Heat / Discussions

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

What is the best brand for ductless mini-split HVAC system?

...heat pump is not as much to point you to a brand but to help you know what to look for. Learn about heat pumps here – Choosing the best minisplit heat pump fo...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 11:22 p.m. Heating and cooling 2 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

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace and install radiant floor heat?

...heated slab on grade and ditch the existing floor. That may be the most sensible option if you really want radiant infloor heating, though there are others we c...

Posted by Todd hall June 28, 2020, 8:36 a.m. Crawl spaces 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 2 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 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 I see details about the heating and domestic hot water systems of the Edelweiss house?

...heat the air of the home. The domestic hot water is a heat pump as well, we used an AO Smith air-to-water hybrid heat pump . The water heater sucks in the air...

Posted by August Wehrmann March 10, 2019, 9:26 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 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

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 flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...heat from south facing windows is a great way to save money and energy on heating, and a concrete floor is one of the best surfaces to collect and store heat. B...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is the best type of radiant floor heating for a garage?

...heat generation (heated floors, furnaces, hair dryers, kettles, baseboard heaters etc.) would cost the same on a ‘BTU per watt’ scale. Keep in mind that a boi...

Posted by J.F. March 24, 2017, 11:14 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

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

...heat (read more here) - both pages from the EcoHome Green Building Guides section Alternatively, if consistent and dependable heat is the primary deciding fac...

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

What is the best choice for me, HRV or ERV?

...heat. With the most updated energy codes. We are just looking for the best air exchange system. Thanks, John How to choose between an HRV and ERV (Heat Recovery...

Posted by John Oakes Jan. 10, 2020, 11:04 p.m. HRV and ERV 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

Can you preheat ERV inlet air?

...heat the ERV/HRV inlet air with a dedicated tube that runs through a heated slab? Similar to a geothermal heat exchanger concept. Yes, you can run what is calle...

Posted by A O April 6, 2020, 12:16 p.m. Ground-coupled heat exchanger 2 Responses