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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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    Products

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

     

Air Conditioning

 

HVAC

  • Hasting's Tile and Bath Modular Electric Towel Warmer

    Vola’s new Modular Electric Towel Warmer hides the technical elements behind the wall, leaving a cleaner look than radiator-style warmers.

     
  • Encapsulating ducts with at least 1 1/2 inches of closed-cell spray foam substantially improves HVAC performance in all U.S. climate zones. Burying the encapsulated ducts in loose-fill attic insulation improves performance even more.

    Buried and Encapsulated Ducts (Subscriber content)

    Encapsulating ducts with at least 1 1/2 inches of closed-cell spray foam substantially improves HVAC performance in all U.S. climate zones. Burying the encapsulated ducts in loose-fill attic insulation improves performance even more.

     
  • Broan Nu-Tone Best WPD39M Series Outdoor Range Hood

    UL listed for use in damp locations, the Best WPD39M Series Range Hood is designed to be installed outdoors in a covered patio or lanai area.

     
  • Best Practices: Continuous Exterior Insulation (Subscriber content)

    A guide to selecting and installing rigid foam on walls.

     
  • Left to right: Bosch 12V Max Heated Jacket, Milwaukee M12 Cordless Heated Hoodie, DeWalt 20V/12V MAX Camo Heated Jacket.

    Cordless Heated Jackets From Bosch, DeWalt, and Milwaukee

    From jackets to hoodies, there are now more options when it comes to staying warm on site.

     
  • Venting the Crawlspace (Subscriber content)

    Most crawlspaces are vented to the outdoors, but encapsulating the crawlspace has gained favor among builders of green and energy-efficient homes. But what do you do about the air down there?

     
  • Home on the Pinecastle Jeep Range

    When a former munitions demonstration site and military training facility in Florida gets a new lease on life, complications arise for the area's residents.

     
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    Reversomatic Self-Balancing HRV Deluxe Series

    Internal circuits measure airflow to keep supply and exhaust balanced in this heat recovery ventilator.

     
  • Maintain your Tankless Water Heater, or ELSE!

    If you have hard water and use a tankless water heater, sooner or later you will need to flush your unit.

     
  • HVAC Systems

    A 20 minute version of my HVAC presentation to the AIA Austin Chapter in August 2013.

     
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    Shurtape DC 181 HVAC Sealing Tape

    A new solution for sealing flex duct connections, DC 181 is a film tape that's UL 181B-FX listed, helping to make every job code-complaint.

     
  • Bad Odor in HVAC System

    That bad smell coming from your customer's A/C might be from construction dust that got onto the coils and condensate pan.

     
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    Testing Home Ductwork For Leaks

    Current versions of the model code require air-tightness testing of heating and cooling ducts. Here’s an introduction to performing those tests.

     
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    Efficient Fireplace

    The direct-vent Energy Pro Gas Fireplace can also serve as a central furnace

     
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    Controversy Over Home Ventilation Rules

    SHRAE Standard 62.2 is the nation’s residential ventilation standard, and that’s the end of the story. Or is it?

     
  • Does PV Have A Quality Problem

    After some high-profile (and expensive) failures. the photovoltaic solar panel industry is wondering just how many defective panels are flooding the market.

     
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    Comfort Sync Thermostat

    This feature-rich controller can be operated over the Internet via smart phone or tablet

     
  • Designed for Reliability

    Rinnai’s Ultra Series condensing tankless water heater puts the heat exchanger on the bottom

     
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    Compact HRV

    The Flex 100H heat-recovery ventilator is designed for homes with less than 2,000 square feet of floor space

     
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    Garage Ventilator

    This 7-cfm continuous-exhaust fan goes on the floor and ducts to the outside

     
 
 
 
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