Saturday, February 21, 2015
Having an HVAC system installed in your home? Make sure that this is done properly, or risk lower energy efficiency. A recent study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology showed that, while more energy efficient Boone heating and air conditioning systems can potentially cut down energy consumption by as much as 30 percent, this may be for nothing if the system is not properly installed. According to Piotr Domanski, who led the research, improper installation can increase household energy use by as much as 30 percent. The surveys conducted by the team showed that the majority of the evaluated air-conditioning equipment performed well below rated energy efficiency levels due to one or more installation faults. The results also revealed that degraded equipment performance is more prominent in air conditioners, heat pumps, and other related equipment.
Friday, February 20, 2015
If there's a silver lining from last year's cold wave, it would be the fact that it just saved you big time on heating costs. A report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) states that areas affected by the polar vortex are expected to experience above-average temperatures this coming winter. North Carolina lies within the large swathe set to experience this unusual warmth for the next three months or so.