Every industry seems to have its own jargon, and construction/insulation is no exception. When you look up the definition of R-value, you will see some garble like “the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow.” Or you might find the eq...
Most of us know vermiculite as an ingredient in potting soil; it helps to retain moisture. It is reasonable to assume that your attic’s vermiculite contains asbestos. According to the US Geological Survey, an estimate one million homes in the United ...
A calibrated blower door, invented in the early 1970’s, is a machine that measures the air tightness of your home. This assists your Josh Lowe’s Dr. Energy Saver Energy Consultant in locating where the air leakage is occurring so he can determine wha...
Your SaniDry dehumidification system under your house needs to be serviced annually as it is a high-performance machine. It needs to be tuned up, just like a car does, and this will ensure the level of moisture is below where mold and mildew develop....
At Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver, we use building science along with technology in order to diagnose your needs. Our infrared camera detects air leaks and missing insulation, which can lead to drafty cold spots in your home. The blower door test is an...
5 Reasons to Hire a Qualified Contractor to Seal Your Ducts They will inspect all the areas of your house with ductwork: attics, crawl space, garage and basement. They have been properly trained so they know exactly what to look for in finding the le...
Top 3 Energy Savers in Oregon 1. Insulate Your Attic Believe it or not your attic is one of the biggest culprits of wasted energy. Many times you aren’t able to see these gaps because they are covered up with insulation. But, if you have fiberglass i...
Ancient Greeks and Romans discovered asbestos and found many uses for its resistance to heat (they even knew it caused lung sickness) Romans used cork in their shoes to keep their feet warm Ancients Hawaiians used fluffy molten lava fibers to blanket...
It’s a great time for an energy evaluation because summer is fast approaching. Discover ways to stay cool before the heat soars to ridiculous temperatures by stopping up your air gaps. Even if your home is newer, it could still be leaking air in plac...
The benefits to having quality windows are immense. Windows maintain and regulate the temperature in your home by keeping the heat out in the summer and the cold air out in the winter. It is important for your comfort to have well sealed, efficient a...
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