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Can I regulate my heat/ air exchanger?

...tore up carpet in out rec room and had them come in and professionally clean out our ventilation ducts. Last week a doctor asked me if I had a air exchanger and...

Posted by Paula Pearcey March 27, 2021, 6:28 a.m. Ventilation 0 Responses

What is the best way to install slab on grade insulation?

...long as you can to let it dry, and if possible try to cure first. If you are installing radiant heating in the floor it would good to run in for a week or two t...

Posted by paul fowler Aug. 26, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What are the HRV or ERV options for 40-yr 2-storey 2000 sq ft home?

...to realize that rely on opening a window for fresh air will in the long run be an expensive solution to bring fresh air into a home, and when you aim to sell it...

Posted by T Newell July 17, 2020, 1:59 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

...long run, but they also lead to greater thermal comfort in your home . There are also a lot of window frame options to choose from for both performance and aest...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

...to remember is that basement walls can’t dry to the outside the way above grade walls can, so you need to sure not to trap moisture inside the walls where the w...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...long 6-inch pipe below grade (often accompanying footing drains) to feed pre-heated or pre-cooled air into an HRV. They work well to help reduce heating and coo...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Is it normal that condensation forms on the windows of my new home?

...to run a bathroom fan when showering as well as stove hoods when you cook, and keep lids on pots as well, that will probably help too. For the moment though, yo...

Posted by Kevin Newman April 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...to provide even heat distribution without having to run ducts around your house, which you would probably need to do with a gas furnace. Radiant heat provides...

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

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...torms, but it is impossible to predict levels of precipitation long into the future except to say that it doesn’t look good. If your house is above grade and no...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Should I bother testing for radon in a gutted and uninsulated house?

...to run with the assumption that it will and put in a membrane. You can see our page here on how to renovate basements so they won't develop mold, that will show...

Posted by Luba Sharapan March 27, 2021, 12:04 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

My window drips when I run my air conditioning. What is the fix?

...to find out for sure. but a couple more questions - How long is it from the point of running the AC to when it starts dripping? Does the entire house have a...

Posted by Sean Sullivan Aug. 27, 2020, 10:36 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 5 Responses

Should an HRV to ERV be the primary exhaust for bathrooms?

...to help us. The motor or fan was loud, so we turned it off at night, and eventually, only turned it on to exhaust in the bathroom. However, even as a bathroom e...

Posted by Doris Friesen Dec. 30, 2020, 1:10 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...to the 2nd paragraph - I am being to told that the XPS proposed for the outisde of our 35,000 ft² 3-story multi family building has a GWP comparable to EPS. I a...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

Is it worth investing in triple-pane windows?

...how to choose the right windows , but the short story is as follows: Triple pane windows from our research will usually pay for themselves in the long run, as w...

Posted by K.P. July 8, 2017, 12:39 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best way to install basement insulation with existing framing?

...long as you are referring to the thin rolls of sheeting. I would just need to learn how to attach it to the block, where to attach it up top and bottom, and how...

Posted by Nick Trotta Sept. 20, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 7 Responses

What is the best way to install 5" of XPS rigid foam on interior basement walls?

...long to go through strapping and 5" of foam into the concrete wall. Another concern that I have is allowing for the assembly to dry to the interior. If I used...

Posted by Sean MacDonald June 14, 2021, 10:42 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 8 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...to put money into the house early if it will pay off. In other words, I'm happy to spend $50,000 today if it will save me $50,000+ in the long run. Some eco/gre...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

...runs constantly. It also costs a fortune to heat. I was advised to insulate the top portion of the foundation (the top third) but the wall is not insulated at a...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses