Heating Appliance Use Survey

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The goal of this project is to observe actual patterns of wood heating appliance use in the Fairbanks vicinity. To achieve this, CCHRC monitored approximately twelve homes over the winter of 2009-2010 to determine the hourly frequency of wood heating appliance use versus that of other heating sources. CCHRC will also provide an estimate of the mass of wood used during the study period. Discussions with Sierra Research are currently on-going for a larger heating appliance study for the winter of 2010-2011.

Projects

Biomass Greenhouse Handbook CCHRC produced a handbook for school districts about how to build and operate a biomass-heated greenhouse.
Wood-Burning Technology Study CCHRC is evaluating the economic and environmental considerations of a variety of residential wood energy appliances, including wood stoves, pellet stoves, wood boilers, and masonry heaters.
Combustion Air/CO Study This study looked at how homeowners provide combustion air for atmospherically vented appliances and assessed the performance of power-vented appliances.
Evaluating Residential Heating Systems This project measured the design heat load of houses by monitoring the runtime of the furnace in relation to outdoor temperatures. The study monitored 20 houses in the Anchorage area during very cold weather to better determine appropriate heating system sizing for the HVAC industry.
Insulating Paints Two coating products were evaluated, Nansulate® Home Protect Clear Coat and Super Therm®, to determine whether they contribute insulating properties to the building envelope when applied as an interior coating. E