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Forced Air

  • A Builder's Guide to Geothermal Heat Pumps

    Installed correctly, ground-source heat pumps can provide comfortable, efficient heating in many climates. Here’s an overview of the available options.

     
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    Successful Fireplaces in Tight Houses

    Want to keep the fireplace from smoking your clients out of their living room? The answer lies in building a straight flue, locating the chimney in the center of the house, and controlling air pressure with makeup air.

     
  • Zoning Forced-Air Heating Systems

    An hvac contractor shows how he uses advanced controls and motorized dampers to provide balanced zone control in forced-air heating systems, in both retrofits and new installations.

     
  • Trouble-Free Forced-Air Heat

    An hvac contractor explains how to size, select, and install furnaces and ductwork to ensure quiet, efficient, and even heating.

     
  • Case Study: Hydronic Heat Retrofit

    Using PEX tubing and panel radiators, the author retrofitted central heating with minimal disruptions to framing and finishes.

     
  • CO Leaks Causes & Cures

    In today’s tighter houses, carbon monoxide leaks are potentially more deadly than ever. These three case studies show how careful detective work can uncover and eliminate common sources of CO contamination.

     
  • Kitchen & Bath: Effective Venting Strategies

    Good, better, best venting strategies

     
  • Hydro-Air Heating Options

    For climates where both heating and cooling are needed, this hybrid system offers the greatest flexibility. An hvac contractor shows how he makes it work.

     
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    Vent-Free Gas Heaters - How Safe?

    Unvented gas fireplaces and heaters are the latest craze at hearth product retail stores. But before you install one for a client, you'd better consider the liability.

     
  • On-Demand Water Heaters

    For occasional hot water usage, or when fixture groups are located far from a central storage tank, instantaneous or point-of-use water heaters can be an economical option.

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking