Air leaks / Discussions

Improving the efficiency of a home built in 1978 during renovations, do I need an HRV?

...air quality could/should be improved in older leaky homes as well. Or would the excessive air leaks make the HRV not effective? The only way to truly know if ...

Posted by joe cruikshank Feb. 8, 2020, 12:08 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...air leaks , you could do a lot to reduce that with some caulking or tape if you can identify clear locations where leaks exist. There is also the option of appl...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

I took off the trim around a sliding door during the summer in search of a pesky cricket, I found the cricket but I also found big gaps between window and fram...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Does a low radon air reading necessarily = low radon in well water?

...air reading can be the result of high level of radon in well water. Thanks for your input. A low reading of radon gas in your air is great, and it’s certainly a...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 4, 2020, 1:45 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...air quality and responsible material choices etc. All that would apply still in our minds when a house will be left to sit unattended for a winter, so look thro...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

My door lock keeps freezing to the point I can’t open it, any idea why this would happen?

...air rising (the stack effect), air will leak in on the lower levels and leak out on the upper levels, and as warm humid air leaks out, it condenses and freeze...

Posted by AJ Nov. 13, 2016, 1:15 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

...air leaks and preventing water leaks. That means air seals around the exterior of windows and sloping window sills to make sure any water that may infiltrate ca...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

...air through the furnace chimney, does this make sense and what should I do? Hi, first a couple of questions back to you, does your furnace have an outside air i...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

What is the process to seal a house using Aero barrier spray?

...airtightness. So would you suggest using air barrier and tape first? Or go straight for the Aerobarrier and bypass all the hassle of membrane and tape? Or is...

Posted by Santiago Pacheco Feb. 13, 2020, 11:06 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

How do you seal windows from the exterior for water and air but not create a vapor seal?

...air leaks, as warm humid air leaking out in winter will deposit moisture in that very spot you are concerned about. Again, that’s why we are more confident in t...

Posted by Piyush Prince Nov. 7, 2018, 12:10 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...airly lengthy drying out period where you would need a lot ventilation and dehumidification, way more than a house that leaks air could manage. The LEED ratin...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What is the best way to deal with a drop ceiling in a high humidity room?

...air tight" barrier layer into 2x4s (no nails in the air). Suggestions on this approach or other ideas? Much appreciate it as i am homeowner trying to get educat...

Posted by steve Roberts Dec. 24, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 1 Responses

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

...leaks. And think of it more as limiting air leakage rather than stopping it, even the highest quality brand new home will still leak air, it’s a fact of life. I...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...air leaks. We would then put new cedar siding on the outside. Will this work, and what should we modify to make it work? Thanks Hi Dave, The biggest mod...

Posted by Joe F Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...leaks) or it could be anywhere in your walls or roof where there is either air leakage causing condensation, or a leak letting in rain water. If you regularly...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...air barrier but before you install siding, you can use it as a tool for finding any remaining leaks. If you end up needing an HRV, you may not be too excited ...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 Responses

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...air is leaking in and out and see what reasonable measures I could take to insulate or prevent air leaks. We paid around $200 for an audit and discovered that a...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses