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All About Fans Part II: Attic Fans

Since we’re on a fan myth-busting mission as of late, we’ll next explore the myth of attic fans.  The marketing claim about attic fans is that by actively removing hot air from an attic via a motorized fan, attic fans lessen the burden on a/c units by cooling the temperature immediately outside of the building envelope.  That is to say, by making your attic cooler, your A/C unit will not have to work as hard to cool the area below it.  While this claim may seem to make sense, unfortunately the opposite is true.  Attic fans actually make A/C systems work harder.

All About Fans Part 1: Are Ceiling Fans Good for Energy Efficiency?

You walk into your house after a long, hot day of yard work, your skin flushed from the heat and sweat dripping down your brow.  Not wanting to wait for the A/C to cool the house down, you opt instead to turn your ceiling fan on to its highest speed.  Standing underneath it, you are immediately cooled.  The air moving over your body is refreshing and the humidity seems to instantly vanish.  It’s at this moment that you decide to forever forego the A/C in favor of your newfound love of ceiling fans.  As you leave for work the next morning, you turn all the fans in the house on with the sweet anticipation that when you return home that evening, the air will be perfectly conditioned from the day-long effort of the fans. It’s the perfect plan, right?

Well, not quite.

Busting a Common Crawlspace Myth

Have you been struggling to fight the mugginess of Middle TN summers both in and out of your home?  Smell musty odors when the A/C is running? It might be your crawlspace "sweating" thanks to the summer heat.

With the high temperatures and humidity levels of the southeastern climate, crawlspaces are a breeding ground for mold and mildew and are often the root of many energy and comfort issues of your home.

Some common symptoms of a crawlspace moisture issue are: 

·       Mold or moisture damage in the crawl space or living area

·       Musty odors in the living area

Energy (and Money) Saving Tips for Fall

Fall Into Fall with Energy Savings!

The summer heat seems to be finally on its way out as the cool autumn air makes its way in.  Did you know that now is the perfect time to increase your home’s performance and prepare your home for the winter?  Contact us today to find out how E3 Innovate can help make your home healthy, comfortable and energy efficient for the coming winter months. 

Here are some tips that will help you save energy and money in the cooler weather: 

HOME COMFORT:

Video: Indoor Air Quality is a Threat to Public Health.

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Did you know that the EPA ranks indoor air quality among the top 5 threats to public health in North America? It's true: poor indoor air quality may lead to asthma, allergies, or even death.

One way to reduce the risk of unsafe indoor air quality is to have home performance upgrades performed on your house. 

How do home performance and indoor air quality relate? Leaky air ducts can pull in dust, mold spores, and more from your dirty crawlspace and circulate them throughout your home.  If not properly mitigated, radon, a naturally occurring gas in the earth, can build up in your home an potentially cause lung cancer. If not properly ventilated and insulated, a home can have moisture issues, leading to entire new batch of issues.

You get the picture.

Let us perform a comprehensive audit on your home today.

(Poignant and relevant video even though it is not from our Mid-TN area.)

RE-CLAIM. RE-PURPOSE. RE-ENERGIZE.

Infographic: How Energy Codes Make Homes More Energy Efficient.

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Since the 1980's, little by little, American homes have become more energy efficient, even as our use of cell phones, video game consoles and other electronic devices has soared. This is largely due to improved energy codes, which result in lower heating and cooling bills as well as reducing the personal carbon & energy footprints.

However, there is still a great deal of room for improvement.  As members of the National Association of Home Builders and the U.S. Green Buildng Council, we hear the debate among builders and others in the buiding sector for and against adopting stricter energy codes. 

Why Ducts Should be Located in Conditioned Space: Part I ~ By Nathan Terry

We, at E3, believe that the best way to achieve energy efficiency in homes is to reduce the load on the HVAC equipment. One of the best ways of doing this is to make sure your ductwork is located inside the conditioned envelope.  Unfortunately, the answers to why this is true and how to bring ductwork in conditioned space are too much for one blog post, which is why I have decided to break this topic up and discuss each part in more detail. 

Why Ducts Should be in Conditioned Space

Part I: Heat Transfer

Greenwashing: The Story of the Energy Efficient Stapler

GreenWashing: The Story of the Energy Efficient Stapler

I was browsing online for some energy efficient products and this stapler appeared.  Now, I have got to admit that someone in marketing, or whatever department, was being clever.  Afterall, how do you really set a stapler apart from other staplers?  I know the picture is too small, so let me help you out:

Atomo Energy Efficient Flat Stapler

  • Main use: (Shockingly) For binding documents and paper
  • Material: Plastic, Cold-rolled sheet
  • Size: 116mmx39mmx80mm
  • Color: White, Black, Yellow

(Now here is where it really gets good.)

Product Description:

Gut Remodel of a Shoebox: Part 3

Gut Remodel of a Shoebox: Part 3

Creating something from scratch, or at least from the bare studs, has given us time to evaluate some of the areas that we find lacking in the homes that we have rented and lived in over the years.  We know what is important to us, and while we won’t have a fancy schmancy home, we will have a safe, comfortable and healthy home.

Improved Home Safety