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2020 City of Boulder Energy Conservation Code Explained! (COBECC 2020) [Video]

The 2020 City of Boulder Energy Conservation Code is here, what does that mean? The City of Boulder Energy Conservation Code (COBECC 2020) was adopted in July of 2020. As Boulder states on its website, "The city updates our energy code on a three-year cycle with the goal of attaining net-zero energy, outcome-verified code by 2031 [...]

By |2020-09-18T12:00:21-06:00September 18th, 2020|Energy Code Info, HERS Ratings|0 Comments

R22 Refrigerant and Your Old AC Unit

Home appliance technology changes over time. This can be easily seen in the difference between current washing machines or refrigerators and the ones we had when we were growing up. However, some of these changes are more subtle but can still affect us in sometimes costly ways. One example of this is the refrigerant in [...]

By |2020-08-17T15:40:47-06:00August 17th, 2020|Back to Basics, HVAC|0 Comments

Do You Pay For A Home Inspection Out Of Pocket?

Ask Your Inspector Series: Question: Do You Pay For A Home Inspection Out Of Pocket? Answer: Generally, you as a buyer pay for the home inspection as you want the information of the report to be in your best interest. In uncommon situations, your agent may offer to pay for your inspection [...]

Federal Pacific Stab-Lok Electrical Panels – The Full Story

Federal Pacific Stab Lok electrical panels have a known history of failure and lawsuits. We are always on the lookout for these panels during our inspections and we recommend a full panel replacement when found.

By |2020-04-27T11:19:42-06:00April 27th, 2020|Back to Basics, Electrical|0 Comments

Duct Pressure Testing Overview For Builders [Video]

  Is A Duct Pressure Test Required On Your Next Project? Energy codes may have changed in your area, and the city and county you are building in may now require a duct pressure test on your HVAC system. Although this test has been utilized for a while, many areas of Colorado are adopting newer [...]

By |2020-04-06T09:19:14-06:00April 6th, 2020|Duct Leakage Testing, Energy Code Info|0 Comments

Why Does My House Need Ventilation? (Home Ventilation Basics)

Houses are complex structures with many installed systems working simultaneously to produce a safe and comfortable living space. Proper home ventilation is the key to good indoor air quality. While it may be easy to focus on the things that you see, like natural light through windows and paint colors, the comfort of a house [...]

By |2020-04-01T12:08:41-06:00April 1st, 2020|Back to Basics|0 Comments

Do home inspectors give repair estimates?

Ask Your Inspector Series: Question: After a home inspection is performed, do home inspectors give repair estimates to the buyer? Answer: Home inspector's are an independent 3rd party and typically do not quote repairs and these numbers can be inaccurate. It is best that you and your real estate agent receive quotes [...]

Ungrounded Outlets and the GFCI Solution

Imagine this:  You move into a new home.  You've worked hard all weekend, lugging dressers and couches through narrow doorways and up and down flights of stairs. Your brother-in-law has helped. But let's face it, most of the time he's just been sitting on the ONE couch he helped move in, drinking beer.  Making annoying [...]

Furnace Filter Replacement: Impacts of a Dirty Furnace Filter

One of the most common things we recommend during a home inspection is to "consider furnace filter replacement at this time".  Why is such a simple action so often overlooked? And what impact does having a dirty furnace filter have on the home? Often the simplest things can cause the biggest concerns. In this article, [...]

By |2020-03-23T12:10:03-06:00November 1st, 2019|Ask Your Inspector, Back to Basics|0 Comments