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  • Humidifier, Whole House

    Basic tips on controlling humidity output. Don’t have a humidifier? You might not need it after all.
  • Humidity

    Humidity is moisture in the air in the form of invisible water vapor. See absolute humidity and relative humidity.
  • HVAC

    Heating, ventilating and air conditioning explained.
  • Induced Draft

    A system utilizing a fan to exhaust air from the combustion chamber of a combustion appliance.
  • Infiltration

    Air entering a house through random holes in the structure.
  • Inlet

    An engineered opening through which fresh air enters a house.
  • Insulation

    A material that inhibits the flow of heat.
  • Ionizer

    A device that generates ions (usually negatively charged), sometimes for the purpose of cleaning the air.
  • Jump Duct

    A short duct connecting two rooms through which air can move when pressure imbalances occur between the rooms.
  • Latent Heat

    The amount of heat that must be removed from air to change the water vapor from a gas to a liquid without changing its temperature.
  • Lead Paint

    If it’s in good shape, it just needs regular cleaning to avoid hazards.
  • LEED

    The U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is a nationally accepted benchmark.
  • Local-Exhaust Ventilation

    The quick removal of air pollutants from near the source to the outdoors.
  • Loose Fill Insulation

    A form of unfaced insulation.
  • Make-Up Air

    Outdoor air that enters a house to replace air that is exhausted from the house.
  • Manometer

    A gauge for measuring air-pressure differences, of which there are several types.
  • Manufactured home

    A home that is wider than 8 feet and longer than 40 feet (for an area greater than 320 square feet); built on a permanent chassis and assembled in a manufacturing plant.
  • Masonry

    Building construction using materials such as concrete, tile and glass blocks, stone, brick and brick veneer.
  • Mechanical Ventilation

    The process of supplying air to, and removing air from, a house using a fan.
  • Media Filter

    A filter that relies on a fibrous material, usually polyester or fiberglass, to physically strain particulates out of the air.

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