Heating with gas / Discussions

Can you recommend an HVAC contractor in Vancouver?

...heating. The floor heating is the only space heating we have. I would like to replace this natural gas system with a heat pump system. I have searched for a...

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

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...gas furnace (I have gas to the house since my wife wanted a gas stove, a gas fire place and a gas barbque), or a natural gas boiler/electric furnace option (for...

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

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

...with a tankless and gas fuelled water heater and water or gel radiant floor heating, or the air system that Legalett uses. I am also wondering how much rebar sh...

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

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

...gas. The problem may have less to do with the source of heat, but the rate of heat loss through the building envelope – specifically the walls and windows. Ar...

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

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

...heating solution for a home, but to do so successfully there are considerations. Any radiant floor heating system (gas or electric, hydronic or radiant air heat...

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

Can you Insulate a Cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...with a certain amount heating days, so you’re obviously doing more cooling than heating, which will impact the ‘ ideal basement wall assembly ’. Given the des...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

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

...with glycol? Is there a difference in cost for install or running it? Good question, but a tough one, so I’ll start with the easy part first - When powered by e...

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

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...with double walls or Larson truss (either would have dense pack cellulose) on a slab foundation with radiant in floor heat. I saw a post with a chart showing co...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

...with heating costs a bit since it will keep it drier heating moist air consumes a lot more energy than heating dry air. Give us more details though - Ceilin...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

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

...with a heat pump. With the absence of central ductwork, where do I put the ERV? Would it make sense to run a house wide plenum for the ERV alone? And if that's ...

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

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

...with non-toxic sealant like a concrete densifier, the result is an affordable, healthy and extremely durable floor with very low maintenance. At grade level, ...

Posted by Geri P Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...with galvanized sheet metal to prevent water from infiltrating. Plug the bottom opening with insulation as well, then seal it to prevent air leakage. Insulati...

Posted by Gord Nov. 2, 2017, 10:06 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 Responses

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

...without knowing the local cost of insulation as well as power, or without an estimated life span of the house. But anywhere in Canada or the middle to upper US ...

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

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

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

...with thermal mass and good overhangs would double or triple glaze Argon filled windows be appropriate without the Low E coating? The Low E coating does reduce t...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How do you do insulation the outside of a log home?

...with 10" thick by average 18" long red pine logs. I heat it mostly with a masonry wood stove, backed up by an electric boiler. it's built on a slab with radiant...

Posted by Michael Hickey Aug. 2, 2018, 6:03 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses