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Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in the home are major comfort factors, and can even be health concerns. Making sure you install a cost-effective HVAC system with a long life is essential for a well-rounded project.
Three scalable solutions for enclosure offer options for efficiency
Around 60 percent of U.S. households have a central cooling system, and most new homes are built with central air conditioning, so a change in standards would have widespread effects.
Amazon Echo. Photo: Rob Albright/Creative Commons.
Amazon’s Echo home automation device reportedly took things into its own hands and adjusted thermostats without owners’ authority.
Small, one-level homes can be served by a single main duct chase running through a dropped ceiling in a central hallway.
A compact duct system can help meet this increasingly common challenge
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Energy-efficient homes require careful attention to indoor air quality.
Historically, residential ventilation wasn’t considered a problem by builders or homeowners because it was largely believed that operable windows and high rates of enclosure leakage provided enough outside air in the home.
People spend nearly 90 percent of their time indoors, with the majority of that time spent in their homes
The new roof product is being developed by The University of Technology in Sydney, Australia