Heating with gas / Discussions

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

What infloor radiant heating would you use in a corewood home design?

...with heat from solar thermal air heating panels. Here are videos on both of those installations. Ecohome’s new demo house will be a slab on grade with Solar r...

Posted by John Yoho Feb. 6, 2020, 10:59 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Which radiant floor heat is best?

...gas and just think electric – the efficiency of electric resistance heating doesn’t change based on how it’s delivered. A baseboard heater, hair dryer, toaster,...

Posted by tony wolff Dec. 25, 2020, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 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

What type of framing is best to reduce CO2 emissions in a single family home?

...with the solar air heating panels will we know the true performance, but without a doubt it will much lower as the solar panels are expected to supply about 80%...

Posted by Rachel Rodd Sept. 28, 2020, 3:04 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

What does it take to get a water heater air-conditioner and heater mini-split?

...with heating oil, natural gas, and your water heater uses that heated air, your water is also effectively heated with that same fuel. It’s just a consideration ...

Posted by Réal Paquin May 28, 2020, 12:44 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...with electricity and no gas at all (including heating, water heating, cooking, drying etc) So the whole house electrical load (heating, water heating, cooking, ...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

How do insulate 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

Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...with slabs in Canada is that R20 like you describe is not extreme, nor does it always require a skirt. But without the benefit of a proper climate analysis we c...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you calculate window height and location for passive solar heating?

...with the placement of thermal mass walls. I.e if the sun only reaches 2 metres into the living space, then is there a point in placing thermal mass 5 metres int...

Posted by Daniel Gardener Sept. 12, 2019, 8:54 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How can I heat a bedroom above a garage?

...within the garage. We have solar so the cost is less important than reducing our gas bill / impact. In fact we mostly rely on baseboard heaters (but still not f...

Posted by Steve Dulmage April 30, 2020, 9:18 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

We are looking to build a slab on grade, do we need radiant heat?

...heating system, so it depends on what your desired finished floor is. We built a slab on grade with 8 inches of sub-slab insulation, and even with that much i...

Posted by Scott Self Sept. 21, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 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

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

...with a heat pump water heater . To simply meet the heating requirements of the house you’d need to have a dedicated boiler for the floor, and one that is sized ...

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