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Conservation Tips
  1. Replace or repair hot water faucets if they drip. Always close securely after use.
  2. Do not install carpeting that will block the bottom air opening of a baseboard heating unit.
  3. Periodically examine the fins on the pipe inside the baseboard heating enclosures. If they have a lot of lint or other material on them that will restrict air flow vacuum or otherwise clean them.
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    Q: I have recently purchased a home with hot water heat and base board radiant heaters in my home. I hear bubbling sounds in the water lines and some of the heaters and pipes don't get hot. Is there something I can do to correct this? Some rooms get warmed nicely though. I thought the whole system was connected.
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    Vapor Barriers and Ventilation
    Vapor barriers must always be on the living space side of the insulation and should not be sandwiched between new and existing insulation. When adding insulation, never put a vapor barrier next to existing insulation. For example, if the insulation you are adding to an attic has a vapor barrier, remove it or slash it thoroughly before installing over existing insulation.
  • All about Vapor Barriers and Insulation

  • Home Energy Efficieny Audit
    Use our audit checklist to check areas in your home to help improve your energy efficiency. We cover each area of your house.
  • Home Audit Checklist

  • Heat flows
    naturally from a warmer to a cooler space. Insulation resists this flow of heat, and helps keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer, at less cost. It provides a thermal blanket around your home to reduce the amount of heat that flows out of, or into, your house.
  • Insulation facts and where to insulate..

  • Recommended R Values
    for the USA and Canada Use the map and table provided to determine your area, then determine your insulation values:
  • Recommended Insulations levels

  • Usually opening windows
    in your basement is not a good idea. Humidity in basements is high in the summer because the basement is cool due to the temperature of the earth surrounding it. When warm outside air enters the basement its relative humidity increases as it cools.
  • Moisture in the Home

  • Steam Heat
    in your house presents its own unique problems and maintenance requirements. Read our tips for maintaining your system in:
  • Steam Heating Systems

  • Buying a new furnace
    Here's what to look for when you are making that big decision in:
  • Furnace Buying Guide

  • Do you have a moisture
    problem in your home? Check this article out to get condensation and moisture under control
  • Dealing with Condensation in the home

  • Indoor Humidity Levels?
    Especially in winter, what is the proper humidity level for your home? Find out in
  • Proper Indoor Humidity

  • Keeping Cool
    As the hot summer months arrive, we wait for the dreaded summer utility bills. Keeping cool during the summer months shouldn't cost a fortune. This article offers the following tips to keep utility bills in check:
  • Keep your cool!

  • Ice Dams
    The snow and ice are building up on your roof's edge. Water is leaking into your house. Here is a look at what causes ice dams, and how to eliminate them.
  • Ice Dams!

  • More heating and cooling info
    Check out our collection of hints and tips on heating and cooling!
  • Heating Tips!

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