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Built- in Humidifiers


Humidifiers are devices that humidify air so that building occupants are comfortable. Central humidifiers are hard-wired into a house’s plumbing and forced-air heating systems.
 
What is humidity?
Humidity refers to the amount of moisture in the air. “Relative humidity” signifies the amount of moisture in the air relative to the maximum amount of water the air can contain before it becomes saturated. This maximum moisture count is related to air temperature in that the hotter the air is, the more moisture it can hold.

crawl space moisture problems


Is There Moisture Problems In The Crawl Space Of Your Current Home Or Potential Purchase?

When most people think of moisture problems in a home, the basement is the main concern. Has there been moisture seepage?  Can there be mold problems? What can I do to keep the basement dry and safe for my family?

These are all important factors to consider for you current and potential purchase, but homes and commercial buildings with crawl spaces are areas that home owners rarely enter. Due to it being unusable space, problems usually go unnoticed before it’s too late to reverse structural damage from moisture problems and movement.

Crawls Space Problems-inspections

Atiic insulation for the DIYer

 
According to theEnergyStar™ Program, heating and cooling costs can be slashed by upto 20% per year by properly sealing and insulating the home. Insulating theattic should be a top priority for preventing heat loss because as heat rises, a critical amount of heat loss from the living areas of the home occurs through an unfinished attic.  During the summer months, heat trapped in the attic can reduce a home’s ability to keep cool, forcing occupants to further tax the home's cooling system.

Deadly Mistakes A Home Buyer Should Know

Three Deadly Mistakes Every Home Buyer
Should Avoid
Deadly Mistake #1: Thinking you can't afford it.
 
Many people who thought that buying the home they wanted was simply out of their reach are now enjoying a new lifestyle in their very own homes. 
 
Buying a home is the smartest financial decision you will ever make.  In fact, most homeowners would be broke at retirement if it wasn't for one saving grace -- the equity in their homes.  Furthermore, tax allowances favor home ownership.

Efflorescence On Concrete

 
 
Efflorescence is the white chalky powder that you might find on the surface of a concrete or brick wall. It can be a cosmetic issue, or it can be an indication of moisture intrusion that could lead to major structural and indoor air quality issues.
 
Indications of Moisture
 
 
 
Efflorescence is the dissolved salts deposited on the surface of a material (such as concrete or brick) that are visible after the evaporation of the water in which it was transported. The moisture that creates efflorescence often comes from groundwater, but rainwater can also be the source.

Co2 safety Recommednations

 
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that formsfrom incomplete combustion of fuels, such as natural or liquefied petroleumgas, oil, wood or coal.
 
 
 
Facts and Figures
 
480 U.S. residents died between 2001 and 2003 from non-fire-relatedcarbon-monoxide poisoning.
 
Most CO exposures occur during the winter months, especially in December(including 56 deaths, and 2,157 non-fatal exposures), and in January (including69 deaths and 2,511 non-fatal exposures).

failure in double pane windows

 
 
 
Condensation is the accumulation of liquid water on relatively cold surfaces.
 
 
Almost all aircontains water vapor, the gas phase of water composed of tiny water droplets.The molecules in warm air are far apart from one another and allow thecontainment of a relatively large quantity of water vapor. As air cools, itsmolecules get closer together and squeeze the tiny vapor droplets closertogether, as well. A critical temperature, known as the dew point, exists wherethese water droplets will be forced so close together that they merge intovisible liquid in a process called condensation.

Knob & Tube wiring

 
Knob-and-tube (K&T) wiring was an early standardized method ofelectrical wiring in buildings, in common use in North America from about 1880to the 1940s. The system is considered obsolete and can be a safety hazard,although some of the fear associated with it is undeserved.
 
 
 
Facts AboutKnob-and-Tube Wiring:
 
It has no ground wire and thus cannot service any three-pronged appliances.
 
While it is considered obsolete, there is no code that requires itscomplete removal.

bathroom fan ventilation issues

 
 
Bathroom ventilation systems are designed to exhaust odors and moist airto the home's exterior. Typical systems consist of a ceiling fan unit connectedto a duct that terminates at the roof.
 
 
Fan Function  
 
 
 
 The fan may be controlled in one of several ways:
 
Most are controlled by a conventional wall switch.
 
A timer switch may be mounted on the wall.
 
A wall-mounted humidistat can be pre-set to turn the fan on and offbased on different levels of relative humidity
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