Innovative solutions for creating healthy, efficient, eco-friendly homes

November 2003

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The Creepy and the Crawly

The brown recluse is also called a violin spider because of the markings on its head.Rattlesnakes, coral snakes, copperheads, black widows, brown recluse spiders. They're the dreadful creatures that frequent our nightmares or otherwise give us the heebie-jeebies. And rightfully so - their bites can be deadly.

Make Room for the Sun

According to the Annual Builder Practices Report by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center (NAHBRC) in Upper Marlboro, Md., 102,000 sunrooms were added to homes in 1999, 103,000 in 2000 and 130,000 in 2001. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry in Des Plaines, Ill., estimates sunrooms account for more than 500,000 remodeling projects each year.Sunrooms come in a diverse range of styles, sizes and designs. They're known by many names: sunroom, Florida room, garden room, conservatory, greenhouse, sunporch, patio room, solarium, and the list goes on.

Heat-Loss Equation

Hhr = A x ³T/R Hhr = the number of BTUs flowing through the surface per hour A = area of the surface in square feet ³T = difference in temperature on opposite sides of the surface R = thermal resistance of the surface

It's not the Heat, It's the Humidity

As we heat our homes in the winter, we not only remove the cold, we also remove the humidity. Low humidity can draw moisture out of the wood in your home, causing cracking and splitting. Low humidity is not only tough on your house; it can cause dry skin and make you feel cold, which causes most homeowners to turn up the heat. Now there's a vicious cycle. To put moisture back into your indoor air, Aprilaire has developed whole-house humidifiers.

Understanding Wireless

Wi-Fi Alliance www.wi-fi-org Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers http://www.ieee.org How Stuff Works http://www.howstuffworks.com

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