11 Oct '11, 6pm

Your House as a System #energy #home #green

Much as one is more than the sum of their arms, legs, heart, and brain, so too is a house more than the sum of its parts. Everything is connected in both "systems," and often in unexpected ways! Having a dark roof will make air conditioning bills higher. Putting in a beefier kitchen exhaust fan can starve a distant water heater of air and cause dangerous pollutants to flow down (rather than up) the flu or make a fireplace dump smoke into the living room. There are often tell-tale signs when a home is not properly acting like the system it was intended to be. For example, ice dams are evidence of excessive heat loss, which make pretty icicles on the eve but can cause severe roof damage and danger on the ground. Moisture damage or bad indoor air quality are usually dead give-aways of some deeper problem (or multiple problems!). The art of bringing a home back into "balance" ...

Full article: http://hes.lbl.gov/consumer/pros-system

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