homebuyers Want Extreme Energy Efficiency

Affluent homebuyers are doing their energy efficiency homework, not so they can “go green”, but so they are never a slave to an out of control power bill as a result of some future period of inflation. Affluent homeowners that are building new homes see the size of their current residence as too large and inefficient. They see taxes and their large...

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