One of the scariest factors of mold growth is that many homeowners do not realize that their house may already be infected. Mold thrives in humid temperatures on materials such as wood, paper, carpet, leather, and foods, and may be extremely hard to spot. HOW CAN YOU DETECT MOLD? Mold emits a musty, rank odor,… Read more »
UPDATED 4/4/2018 It’s never an easy decision when contemplating whether you should have your HVAC system repaired or replaced. For most homeowners, repairing the system seems like the cheaper option. However, that may not be the right choice. These are the questions you should ask yourself before you decide if you should repair or replace… Read more »
[UPDATED 10/5/2017] It’s a familiar scenario. You call a heating and cooling company to repair or service your air conditioner or furnace, and they sell you on a maintenance agreement. He uses terms like energy efficiency, annual tune-up, and improved air quality. Everything sounds good, but is it the best solution for you, your home,… Read more »
Pending in the Senate is a bill called the Home Star Retrofit Act of 2010, or simply Home Star for short. Sometimes referred to as Cash for Caulkers in street slang, the bill would provide a series of financial incentives for homeowners to increase the energy efficiency of their homes through substantive, effective improvements to… Read more »
One of the biggest energy guzzlers in your home (besides, most likely, your thermal envelope, which lets expensive conditioned air escape through air leaks and poorly insulated walls) is the refrigerator. Upgrading it, believe it or not, can save you a bundle of money in the long run, as long as you don’t simply put… Read more »
When winter is around the corner, homeowners rush to make their home warmer. HVAC maintenance helps, but to achieve Whole-Home Comfort your home needs good insulation too. The cost-effective way to find out how to keep your home warm all winter long, without paying more for heat.
What got me going on making changes to my house was last year’s oil prices. I had this terrible sense of insecurity when prices shot up, and I was dependent upon oil for heat. For me, homeland security is a big pile of wood in the back. I looked into the most likely culprits for… Read more »
UPDATE 2/28/2018 There is nothing better than relaxing in front of the fireplace on a cold Maryland night. They’re comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. However, homeowners pay the price for that comfort. Fireplaces are not energy efficient. So, a chimney balloon is one of the best ways to reduce energy loss.
At EnergyCircle we’re repeatedly extolling the virtues of LED lighting. Eons more efficient than anything else on the market, it looks good, and is what everyone will be doing. There is still a lot of uncertainty regarding what’s available right now, and rightly so. LEDs are on the cutting edge of lighting technology, and they’re… Read more »
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