Homes That Perform!

Furnace Safety Tips To Protect Your Family.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Fri, Oct 04, 2013 @ 09:37 AM

We Want You Safe, Healthy And Comfortable.

The season is upon is where one storm after another hits us all. If you haven’t already done so you might want to think about how you are currently heating your home. Often we just go along with whatever has been “working” for us, not really considering the potential consequences on our home and family.

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Tags: Furnace, Carbon Monoxide, Comfort, Heating, Safety

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

Home Air Conditioning: The Problem With Oversizing Part #1.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Fri, May 17, 2013 @ 02:16 PM

Air Conditioning Oversizing Causes and Effects Part #1

Customers depend on the expertise of contractors in selecting air conditioners. Yet contractors generally size air conditioners at least a half-ton larger than necessary and often oversize by a ton or more. Even the most conscientious contractor is driven to avoid call-backs (or even lawsuits). An oversized air conditioner can mask problems from duct leaks, improper flow across the coils, and improper charge.

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Tags: Installation, Proper Sizing, Planned Right, Comfort

Energy Efficiency Solutions In Greenville: The Energy Audit!

Posted by Michael Kamps on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 @ 03:40 PM

Energy Audits For Your Home Done By A Professional With The Right Equipment.

Greenville homeowners are always looking for the RIGHT energy efficiency tips. Even though you may not be very familiar with energy audits, we think you'll find this information very beneficial. At H&H Plumbing & Heating, providing the latest information to homeowners is high on our priority list whether we provide the service or not.

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Tags: Testing, Inspection, Energy Efficiency, Comfort

Energy Efficiency Solutions: Fix The Wall Area!

Posted by Michael Kamps on Mon, Apr 08, 2013 @ 06:48 PM

'Air Sealing' Is Something Most Homeowners Are Unaware Of When It Comes To Reducing Heating And Cooling Bills; While Increasing Comfort.

In general, air sealing is a very cost-effective measure to to energy efficient solutions to existing homes today. In addition, it can save money by preventing maintenance problems such as freezing pipes, ice dams and roof rot. More about that in future blog articles.

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Tags: Air Sealing, Walls, Air Leaks, Comfort

Energy Efficiency Solutions: Plug The Holes(Leaks)!

Posted by Michael Kamps on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 @ 01:04 PM

Recommendations for Greenville Homeowers: Air leakage causes all sorts of problems!

Whenever you are undertaking a home improvement project, DO NOT overlook or miss the opportunity to reduce air leaks(even the slightest leak).

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Tags: Air Sealing, Air Leaks, Comfort, Energy Efficiency Tips

How Heating And Cooling's Priority Is Comfort!

Posted by Michael Kamps on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 @ 04:55 PM

Greenville Area Homeowners Should Be COMFORTABLE In Every Room Of Your Home.

At H&H Plumbing & Heating, we understand homeowners have a difficult time defining what that means; they just know when they are not comfortable!

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Tags: Testing, Energy Efficiency, Comfort

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.

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Tags: Building Science, Engingeering, Energy Efficiency, Comfort