Mechanical systems

Mechanical systems and plumbing are at the heart of a home's operation. We cover heating and air conditioning, ventilation, electrical systems, efficient water management and renewable energy production. Informed decisions on design and product selection can affect comfort, efficiency, durability, operational cost and above all, health for occupants.

Electricity

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

How to prepare for emergencies and power outages

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Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

The flat plate solar thermal collector from Viessmann has a modulating collector to prevent overheating.

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Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

Choosing the right solar thermal water heater system

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Air-heated radiant concrete floor
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floors

A comeback for radiant floors heated with air tubes

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Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

A study showed that reflectors on solar panels can increase their performance by up to 30%

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Lithium-ion solar home battery
Solar photovoltaic

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

How to choose and properly size a solar home battery system

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Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

What to consider when choosing between a fixed-angle solar mount or one that tracks the sun all day.

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Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

Cleaning your heat recovery ventilation equipment will extend the lifespan and prevent imbalances in air pressure.

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smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

How to prevent flooding, sewage backup and leaks from appliances with a couple of 'smart' devices.

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How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

Factors far beyond just air temperature affect how comfortable a home is, and if you design for comfort you will end up with a more durable and efficient home.

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Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

The SANC02 is the first heat pump water heater available in Canada to use outside air for heating water. Great technology, if a little pricey.

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