Heat loss / Discussions

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

...heat given off by LED lights. What is good for Australia (getting rid of heat), is not as desirable as in Canada (wanting more heat). The heat loss between the ...

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

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

...heat gain / loss via conduction, condensation due to the highly conductive surfaces (and corrosion risks), plus radiant heat gain / loss. I hypothesize that, ...

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

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

...heat loss of the exhausting air to prevent moisture issues causing mold. The home also had tubing installed in basement concrete floor for future infloor heatin...

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

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

...heat loss. We preach a lot about airtightness , air barrier continuity and thermal bridging , but there will always need to be many openings from indoors to out...

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

How do you choose between a basement or slab on grade?

...heat/cool retention from the earth, as well as protection from elements. But, after reading some of your wonderful articles, I am wondering if the slab on gra...

Posted by Lisa Delmas May 21, 2020, 8:59 p.m. Foundation choices 0 Responses

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...heat loss now, but not eliminate the possibility of using it again in the future. Sealing up an unused brick fireplace chimney will save money on your heating...

Posted by Gord Nov. 2, 2017, 10:06 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 Responses

Should I install two small electric hot water heaters - ones or big one?

...heaters will be electric, perhaps heat pump style. Should I consider two hot water heaters, one at each end of the house or go with a larger hot water heater an...

Posted by Shaun B June 28, 2019, 2:14 p.m. Hot water 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate embedded joists in a basement Montreal Home?

...heat/keeping-heat-chapter-6-basement-insulation/15639#a6-2 " I want to use a professional company to spray foam the joist area while using XPS ridgid boards f...

Posted by Emil Idf Jan. 7, 2020, 8:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

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

...heat loss goes in all directions, not just through the roof) read here to see how much insulation you need for green home construction . Calculating the amoun...

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

In the winter should you heat a low/dirt floor crawl space with a furnace vent?

...heating the part of the plumbing area cause any mold or other problems in the winter? No, its quite the contrary. Heating a crawlspace will prevent mold . But h...

Posted by janis hobson Dec. 11, 2019, 3:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...heat transferring through the footing to stabilize the ground temp. My next thought was to use the FPSF design guidance for an unheated building, however this i...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

...heat loss. There is nothing too extraordinary you need to do for the junction between the old insulation and the new, just try to insulate right up to it. Wit...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

What would you say is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...heat, but the rate of heat loss through the building envelope – specifically the walls and windows. Are you in an older house? Maybe one that needs but hasn’t...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...heat loss in a crawlspace as you will have created two separate environments in terms of temperature and humidity. We normally recommend insulating and sealing ...

Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Can I put a breathable peel and stick weather (air) barrier on the inside walls and ceiling?

...heat loss, if that's the case you may wish the thicken the insulation for energy efficiency purposes.

Posted by Anomika Singhn Oct. 1, 2018, 9:56 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

What is the best type of heating system?

...heating fuel is. 60% of U.S. homes are heated with natural gas , 25% with electricity . In Canada, 47% of homes are heated with natural gas, and 37% are heate...

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

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

...heat loss through windows on this page. And have you chosen windows yet? We have a page on how to choose the best windows and what to look for in window perfo...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

...Heat loss increases with a greater differential in temperature, so the warmer it is inside compared to outside the greater your heat loss will be. As for wher...

Posted by Ryan Peterson May 1, 2018, 11:51 a.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses