Cold air / Discussions

Is it normal that condensation forms on the windows of my new home?

...air comes in contact with cold surfaces. So you will get more condensation with double-pane than triple pane, and more when the air in the home has a higher rel...

Posted by Kevin Newman April 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Why insulate the walls rather than the floor joists in a crawlspace?

...air. Hi i have a small cottage in sothern ontario (Canada) than i am going to rent out for the winter, it was never used in the winter and we have installed a f...

Posted by Ron Monk June 2, 2021, 9:31 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

What are your thoughts about incorporating natural ventilation techniques into the heating/cooling/ventilation design of a house?

...air movement? Where to place vents for air circulation between rooms to take advantage of cross currents and the stack effect, but also lessen noise transmissio...

Posted by dean c Jan. 18, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Can you recommend consultant for hire to optimize tiny home build?

...air barrier products that aren’t flexible, and another really important feature for any tiny house in a cold climate would be to increase the insulation levels....

Posted by Felicia Hobert July 20, 2020, 5:39 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

How should I insulate under a concrete hydronic slab on stilts?

...cold winter air, so you will pay more for heating (or more for insulation), you are exposed to animals underneath, and houses on posts don’t have as good a resa...

Posted by Cam Smith Feb. 6, 2021, 12:21 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

What is the best practice to insulate a crawl space floor?

...cold climates they are more susceptible to cracking if left to freeze and thaw. Hey Mike, Plan for 4th wall( Lattice wall) was to cover interior with 1/2" ...

Posted by austin Fanning March 16, 2020, 8:55 a.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

...air consumes a lot more energy than heating dry air. Give us more details though - Ceiling height, finished walls or not (is it living space), poured concre...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

What are the options for adding Exterior Roof Insulation?

...cold air would be flowing underneath your new insulation. I don't think there is any cheap way to add much insulation to your roof unfortunately as you would ne...

Posted by Marlo Raynolds Aug. 29, 2020, 9:19 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...Cold Climates Are Tiny Houses Good for the Environment? If you are looking for a stationary house, you need a piece of land to build on. I’m not sure, but...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

What’s the best insulation system for a brick/masonry basement foundation wall?

...air in the basement to condense on the cold brick walls. So then I considered 1/2" rigid foam attached with adhesive to the brick walls with studs installed up ...

Posted by Ryan Essex Nov. 29, 2021, 8:17 a.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

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

...airs. This page explains it clearly - The difference between air barriers and vapor barriers What is almost certainly happening is that warm, humid air is e...

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

What is the best way to insulate a Metal structure from the Inside?

...air meets these cold spots in a wall. Here is our page about thermal bridging, check this out first – Thermal bridges and thermal breaks – how to build energy...

Posted by Jacky Surber May 2, 2021, 4:09 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 2 Responses

What type of hrv system should I put in a 4 year old home?

...airtight. The less air leakage the better, and yes, you should have an HRV to remove moisture and provide fresh air. I would say you are best to start by fami...

Posted by Ellen Murray Zappone Sept. 1, 2021, 4:35 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...air. Humid air not feels cooler, but heating humid air requires more energy than heating dry air. So that 6-mil poly membrane is essential above all else for co...

Posted by Randy Christensen Dec. 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

...air barrier only, or all in one - insulation, air barrier and vapor barrier. this is a good and bad thing - we think it's great that they are offered, but I wis...

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...airtight home saves money in fuel use, and often times in allowing for a reduced size of equipment. Did you have a preferred heat delivery system in mind, or ...

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

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

I live in a cold climate - Winnipeg Manitoba, and intend to install radiant heat in the concrete slab. As my basement is below the frost line, I’m not sure if ...

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

What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

...air barrier, preventing air flow, but allowing moisture to dry. I understand that any number of air barrier is acceptable, but would inner, outer, or both be pr...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses