Should You Shade Your Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit for Better Performance?
The short answer is no, but it’s perfectly understandable why many people think shading your air compressor a good idea. The concept of shading an air conditioning unit—specifically the air compressor—is a widely circulated myth largely based on a misconception of the science involved and the way an air conditioning unit operates. Why Shading the Air Compressor Doesn’t Work In theory, cooling down the air proximate to an air conditioning unit should give the machine a bump in efficiency because […]
Five Solar Energy Home Trends to Watch
Despite what skeptics may say, solar energy is a very good thing—for efficient home designs, for the environment, and for your checkbook. It’s one of the only self-sustaining processes for creating and storing energy, rather than buying it. Let’s take a closer look at some of the home trends that are being impacted by solar. 1. The Solar Energy Market is booming According to the Solar Energies Industry Association, solar energy is off-the-charts popular […]
How to Install a Green Roof
The “green roof” movement is one of the more interesting contemporary building movements of our times. There are lots of famous examples, from the fascinating vertical green wall at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris to the Living Green Roof at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. But most homeowners don’t realize that for a small investment of time and supplies, they too can install a green roof that brings a […]