May 1, 1999
Q: When I built my home four years ago, the HVAC contractor substantially oversized the system. From May to October, the air conditioner runs only five minutes to ten minutes an…
July 1, 1998
You don't want the noise and dust associated with furnaces; you want the comfort of radiant heat. Here are some options for heating the water and getting it to your floors.
Q: My house has the air handler in the attic (including AC/heat-pump coil and emergency back-up electric heater for the second floor). The ductwork in the attic is insulated; however, the air…
May 1, 1998
A little easy-to-assemble trim dresses up these homely metal heaters
Pick a fan that's quiet and powerful, and keep the duct short
September 1, 1997
Q: A few years back, we remodeled our home and had a hard time finding a place on the ground for our air-conditioning units. The contractor ended up mounting them on…
July 1, 1997
Q: I recently replaced the condensate drain line from my central AC evaporator, and I noticed that it emptied into a section of 1-1/4 in. PVC pipe embedded in the slab.…
The kind of ducts you use and the number and types of turns they make dramatically affect HVAC-system performance
May 1, 1997
Q: We recently built a two-story Victorian house in northern Ohio. The contractor ran the hose from exhaust fans in the upstairs bathroom into the soffit cavity where he had installed…
A variation of the Rumford design reflects heat into the room rather than letting it disappear up the chimney
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