Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) problems at the Orion Center in Michigan demonstrate the importance of having a reliable and robust system for heating and cooling in Denver, particularly in commercial establishments. According to The Clarkston News staff writer Meg Peters, the Orion Center’s heating and cooling developed multiple performance issues in a span of two years due to bad design and poor construction. The technicians in charge summarized their findings as follows:
Whether it’s a humid summer or a chilly winter, you’ll find seasonal temperature changes easier to manage if you have an efficient and well-maintained heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system at home. That said, it’s also important to have a basic understanding of how a heating and cooling system works so you’ll know what to do whenever it acts up. Take some tips from Popular Mechanics that cover the essentials of HVAC maintenance, from the individual components to the safety measures necessary for efficient operation.
How should you tackle a home makeover, especially if the house is historic and deserves to be preserved? To answer this dilemma, Marni Jameson, contributing lifestyle columnist for The Denver Post, sought the expertise of HGTV host Nicole Curtis who specializes in restoring homes. Curtis advises to “tear out almost nothing, restore what's there” – a strategy that would be more affordable and advantageous in improving the home’s value.
Colorado might soon embrace a water conservation mandate similar to that of fellow drought battlers California, Texas, and Georgia. Allen Best, reporter for Mountain Town News on water, energy and other issues, discusses the state legislature’s approval of S.B. 14-103 or the bill that “would require that only those plumbing fixtures certified under the WaterSense program can be sold in Colorado.” If signed by the governor, the bill will be enacted in 2016.
Thanks to their limited income, non-profit organizations have more reason to adopt energy-efficient heating and cooling in Denver. Once they do, however, the rewards can be very appealing. As Stephanie Carroll Carson and Mary Kuhlman reported in October 2013, for Public News Service-Colorado, Denver Urban Ministries was able to save about $200 per month with the help of folks from the Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC). All they did was to take certain energy-saving steps which, according to Nicole O’Connor of EOC, are pretty obvious:
One should never get too accustomed to the climate in Denver, Colorado, which can be very unpredictable at times. According to CBS4 reporter Kelly Werthmann, an apartment complex recently had its entire heating system shut down, in anticipation of warm days ahead. Lo and behold, the next few days actually brought temperatures of about 20-something degrees, forcing apartment tenants to go to great lengths to stay warm, such as sleeping with their sweaters on or staying close to an oven for warmth.
The recent polar vortex threw most of the United States into disarray as it heavily contributed to the significant drops in temperature. To make matters worse, recent storms have introduced strong winds that have served to amplify the bitter cold, as reported by The Denver Post: