Home air quality / Discussions

I have chronic illness from the air quality of my home, can you help determine if I need to replace the HVAC system?

...air quality- some return air/vents were completely blocked off by some not very intelligent homeowners - so air isn't moving properly in home. The electric is...

Posted by Niki Harrison Sept. 6, 2019, 4:32 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

What is safer than OSB for someone with multiple chemical sensitivities?

...home contsruction? Who makes the healthiest structural plywood or building product? Please help. I am also interested in finding an indoor air quality consultan...

Posted by Ian Smith April 27, 2020, 1:01 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Improving the efficiency of a home built in 1978 during renovations, do I need an HRV?

...homes, seems like air quality could/should be improved in older leaky homes as well. Or would the excessive air leaks make the HRV not effective? The only way...

Posted by joe cruikshank Feb. 8, 2020, 12:08 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...air system to heat our second floor as well as provide cooling to both floors in the summer. The forced air would also help maintain air quality in the home yea...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Are air purifiers a good option for keeping my apartment air cleaner?

...quality of indoor air: In the absence of an HRV , the most effective strategy for ensuring healthy air at home is to avoid introducing pollutants in the first...

Posted by Chris George Nov. 14, 2017, 10:53 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Where can I buy an HRV in New York State?

...air exchanger that moves 1500 CFM of air from from the outside with temperatures ranging from 0°Fahrenheit 2 an exhaust temperature of at least 55 Can you tell ...

Posted by Jarred Weaver July 29, 2019, 8:55 a.m. HRV and ERV 3 Responses

Do I need ceiling fans if I have an HRV?

I have high ceilings and I will be adding an addition this summer with normal height ceilings and a new stairwell to the basement. Should I arrange for a ceili...

Posted by S McIntyre April 2, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

...air quality in a home , but below are a few pages in particular that may help. If you are looking for non-toxic cabinetry materials for shelving, we recently ...

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

Where can I find Natural Interior Paint?

...Home is Easy I hope that helps, there are also paint recipes for Milk Paint on this page here about choosing safe paints, I hope one of those works out for yo...

Posted by Ramana Murty April 2, 2020, 4:45 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 1 Responses

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

...airtight home really should have an air exchanger to protect indoor air quality. I wouldn’t count on air purifiers to do much about indoor air quality, they are...

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

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

...air and minimize heat loss of the exhausting air to prevent moisture issues causing mold. The home also had tubing installed in basement concrete floor for futu...

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

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...home is still high 50-65% . Furthermore, a contractor recommended installing an air purifying system, adding additional insulation in the attic and refinishin...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...air barrier Read all about how to insulate exterior walls from the outside of homes here [Side note- it is very much worth investing in a high-quality tape,...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

...home , and hemp is a natural and non-toxic insulation material that will protect the air quality in your home. We will have an order page coming soon, but for t...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you help trouble shoot my Lunos HRV e2 system in my tiny home?

...airs, with one unit blowing in while the other blows out. Exhaust air heats the core, and incoming air is warmed by the core, and in order to make that happen, ...

Posted by L Dingwall May 24, 2018, 11:06 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...home' in our part of the world) anyways I am hoping you guys could give some pointers on where to start. The home will have to be 100% off grid due to locatio...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

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

...homes fromt the soil, but radon gas in water is another potential source that should be considered to ensure safe indoor air quality in a home . Ok Mike, thanks...

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

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...air quality . They are also a good source of questions for us! This page below is a good place to start for you - How to Insulate and Reduce Moisture in a Cra...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses