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Electric Hot Water Heaters - should I install two smaller ones or big one?

...water heaters will be electric, perhaps heat pump style. Should I consider two hot water heaters, one at each end of the house or go with a larger hot water hea...

Posted by Shaun B June 28, 2019, 2:14 p.m. Hot water 1 Responses

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

...water circulation loop which keeps the source of hot water closer to the fixtures. That will shorten the wait for hot water when you turn on a tap, and help it ...

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

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...water pipes can show a savings of up to 20% on your total water heating costs. There are a few products used for insulating water lines, like a simple foam sh...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

How do you install grey water recycling in a tiny house and what do I do with black water from kitchen?

...water recycling system that you referred to in your article on grey water recycling. Also, we are installing an incinerating toilet which will deal with black w...

Posted by Grace Schock June 21, 2018, 3:23 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

Can I use a solar thermal water heater to heat my pool in the summer and the floor of the garage that I am going to build?

...water heater? There are commercially available solar pool heaters, like the Vitosol solar thermal panel from Viessmann ; we like this one in particular becaus...

Posted by Bill Loucks Oct. 5, 2019, 9:48 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What are the tips to unclog a sink with standing water?

...water does not clear from the pipes. Water stands in the sink and, the clog doesn't move. I have done small repair such as changing out the washer and replacing...

Posted by Laura Tom Jan. 7, 2019, 2:06 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

When you want water to drain out of a house

...water heaters on a tray with a drain and have easy shut off valves installed, or include a floor drain in your laundry or mechanical room. (see photos below)...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

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

...water tables or interior flooding from washers or water heaters, so it won’t solve your problem either. From our understanding of your problem, unfortunately ...

Posted by Anonymous Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Could solar thermal air system be coupled to existing HRV for heating the incoming fresh air?

...water thermal system in to supply heat for the basement in-floor system and also pre-heat the domestic hot water tank to reduce required electricity consumption...

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

Looking for great reasonably priced way to heat an off grid home

...water heating panels, and a lot more affordable than photovoltaic solar panels. We expect this to be among the more affordable off-grid heating solutions as it ...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 1 Responses

Starting from scratch in a Victorian row house: how should I heat/cool my home?

...heaters? Or should I get a bigger multi-zone mini-split system and supplement with a minimal number of baseboard heaters? Is it ever worth it to break up the co...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

...water to arrive at your faucet. Durability: The majority of basements you will ever go into will have some level of mold issues or water damage at some poin...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...water is leaking into the refrigerant that is a pretty significant and costly failure, if refrigerant is leaking into water than is less serious and can probabl...

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