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How do you stop wood stove smoke from entering a home?

...heat pumps (see here) that may help you. In our demo houses we have used mini-split heat pumps as well as a heat pump water heater and we've been very happy wit...

Posted by Don Leaver March 24, 2020, 10:49 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 4 Responses

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

How much insulation should I install underneath my concrete slab in my basement?

...heat transferred to the ground that will be about 5 or 6 °C. I have only ever heard from one Canadian with an uninsulated radiant heated slab floor and his he...

Posted by Scott Antonation Sept. 27, 2019, 1:06 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Can you recommend an HVAC contractor in Vancouver?

...heats water for hot water uses and the water that flows through floor pipes providing radiant heating. The floor heating is the only space heating we have. I ...

Posted by Jennifer Smith March 18, 2019, 5:58 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What is the best solar water heating system?

...heater (or heat pump water heater for that matter) with your PV panels . That way when there is no requirement for water heating , your system will still produc...

Posted by Geri Rhodes July 6, 2018, 3:35 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 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

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...heat in the summer. I'm on board that solar tubes are the better choice energy wise -if I were starting a new build, that's what I would choose. But do you thin...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

...heat from the south facing windows in winter, avoiding having to put too much heat in to keep stuff from freezing. There's a bed of compacted gravel already dow...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...heat pump water heater would help, but first I'd be looking at an air source / air to air heat pump . But tell me more if you would about those EPS shutters, th...

Posted by Keanan Toews Jan. 20, 2019, 1:01 p.m. Windows and doors 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

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

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

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

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

Slab on Grade for House in Grand Rapids MI - Can I get Prefab form kits & Assistance easily?

...heat system, would be about 1000 square feet. There is only one manufacturer of slab on grade form kits with air heated floors that we know of, the company is L...

Posted by Greg Hooks Nov. 20, 2019, 3:35 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

...heat pump for heating and cooling ) is a very well-insulated and airtight envelope, so it doesn't require a lot of heating and cooling in the first place. It is...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses

Are slab on grade foundations cheaper than a basement?

...heat and keep cool? I'm near Portland Oregon - thanks! If the history of our website is an indicator, this question will for sure invite a heated discussion, bu...

Posted by Jason Nov. 21, 2019, 4:12 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 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