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Indoor Air Quality Problems: Dust Troubles Part 1.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 @ 04:49 PM

This Is For Grand Rapids Homeowners Who Experience Dust Troubles? "Within two days, I have dust sitting on all my surfaces..!!"

"My curtains become filthy within a week after taking them down and washing them. Yet there is only one small vent near them and I don't see much dust there. I had my vents inspected before we put in the new equipment and was told I did not have any problem. We have checked as far as we can see and see no build up or debris in the vents. What could be causing this problem and how can we fix it?"

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Tags: Indoor Air Problems, Dust Problems, Air Leaks, IAQ

Indoor Air Quality Problems: Sniffing Out More 'Threatening' Smells

Posted by Michael Kamps on Mon, Aug 05, 2013 @ 02:42 PM

These 2 Areas Are More Life Threatening. 

I'll start this article with something I saw on an episode of Holmes On Homes, last year where the host of the program exposed a dryer venting into the garage ceiling which was sealed and was over the garage. Imagine 6 - 7 years of dryer exhaust(lint) collecting in the floor joist? In other words, it was not exhausting to the outdoors at all. I'm not saying this to alarm you, but to attend to different smells in your home that may be more serious.

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Tags: Backdrafting, Odors, Carbon Monoxide, Dryer Vent

Indoor Air Quality Problems: Sniffing Out Smells.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 @ 02:00 PM

Point Your Nose In The Right Direction And Follow It To These Areas; It Might Tell You Something.

I don't know about you, but women are better than men when it comes to sniffing out smells in your home. If you'll check these areas, it could tell you some interesting things:

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Tags: Mold, Indoor Air Problems, IAQ, Moisture Problems

Identifying Indoor Air Quality Problems...Do You Have Any?

Posted by Michael Kamps on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 @ 03:41 PM

People spend about 90% of their time indoors.

The EPA ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental dangers to the public. Why? Our homes are sealed, insulated and efficient. While this is a very good thing and the goal of every homeowner, it locks in allergenic particles, infectious agents and other toxic agents. Keep in mind the house is an integrated system where one improvement can affect the other. At H&H Plumbing & Heating, our experience has helped solve many of these problems our customers have experienced. It always starts with identifying the problems.

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Tags: Air Filters, Indoor Air Problems, IAQ

Indoor Air Quality Problems And Today's Home.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 @ 09:05 AM

Growing Problems With Indoor Air Quality.

One of the main reasons for heightened public concern about deteriorating indoor air quality is the alarming number of children and young adults with severe allergies and asthma. With that in mind let's talk about today's home.
Changes in new home construction practices that evolved out of the 1970's energy crisis created "tight homes" = tightly sealed, heavily insulated and very energy efficient. While these new construction practices help conserve energy, they also lock in allergenic particles, infectious agents and toxic compounds.
Your beautiful, "clean" home could be a major source of airborne contaminates that could prevent you and your family from feeling healthy and energetic.

New home sizes have steadily increased from approximately 1,100 average square feet in the 1940s and 1950s to over 2,400 square feet in 2005.27, 28 At the same time, even as home sizes have increased, home building techniques have resulted in “tighter,” more energy-efficient homes that unfortunately also allow a greater build-up of indoor air pollution.

Here's some statistics and useful information from AirAdvice.

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Tags: Indoor Air Problems, Garage, Energy Efficiency

Ever Wonder How A Home Air Conditioning System Blows Cold Air.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 @ 10:37 AM

Found Some Great Information That Explains How A Home Air Conditioning System Blows Cold Air And Makes You Comfortable.

One of the most important reasons we at H&H Heating & Cooling provides information on our website is to deliver answers to every possible question homeowners ask us over the years. I thought I'd share some great information from an article published by a leading building science expert named Allison Bailes.  He does a nice job explaining how a home air conditioning system works.

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Tags: Thermal Dynamics, Cooling, Building Science, Comfort

Grand Rapids Air Conditioning - 'Thermostat Wars' Resolved?

Posted by Michael Kamps on Fri, Jul 12, 2013 @ 04:45 AM

'Blessed Are The Peacemakers'. Working towards a solution.

What about Programmable thermostats? (I'm still looking to meet the person who has their programmable thermostat programmed.) Programmable thermostat manufacturers tend to exaggerate the savings you will get (Bet you're surprised).
Apparently studies show most people either don't program the setbacks, or override/defeat them with "Hold" settings. Based on this you will find articles saying they don't save money. Sort of like studies showing smoke detectors don't save many lives because most people don't replace the batteries, so they don't alarm. It just has to be true that if you don't use something it won't help you. So, if you don't intend to use it, don't buy one. I'm guessing people stop using them because they can be annoying and uncomfortable. If you program it to start the setback too early in the evening you will have to get ready for bed in the cold (or hot in the summer). If you program it to set back after your sure you'll be in bed, you must either get under too much cover and be too hot initially, or wake up freezing and cover up. If you have to get up in the night it will be cooooold.

It's something of an over simplification, but how much you save depends mostly on how much setback you use and how long your house stays at the target setback temperature. Thus, one long setback period will save more than two short ones totaling the same amount of setback time. Keep in mind, the worse your insulation, windows and doors are the more you will save, and vice versa. The greater your air leakage is through your windows, doors and insulation the faster you lose heat, and the quicker the temperature will reach the setback temperature. Thus, the more of the setback period it will be at the setback temperature.

Building a new 'Ultra Energy Efficient' home with everything sized, engineered and installed correctly creates TRUE comfort all year around. Just set the thermostat and forget it. However as you will learn through our blog, energy efficient home improvements always add comfort if they are done correctly.

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Tags: Thermostat, Cooling, Air Leaks, Comfort

Home Air Conditioning - 'Thermostat Wars'

Posted by Michael Kamps on Tue, Jul 09, 2013 @ 05:47 PM

Let's See How Many Grand Rapids Area Homeowners Can Relate To Any Of This.

Even the best-matched couple can come to 'blows' over the temperature setting in their home. "Thermostat Wars' result when one spouse or the other runs hotter or cooler than the other's. As a result, one either swelters or freezes indoors while the other is perfectly content -- except for that nagging feeling that their partner is uncomfortable. However, most homeowners struggle with comfort which is related to more than just body metabolism. It has more to do with inter-related systems, underperforming systems of the home or design flaws.

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Tags: Thermostat, Cooling, Comfort, Air Conditioning

New Air Conditioners: A Key Component In Getting The Results.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Thu, Jul 04, 2013 @ 09:53 AM

Important Information When It Comes To Replacing Your HVAC System.

When making the decision to reinvest in a new heating and cooling system, the question always pops up in peoples mind is, how do I make sure I get the results I'm paying for and solve my problems; basically, meet all my expectations!

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Tags: Done Right, Common Mistakes, Buying A/C, AC Components

Home Air Conditioning Buying Decisions: Educated vs. 'Gimmick'

Posted by Michael Kamps on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 @ 02:15 PM

Really? Rebates Of $2400, "50% Off", "2 for 1", "Limited Time Only".

Today consumers have to overcome all the gimmicks, confusion and frustrations when trying to make the best buying decision that's right for you. While doing some research online, I ran across this comment online the other day. It was a consumer voicing an opinion:

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Tags: A/C Systems, Best Value, Sales Gimmicks