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Mar
11
comment How can I calculate the power consumption of an A/C unit?
@DanNeely Good point! FYI, you can sometimes borrow Kill-a-Watt type devices from the library.
Mar
10
comment How can I calculate the power consumption of an A/C unit?
You will not be able to use a Kill-a-Watt device because most outdoor condensing units are hard-wired. You'll need to use a current transducer in the breaker box. But there are easier ways to estimate the power consumption without measuring it.
Mar
10
comment How can I calculate the power consumption of an A/C unit?
As mentioned by User58220, the kW value is the cooling output capacity, not input power.
Feb
25
comment Should I agree to have more insulation added to my attic?
It is still not correct to say that R-value is not a good measure of insulation or that it doesn't measure convection. See: greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/musings/…
Feb
5
awarded  Critic
Feb
5
comment Should I agree to have more insulation added to my attic?
You're absolutely right that sealing the leaks between the living space and the attic is essential, but -1 for hyberbole of "almost useless".
Feb
5
comment Can I reduce static pressure in one room by adding a vent to an adjoining room?
Moving the thermostat isn't an easy task. It would involve rewiring the thermostat in the bedroom wall.
Feb
5
revised Can I reduce static pressure in one room by adding a vent to an adjoining room?
add comment about sound transfer
Feb
5
comment Can I reduce static pressure in one room by adding a vent to an adjoining room?
I don't think that last sentence is true. See my answer/
Feb
5
answered Can I reduce static pressure in one room by adding a vent to an adjoining room?
Jan
7
comment How do I remove blown in attic insulation?
I've heard of people rigging up a leaf blower in "suck" mode and using that to fill bags. Videos can be found on youtube.
Jan
7
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Jan
7
comment Will blown in insulation help in this situation?
Does the original 10 inch "attic" space have vents to the outside? If it does, insulation above that space won't do much good.
Nov
19
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Nov
5
comment For new construction, which flooring is greener: laminate or engineered?
The fact that trees are cut down can be a "pro"–since it means carbon is being locked up in a product. If the felled trees are replaced (quickly) then it can be a carbon negative product. So perhaps fast-growing woods like bamboo make the greenest floors. There is also the option of reclaimed wood (e.g. from a store like Habitat Restore).
Oct
7
revised Should I encapsulate my crawl space?
added "between the crawlspace and outside" for clarity
Oct
7
comment Should I encapsulate my crawl space?
@JohnGleason Exchanging air between the house and crawlspace is necessary for moisture reasons—to keep the crawlspace air conditioned in summer (to keep humidity levels down) and to keep it warm in winter (so that moisture in air doesn't condense on cold surfaces). Your heating bill may go up a bit, but you are already indirectly heating and cooling the crawlspace to some degree because your ducts are down there. As a side benefit, the floor will feel warmer, which will improve comfort.
Oct
7
suggested suggested edit on Should I encapsulate my crawl space?
Oct
1
comment Can I insulate under my condo's subfloor?
Is the floor above another condo or above the garage?
Oct
1
revised Should I encapsulate my crawl space?
added @Herrbag's point to 3.