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How to Achieve Balanced Ventilation

How to Achieve Balanced Ventilation

by vscontent on March 29, 2018

We’ve written about the importance of ventilation for your home before, but it’s important to know the differences between ventilation systems and why you should consider “balanced ventilation.” Negative Air Pressure Many times, mechanical ventilation systems are exhaust-only, meaning they expel air out of the house but aren’t designed to bring any air in. When […]

What to Know Before Basement Remodel

What to Know Before Remodeling Your Basement

by vscontent on January 26, 2018

From man caves and in-law suites to studios and Airbnbs, a basement remodel is a useful, beautiful, and cost-effective choice. In fact, the 2017 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report ranks a basement remodel as one of the top ten home improvement projects that give you a return on your investment. According to national averages, you […]

Building Envelope Shell

What Is a Building Shell/Envelope and Why Is It Important?

by vscontent on January 12, 2018

Your house may be stationary, but it’s not stationery. So what does an envelope have to do with your home? What is a building envelope (aka shell)? Much like an actual shell or envelope, your building’s “shell” is everything that separates the inside from the outside. The building shell/envelope comprises: Floors Walls Doors/Windows (Fenestrations) Roof […]

Improve Indoor Air Quality for Winter

Winter Indoor Air Quality, Why It Matters, and How to Improve It

by vscontent on January 5, 2018

Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is most evident during the winter months. Due to the drier air, our nasal passages dry out and are more susceptible to the airborne contaminants in our home. This results in increased rates of sickness and respiratory problems. The EPA has deemed indoor air quality “among the top environmental problems […]

Furnace Rust Causes & Solutions

How to Prevent Furnace Rust | Causes & Solutions

by vscontent on November 24, 2017

A furnace is a reliable and energy-efficient way to provide heating for Pacific Northwest homes. Proper maintenance (annual fall furnace tune-ups) can help a furnace last a long time, but wear and tear eventually takes its toll. As your furnace ages, you may start to notice problems such as rust and corrosion. You may be […]

Halloween and Fall Safety for Home and Family

Halloween and Fall Safety Tips for Home and Family

by vscontent on October 6, 2017

There are many real and imagined dangers around Halloween and the in-between period between summer and winter. To help homeowners and their families stay safe for Halloween and the fall season, we’re sharing some tips to prevent fires, carbon monoxide leaks, decorating accidents, and other dangerous scenarios. Additionally, October 8-14 is National Fire Prevention Week, […]

5 Things to Do Before a Remodel or Renovation

by vscontent on July 14, 2017

Whenever remodeling the home, it’s important to consider indoor air quality, ventilation, and other common indoor air problems. Some of the most common places to remodel are: Basement Attic Bathrooms Kitchen When remodeling these areas, it’s important to anticipate and prepare for mold, moisture, and ventilation problems. Here are 5 things you want to do before […]

What goes into professional HVAC design?

The Four Main Areas of Whole-Home HVAC Design

by vscontent on April 28, 2017

If you have a central HVAC system, which you probably do, it’s important to know basic HVAC design principles. Choosing the right size unit to fit your home’s needs is just as important as choosing the right HVAC contractor to install it. Learning how to adjust the thermostat and getting your air ducts sealed and […]

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What to Do About Critters in Your HVAC System

by vscontent on February 17, 2017

As you probably know, animals and HVAC systems don’t mix very well. While you may have been lucky so far, you’d be surprised to find out how many different kinds of critters our technicians have found in HVAC systems—everything from snakes and rats to birds and bats. If you think there’s a critter creeping around your ductwork […]

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How to Detect Radon in Your Home | Radon Action Month

by vscontent on January 20, 2017

When it comes to gases in the home, this isn’t something you can see to believe. The most dangerous gases lurking in people’s homes are invisible, such as carbon monoxide and natural gas. Radon is no exception. Colorless and odorless, radon is a big threat with simple solutions. There are precautions that can be taken […]