Archive for October, 2012

Whitepaper: Clearing the Air about Ventilation

Posted on: October 30th, 2012 | No Comments

As Winter rolls in, homeowners change a lot of their habits. Unfortunately, a lot of our wintertime habits affect our home’s air quality – and not in a good way.

 

To save on energy costs, you probably keep your doors and windows closed in the winter. Instead of our summertime screen doors and windows, air is trapped in our houses, recycled over and over.

 

For ambiance or for heating, you may use a wood-burning fireplace. As you can imagine, the smoke and pollutants in the wood are now released into your home – wrecking havoc on your air quality.

 

Even something as innocent as a humidifier can be adding to the problem. Adding too much moisture to your home’s air can make linens, draperies, or even your clothes attractive to mold.

 

Without the proper ventilation, these seemingly innocent wintertime habits can cause your home harm. The fact is that the average American now spends 90% of their time breathing indoor air, which is 2 to 5 more times polluted than outdoor air.

 

So how do you keep your home’s air quality in check? We’ve recently published a white paper on that exact topic. While there are a lot of online myths about home air quality, we’re setting the record straight.

 

Learn what it takes to make your home a safe and healthy environment for you and your family.

 

Indoor Air Quality: How Important is Home Ventilation?

Posted on: October 30th, 2012 | No Comments

Take a deep breath.

 

Do you know what you just breathed in?  If you’re indoors, what you just took into your body could be significantly different than if you were outside.

 

Naturally, you may think that outdoor air has far more pollutants than what we breathe indoors.   With automobile pollution and factories outside, we’ve almost been conditioned to think that our outdoor air is dirty.

 

Unfortunately, the air we breathe indoors is just as bad – if not worse – than the air of the great outdoors.  Why?  Here are several reasons:

 

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8 Ways to Save Energy this Winter

Posted on: October 23rd, 2012 | No Comments

When Fall comes to an end and the temperature starts to drop, preparing for Winter may be the last thing you feel like doing.  Being ready for the change in seasons, though, can make a big difference in your home’s energy costs.

 

To get your home right for winter, consider these energy-saving (and often money saving!) tips.

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Infrared Home Inspections spot a home’s hidden faults

Posted on: October 3rd, 2012 | No Comments

As winter approaches, there’s new technology to use to make sure our homes are up-to-par.
Many of our Certified Property inspectors utilize infrared thermography (IRT). IRT is used mostly for defect recognition, that is, it expands the ability of the inspector.

 

The property inspector’s main role is to provide objective information to the client regarding the condition of the systems and components of the property at the time of the inspection.

 

Because IRT assists the inspector in discovering conditions that might otherwise go unnoticed, this cutting edge technology provides valuable information that is useful to both the buyer and the seller of the property.

 

IRT is the process of creating visual images based on surface temperatures. In the hands of an experienced thermographer and inspector, IRT can provide insight into leaks, lack of insulation, heating and cooling system performance and electrical defects such as overheated wiring in the service panel.

 

 

An overheated cable splice shows itself in infrared, but not in a standard digital photo.

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