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Erik North

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    Should I Insulate My Cold Water Pipes?

    Insulating the hot waters pipes in your house is something of a no-brainer. Why let the heat escape willy-nilly? Pipe insulation is inexpensive, and the project is one that any…

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    Why I Hate, Hate, Hate Skylights

    Why do I hate skylights? Because I’ve rarely seen one that isn’t either causing a problem or in the process of causing one. They fall squarely into a category with…

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    Ban the Can

    One hates to overstate how problematic recessed lights can be, but… they sure are a pain in the energy-auditor butt. There are worse problems (wet basements), more expensive ones (insulating…

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    The Street-Side Energy Audit

    When my wife and I bought our current house, one of the home’s appeals was that it was largely uninsulated. Given the choice between somewhat insulated and uninsulated, give me…

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    Spray Foam in Cold Climates

    Spray foam is a great tool for insulating and weatherizing. It can be applied to horizontal and vertical surfaces. Once it is cured, it can be the air barrier and…

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    Problems With Crawlspaces

    Crawl spaces are like the Loch Ness monster: talked about, rarely seen, and potentially a bit scary. The crawl space is that empty, barely accessible pit under the house filled…

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    How to Avoid Mold

    Mold and moisture issues are a common motivation for homeowners to give us a ring. There’s condensation on the windows and water dripping into the window box. One homeowner described…

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    Sealed-Combustion Appliances and Hot Tub Parties

    Sealed-combustion appliances are apt to become more common as the new energy codes introduce residential airtightness standards. This means that you’ll need to pay close attention to heating system safety.…

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    Does More Wall Insulation Reduce Cooling Costs?

    Adding insulation reduces heat flow. That’s what insulation does. But how much does wall insulation impact the heat flowing into your house during the summer? And is adding wall insulation…

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    Should I Insulate My Garage Door?

    Two of the core questions an auditor asks during a home inspection are, “Where is the thermal boundary?” and “Where is the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts?” (Those two questions run neck…