Indoor air / 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?

...indoor air quality consultant to aid me with my builder. Thank you in advance? OSB isn’t considered to be overly toxic, but it is not impossible that you are ex...

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

What is the best way to deal with a drop ceiling in a high humidity room?

...air tight" barrier layer into 2x4s (no nails in the air). Suggestions on this approach or other ideas? Much appreciate it as i am homeowner trying to get educat...

Posted by steve Roberts Dec. 24, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 1 Responses

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

...Indoor 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 pas...

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

...indoor 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 re...

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

How do I create a complete air barrier using a vapour retarding primer?

...air leakage. What it can be used for is to stop moisture diffusion, which means preventing the moisture in the indoor air from being absorbed into the drywall a...

Posted by Mihai Wilson May 3, 2018, 10:15 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 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 find Natural Interior Paint?

We required natural Interior paint, can you tell us which brand you prefer or where we can get some? Finding non-toxic zero VOC paint is much easier now and is...

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

Can an HRV be installed in a condo?

...air from opening windows quite difficult. Would an HRV help to filter out the odours and pollutants? Are there any specific HRVs more suitable for condos? Reg...

Posted by Eugene Tam June 29, 2020, 7:42 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

...airly confident the air barrier continuity can be maintained but when the stove is not in use it would represent a significant heat loss. We talk a lot about ai...

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 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

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...air from the basement will rise to the living area , so fix the problem down there and you may fix it upstairs. If you do plan to do further work, we can certai...

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

Where can I purchase non-toxic interior wall panels near Laval, Quebec?

...indoor air quality , but most basements are built wrong unfortunately and end up rotten and moldy sometimes in a few short years, that would be the most toxic w...

Posted by Louise Goulet Nov. 30, 2019, 1:14 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...indoor air quality in a home . Ok Mike, thanks for the great response and suggestions. What I'm getting from this is that I should maybe consider using a double...

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

Where can I find caulking and adhesives without antimicrobial (biocides) chemicals?

...air and causing respiratory issues, headaches, etc. I do not want to use them in my home. I am looking for linoleum adhesive, wood flooring adhesive, and a ...

Posted by Riki Luri Jan. 10, 2020, 9:55 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 0 Responses

Does hydronic radiant cooling work?

...air to condense and put you at risk of mold and mildew forming. Here is a our page all about radiant floors as a starting place - Radiant floor heat - Air hea...

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses