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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

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    Custom Range Hoods

    Get your design fabricated in 16-gauge copper

     
  • Sustainability Expert Reports on Hybrid Water Heaters

    Next-wave DHW heaters offer performance advantages over conventional tankless and storage water heaters but may not make financial sense.

     
  • Q&A With Bob Kulp About Solar Installation

    Bob Kulp is co-owner of Kulps of Stratford, a roofing company he founded 25 years ago in the central Wisconsin town of Stratford. The company is now venturing into solar installation.

     
  • Q&A: Can I Build a Cabinet Around Hydronic Baseboard?

    Even if you install a grille, building a wood cabinet around strip of hydronic baseboard radiator will compromise heating performance

     
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    SoftSound VC 97 Variable-Speed Modulating Gas Furnace

    According to the maker, the SoftSound VC 97 Variable-Speed Modulating Gas Furnace provides steadier heat than single-stage furnaces

     
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    Radiant in a Box

    This unit is essentially a pre-assembled mechanical room that you can hang on the wall.

     
  • Heat pumps are refrigeration- cycle devices that use electricity to move and concentrate heat energy, and can be used for both heating and cooling. Although electricity is required to run a compressor,the energy needed to deliver a given quantity of heat with a heat pump is typically a fraction of what it would take to provide the same amount of heat with resistance baseboard heaters or wall-hung units.

    Ductless Heat Pumps (Subscriber content)

    These easily installed units offer flexible sizing and high efficiency at moderate cost.

     
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    Venting Picture Window

    Marvin's Ultimate Picture Window provides an unobstructed view yet still allows airflow.

     
  • Indulge Modern Instant Hot-Water Dispenser

    The Indulge Modern hot-water dispenser provides 200° filtered water instantly, says the maker, saving gallons of not-warm-enough water that otherwise may have been poured down the drain.

     
  • Fixing Bathroom Ventilation Problems - Poorly Installed Ductwork and Insulation (Subscriber content)

    Often the fan is big enough, but the ductwork is nonexistent or poorly installed.

     
  • We Are the 99% — Design Temperatures and Oversized HVAC Systems

     
  • Efficient Tankless Hot Water

    Rinnai has unveiled a new line of highly efficient tankless products.

     
  • Next Hybrid Gas Water Heater

    A. O. Smith claims its new water heater offers the advantages of on-demand and traditional heating appliances without the disadvantages.

     
  • Solar Roofing

    Apollo is a low-profile photovoltaic array that can be installed along with the shingles by a certified roofing contractor.

     
  • Prestige Excellence Combination Boiler

    The Prestige Excellence Combination Boiler provides 110,000 Btu per hour for space heating and a 14-gallon indirect water heater that delivers up to 180 gallons per hour of domestic hot water.

     
  • One-Piece Bath Vent Fan

    The company best-known for making silent remote-mounted ventilation products now offers a lineup of conventional bath fans.

     
  • When to Use a Heat-Pump Water Heater (Subscriber content)

    Q: A customer wants me to install one of the new heat-pump water heaters in the ground-floor utility room of a house built on a slab. I don't have any direct experience with them, but since they work by drawing heat from the surrounding air, won't any energy savings in the winter be at least partly...

     
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    Product: SheerWeave Performance +

    An interior window shade fabric designed to reflect solar heat and reduce glare.

     
  • Nest Labs. The Nest Learning Thermostat monitors homeowner behaviors and preferences to create a customized heating and cooling schedule. It learns residents personal schedules in a week and automatically adjusts heating or cooling when the home is vacant to save energy. An Energy History function shows how much energy has been saved. In addition, users can change the temperature, adjust their schedule, and check energy usage via laptop or smartphone. www.nest.com.

    Learning Thermostat

    Nest Labs. The Nest Learning Thermostat monitors homeowner behaviors and preferences to create a customized heating and cooling schedule.

     
  • Big Power, Small Package

    According to Rheem, the 29-gallon XR90 Extreme Recovery Gas Water Heater exceeds the performance of most 50-gallon water heaters but costs less to operate than any standard 30-, 40-, or 50-gallon model.

     
 
 
 
 
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