Cold air / Discussions

How can I insulate an interior back wall that is NOW an exterior back wall?

...cold air. I need to insulate the building. When renovating exterior walls you need to observe the normal practices for wall assemblies or ‘control layers’, mean...

Posted by Sabrina Ross Sept. 21, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Do you need an HRV or ERV in a 68 year old home?

...cold spell and I am going to install a humidifier. I have a merv16 air filter installed. Do I need an HRV or ERV ? Do you think this house would have sufficient...

Posted by Gary Szymkowski Nov. 1, 2020, 10:11 a.m. Ventilation 0 Responses

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

...air system to heat our second floor as well as provide cooling to both floors in the summer. The forced air would also help maintain air quality in the home yea...

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

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

...cold climate air source heat pump furnace. I am getting confliciting information about temperature control. Is it best to set the ASHP furnace at one temperatur...

Posted by Ryan Peterson May 1, 2018, 11:51 a.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses

How can I heat a bedroom above a garage?

...air duct blowing warm air under the room but parts are very cold in the winter. As we renovate our basement I'm wondering whether we replace the existing system...

Posted by Steve Dulmage April 30, 2020, 9:18 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...cold in the winter and in the summer we don't really have to use air conditioning because of the crawl space temperature. It is a wood floor on the other side o...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...air space regardless of how you space it, and air spaces are always good to have. But, it is also very important to make it airtight. If you have a Basement wal...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

Is it common to insulate the Plumbing lines for modern buildings?

...cold water pipe in homes - moisture in the air will condense on plumbing tubes filled with cold water, which can then run down the tubes and lead to water damag...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:49 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 2 Responses

Is it ok to add insulation between joists in a crawl space?

...cold winters. The walls of the crawlspace are insulated and the dirt floor is sealed with a vapor barrior, but my indoor floors felt cold this last winter, maki...

Posted by Cheryl Bottomley May 11, 2020, 3:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 0 Responses

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

...airly confident the air barrier continuity can be maintained but when the stove is not in use it would represent a significant heat loss. We talk a lot about ai...

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

How do you stop wood stove smoke from entering a home?

...airtight home really should have an air exchanger to protect indoor air quality . Don't count on air purifiers to do much about indoor air quality , they aren’t...

Posted by Don Leaver March 24, 2020, 10:49 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 4 Responses

Should you allow air flow through a crawl space with a dirt floor?

...air sealed and insulated walls is pretty much pointless, that fiberglass is doing very little to retain heat. I imagine the floor is pretty cold in winter? Ba...

Posted by Amber Murray Aug. 17, 2020, 10 p.m. Crawl spaces 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

Can basement walls to dry to the inside with foam board?

...air gap, lately I'm reading leave a tiny air gap. Looking for thoughts on these 2 options. Yes, below grade basement walls can only dry to the inside, but I wou...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Aug. 20, 2020, 12:34 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

We are looking to build a slab on grade, do we need radiant heat?

...air heated radiant floors or hydronic stands out as clearly cheaper to install or operate than the other, the advantages to an air heated floor is a more even d...

Posted by Scott Self Sept. 21, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 Responses

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

...air can lead to condensation on those cold surfaces, I’d consider closing it up and running a dehumidifier. What climate zone are you in Dave? That may help us ...

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

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...air purifying system, adding additional insulation in the attic and refinishing the walls in the basement to reduce humidity and coldness in my home. Frankly, I...

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

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

...cold and you activate it, as it will take a little longer to get up to temperature than it would if it were masonry or concrete. But if you keep your house at a...

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