Homes That Perform!

Achieving More Energy Efficient Homes While Maintaining Comfort.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Tue, Feb 05, 2013 @ 10:41 AM

Proven Science Used By A Bunch Of NASA Aerospace Engineersm You Can Use For Your Home.

H&H Plumbing & Heating is a company with strong roots in engineering. Over the years of speaking with homeowners and their frustrations with high utility bills and lack of comfort (and not sure where to turn), we decided to make the best effort to bring the best information  out there in simple and easy to understand terms. In the end, it's about delivering a 'Home That Performs'. As you'll see, this information has been around for a long time; check this out.

In the late 60’s and early 70’s, engineers working in the NASA Space Program, were able toNASA maintain a consistent 72 degree indoor cabin temperature and the indoor air quality pure in the Space Capsules. The amazing part of this was the fact that this was achieved in a very hostile environment. This same group of engineers realized that if a spacecraft could be insulated, heated and cooled in the extreme space environment temperatures ranging from -450° F(below ZERO) to +300° F with very small amounts of energy (e.g. the Apollo Command Module could be maintained at 72° F with only 10 - 150 watt lightbulbs, surely a home could benefit from some of the spacecraft design results. For example, on a cold day in one hour, a typical 1800 SQ FT house may lose more than 100 times the amount of energy used in the Apollo spacecraft. That’s inexcusable!

This group of engineers started a company called Watt Count Engineering Systems. Here's their story. The company was formed during the “Energy Crisis” of the 1970’s to apply aerospace technology in the development of a practical energy conservation system for residential heating and cooling. Watt Count conducted one of the largest data studies of residential HVAC systems by monitoring energy consumption and comfort conditions in homes from 1977-1986.

Homeowners Are Now In Charge!

Surely in this day and age of skyrocketing energy costs and concern about making better use of our resources, it SHOULD be common place to end up with better results without sounding like some “space age” future technology. Yes, today YOU can make home improvements or build a home that is ultra energy efficient, healthy, comfortable and quieter without doing what most people think you have to do and cost you an 'arm and a leg.'

One of the engineers stated that energy is one of those things that affects our lives every day; with utility bills rising each year and projected to keep increasing at 8% to 10% a year people are looking for ways to cut down on their energy usage.

In upcoming articles we will cover steps you can take to achieve the results.

Tags: Building Science, Engingeering, Energy Efficiency, Comfort