New Home Construction Booming

New Construction Booming, Tighter Building Codes Looming

Amidst all of the new construction growth, the New York Times (NYT) recently published an interesting story about San Francisco’s ambitions for tighter building codes to make withstand earthquakes better. The overall goal of the city is shifting from just keeping people to safe to allowing people to return to a building after it gets impacted by an earthquake. Read the full story here.
This NYT story is just one example of the tighter building codes looming throughout the United […]

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New HVAC equipment

3 Questions (And More) to Ask When Looking for Your New HVAC Unit

Recently, a local news station published a story for homeowners, “3 Questions to Ask When Looking for Your New HVAC Unit.” The article was decent, but it was not great. Click here if you want to read it.
Here were the three questions according to the news station article:

Is the unit the right size for your home?
What is the proper SEER rating for your home?
What maintenance will be involved with my unit?

The above questions are good, but they overlook critical […]

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3 Reasons Why Homeowners Love Home Performance Contracting

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) is more than just your box-shaped equipment. The whole home is the HVAC system with three main components. They can be explained referencing a three-legged stool.
What is the Three-Legged Stool of HVAC?

Leg 1: HVAC equipment (furnaces, AC units)
Leg 2: Ductwork
Leg 3: Thermal Envelope

Reason #1: Ensure No Problems Arise in the Future “Extreme” Season (e.g. Winter, Summer).
Be a proactive homeowner. View the fall and spring as your proactive seasons to ensure your home remains […]

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Fall Season for HVAC

HVAC is a Seasonal Business, What Homeowners Should Do in October

The hot summer months are ending which means the cold winter months coming. That’s how HVAC goes. It’s a seasonal business, and heating and cooling (HVAC) is top of mind for homeowners during these times.
Unfortunately, what is less known among homeowners is what to do in the Fall and Spring (a.k.a. “shoulder”) months. These times in between Summer and Winter are great opportunities to prepare for the next extreme temperature season.

READ NOW: Think Outside the (Seasonal HVAC) Box

Use months […]

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Abu Dhabi-Based Arzanah Medical Complex Meets Codes Thanks to Duct Sealing

The multi-billion dollar Arzanah medical complex in Abu Dhabi was nearing completion and stood ready to take its place as yet another shining example of the global leadership emanating from the United Arab Emirates. So it was with deep concern that engineers reviewed traverse readings taken from several of the structure’s HVAC risers that indicated leaks were robbing the facilities of half of the air traveling through the ductwork. Not only was this unacceptable from a building code perspective, […]

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Homeowner feels more comfortable with duct sealing.

Homeowner Feels More Comfortable with Duct Sealing

One of our dealers Aeroseal Red River Valley (Aeroseal RRV) just finished a duct sealing job for a homeowner in North Dakota, and it was a tremendous success!
We sat down with Taylor Riedemann, the Comfort Advisor for Aeroseal RRV, to gather thoughts about this happy homeowner’s story. Read the full story below:
Erik’s Story

Hot flashes. And then those turned into moments of total freezing.
This was happening in my house. I would be in Finley or Simon’s room – and it […]

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Nemours Children’s Clinic Halts Spread of Airborne Infections with Duct Sealing

There had been so many retrofits and extensions added to the ventilation system at Nemours Children’s Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida that engineers weren’t sure where their airflow problems were coming from. What they did know was that negative pressure and inadequate ventilation throughout the 30+-year-old building could support the spread of nosocomial infections. Their first steps in taking control of the situation was to seal the leaks in the exhaust shafts located on each floor and then seal the […]

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Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes: 3,600 Energy Star® Certified Homes.

Fort Drum Army Base, Largest Energy Star Rated Community in New York

Lend Lease was on a mission: To get 3,600 new and existing homes in the Fort Drum Mountain Community ENERGY STAR® certified. To do so, they knew they had to reduce duct system leakage of each home from an average of 20-30% down to 5% or less. After several attempts with various methods of duct sealing, they found only one thing worked – Aeroseal. Today, the Fort Drum Mountain Community is the largest New York ENERGY STAR (NYSERDA) certified […]

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Overlooked Ductwork Impact on Homes

3 HVAC Issues Associated with Ductwork

Homeowners and contractors often overlook the impact of ductwork on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) issues in homes. People seem to always think the problem has to do with the HVAC equipment (e.g. furnace, AC unit). However, the equipment can be operating fine, and you can still have common HVAC issues such as dust/allergies, hot/cold spots, and high utility bills.
Issue #1: Dust and Allergies Associated with Bad Ductwork
Improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your home by sealing […]

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7 Construction Codes Support Tighter Air Ducts, More Rigorous Testing

Earlier this year, we published a blog post about various construction codes being updated with tighter duct leakage standards or more rigorous duct testing. We coined this phenomena, “2018: The Year of the Duct,” to encompass all the codes involved including ASHRAE, Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC), International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and many regional authorities such as the California Title 24.
More recently, ACHR News echoed 2018 being the “Year of the Duct” highlighting the following codes with increased focus […]

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