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Hydronic heating system
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Hydronic heating

...baseboards, hydronic heating systems facilitate zone heating as you can keep different rooms at different temperatures. Though different from electric resistance heating, hydronic systems are ultimately still using electricity to generate heat, so all the same environmental realities apply. Heating the liquid in a hy...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...baseboards and they will distribute heat more evenly, but on the other hand, the added air movement can stir dust more than baseboards, just as a furnace would. And depending on the decibel output of a particular unit, it will possibly add an element of noise as well. Choosing between baseboards and convection heat...

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

The rise of urban logging

...baseboards and trims. Urban logging © Brian Blak Some of the wood was used for benches and end tables, while bark covered slabs were turned into outdoor easy chairs. Even neighbours made use of some pieces, using stumps as footstools and tables, and turning hollow rotted limb sections into planters. Along wit...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...baseboards and includes taxes. The cost of borrowing is assumed to be a mortgage at a rate of 3.94% for a down payment of $70,000 and a 25 year amortization. A lower interest rate or higher energy costs will have the effect of improving the economic advantage of a better-insulated home, higher mortgage rates will have ...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...baseboards or at corners and joints used to be left as is, but in modern home construction caulking is often used as a wood filler to eliminate any imperfections. Caulking has jokingly been called 'liquid carpenter' because you can fix a lot of mistakes with it and a coat of paint. There are a lot of places you jus...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...baseboards. What many people don’t realize either in the most basic versions of electric heaters, is that the thermostat doesn’t actually control the temperature of the baseboard heater. The role of the thermostat is to dictate when they turn on and off based on the temperature of the air circulating through them. ...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...baseboards or some other form of heating to ensure the house stays warm during the coldest days of winter. There is an argument that can be made, however, for investing in additional insulation in new homes rather than additional heat generation, so that the heat pump can operate at a more optimal efficiency since less...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...baseboards, boilers, heat pumps, etc) you're beat if the grid goes down, but even getting a gas or oil furnace to operate will require electricity. Almost all pellet stoves require power to run a hopper to feed fuel into the fire (with two exceptions) so, outside of the most efficient passively-heated homes, it's reall...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...baseboards can be very easily reused and save a bunch of money. Sanding, caulking and paint can bring them back good as new. Bricks and masonry: Putting materials with high thermal mass in the path of the sun will absorb heat and help regulate home temperatures. If you're looking for used bricks to reclaim, there are...

What is Interstitial Condensation? (And how to stop it!)
Walls and Roofs

What is Interstitial Condensation in Walls or Roofs? (And how to stop it!)

...baseboards and any junction points in walls. Corrosion of building components. Frost damage to exterior finishes, roofs or masonry. Poor performance of insulation and reduced thermal resistance of other elements of the building fabric. This in turn can reduce the temperature of the building fabric, exacerbating t...

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil
Flooring and stairs

Sanding your own wood floors

...baseboards will likely cover a good 1/2 to 3/4 inches away from the wall. For using a buffer or square sander, the process is the same. You start with a really rough paper that will smooth out any ridges between boards and give you a uniform surface. From there each different grit of paper is designed to remove the r...