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  • 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.
  • Hydronic Heater

    An electric appliance using hot liquid inside copper tubing to deliver heat.
  • Inches Water Gauge

    A unit of pressure measurement. About 250 Pa. equals 1” w.g.
  • Insulation

    A material that inhibits the flow of heat.
  • 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.
  • Latex Gloves

    These indispensable tools help guard against infection and chemical exposure.
  • LEED

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

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

    Stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value.
  • Microwaves

    Microwaves are a form of electromagnetic radiation; that is, they are waves of electrical and magnetic energy moving together through space.
  • Mildew

    It’s usually another name for mold.
  • MTBE

    MTBE (methyl tertiary-butyl ether) is a chemical compound that is manufactured by the chemical reaction of methanol and isobutylene. MTBE is produced in very large quantities (over 200,000 barrels per day in the U.S. in 1999) and is almost exclusively used as a fuel additive in motor gasoline.
  • Noise Pollution

    The traditional definition of noise is 'unwanted or disturbing sound'.
  • Oriented Strand board (OSB)

    As with construction-grade plywood, it can often be used in a healthy house if it is well-separated from the living space.
  • Ozone

    “Good up high, bad nearby,” according to one government agency. Here’s why.
  • Passive Solar

    A home-energy alternative or addition to gas and utility electric.
  • Perchlorate

    As a pollutant, perchlorate is found in groundwater, surface water and soil and has proven to be a pervasive contaminant of agricultural and manufactured food products.
  • Phosphates

    Once widely used to soften water for use in washing machines, some makers have reduced use of these chemicals.
  • Pier Foundations

    Often used in hot, humid climates, a pier foundation lifts a house up off the ground reducing health hazards from direct soil contact.

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