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 4 Responses

What are the best air-quality solutions for processing cigarette smoke?

...air purifiers, I've had difficulty finding an effective solution for managing my indoor air quality. RGF's Microcon Whole-Home HEPA filter (https://www.rgf.com/...

Posted by Jordan Hoffman March 18, 2021, 2:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 0 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

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

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

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

...Air Quality in Homes As for air purifiers, they don't always work as well as people hope. The way they operate is quite simple; air is drawn in and passes thr...

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

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 2 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 . Don't count on air purifiers to do much about indoor air quality , they aren’t...

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

What can I use as an air barrier under an old wood floor with no sub floor?

...home. That has a lot of negative effects in terms of comfort, energy efficiency, and air quality. See this page first as it will probably answer all your questi...

Posted by Mimi Costley Nov. 6, 2021, 11:11 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

How to improve the water quality in my old Mobile home?

...quality, has it been tested recently? Is it a shared well? Water quality can change over time, along with the Ecoli count, so having it tested regularly is a go...

Posted by Ann Meacham Nov. 26, 2020, 7:17 p.m. Drinking water and treatment 1 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

...air tightness. This page here explains it well - How to balance air pressure in a home Depressurizing a home is a greater concern with newly built and very ...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 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

What experience do you have with techno piles?

...home to the elements instead of having the temperature balancing effects of a basement or a slab on grade. That means either hot or cold air will blow under you...

Posted by Rob DesBaillets Aug. 26, 2021, 8:49 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 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

What is the best heat pump hot water heater for an all electric house?

...quality and lowest maintenance. Any tips or recommendations for the best quality water heater? Heat Pump Water Heaters take in warm air from your home to genera...

Posted by Babak K Aug. 1, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Is installing a venting skylight to release hot air from my a home a good idea?

...air escape in an effort to reduce the burden of your air conditioning system, those savings may well be negated by higher heating bills as well as direct sunlig...

Posted by Fred Velsen Aug. 28, 2021, 11:10 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses