Heating Cooling & Energy

 
Ice dam
Ice dams form at the bottom of roofs, letting water penetrate and cause damage to the interior of walls and roofs. Ice dams form at the bottom of roofs, letting water penetrate and cause damage to the interior of walls and roofs.  When snow melts on a roof it runs down until...
Solar panel installation
Ten things to know that will help you get the best value out of a photovoltaic solar panel system. Diligent research is absolutely essential for any homeowner looking to install a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel system on their home. But at some point, you need to hand the reins over to...
High efficiency fireplace
Making sense of fireplace and wood stove specifications and knowing how to choose the right one for you. Reading the specifications of a wood stove can be rather complicated. So let's shake loose the important points from all the technical jargon and make the process a bit more...
Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being conducted
Odds are that at any given time the air pressure in your house is out of balance and either drawing air in or forcing it out. Learn the causes, the effects and the solutions. We go on incessantly here about the importance of air barriers in home construction, but no matter how hard...
Short of a wood stove, pretty much all heating systems require power to operate. So in the event of an apocalypse (zombie, climate, asteroid, etc) these two pellet stoves can keep you warm when the power goes out. . Burning wood to heat a home does not make you an eco-terrorist, let's...
Earthship in Taos, New Mexico
Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates come with a much heavier environmental cost than they claim and contradict the laws of physics. I'm not the Mike Reynolds who invented the Earthship, I'm the Mike Reynolds who thinks Earthships in Canada and other cold...
Aeratron AE2 ceiling fan
To ensure comfort and get the highest efficiency from the systems in the Edelweiss House air must circulate. . In order to ensure comfort and get the most from the various systems of our house air needs to move around. Our air source heat pump and our heat pump water heater  work...
Heat pump water heater
Heat pump water heaters can help cut your hot water energy consumption by close to one third, particularly when partnered with an air source heat pump. Water heaters are generally the biggest energy drain in a home after heating. Air-to-water heat pumps are potentially a big...
Ductless mini-split air source heat pump
Heat pumps can heat a house three times more efficiently than other forms of heat. When paired with a heat pump water heater you can significantly drop the cost of heat and hot water in a home. The Edelweiss House has a radiant floor to keep our feet comfortable but we rely on a...
Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Some welcome announcements in 2016 provincial budgets about tax incentives for energy efficiency home upgrades. Some provincial budgets have made big announcements regarding renovation tax credits. This is excellent news for everyone, as it could be argued that renovation tax...
Warm light and dimmable LED bulbs
LED light bulbs now come dimmable and with warm colours. Check out our video on choosing bulbs and DIY installation tips. . DIY video about choosing the best LED bulbs and DIY lighting fixture installation...
Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Radiant heated floors add comfort to a home and can help you heat more efficiently. ...