Heat pumps, like air conditioners, follow the same refrigeration-type cycle. The only difference is that the former does the reverse of the latter. Rather than send warm air outdoors, heat pumps release it inside the home.
An energy envelope or building envelope refers to the external walls, windows, roof and floor of any building; not just commercial buildings, but houses as well. The energy envelope is what prevents heat from escaping into the environment in the winter or leaking into your home’s interior in the summer. While not technically a single component, the building envelope is an important aspect of ventilation, insulation and heating and cooling considerations.
As we welcome spring, it’s important to be aware of your home’s indoor air quality. This is because warmer temperatures coupled with rain showers can lead to an uptick in humidity levels. Pollen from blooming plants and flowers may find its way into your home as well, causing allergic reactions among some family members.
If you’re one those who likes to keep close track of the calendar, you’re probably aware that March 10 is when Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts, which means you’ll need to advance your clocks forward an hour. Though this may sound trivial, it can make a big difference in your sleeping schedule and your daily activities. What you likely don’t realize is that DST actually has some hidden benefits for your HVAC system.
Many homes in the U.S. have basements, but a good number of them are either under-utilized or left unfinished. Pursuing a remodel in this part of the home is a great way to establish extra space that can function as an additional living space, a storage area for bulky HVAC equipment, or both.