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 so...

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 Dec. 11, 2017, 1:48 p.m. Heating with electricity 1 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

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

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

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

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

How do you do a Vapour 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 3 Responses

How do you calculate window height and location for passive solar heating?

I couldn't see the answer in a search - apologies if this has already been covered. If I know that at the winter solstice the sun will be at an elevation of ...

Posted by Daniel Gardener Sept. 12, 2019, 8:54 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How to fix condensation on ceilings?

...winter (it is a 50 year old home) and we notice condensation on the ceilings. The house also had plywood soffits with minimal ventilation. After investigating, ...

Posted by Jessica Sadler Nov. 13, 2019, 11:48 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

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

...winter, avoiding having to put too much heat in to keep stuff from freezing. There's a bed of compacted gravel already down for the slab to sit on, so my questi...

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

What is the best solar water heating system?

...winter and around 100 degrees in summer. In my small mechanical room I have a propane boiler and an indirect-fired WH which I use for my radiant floor and hot w...

Posted by Geri Rhodes July 6, 2018, 3:35 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...winter and few months in summer) mostly in USA & Canada. As we become older, we plan to live in the house for longer durations. Given this, what would be a se...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient 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

Can you use Foam boards on basement walls to stop condensation?

...winter and pulled the insulation out to check. This particular wall is not buried fully like the rest (due to slope of property) and it is exposed to the outsid...

Posted by Chad Johnson Dec. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 3 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