Efficient heating / Discussions

Which is the best way of sun heating an indoor public swimming pool?

...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. Please give me infor...

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

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

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

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

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...heating ane geothermal heating as we had planned. Your toughts? Robert Baker A lot of builders recommend building a basement instead of a slab on grade main...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

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

...heating/cooling of this house? I should have two heating sources, I've heard. Some options: -Mr. Slim ductless system with a zone for each floor? -hydroni...

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

Can I use an old patio door thermal pane as the cover for a solar air heater?

I will probably build a solar panel with layers of black screen. My question is, I have a patio door with a thermal pane in it. Could this be used for the glas...

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 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

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

...efficient stove (the smallest you can get if its super insulated as you since since that will help maintain a high burn temperature and least amount of emission...

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

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

...heating, electric forces air furnace. Heating with electricity is usually a more environmentally friendly option to natural gas, and certainly more so than he...

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

Can I see details about the heating and domestic hot water systems of the Edelweiss house?

...efficient and so we rely primarily on that to heat the air of the home. The domestic hot water is a heat pump as well, we used an AO Smith air-to-water hybrid...

Posted by August Wehrmann March 10, 2019, 9:26 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 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 Dec. 11, 2017, 1:48 p.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

What is the most efficient passive home design?

Are styrofoam forms a good idea? To find the most efficient Passive House wall, if your intention is to reduce your carbon footprint, starts with choosing mate...

Posted by Peter Riley Jan. 29, 2020, 9:01 p.m. Passive House 1 Responses

Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on a geodesic dome ecohome?

...heating/cooling outweigh the complicated shape and difficult insulation? Thanks, Tyler C.

Posted by Tyler Chidester Dec. 12, 2019, 4 a.m. Concept and design 0 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