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What is natural ventilation? It's utilizing wind with the "chimney effect" to draw warm air out of the home and replacing it with cooler air from outside. As the wind blows against your home, it forces air into open windows on one side of the house while a vacuum effect draws the air out of the windows on the other side. The vacuum effect relies on convection. As cool fresh air is pulled into the home it absorbs heat from the room, the warm air rises and exits through rooftop vents or skylights on the upper floors. As the warm air moves out of the space, cooler fresh air is pulled in behind it. When mechanized to operate by a thermostat, natural ventilation systems modulate the temperature in your home efficiently. Countless benefits come with natural ventilation. Here are a few:

Low utility bills

One of the primary advantages of using a natural ventilation system is the decrease in your energy bills. Natural ventilation and hybrid ventilation consume much less energy (or no energy at all) compare to these mechanical systems. To save more on energy consumption, perhaps going for a natural hybrid ventilation system that cuts down on your energy use would be best.

Efficiency 

Natural ventilation systems have a low energy consumption level. This makes them the best choice when looking to increase efficiency in a building or home. You can save up to 70 percent of your emissions, much more than the traditional mechanical ventilation.

Maintenance

The overall cost of maintaining HVAC ventilation is high, compared to natural ventilation systems. Natural systems generally come with fewer, more affordable parts.

Space saving

A natural ventilation system takes very little space, especially as compared to an automated system. If you don’t want bulky components, a natural system is the better option.

Natural ventilation systems work best in areas where the days are warm and the nights are cool. If you live in an area that is very humid or where day and night temperatures are similar, natural ventilation systems are less effective.



5 Dutch Hill Rd, Uxbridge, MA 01569

North Uxbridge

Land

$145,000
Price

8.38
Acres
Agricultural
Land Type
Private 8+ acres for your dream home with scenic views in a desirable location. Private road/Privately maintained. Pastoral setting with two plus acres ready to build, surrounded by stone walls, mostly level, cleared, perc'd, surveyed. Only 1 lot/Cannot subdivide Great for farming or horses, standing water/wetlands. Walking distance to stables & blueberry farm. Located 5 min from 146, 15 min to 495, 20 min to Providence, Worcester. Must see in person, schedule a private tour today. No trespassing!
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192 Williams St, Uxbridge, MA 01569

Land

$94,500
Price
$93,500
Sale Price

2.03
Acres
Agricultural
Land Type
Beautiful sunsets are just one of this lot's special features. New homes blend in with established neighborhood setting. Zoned agricultural. Open fields area. Blueberry farm, Stables within walking distance close to town yet five minutes to Rte 146 and centrally located to major routes.

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76 Rockmeadow Rd, Uxbridge, MA 01569

Single-Family

$625,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
WELCOME TO 76 ROCKMEADOW ROAD. This renovated saltbox/Colonial has 6 garages~ 3 up and 3 below. Great for contractors, landscapers or anyone looking to restore cars .Au-Pair suite with granite countertops ~ ss appliances~and hardwoods.. The main house has a brand new21x26 kitchen with ss appliances microwave built in ~ tile flooring~ fireplace~ granite countertops. Front to back living room which is 32x19 with fireplace and wood floors. Newly renovated master bedroom and master bath.3 additional bedrooms all with plenty of closet space.Additional bath and laundry room upstairs. Huge screen-in porch off of the kitchen and great deck for entertaining. There is a foundation already in place for a future barn. Renovations include All new garage doors, all interior and exterior doors. New windows, new kitchen, and master bath. All fresh new paint. Why wait for new construction! Close to Mendon line and quick highway access to Rt146,495.Quality abounds in this beauty.
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If you're like many homeowners who prefer a natural landscape plan, your outdoor living space undoubtedly features lush vegetation and bright, blooming flowers. However, you might also have the sense that something is missing but can't quite put your finger on what it might be. If this describes you, the missing element is probably hardscaping. Hardscaping refers to elements of landscaping that aren't plants, such as water features, statuary, gazebos and garden paths.

At its best, hardscaping brings functionality to the table as well as enhances aesthetics. Few things do this better than a rustic stone walkway meandering over the property. Here's how to make it happen yourself over the course of an average weekend. 

Select Your Stones

Stones used for walkways should be flat, wide and thick enough to withstand foot traffic. Choosing stone that is found naturally in your area cuts down on retail and delivery costs. Avoid using polished stones because these present potential slip-and-fall issues due to their slick surfaces. Stones that are between two and three inches thick offer better stability than their thinner counterparts and often come with a more attractive price tag as well. 

Lay Out Your Walkway

The first step is to determine your walkway. Avoid straight lines -- stone walkaways are meant to meander. Garden hoses are ideal for marking garden paths that curve. Use a sod cutter and a flat spade to cut and remove the grass, and dig out the soil where you want to place the stones to about a depth of five inches and make sure it's firmly tamped down before placing landscape fabric and adding a two-inch layer of sand over it. 

After smoothing down the sand so it provides a flat surface, it's time to lay down the stones. This part is a little like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, so take your time to figure out the placement. Be sure to use a carpenter's level to make certain that the stones are at the same height, and add or remove sand as needed. However, if you live in an area that receives significant amounts of precipitation, slightly sloping the larger stones toward the outside of your walkaway helps prevent standing water issues.

Landscape the Walkway

Some people prefer the clean, austere aesthetic of pebble or oyster shell mulch in the gaps between the stones, while others like the rustic, tousled look provided by low-growing herbaceous plants. Corsican mint is an excellent choice because it has a bright green color all year round and releases a divine, minty aroma. Other choices include creeping thyme, rock cress, artemisia and sedum. You can also mix it up with a variety of ground covers for a classic, cottage garden look.