August 2014 - The Great Room

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Everything You Need to Know About Solar Heat Gain

The sun is our original and ultimate source of energy. Understanding how to control and use sunlight gives us new and better ways to make use of solar energy. Every homeowner should take sunlight into consideration to reduce their energy costs. If there is sun shining on your house, it has some effect on indoor temperatures, either positively or negatively. Windows are one of the biggest areas of concern when it comes to the influence of sunlight on your home’s heating and cooling. A Little Solar Science Solar heat gain, sometimes called passive solar gain, is the term used to describe how a home is heated by solar radiation. Sunlight contains different wavelengths of radiation. Objects in sunlight absorb short wavelengths of solar radiation, which is what causes them to warm up. When sunlight shines on a window, the amount of solar heat gain inside the room depends on how much radiation gets through. There are multiple factors involved here,…

Ceiling Fans: When and How to Change Rotation Direction

Ceiling fans serve as functional features of your home that can add aesthetic appeal while saving money in energy costs. The types of ceiling fans available give you an array of options to fit your home’s decor as well as your satisfying your specific needs for cooling the house. One way to maximize the energy-saving benefits of ceiling fans is to alternate the rotation direction of the fans during different times of the year. By alternating the rotation direction, you can maintain a comfortable temperature in your home and reduce your energy costs in the process. Pay attention to these factors in determining how and when to alternate your ceiling fan’s rotation direction. Choosing the Correct Rotation Setting The direction of your ceiling fan’s blade rotation will cause the air to either be forced downward toward the floor or upward toward the ceiling. Knowing this difference helps you determine which direction is best given the season. The forward rotation direction,…

Is Wallpaper Making a Comeback?

wallpaper's comeback

Interior design choices in recent years moved away from wallpaper as a popular decorative choice. The shift in contemporary style was so dramatic that wallpaper itself had been seen as a signal of dated home decor and a feature ripe for addressing first when redecorating. More recently, however, wallpaper has seen a resurgence in popularity. The once declining choice is available in a wide array of new colors, patterns, and textured options. Wallpaper was not always a product of mere design choice, but rather a means for covering walls that were less than stylish in their aesthetics. Rather than incur the sometimes expensive cost of resurfacing or painting interior walls, wallpaper was a viable and relatively inexpensive way to add interest and style to a home’s interior design. Early iterations of wallpaper use meant having to deal with cumbersome installation and an even more time-consuming and often frustrating procedure for removal. Current types of wallpaper not only offer a wider…