Air quality / Discussions

I have chronic illness from the air quality of my home, can you help determine if I need to replace the HVAC system?

...air quality- some return air/vents were completely blocked off by some not very intelligent homeowners - so air isn't moving properly in home. The electric is...

Posted by Niki Harrison Sept. 6, 2019, 4:32 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...air quality of my new build, so I don’t want to mess up on something small like this. Thanks! That’s a great question, and a great practice. Insulating hot wate...

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

Spray Foam for basements, which of the different types are best environmentally?

...air quality and there seem to be a lot of different spray foams available some of which mention climate change and environmental concerns - but we're wary of gr...

Posted by Rose Adams Jan. 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...air heat on the main floor. I met with the plumber and the heating guys 2 days ago and have been trying to sort out what the best approach is. All my previous...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

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

...air leakage rather than stopping it, even the highest quality brand new home will still leak air, it’s a fact of life. If possible, it would be wise to have it ...

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

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...air quality , and will usually pollute less during manufacturing. A green home would be an energy efficient home, so be sure to have a well-insulated building e...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...air-sealing of the envelope – Absolutely, make a home as well-sealed as you can and let your ventilation equipment do their job. A poor air barrier and lots of ...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

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

...air quality. Stoves are not permitted to emit more than 2.5 grams of fine particles per hour. Here is a link where you can read more . Thanks for the reply! T...

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

How much insulation should I install underneath my concrete slab in my basement?

...air quality by reducing the chance of mold forming , it will save significant amounts of energy and provide much greater thermal comfort for occupants . In yo...

Posted by Scott Antonation Sept. 27, 2019, 1:06 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Are air purifiers a good option for keeping my apartment air cleaner?

...air purifiers really do work, thanks for any advice. Improve the quality of indoor air: In the absence of an HRV , the most effective strategy for ensuring he...

Posted by Chris George Nov. 14, 2017, 10:53 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 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

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

...air seal over the long term in the event of any shifting. A high-quality tape (and I stress a HIGH qualityAirstop, Siga, Delta Multiband are a few names) wil...

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

Where can I buy an HRV in New York State?

...air exchanger that moves 1500 CFM of air from from the outside with temperatures ranging from 0°Fahrenheit 2 an exhaust temperature of at least 55 Can you tell ...

Posted by Jarred Weaver July 29, 2019, 8:55 a.m. HRV and ERV 3 Responses

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

...air quality in a home , but below are a few pages in particular that may help. If you are looking for non-toxic cabinetry materials for shelving, we recently ...

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

What should I be looking for in a heat recovery ventilator?

...air The decibel level of the unit to avoid noise pollution in homes if it is near living areas Motor efficiency Warranty Calculating the fresh air req...

Posted by Adam Y. Dec. 11, 2017, 1:07 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Are slab on grade foundations cheaper than a basement?

...air quality, maintenance, etc). Building basements properly is more expensive than the way most basements are built (ie: doomed to fail) so the problem off th...

Posted by Jason Nov. 21, 2019, 4:12 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Do I need ceiling fans if I have an HRV?

I have high ceilings and I will be adding an addition this summer with normal height ceilings and a new stairwell to the basement. Should I arrange for a ceili...

Posted by S McIntyre April 2, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

...air barrier to limit the amount of humid air that will escape through walls. The most important thing to do is what you are already doing, which is to consi...

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses