Roof Vents: Problems and Solutions

- Power vents shouldn’t be used because they create more problems than they fix.  I also use the terms ‘roof vent’ and ‘attic vent’ interchangeably.  I blogged about this earlier this year: Attic Fans Won’t Fix Ice Dams (or anything else). .  I use the terms ‘attic fan’ and ‘powered roof vent’ interchangeably ..More

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New Electrical Safety Requirement: AFCI Protection for Replacement Outlets

- The 2011 National Electric Code has an important little note at the end of section 406. 4(D)(4) which just took effect January 1st, 2014. .  The exact text from this section is shown below: ..More

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Three Simple AC Maintenance Items

-  Usually every one to three months will do, depending on the type of filter that’s installed. The air filter, also known as the furnace filter, needs to be replaced regularly. .  While most homeowners know about changing the filter during the winter, this still needs to happen during the summer when the AC is running ..More

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This Year I’m Thankful for Warm Feet

-  Oh, and a carabiner ring with no apparent purpose.  They’re big and mean looking; enough to scare small kids that are easily scared by big boots. I went to REI and bought some Baffin Endurance boots rated to -148°F. .  They have big knobby treads on bottom, they’re tall enough to get through most snow without getting your pant legs wet, and they have a cinch at the top to keep snow out ..More

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Water Heater Backdrafting, Part 1 of 2: Why it Matters and What to Look For

- Next week I’ll have a follow-up post on the causes of water heater backdrafting and what can be done about it. ..More

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