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

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

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

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

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

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...air system which would collect heat for the fresh air side of the HVR and on the system's interior air flow after the "heat transfer" box. I also would like t...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Does hydronic radiant cooling work?

...air to condense and put you at risk of mold and mildew forming. Even in the appropriate climate it is a fairly complicated system and needs to be carefully de...

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Are there non-toxic quartz kitchen counters?

I have a medical condition and cannot tolerate any type of scents and mainstream products for building e.g. chalking, paint, glue, etc. . We have picked our qu...

Posted by Jackie kierulf June 27, 2018, 11:08 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

How do you attach exterior siding without affecting the air barrier on a passive house?

...air barrier, they can have wildly different results depending on the care with which they were installed. We prefer high quality tapes and air barriers that a...

Posted by Scott Bowker July 16, 2018, 11:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

...air barrier. If you don’t have a proper air barrier and you are removing all the insulation, then that is really the perfect opportunity to lay one down. Air ...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...air from the basement will rise to the living area , so fix the problem down there and you may fix it upstairs. If you do plan to do further work, we can certai...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...air barrier. If you do add new plywood sheathing, you could just tape the joints and it will act as your air barrier Read all about how to insulate exterior w...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you help trouble shoot my Lunos HRV e2 system in my tiny home?

...airs, with one unit blowing in while the other blows out. Exhaust air heats the core, and incoming air is warmed by the core, and in order to make that happen, ...

Posted by L Dingwall May 24, 2018, 11:06 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Where can I purchase non-toxic interior wall panels near Laval, Quebec?

...air quality , but most basements are built wrong unfortunately and end up rotten and moldy sometimes in a few short years, that would be the most toxic wall I c...

Posted by Louise Goulet Nov. 30, 2019, 1:14 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...air quality . They are also a good source of questions for us! This page below is a good place to start for you - How to Insulate and Reduce Moisture in a Cra...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

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

...air change rating I suspect it’s the same thing that is happening with me. Due to warm air rising (the stack effect), air will leak in on the lower levels a...

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