Stay up-to-date on news and information related to home performance for the Lexington, KY area. This is the Synergy Home blog.
At Synergy, we keep getting questions about the Tesla solar roof, and I wanted to take the time to respond.
The concept of Tesla’s solar roof is great because it takes away all the concern of a solar array’s aesthetic on a traditional roof. However, the actual product doesn’t exist yet beyond the initial concept....Read more
If you have read anything I have ever written, you know by now that I preach about the “domino effect” that’s created when we make one upgrade to a home without accounting for how it affects other systems. Case in point: I recently visited a client in the Lexington area who said they had a case of “sick house syndrome,” meaning their house was...Read more
Many of our construction techniques have evolved by necessity due to how we live in our buildings. A great example of this is that 150 years ago in the warm South we started building elevated homes. This kept the house cool by allowing air to move underneath. We also began using high ceilings to allow the hotter air indoors to rise above the living space and constructed big wrap-around porches...Read more
Here at the Clark household we recently had a debate about running the kitchen exhaust fan while cooking. Chef Haley (my wife) hates the sound of the fan so she prefers not to run it. But the smell of the gas range burning has me concerned about carbon monoxide poisoning.
We have a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm that never goes off, so you might ask why I’m concerned. Here’s why: The...Read more
Jamie Clark and his family don't just upgrade homes in the area for energy efficiency – they live in a top-performing home themselves! When it came time to make the changes Jamie wanted, he knew he would need to keep it within the style demands his wife wanted. Recently, the Lexington Herald-Leader wrote an article on that process.
Solar photovoltaic panels capture the sun’s ultraviolet energy and convert it into electricity. Unfortunately that energy is in DC current and your home runs on AC current, so the power has to be inverted from DC to AC.
We have two primary ways to invert the power. The first is by combining all of the panels into one system and having one large inverter that handles the entire array....Read more