“Green” construction is growing in popularity thanks to the need for homeowners to tackle the problem of rising energy costs. In fact, many homes today are constructed using standards that require improved airtightness and insulation. The energy efficiency is there, which is excellent, but the downside is that the natural flow of fresh air into the home is arrested, resulting in poor indoor air quality.
High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, which are found in numerous air-cleaning products, have a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating of 13 to 16. This means that these components have the ability to filter airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns with 75% efficiency.
Thermostats for residential HVAC systems are no longer limited to the manual type. Sure, manual thermostats still have their uses, but there are two new and exciting options on the market today that allow homeowners to customize their home’s comfort levels in ways that make regulating your home’s temperature much easier and more convenient. These options are programmable and smart thermostats.
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.