Monthly Archives: June 2015

Roman Shades Explained: What Style is For You?

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Does your room need a refresh? Window coverings are a great way to add major visual impact. Bonus: they regulate light and heat, helping you save on energy bills! But sometimes curtains just aren’t the right solution. That’s where roman shades come in. So when and where do you use them? Custom window treatment resource, Loom Decor, tells us:

  • Ideal for small spaces. Roman shades take up less visual space than a curtain, so they are great for smaller spaces like bathrooms & reading nooks
  • Pet & kid friendly. For rooms that gather grime (think playrooms, bathrooms & kitchens), opt for roman shades that don’t drag on the floor
  • Windows with objects below. Roman shades are the best treatment when there are obstructions like counter tops, window seats & radiators below the window
  • More versatile style & color. Unlike blinds, roman shades come in many fabrics (especially at Loom!), allowing you to add color or pattern to the window

The great news is Loom Decor just added new roman shades to their line up of custom decor. They’re available in custom sizes, hundreds of fabrics and with your choice of privacy or blackout lining. Contact a Loom Stylist about roman shades and get 10% off your order now through June 12th.

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Geothermal Energy, What is it and how do you use it?

Geothermal energy is a very earth friendly form of energy that can help the environment and save you money. Geothermal energy can be used for heating and electricity and hot water if installed correctly and for that purpose. Most people use Geothermal for heating and cooling more than for electricity use. The system is a simple system of pipes that lay underground and use the heat of the earth to provide warmth to the water contained in them. The water then goes though pipes that are in your home and heat the home. Using hydraulic or water system in your home instead of a forced air system that relies on warm air to heat your home can make a better indoor environment as the air does not dry out, though you can set up the geothermal to work with an existing forced air system.

Geothermal Pros and Cons

Geothermal Can ruin your yard temporarily

Geothermal has a limitless supply

Geothermal is great for the environment and your wallet

Systems may not work well in all areas of the country

 

Installing a geothermal loop is easy but can take some time and will destroy your yard. If you’re building your home and adding this in it is much easier then adding it to an existing home. The first step in installing a geothermal system is to find out how deep your frost level is as the piping needs to go into the ground where the earth will be warm. This is also important because the depth will affect the cost of the project.

 

Geothermal

The second step is deciding what type of system you would like to use. There are four types of systems when it comes to geothermal systems.

There is a closed loop system and a open loop system a slinky loop system and a pond loop system. Open loop systems are simple systems that draws ground water from an aquifer though one well, the water then passes though the heat pump’s heat exchanger, then is discharged to the same well though another pipe that is a good distance from the first pipe. This installation is good if you have a source of ground water to draw from.

The closed system has a pipe that is continuous. The length of the loop pipe varies depending on the temperature of the ground, the thermal conductivity, soil moisture and system design. There are two ways to install this type of pipe; horizontal or vertical. Horizontal pipes are better for small installations and are less expensive then vertical pipes. Horizontal pipes are better for commercial use or schools because of the lack of land around these types of buildings.

Slinky loop systems are pipes that overlap each other and are used to help keep more heat in the pipes. This is also helpful to use in small spaces. Pond loop systems are exactly the same as closed loop systems, but they use the heat from the bottom of ponds or streams to heat the water. They are usually installed at the bottom of the river bed or pond.

Codes and other Regulations

When installing a geothermal system you may be subject to different regulations depending on the type of system and the area you live in. Some examples of these regulations are:

  • Well construction code
  • Discharges to ground water
  • Discharges of surface water
  • Water use reporting
  • Underground ejection control.

If you are considering using a closed loop system you will also need to get a permit as boreholes may extend hundreds of feet in depth and could penetrate drinking water aquifers. Sealing the area between the vertical loop piping and borehole from the bottom up to the ground with a low permeability grout, as recommended by the manufacture and is also consistent with the state well code, is advised.

Design

Geothermal systems are usually installed and designed by an HVAC professional who has studied geothermal design. The process of geothermal design differs depending on the building to be constructed, the size shape and heating and cooling needs of the building effect the design of the system. A small system would be designed for a home, while a large system can be designed for a school or office building.

Really Geothermal is a great way to cool or heat your home. It’s very environmentally friendly and great for your wallet too. There have been many advancements in geothermal over the years and it’s really evolved into a great option for any home or business owner.

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