Efficient heating / Discussions

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

...heating water that is circulated through radiant tubing in a concrete floor will not be any more or less efficient that a boiler heating a water coil that blows...

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

Which is the best way of solar heating an indoor public swimming pool to save operating costs?

...heating the pool and for the other water uses (shower etc.). I am looking for a different way of efficient heating the water using the sun to save on our energy...

Posted by Ιωάννης Σταυρόπουλος March 29, 2020, 12:50 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What is the best wall for a house by the sea in New Brunswick?

The house will be subject to strong winds and rain, and a high level of humidity (often 100%). We have now installed a air heating floor (Legallet), the roof i...

Posted by Nathalie Lacaille Jan. 6, 2021, 9:36 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 0 Responses

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

...efficient house May we ask where you are located? The level of success you would have using natural ventilation to save energy for heating and cooling would be ...

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

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...Efficient lighting Efficient appliances Solar panels Geothermal heating/cooling Adding thermal mass Feel free to ignore this list completely and sim...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...heating in basement, geothermal heating (closed loop, 6 wells 200 ft deep), triple E argon windows, R50 attic insulation, etc. However, the coax coil in the g...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

In Ottawa, are geothermal heat pumps efficient?

Is the cost of drilling for Geothermal systems not feasible? Great question, and the answer is yes, geothermal systems are efficient in cold climates, but as f...

Posted by John Ioannou July 20, 2020, 12:19 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...heating system is most beneficial? Looking for the best heating systems for new builds. Choosing the best heating system for a home depends on a lot of factor...

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

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

...heating and cooling system should we be looking into? I feel like if we go with a slab on grade we would almost certainly have to get radiant floor heating othe...

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

Do I need ceiling fans if I have an HRV?

...efficient way to provide a cooling sensation. Here is a short video on ceiling fans , they are an integral part of the heating and cooling strategy of our Edelw...

Posted by S McIntyre April 2, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

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

...heating . Both of those design priorities will reduce the size of the heating system you require as well as the amount of energy it will consume during operatio...

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

Any suggestions for improving insulation of a unique concrete building?

...efficient that other heating systems read here – All about Heat Pumps for efficient home heating Geothermal heating systems are generally an expensive optio...

Posted by Andrew Hurst Feb. 25, 2021, 4:54 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Why do my radiators make a crackling sound?

...heating again when the air temperature drops below the temperature indicated on the thermostat. These noises are caused by the expansion and contraction of meta...

Posted by Heather Baird Dec. 11, 2017, 1:48 p.m. Heating with electricity 2 Responses

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

...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 hair dryer ”....

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

Should I be considering 66 or 80 gallon heat pump water heater?

...heating requirements of the house you’d need to have a dedicated boiler for the floor, and one that is sized to meet the heat load of a building that size. Here...

Posted by Greg Anderson Dec. 19, 2018, 5:44 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

Can hydronic radiant heating be a complete heating solution for a home?

...heating solution for a home, but to do so successfully there are considerations. Any radiant floor heating system (gas or electric, hydronic or radiant air heat...

Posted by Jeremy Peters Dec. 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...heating, water heating, cooking, drying etc) So the whole house electrical load (heating, water heating, cooking, clothes drying - everything ) comes to under $...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

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

...efficient heating system, and performance is improving all the time. If you find another manufacturer or model you like better, please let us know about it!

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