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DIY air exchanger installation video
HRV and ERV

DIY Lunos HRV air exchanger installation video

...ceramic heat exchange core. They work in pairs blowing in opposite directions to maintain air pressure, and reversing directions every 90 seconds or so, which is how they absorb and release heat. The video should give you a pretty good idea of how they work, for further research we have other pages where you can lear...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...ceramic mug to answer this question for yourself. Does all the heat come out the top? Is it cold on the bottom? Absolutely not. Heat radiates from all sides, including the bottom. Your basement floor behaves the same way. A heated floor will warm your feet and the air in the house (making it rise), but it will also b...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...ceramic tile floors, and in a spray bottle it does an excellent job on glass and mirrors. Dish soap and laundry detergent are easily found in biodegradable, phosphate-free and unscented varieties. 2.) Dispose of leftover paint. It can be hard to let go of leftover matching colours, but if you have a bunch of cans...

An attic with 'insulating paint' which doesn't insulate
Insulation and soundproofing

Does 'insulating paint' work?

No matter that engineers and architects long ago debunked it, insulating paint still occasionally finds its way into buildings. Powdered ceramic chips that can be added to any paint are said to reflect heat in or out of a building and reduce heat loss by staggering amounts. I was under the impression that this had b...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...ceramic core, which is heated by exhaust air, and incoming air is warmed as it passes through the core. The cycle is reversed about every 90 seconds to heat and continually extract heat from the core. According to European test standards the manufacturer claims to its efficiency is 90.6%. Note: The unit is also able ...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...ceramic tiles, even a large volume of wood like timber frames. Intentionally adding greater amounts of thermal mass in a building can be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on a lot of factors, and there is no right answer as to whether or not it will benefit you specifically on a day-to-day basis. Turning down ...

Rain barrels for storm water management and rainwater harvesting
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Introduction to rainwater harvesting

...ceramic filter shown to the right, or with slow sand filters, greatly reduces system cost, and offers an affordable solution for people needing clean drinking water.

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...Ceramic tiles: Ceramic tiles. © Ecohome Pros: Very durable and highly resistant to water; no adverse health effects, but make sure that the mortar and grout are low VOC. Cons : Colours and styles change quickly, so you should keep a few extra on hand in case you need to replace a broken one because you might ...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...ceramic) in the direct path of the sun’s rays; and darker colours absorb more heat than lighter colours. High quality windows (triple pane, argon, low E) allow for heat gain, while reducing nighttime heat loss. It is important to have proper shading with a passive solar home. Omitting that detail can mean what you ...

Detergent-free eco friendly Laundry balls
Cleaning and maintenance

Do Laundry balls work?

...ceramic balls containing minerals, and two magnets. According to the manufacturer, these elements create "oxygenated" water , which has a higher pH level that helps eliminate germs and bacteria. We read on the company website that the cleaning is done mechanically and not chemically (as in no detergents) by reducing ...