Gaines Group Architects
Dayton Home

Heating and Cooling supply vents are almost never installed right

Heating and Cooling supply vents Heating and cooling supply vents are almost never installed right which is costing you money. The vent should be sealed off during construction to prevent debris from falling into the opening, but also for job site safety. This will prevent...
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Green Term Defined: HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning System)

HVAC stands for the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning system in your home or business. The system should be able to heat and cool your home to create a comfortable living environment. It should also have a source for bringing in fresh air and to control humidity. An HVAC...

Your heating and cooling system should be inside your thermal envelope or you are wasting money

Your heating and cooling system should be inside your thermal envelope or you are wasting money. We often find the HVAC system in homes in unconditioned attic, basement, or crawl spaces. That means you are trying to cool or heat air and send it through a space that is working...

5 Easy way to cut your monthly electric bills this winter that you might not know

In the average new home with a forced air heating and cooling system, 30% of the air moving through the ducts leaks out before it reaches the room it is intended to heat or cool. Seal up the ducts for a better distribution of air throughout your home using mastic tape or glue. A...

Why is a properly sized HVAC system important?

Why is a properly sized HVAC system important? Efficiency: You wouldn’t purchase a jet airplane to get to the other side of town, right? It would not address the need directly and it would cost a fortune to run and maintain. The same is true for your heating, cooling, and...

Save Money, Improve Comfort – How to improve your Heating and Cooling system

Your heating (ventilation) and cooling system uses more energy than anything else in your home. There are many things that could hamper the effectiveness of the system costing you money and comfort every day. Finding places that are causing problems and costing you resources is...

Home Energy Tips – HVAC Ducts in the Conditioned Space

  The average forced air duct system leaks 30% of the heated / cooled air out of the duct before it reaches the room it was intended to heat or cool. A very good installation only leaks 10% of your money out of the ducts typically into an unconditioned space. While mastic...

Home Energy Tips – Ventilation and Duct Sealing

I say it all the time, your home is the most complicated machine you own. One of the main reasons for this statement is your (HVAC) Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems. If you have a forced air Heat Pump that is controlling the temperature in your home, you are...

HVAC Sting: Do You Value Quality or Price?

Yesterday I read a great blog post by Energy Vanguard (if you don’t know these guys you should). This post focused on the Today Show’s ‘sting’ to see if HVAC contractors would do the right thing when brought to a home to diagnose a heating and cooling...