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Home Operation and Maintenance Lessons From a Cardboard Box (and a Building Science Expert)

Home Operation and Maintenance Lessons From a Cardboard Box (and a Building Science Expert)

Houses are complex systems that few home improvement contractors understand and John Tooley, a home performance expert, can prove it using a cardboard box. Tooley is a pioneer of diagnostic home analysis and makes thousands of dollars from homebuilders and trade contractors who don’t understand why the homes they build have problems. Serious problems. Comfort… Continue Reading

Do I Need to Test My Home for Radon?

Do I Need to Test My Home for Radon?

In 2005, the US Surgeon General issued the following health advisory: “Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It’s important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected… Continue Reading

Top 5 Questions to Ask Contractors at the Home and Garden Show

Are you are headed out to the home and garden show at the Von Braun Center today? Here are the top five questions to ask if you’re shopping for home improvements that can save energy and improve comfort. This list includes window and siding contractors, fiberglass, cellulose or spray foam insulation, heating, air conditioning, ventilation,… Continue Reading

Student Guide to Home Energy

Students! Be an Energy Star at school. Here’s a fun interactive way to learn about energy and the environment from the US Dept. of Energy. [iframe id=”advanced_iframe” securitykey=”da39a3ee5e6b4b0d3255bfef95601890afd80709″ src=”http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=kids.kids_index” width=”800″ scrolling=”yes”] Continue Reading