Heat / Discussions

Should I be considering 66 or 80 gallon heat pump water heater?

...heat pump water heaters But speaking even just for your domestic hot water needs, I would suggest the bigger one. The thing about a hybrid heat pump water hea...

Posted by Greg Anderson Dec. 19, 2018, 5:44 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

Can you install tubing under a slab on grade foundation to extract heat in winter?

...heat pump be put under an iso-slab slab on grade foundation to extract winter heat We generally recommend people check with an engineer for any such matters, bu...

Posted by Jennifer Cole Aug. 28, 2019, 11:34 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Should I use an air source heat pump in a Passive House?

...heat pump ,HRV, Radiant heat in the slab and a wood stove. do I need all this or can I do it wish just the heat pump? Or can you advise me on a better system to...

Posted by Iain cunningham March 27, 2019, 9:31 p.m. Heating and cooling 1 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 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

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...heater and water or gel radiant floor heating, or the air system that Legalett uses. I am also wondering how much rebar should be in a slab on grade floor and i...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 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

What are the options for radiant heat with a slab on grade?

...heating system that is built directly into the slab? Radiant heating is very comfortable , and there are really only minimal differences between the comfort tha...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 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

Air source heat pumps: Which brand has the best performance?

...heated floor to provide most of the heat, and we included a ductless heat pump on the second floor. We used the CS11M model from Direct Air. Both of those manuf...

Posted by Mike Brigham Jan. 22, 2020, 9:25 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What should I be looking for in a heat recovery ventilator?

...heat recovery rate – meaning the percentage of heat recovered from exhaust air The decibel level of the unit to avoid noise pollution in homes if it is near l...

Posted by Adam Y. Dec. 11, 2017, 1:07 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

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

...heat rises’, which is, in a word, wrong. ‘Warm air’ rises, but heat goes in any and all directions. With a forced-air heating system, some heat will find its wa...

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

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...heated water in the radiant tubing to help balance the excess heating. My understanding was that the unheated water in the tubing would absorb excess heat from ...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

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

...heat, if you can just replace an overhead light fixture with a combination light and ceiling fan. • Forced air heat may balance heat through a home better tha...

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

Can you do an update on Ecohome’s new demo house?

...heated air is diverted to an air/water heat exchanger for heating the hot water tank instead. Is the closed loop system maintained when diverting heat to the ai...

Posted by dean c Oct. 16, 2019, 2:04 a.m. Concept and design 1 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

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

...heated air system which would collect heat for the fresh air side of the HVR and on the system's interior air flow after the "heat transfer" box. I also would...

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

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...heated or pre-cooled by exhaust air. No heating or cooling coil is present, you are simply running a fan, and a heat exchange takes place in the core. Read more...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses