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Acoustics & Soundproofing

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    Soundproofing Outdoor Generators and Condensers

    Special mounts, acoustic blankets, and properly sized barriers are all part of the solution.

     
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    Products

    Stainless-Steel Wiring Staples - Insulating Fire-Block - Site Shop Setup - Premium Sliders - Rust-Resistant Post Mount - Clear Storm Panels - Soundproofing Solution

     
  • Soundproofing a Through-Wall Air Conditioner

    Q. My neighbor has a noisy through-the-wall air conditioner that runs day and night. So that I could get a better night's sleep, I thought I would offer to build him a soundproof box he could place around the AC unit, before I resort to more drastic measu

     
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    Air blocker; quick frieze; decking; exterior doors; ventilation

     

Air Conditioning

 

HVAC

  • Setting Kitchen Cabinets (Subscriber content)

    A guide to problem-free installation

     
  • Troubleshooting: Water Heater in a Crawlspace (Subscriber content)

    Vertical limitations and code requirements make it difficult to impossible to install a water heater in a crawlspace. Here's what you need to know.

     
  • A Ground-Source Heat Pump for an Oceanside Home

    Coastal Connection goes on site to see the wells drilled for a geothermal heating and cooling retrofit.

     
  • A builder on Martha's Vineyard used this cottage for himself and his family to learn the process of building a certified passive house.

    Building a Passive House for the First Time (Subscriber content)

    Builder Farley Pedler delves into high-efficiency Passive House construction by building his own passive house in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

     
  • Why 'Energy-Saving' Tips Suck

    The truth is that commonly espoused energy-saving tips are worthless. We look at four common offenders.

     
  • Rheem Hybrid Electric Heat Pump

    This Prestige Series water heater is the most efficient the company has offered to date.

     
  • Rinnai Vent-Free Fan Convector

    The convector uses an electronically controlled modulating burner and modulating fan convector to deliver just the right amount of heat.

     
  • Schluter Systems Ditra Heat System

    This radiant heating system provides floor warming and uncoupling in a single layer.

     
  • Teaming Heat Pumps with Rooftop Solar Power

    Portland, Maine’s ReVision Energy has a new business model: Pairing rooftop solar electric panels with efficient air-source heat pumps to yield a net-zero-energy home heating solution.

     
  • Slideshow: Teaming PV with Heat Pumps

    JLC's Coastal Connection spent two days on the job in Portland, Maine, this month to see an installation crew from ReVision Energy add heat pumps and rooftop solar panels to an existing house.

     
  • Video Series: Soffit Venting

    Most of the time soffit venting is done wrong. In this three-part JLC-Live video, Peter Heard explains how to do it right.

     
  • AP Foil-Faced Polyiso Sheathing

    This Energy Star-certified board offers an R-value of 6.5 per inch.

     
  • Cost-Saving Insulated Foundations (Subscriber content)

    Reduced excavation and forming time make ICFs a cost-effective way to build a frost-protected slab-on-grade or crawlspace.

     
  • Heat Kills

    After a long winter, summer's finally here ... and it could be brutal.

     
  • Installing a Mini-Split Air-Source Heat Pump

    JLC goes on site with ReVision Energy to see master plumbers Dave Ragsdale and Chris Blaisdell install a Fujitsu mini-split heat pump near Portland, Maine.

     
  • Bollenta Cos. TruTankless Electric Water Heater

    The TruTankless water heater squeezes 24 feet of heating element into a briefcase-size housing, so it can heat water at relatively low element temperatures.

     
  • A Drywaller’s Approach to Air Sealing Homes (Subscriber content)

    Air leaks through the building shell can have a significant effect on a home’s durability, energy use, and indoor air quality. Myron Ferguson explains how drywall can be an important part of the air barrier of an enclosure.

     
  • ReVision Energys Dave Ragsdale connects the control circuit of the outdoor unit of a 1-ton Fujitsu mini-split on a home near Portland, Maine. In combination with a wood stove, the mini-split will mostly idle the homes existing oil boiler, except during the coldest part of the year.

    Heat Pumps for Cold Climates (Subscriber content)

    Mini-split heat pumps were a major topic at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) BuildingEnergy 14 conference in Boston this year. Ted Cushman explains why and how these mini-splits shine in cold climates.

     
  • Making the Case for Zero-Leak Ducts

    Mike MacFarland outlines the benefits of leak-free ducts.

     
  • WarmBoard Warmsource Total Warmth System

    The Warmsource system simplifies hydronic heating by stuffing all the manifolds and controls into a little tank on top of the main storage tank and using X10 technology to eliminate the need for thermostat wiring.

     
 
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking