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Droplets from a sneeze can travel 18 feet across a room
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 8, 2020
Back in 2018 I wrote a series of articles on indoor air quality and filtration.  One of those articles, The Unintended Consequences of High-MERV Filters, has seen a flurry of activity in the comments over the past three weeks.  It all started when a reader named Pat wrote: I have a question about...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on April 1, 2020
Yes, it's April Fools' Day again.  With all that's happening in the world because of the coronavirus, it may have slipped your mind.  It didn't slip mine, but I'm not putting out a new April Fools' Day article this year.  The COVID-19 situation we find ourselves in this year is grim.  I won't go...
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Cancer cells  [by Yale Rosen, from flickr. com]
Posted by Allison Bailes on March 23, 2020
Cancer treatment during the coronavirus pandemic is something I’ve been thinking about for a couple of weeks now.  Then on Friday, Vox published an article on that very topic:  The dilemmas facing cancer doctors and patients in the coronavirus pandemic.  I encourage you to read it. Cancer patients...
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An image from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV.   [Image from the CDC]
Posted by Allison Bailes on March 19, 2020
Well, there's nothing like a little pandemic to completely upend our daily lives as well as our short and long-term outlooks for the future.  I've spent far too much time reading about, listening to, and watching news about the novel coronavirus lately and I guess you may have done likewise.  Here'...
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Frost formed on the part of my car that was under the open sky but not the part under the roof
Posted by Allison Bailes on February 24, 2020
On Saturday morning as I was heading out for a run at the Chattahoochee River, I found my car in the condition you see in the photo above.  Let's ignore the reason I was parked half in and half out of the garage and focus on the frost instead.  As you can see, the frost appeared only on the back...
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Follow these tips for quieter ducts, better air delivery, and happier homeowners
Posted by Allison Bailes on February 11, 2020
If a 12 step program is good for helping people deal with addictive behaviors, then a 17 step program ought to be better, right?  Or maybe it's just a random number that fits the number of tips that popped into my head as I planned this article.  In either case, I've written a lot about ducts in...
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What is the perfect weather for a dehumidifier?
Posted by Allison Bailes on January 17, 2020
That dehumidifier you see in the photo above is in the Energy Vanguard office here in Decatur, Georgia.  The compressor doesn't come on often, but this past week I've heard it running quite a bit.  Depending on where you're from, you may be thinking, "Yeah, it's always humid in the South.  I don't...
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Negative pressure in homes can bring outdoor air in through the chimney
Posted by Allison Bailes on January 8, 2020
Ever have the smell of your fireplace inside your home?  It's not uncommon.  Here's a question I got from a reader named Rob last month: We always have a smoke smell from our fireplace, more on some days than others.  I had the chimney cleaned really well and the damper closed and it was fine. ...
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The Sorcerer Possum hangs above the fire at the 2019 Possum Drop party
Posted by Allison Bailes on December 31, 2019
It's been another good year in the Energy Vanguard.  I've published 28 articles here in the blog this year (counting this one), which brings me to 902 since I began this little project back in 2010.  Hard to believe it's been almost ten years now, but I'll wait and do a retrospective in March when...
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An old falling-down house at the end of its life
Posted by Allison Bailes on December 18, 2019
The old shack above has been around a long time.  It still looks good in its old age, but you'd probably have to pour a lot of money into that building to make it useful again. This home looks nice.  It doesn't appear to be all that old.  The inside was nicely decorated and the family I met there...
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