Thursday, July 19, 2012

Broan's Decorative Push

A fantastic looking bathroom fan, medicine cabinet, or back splash can really make or break the look and feel you are going towards. Broan's decorative line not only looks elegant but they are also built for longevity and performance.

The decorative back splashes (shown below) are easy to clean, can really enhance the look of a kitchen, feature stain resistant technology, easily movable, and built to fit almost any kitchen. Did I already mention easy to clean?

The Broan 764 series (shown below) is offered in 3 finishes: brushed nickel, rubbed bronze, or white. Yes, it is also a light and sports a quiet 80 CFM motor. Fluorescent models are also available that feature savings and rebates. 
766RB (shown below) features the same specifications as the 764RB but with a more aggressive design.

Broan 741 (shown below above bathroom)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Efficient Energy Use

Efficient energy use, sometimes simply called energy efficiency, is the goal of efforts to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services. For example, insulating a home allows a building to use less heating and cooling energy to achieve and maintain a comfortable living temperature. Installing fluorescent lights or natural skylights reduces the amount of energy required to attain the same level of illumination compared to using traditional incandescent light bulbs. Compact fluorescent lights use two-thirds less energy and may last 6 to 10 times longer than incandescent lights. Improvements in energy efficiency are most often achieved by adopting a more efficient technology or production process.

Here are simple tips to save energy

1) Plug all appliances into a power strip and turn the strip off when the appliances are not being used. 

2) Purchase Energy Star and other efficient products. 

3) Turn off lights when you leave a room. 

4) Switch to fluorescent bulbs.

5) Turn off your Computer at night. 

6) Install a programmable thermostat. 

7) Weather strip windows and doors. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Ducting Guide (HVAC)

Hooray, ducts!

Ducts are used in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) to deliver and remove air. These needed airflows include, for example, supply air, return air, and exhaust air. Ducts also deliver, most commonly as part of the supply air, ventilation air. As such, air ducts are one method of ensuring acceptable indoor air quality as well as thermal comfort.

A duct system is often called ductwork. Planning ('laying out'), sizing, optimizing, detailing, and finding the pressure losses through a duct system is called duct design.

Whilst planning ducting a bathroom it is important to know duct size and where you would like to your bathroom fan to vent. Typically, ducting runs towards the attic and out the side. If using flex duct always, always try to keep it straight as possible, as kinks and bends will significantly decrease airflow. Also, ducting will need to be cleaned to prevent mold and dirt build-ups that could affect the quality of air in your home.