Heat loss / Discussions

How do I get an assessment of heat loss for my home?

My home is older and needs some upgrades and was wondering about the government grants Tax credits and other financial incentives for home energy efficiency up...

Posted by jennifer jolly Jan. 13, 2021, 7:33 p.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

Do frost lines where studs are on a wall show a failure of spray foam insulation?

...heat than the Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPUF) , so what you are seeing could actually be an indication of how important it is to include seamless insulation in a...

Posted by Gerald Crozier July 22, 2019, 10:24 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best indoor lighting solution for a single story cathedral ceiling?

...loss of heat. Is this the case? Is there a way to mitigate venting and loss of heat through the ceiling? Is there otherwise a better alternative for lighting on...

Posted by Marc-Andre Roy June 1, 2021, 8:39 p.m. Lighting 1 Responses

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

How do you stop air leaks in an old 1950's house?

...heat loss is a major problem in this design of house. Air leakage through walls and ceilings is responsible for a large percentage of the heat loss and energy c...

Posted by Don Fraser Sept. 3, 2021, 3:22 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

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

...heat loss. We talk 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

is there a SketchNanoGard Review?

...heat gain/loss. What can you tell me about it? Worth the investment? Hi there, If you mean this product for thermally coating glass , our sister organisatio...

Posted by Island Lake June 24, 2020, 2:37 a.m. Windows and doors 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

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

How should I insulate under a concrete hydronic slab on stilts?

...heat loss as the floor will be exposed to the elements being on stilts. Can the concrete floor be poured directly on the plywood subfloor? Thank you, There ar...

Posted by Cam Smith Feb. 6, 2021, 12:21 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

What is the best exterior rigid foam insulation for under a deck?

...heat loss. Is this recommended? Do I need to put a protective barrier over the rigid board, or will leaving it exposed once it's secure to the foundation wall b...

Posted by Andrew Cherubini March 21, 2021, 9:02 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 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 A. Delmas May 21, 2020, 8:59 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

Should you keep duct work out of the attic?

...heating vents through a frozen attic would result in significant heat loss, and in hot climates, running air conditioning ducts through a hot attic will be a co...

Posted by Frank Liu July 23, 2020, 8:53 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

How to reduce the rain noise from a metal roof?

...heat loss, that can do your soundproofing for you at the same as long as you use fibrous insulation . Spray foam and EXP or EPS foam will not do much to dampen ...

Posted by Igal H Nov. 24, 2020, 4:57 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Is it common to insulate the Plumbing lines for modern buildings?

...heat generated for one purpose in a home is ‘lost’, but isn’t really a loss if it is still in the building envelope (and during a season when you want heat). Bu...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:49 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 2 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

...heat transfer is not as noticeable. For your above grade floors, some heat will be lost downwards, but this is not a problem as it will simply be adding heat ...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What 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. This page explains in simple terms all about human comfort i...

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

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...heat loss. If you like that idea I’d for sure go with 2 inches, not just for heat loss but for durability, if you do need to walk on it on occasion it will be l...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses