Internet Search Results: How Do You Get Your Results?
By Hannah C. Wood, BPI
“The web is like an ever-growing library with billions of books and no central filing system.” - Google
This is why Google, Bing, and other search engines index the information. Like an index from the back of a book, there’s an entry for every word seen on every web page that a search engine indexes. The search “crawlers” make the decision based on number of keywords on a webpage, the number of times someone clicks on a particular website, and through asking hundreds of questions of the web page to determine its relevance. But, that’s all going on in the background.
For your part, you enter a “search query” (whatever you’re searching for). Your search query typically falls into one of these three categories.
"Do" transactional queries (e.g., buy a concert ticket, listen to a podcast, watch a YouTube video)
"Know" informational queries (e.g., Find massage therapists in Syracuse)
"Go" navigation queries, a specific website such as “Washington Post” or “Home Performance Coalition”
Once you click “search”, you get pages and pages of results. The “organic” search results are the results that come up “naturally” and don’t say “ad” beside them. For example, if you search for “home energy auditor,” the search engine will return what it has deemed as the most relevant results for you.
And, that’s the quick overview of how you get your search results!
Cheers, Hannah C. Wood
About the Author
Hannah is the Marketing and Communications Director at BPI.
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As a reminder, the owners of the home depicted in the infrared images below complained that the room is always cold. The HVAC contractor couldn’t find anything wrong, but the thermal imaging sure did!
Martin Harisi, BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Professional, of Harisi Energy LLC in Connecticut responded correctly. Harisi observed, "From the picture shown you could see two heating pipes from a boiler that feed the upstairs floor. One of these pipes is located directly behind the thermostat mounted on the wall. When the upstairs is being heated, it warms the wall behind the thermostat. That gives the thermostat a false reading; it tells the thermostat that the downstairs room is hot and signals it to turn off the downstairs heat. A solution to their problem could include insulating the boiler pipe or simply just moving the thermostat to a different location in that room."
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A customer located in upstate New York, a few miles northeast of the Capital District, had called to request an inspection of their home for uneven temperatures throughout the house in both the summer and winter. The +90% AFUE multi-position furnace was installed on 2” patio blocks with a high efficiency pleated filter. The homeowner was very pleased with the filter and stated that it had not needed to be replaced since installed (it had been replaced within the past 5 years). The homeowner stated the issue seemed to have started after the new heating system was installed. The homeowner had contacted the installing HVAC contractor who could not find any issues with the installation. The home was a 4-bedroom split-level mid-1980’s construction with finished basement and mechanical room that included the heating system and domestic water heater with a natural draft vent. Supply and returns were located in each room, except the bathrooms and kitchen. Insulation levels and installation quality were found to be adequate, air sealing was not completed, but blower door results were not out of the ordinary. An IR scan of the home showed very minimal insulation voids and infiltration. CAZ depressurization testing was quite negative when the furnace fan was turned on and worse when in high speed for cooling. An inspection of the ductwork in the CAZ showed no disconnections or returns. When the front panel of the furnace was removed to install the duct pressurization fan to check leakage, the problem of the CAZ depressurization, and uneven airflow, a 5-year-old clean air filter was revealed. What could be the problem?
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