Cold air / Discussions

Where do I start if I want to build a hobbit hole?

...air temperatures, but only up to the point where the air temperature in your hobbit house reaches the temperature of the surrounding earth. We cannot tell you...

Posted by Jasmine Myers Nov. 30, 2021, 9:17 p.m. Architecture and plan design 4 Responses

Should I remove the plastic sheet in my cellar?

...cold air on a cold wall, there will be no condensation forming and therefore no mould. We are indeed planning to get one, or maybe two dehumidifiers, as the cel...

Posted by Justin D'Arcy Dec. 4, 2020, 12:13 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

How do you re-do the insulation on a old cabin from the outside?

...cold/very cold climate. It will be heated once a week in winter. There is no vapor barrier right now in the walls. Is it OK to install polyethylene on the backs...

Posted by Raphael Couture Sept. 14, 2020, 8 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Can you use a vapour retarder paint on the ceiling instead of using a poly vapour barrier?

...air barrier , we had our poly barrier go through the wall assembly and taped it to the exterior air barrier membrane. That would be a solution for new builds,...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten June 8, 2019, 3:56 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

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

...air tubes Moving into a solar solution though and choosing between a solar water heater and a solar air heater, there you would for sure have more variables i...

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

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...cold climate, which Minnesota most certainly is. An R40 wall of EPS foam would in itself act as a vapor barrier and react as you suggest, but with dense packe...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Can you create a passive wine cellar by insulating and air sealing a crawl space?

...air-sealed no matter how we try, air pressure will find some leaks, so the air will be changed if at a low rate. It would be wise to monitor the humidity in any...

Posted by JC Wong April 2, 2021, 6:50 p.m. Crawl spaces 5 Responses

Can you use insulated plasterboard on a tiny house that moves?

...air barrier to stop air leakage, no matter how good a job you do installing it you may only ever be one pothole away from a leaky house. And as for aesthetics, ...

Posted by Nadine Dermody April 23, 2021, 12:40 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

How do you lower winter indoor humidity in a home in Guelph, ON?

...colder the doors get ice buildupon the outer edges aand can freeze shut. Why? and what more can we do to lower humidity? That is odd, since your humidity isn’t ...

Posted by Gary Luck May 26, 2021, 3:01 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

What type of insulation under an outdoor deck frame with 2x8s?

...cold. The walls are aluminium, i though I could insulate them with 1.5 " rigid board and cover with 1/2" pine. Should I put a vapor barrier in between? Than...

Posted by Eric Dalpe Sept. 15, 2020, 9:13 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

What thickness of insulation and concrete do you recommend in a floating slab?

...cold climate, you will be dumping tons of heat into the ground for no reason. You would be far better off financially to add a few inches. We have built sever...

Posted by Marc-Andre Roy April 21, 2021, 7:38 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...cold’ climate and also running with the assumption of air leaks , you could do a lot to reduce that with some caulking or tape if you can identify clear locatio...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace? It's in the Haliburton Highlands

...air hits the cold surfaces of a crawlspace or basement as it can lead to condensation forming. Is your dehumidifier a fairly modern one that shows a reading of ...

Posted by Beata Domanska May 25, 2020, 11:38 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What type of batting insulation is best for kids rooms that are being remodeled?

...airborne particles. The ones to avoid given that air quality is your concern would be in our opinion, foam products. They are blown with chemicals and will of...

Posted by HyungMi Kook Oct. 14, 2021, 8:27 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

...air, so designing a system has a lot to do with the volume of air in the house, as well as the layout - is it open concept of compartmentalized? Can the space b...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses

Is there any risk to a concrete foundation from adding interior insulation?

...cold I probably wouldn't install a heat pump water, you really won't get your money out of it I don't think. They work by taking heat from the air of your home,...

Posted by Drew Tozer Jan. 5, 2021, 12:57 p.m. Basements improvements 9 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...air circulation behind the vapor barrier when furnace fan turned on. Isn't the vapor barrier there to stop warm air from inside home reaching cold air in the wa...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 45 Responses

What is the payout for converting from gas heat to electric heat?

...air furnace. Heating with electricity is usually a more environmentally friendly option to natural gas, and certainly more so than heating with oil , though s...

Posted by Fred Beaulac Jan. 24, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses