Winter / Discussions

Can you install tubing under a slab on grade foundation to extract heat in winter?

...winter heat? We generally recommend people check with an engineer for any such matters, but that shouldn't be a problem at all. Installing tubing for a ground s...

Posted by Jennifer Cole Aug. 28, 2019, 11:34 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

In the winter should you heat a low/dirt floor crawl space with a furnace vent?

...winter? No, its quite the contrary. Heating a crawlspace will prevent mold . But heating a dirt floor crawlspace without taking any steps towards insulating the...

Posted by janis hobson Dec. 11, 2019, 3:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What causes moisture on a ceiling in winter?

...winter preparations covers the topic of condensation forming on walls in winter, and other humidity-related home issues – Tips for preparing your house for wi...

Posted by Cheri Banet Jan. 23, 2020, 10:22 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Why do my radiators make a crackling sound?

...winter in it, so it is only just now that I turned on the heat and I'm a bit concerned - they make a crackling sound when they operate, does that mean they are ...

Posted by Heather Baird Dec. 11, 2017, 1:48 p.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

Is it ok to add insulation between joists in a crawl space?

...winters. The walls of the crawlspace are insulated and the dirt floor is sealed with a vapor barrior, but my indoor floors felt cold this last winter, making my...

Posted by Cheryl Bottomley May 11, 2020, 3:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 0 Responses

Is Condensation on Windows a bad sign?

...winter? Condensation on double-glazed windows in cold climates is fairly common unfortunately. Despite being common it can be a problem, particularly in extreme...

Posted by Greg Olmstead Dec. 12, 2019, 6:21 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...winter and in the summer we don't really have to use air conditioning because of the crawl space temperature. It is a wood floor on the other side of the crawl ...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

Can you build a water-to-Air Heat Pump with a large storage tank and well water?

...winter the water will be much warmer than the air. In the summer the system could be reversed to heat the water in the tank before being sent into the hot wat...

Posted by Doug Edmondson Feb. 29, 2020, 3:32 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 0 Responses

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...winter days that provided too much passive solar heat. How well did that experiment work at collecting excess heat? It was also mentioned using the radiant hy...

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

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...winter prior to entering the HRV but would in not be beneficial to have a second ground loop heat exchanger after the HRV in the summer? This would allow for ...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How do you do a vapor barrier in a dense pack cellulose wall?

...winter and reach +30 or more with high humidity in summer. Lots of heat, lots of air conditioning. Are you absolutely sure that no vapour barrier is okay? How d...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...winter during heating season and want to allow wall to dry in the summer . I am also a bit confused about smart retarder and how they would work for basements...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

Do frost lines where studs are on a wall show a failure of spray foam insulation?

...winter day. Would you say their spray foam insulation has failed? It's hard to ever weigh in on a problem with complete confidence without seeing a project or k...

Posted by Gerald Crozier July 22, 2019, 10:24 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Followup to the question How do you install Larsen Trusses on a home in Minneapolis?

...winter and there was no excess moisture. When you say, strip the walls, install a plywood sheathing. Do you mean to strip off the sheathing boards? If so, is it...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 27, 2020, 1:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you insulated a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...winter and drain the water for the season, we would love to insulate and try to make it a 4 season cottage. We are not sure if I should insulate the ceiling of ...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...winter! The difference between Polyiso, EPS & XPS Foam Insulation & Styrofoam Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter Best Energy Saving...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Should I insulate my basement ceiling?

...winter. We want to take the opportunity to open up the basement ceiling to inspect wiring etc. My concern is this; the unfinished basement will be cold next win...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:23 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Is it possible to connect greenhouse with the building?

...winter garden (place to sit), thermal barrier (less heat in summer, more in winter) and some space to grow plants like tomatoes or herbs. I have read your artic...

Posted by Julia Jedrys March 31, 2020, 6:47 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses