Wood stoves are a great way to bring warmth, ambiance and relief from heating bills to your home, but they must be properly sized and installed to provide safe, efficient heat.
Insulating a home to an R-value of 15 can bring energy savings of up to 50 percent. Custom Blow-In-Blanket Systems deliver seamless fiberglass insulation that will not settle or deteriorate over time.
New technology and smart packaging bring fireplaces to small places. These electric fireplaces are upscale furniture pieces that can be assembled with ease and plugged in anywhere for warmth and beauty.
As chimneys age, they begin to deteriorate and threaten the safety of the home. Relining an existing chimney can be tricky, but a flexible steel lining system makes difficult applications easier.
More than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks when heating with wood and solid fuels.
Radiant floor heating has been used for centuries. The Romans channeled hot air under the floors of their villas. The Koreans channeled hot flue gases under their floors before venting them up the chimney. In the 1930s, architect Frank Lloyd Wright piped hot water through the floors of many of his buildings. Some home builders' surveys have shown that, if given a choice, most new home owners prefer radiant floor heat over other types of systems.
In our modern, high-tech society, we don't think much about some of the electronic gadgets in our homes. Take, for example, the ever-present thermostat—a staple of American households for decades. It usually takes the shape of an unassuming box on the wall, but that modest device controls the comfort of your family on the coldest day in January and the hottest day in July.
There are several methods to reduce or even replace the use of an air conditioning system by using non-mechanical ways to keep your home cool when it's hot outside.
Adding (retrofitting) a solar space heating system to your home is one way to combat increasing energy costs and to raise your home's market value. The two major types of solar retrofits are active systems (requiring mechanical energy and hardware such as pumps and fans to distribute heat) and passive systems (which depend on the natural circulation of a fluid for heat movement).
Electricity is a versatile but precious energy source. Because it is needed for refined power equipment such as computers and medical machinery, when it is used for less-refined needs such as heating it should be used as efficiently as possible.