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What is the best solar water heating system?

...electric backup; or an hybrid electric heat pump HWH powered by my PV? I notice you also write about the outdoor compressor that goes with the heat pump, the SA...

Posted by Geri Rhodes July 6, 2018, 3:35 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...electric baseboard and a wood stove centrally located in basement. Electric hot water system (NOT a rented utility-owned tank). I am wondering about possibili...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What is your recommendation for an air source heat pump?

...Electric forced air duct system with poorly integrated HRV system. 3 hrv wall vents, 2 bathroom exhaust fans and 1 kitchen exhaust fan. No a/c yet, and I would ...

Posted by Martin Dandeneau July 9, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

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

...electric baseboards, and one Samsung mini-split heat pump (sounding sick and old and noisy) at the top of the stairwell, one woodburning fireplace on the main f...

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

What is the best way to heat a home with solar panels?

...electricity what would be the best method of heating the house. Most people in this area seem to use propane for heat but we are thinking in floor heat and an e...

Posted by Oliver Williamson Oct. 26, 2020, 2:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 0 Responses

How do you build an air heated concrete slab?

...electric heating. The plan is to prevent the sun entering in the summer and allow it to shine in in the winter. I estimate sun would begin entering about 10 am ...

Posted by Matt Wisniewski Dec. 27, 2020, 6:27 p.m. Passive solar home design 0 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...electric furnace option (for radiant infloor heat in the basement and forced air heat on the main floor. I met with the plumber and the heating guys 2 days ag...

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

I have chronic illness from the air quality of my home, can you help determine if I need to replace the HVAC system?

...electric isn't grounded (tech North America's electrical grounding isn't grounded properly anyway (need to lower EMFs), gain access to attic, remediate, add air...

Posted by Niki Harrison Sept. 6, 2019, 4:32 p.m. HRV and ERV 4 Responses

How do insulate the outside of a log home?

...electric boiler. it's built on a slab with radiant hot water heating. I want to increase the efficiency of the house by insulating the outside. What I have in m...

Posted by Michael Hickey Aug. 2, 2018, 6:03 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do we find a designer for our new build?

...electrical. Land already purchased, so not incldued in 235k. Below was the start of our dreaming. We've refined to the following specifications: 2 storey ho...

Posted by Tim Blais Feb. 15, 2021, 8:40 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

Where does a vapour barrier go when building a shed in southern Ontario?

...electric heating system, so insulation and air exchange is the primary concern in this project. Keeping in mind that the vapour barrier is best served inside ...

Posted by Charley Nelson Nov. 5, 2020, 10:09 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How much does a Tesla roof cost?

...Electric Cars, which seem to offer the best value at the moment .

Posted by Anthea Larke June 18, 2019, 7:45 a.m. Renewable energy 1 Responses

What is the CFM and operating temperature on air heated radiant floors?

...electric or water coils . The air flow would be between 450-650CFM for each heater (750-1100m3/hr), the large heater is 8 loops by standard, so divide the CFM b...

Posted by martin skibba Feb. 28, 2021, 11:49 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 5 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...electricity . In Canada, 47% of homes are heated with natural gas, and 37% are heated with electricity. The rest are a mix of wood, pellets, oil and propane , a...

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

How do you install radiant floor heating in an old building?

...electric demand boiler.

Posted by Rob Doda March 19, 2020, 3:21 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 Responses

What infloor radiant heating would you use in a corewood home design?

...electric wires, or air-heated floors. The only way the wall system becomes a factor is in its R value and airtightness, and the amount of heat the floor will gi...

Posted by John Yoho Feb. 6, 2020, 10:59 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

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

...electric, hydronic or radiant air heating tubes ) would need to be sized for the heat load , and so it would need to be designed by an HVAC professional . To ...

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

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...Electric boiler for in floor radiant heat and as efficient HRV as I can find for a reasonable price. I've read that ERV's got a bad rap in cold weather when the...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses