Heat pump / Discussions

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

...heat, and the cooling is all provided by a combination of air source heat pump and a heat pump water heater working in tandem . Our latest demo house we used ...

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

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

...heaters Air-heated slab floors Off-grid heating solutions Passive solar home design Choosing the right wood stove Off-grid living blog: heating system...

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

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...pump? Is there any signs of flooding? Thank you for taking the time to read and reply to my post. The basement floor / area is not finished, nor is it used as...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

In Ottawa, are geothermal heat pumps efficient?

...heating (GSHP) worth the investment for homes? And here is a page comparing the effectiveness of air source heat pumps (ASHP) and ground source heat pumps (GS...

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

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

...heat pump water heater . It also has a ductless mini-split heat pump that operates in coolin g mode , but the house stays cool enough without even using it.

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

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...heat demand comes from the mini-split heat pump. The house is only powered with electricity and no gas at all (including heating, water heating, cooking, drying...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 7 Responses

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

I live in Sudbury Canada in a 1959 bungalow and the basement is always humid and the dehumidifier runs constantly. It also costs a fortune to heat. I was advis...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...heat in the basement and forced air heat on the main floor. I met with the plumber and the heating guys 2 days ago and have been trying to sort out what the b...

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

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...heated floor . That way a large portion of your heating demand could be provided by a small solar panel running a fan, to help keep your home warm during extend...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

What is the best way to build a slab on grade on bedrock?

...pump truck and foundation team. You will need to do something like that anyway, but given that you are that close to bedrock I don’t think I’d be considering ...

Posted by peter owen Oct. 31, 2019, 3:33 p.m. Slab on Grade 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

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...heat sources rather than trying to insulate if there is any risk at all of structural damage, meaning things like Geothermal or just an air source heat pump. Ag...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

Does hydronic radiant cooling work?

...heat from the home. That and even a small localized heat pump may be all you need.

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Where should I put a vapour retarder?

...heat pump at some point to take the edge off a heat wave, the problem is more when people keep their homes at sub-arctic temperatures for an entire summer. So i...

Posted by Jeffrey Connell March 14, 2020, 4:25 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 4 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

...pump and optimze accessibility. However -- we can't seem to find evidence that this concept has gotten traction over the years in Ontario, specifically in Princ...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you insulated a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...pump bringing water from our lake. We close down the cottage for the winter and drain the water for the season, we would love to insulate and try to make it a 4...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...heating and cooling dry air is easier than heating and cooling humid air, so cheaper heating and cooling offsets the operational cost of the dehumidifier. A s...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

Can I use a solar thermal water heater to heat my pool in the summer and the floor of the garage that I am going to build?

...Heater Solar Thermal Water Heaters Solar Radiant Heated Floor Kit - Slab on Grade for LEED, Passive, ZNE Heating a Swimming Pool: Top 10 cost ...

Posted by Bill Loucks Oct. 5, 2019, 9:48 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses