Well water / Discussions

Which is best between well water vs rain water harvesting?

...well vs installing a rain water harvesting system for our water supply, as this is a small community without dedicated water lines. Can you give us an idea of...

Posted by dean c April 24, 2020, 4:40 p.m. Rainwater harvesting 1 Responses

Does a low radon air reading necessarily = low radon in well water?

...water, but I wouldn't consider it conclusive. Here is our page on radon gas in water that would be a wise starting place – How to remove radon gas from well w...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 4, 2020, 1:45 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 5 Responses

Should I install two small electric hot water heaters - or one big one?

...water heater. Here are our pages about home water efficiency , choosing low-flow fixtures and toilets , water-efficient showerheads and heat pump water heater...

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

Is it common to insulate the Plumbing lines for modern buildings?

...water runs through pipes so it's quiet, as well as for heat insulation of hot water lines. What do you think? Isn't common to insulate plumbing lines throughout...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:49 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 2 Responses

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...well did that experiment work at collecting excess heat? It was also mentioned using the radiant hydronic floor, moving purposely heated water in the radiant ...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawl space?

...water lines would it make sense to curtain that area off and just focus on keeping the side with the water lines warmer.... the cottage is only 670 sq feet.... ...

Posted by Murray Kipp Sept. 17, 2021, 7:35 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Can my shallow crawl space be converted to a slab foundation?

...well. The house is sitting above bedrock and my neighbour who tried to dig a basement found water at about 42" below ground level. These constraints seem to hav...

Posted by Sian O'Keefe Aug. 15, 2020, 12:52 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

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

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

...water for water. I want the house to be as well insulated as possible so I have to generate less electricity, so I'm wondering what sort of insulation to use an...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

Can you add exterior rigid foam insulation (e.g. EPS) with replacing windows?

...water penetration? How much benefit would we get from just insulating attic area and crawl space? We were going to install cold weather heat pumps and realize t...

Posted by Peter Milliken Nov. 9, 2020, 9:13 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

Can you install a slab on grade foundation in the Fall and leave it over winter?

...water freezing as well as no heat source, we risk the slab being affected by frost heaves. We are also planning to polish and finish the concrete flooring as ou...

Posted by Matthew Gioia Sept. 21, 2020, 9:15 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Why is there frost on the underside of my roof overhang?

...water that drips through the tongue and groove soffitting. Please note that the soffits are non vented as the flat roof/attic area of the house is spray foamed ...

Posted by George Paul March 23, 2020, 12:10 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

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

...well water There may also be other issues with your water quality, has it been tested recently? Is it a shared well? Water quality can change over time, along...

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

What is the best septic system if we plan on using the hydraloop

...well water, and is there sufficient ground water where you are building? You are correct! We are planning a well. I've spoken with a few well diggers in the are...

Posted by Genevieve Brunet Sept. 9, 2020, 9:16 p.m. Greywater Recycling 2 Responses

What does it take to get a water heater air-conditioner and heater mini-split?

...well as an air to water heat pump water heater? Increased efficiency with an air source heat pump and heat pump water heater working in tandem A heat pump w...

Posted by Réal Paquin May 28, 2020, 12:44 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

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

...water heater or a water heater tank? What is the best brand for water heater? Highest quality and lowest maintenance. Any tips or recommendations for the best q...

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

Do you have building partners in BC?

...water collection system as our water is not good for consumption. I was looking at the earthship model, however, I was never sold on the heating concept for our...

Posted by Jami Cruz April 13, 2020, 12:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...water heater and water or gel radiant floor heating, or the air system that Legalett uses. I am also wondering how much rebar should be in a slab on grade floor...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses