Choosing a heat source / Discussions

Air source heat pumps: Which brand has the best performance?

...at link above, and we were really happy with it. That one is not ducted, and it has an infrared sensor that tracks occupants to provide additional heating and c...

Posted by Mike Brigham Jan. 22, 2020, 9:25 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Should I use an air source heat pump in a Passive House?

...ave lower heating bills , that’s a no brainer becaues on average they are 90% more efficient, and as they love saying, “ you can heat a Passive House with a hai...

Posted by Iain cunningham March 27, 2019, 9:31 p.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

What is your recommendation for an air source heat pump?

...ach Manitoba....Thank you. To learn more about how to choose a heat pump see this page . I would point out that for Manitoba, Canada you would want a heat pump ...

Posted by Martin Dandeneau July 9, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Can you install electric wire in floor heat cables and cork flooring?

...aterials that were safe for install on a heated slab on grade floor. After 5 years of use, the floor still looks great overall, but there are spots that are s...

Posted by C Whitby Aug. 7, 2020, 6:43 p.m. Flooring and stairs 2 Responses

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...akage is another issue that will make a home feel drafty and cool, particularly away from radiators. But to get back to you actual question - • Radiant heat...

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

...ave hot water radiant floor heating on all three levels as our main heat source. We don’t want ceramic or polished concrete, is there a particular type of wood ...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...heating fuel is. 60% of U.S. homes are heated with natural gas , 25% with electricity . In Canada, 47% of homes are heated with natural gas, and 37% are heate...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

...ave solar-heated air panels feeding air tubes in the slab floor. Solar air heating panels are a lot less hassle and risk than solar water heating panels, and a ...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...a super-insulated slab floor with radiant heat, and the cooling is all provided by a combination of air source heat pump and a heat pump water heater working in...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...at you mean by a ‘second ground loop’ after the system but I’ll take a shot at an explanation anyway. The intake and exhaust direction never change, so what lea...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Is solar air heating for a floor as efficient as solar hydronic?

...ach system – Radiant floors heated with air tubes Moving into a solar solution though and choosing between a solar water heater and a solar air heater, ther...

Posted by Ryan Johnson Dec. 7, 2020, 9:02 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 Responses

Wood Burning Stove - Do We Need A Cold Air Vent to Safely Operate?

...heater. We have a 3 foot crawl space that spans the entire sq footage of the house. Q: do we need to have a cold air vent installed in our crawl space in order ...

Posted by Regina Vigil Feb. 15, 2021, 3:11 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 2 Responses

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

...heat and 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 discover...

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

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...ames that are nailed into the cinderblocks. To leave a little space for air. But you are saying to put the boards against the wall. My frames are already put up...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 15 Responses

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...heat sources rather than trying to insulate if there is any risk at all of structural damage, meaning things like Geothermal or just an air source heat pump. Ag...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

...actual ventilation in the basement apart from the drafts. There is a sink, the hot water tank with drain off and furnace, and one small window that stays closed...

Posted by Robert J. Pierson Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

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

...at the HRV was damaged by that move. Electrical issues in a home is a serious matter for safety and should be addressed immediately. Air will naturally leak...

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