A breakdown of energy ratings for Minnesota homes

- A Tested home has been inspected by a RESNET-certified rater. There are three types of Green Path-certified homes: Tested, Advanced, and Master. . Advanced and Master must score lower than a 55 and 50 on the HERS index, respectively, and must earn elective points from the five aforementioned categories ..More

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Reduce the risk of Legionnaires’ disease in your home

- While these devices won’t guarantee safe water temperatures at every fixture, they’ll get you a lot closer. It would allow the water heater to be cranked up to a scalding 140° F, which would be sufficient to kill bacteria and would extend the capacity of the hot water tank, while at the same time reducing the temperature of all of the hot water throughout the house. This valve would be installed right at the hot water outlet of the water heater. . Click the following link for more information about these devices ..More

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Mold testing vs. Moisture Testing

- Swab testing is typically done to surfaces that already appear to have a problem; in those cases, what’s the point?. Mold testing can be done by air sampling or swab testing. ..More

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Repairing a window with fogged glass

- In short, a failed seal eventually leads to fogged glass, but will not be immediately noticeable. . As I mentioned last week, I had a bunch of windows with failed seals at my home, so I hired A Pane in the Glass Construction to come repair my windows. While one option for repair would be to replace each window that had failed glass with a new one, it would also be the most expensive option. In last week’s blog post, I showed some examples of insulated glass units with failed seals and explained the difference between a failed seal and fogged glass. I found them on Angie’s List ..More

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Q&A: When do smoke alarms need to be hardwired?

- While photoelectric smoke alarms aren’t required in Minnesota (yet…), I urge everyone to put them in their home. . Ohio recently became the fifth state to require photoelectric smoke alarms; see the news story here. Even if you rent, go buy some battery operated photoelectric smoke alarms and install them. Oh, and one more thing. It’s not a big investment, they’re easy to install, and they could save your life. If you’re not sure what type you have in your own home, you probably don’t have photoelectric ..More

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