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Wireless Web Enabled Thermostats

Wireless devices are everywhere; in our vehicles, computers, phones, offices, homes and the list goes on! But a wireless thermostat; isn’t that a little too much? I mean really, is this new technology for the sake of new technology or are there real benefits to wireless thermostats? That is the question, and here is the […]

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Concerning Thermostats

I am often asked questions concerning thermostats; and with the dizzying array of thermostats available today it’s no wonder. The Basics: First we need to understand exactly what a thermostat is and does. A thermostat IS a user interface; like a mouse for your computer. What a thermostat DOES is translate your input into commands […]

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Your Home’s Air Conditioning Efficiency

Since manufacturers, local utilities and the federal government are offering rebates, people have a better understanding of SEER and EER (efficiency ratings) of air conditioners. Overall, this is a good thing, but it only addresses half of the problem. The air distribution system (air ducts) are the other half of the equation and have nothing […]

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How Your New Hydronic Heating System Works

What is Hydronic Heating? Hydronic heating, very simply, is the use of hot water (hydro) for heating a space. For many years large buildings have used hydronic heating in conjunction with boilers for heating (remember the old radiators?). In the North many residential homes are heated with residential sized boilers due to the long heating […]

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How does an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) keep you healthy?

It works like this: The ERV has two fans in the cabinet along with a heat exchanger and a desiccant. The outside air fan (1) draws air in from the outdoors; the Exhaust fan (2) draws air in from the home and the heat exchanger (3) heats or cools the incoming outside air while the […]

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Concerning Thermostats: To Program or Not To Program?

In Segment One we learned the difference between older analog thermostats and newer digital thermostats. We touched on WHY digital technology has found its way into thermostats; primarily to facilitate programmable features. But, do you really need a programmable thermostat? The answer isn’t as easy as you would think; which is why I get asked […]

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