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How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...an ERV and an HRV? How to choose between an HRV and an ERV? How much fresh air is required in homes and the best way to provide it are important issues. Energy recovery from exhaust air is becoming common place in cold regions, and two types of equipment can do this - an HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) and ...

The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

...aning than in a low traffic area. It can take as little as one leaf blowing by and getting sucked against the filter to cut your air intake by an easy third, so keep an eye out in the fall. If checking and cleaning mechanical equipment is not your thing, contact a local HVAC company (heating, ventilation and air cond...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...ant wall Now that you understand what Living Green Walls do and don't do, find more about protecting indoor air quality by Choosing non-toxic paint , Choosing non-toxic floor finishes to protect indoor air quality , and the Difference Between an HRV and an ERV to ensure proper home ventilation, all in the E...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...HRVs) are an essential component of any air-sealed high performance home, bringing in fresh air and removing moisture. An HRV uses the heat in stale exhaust air to warm incoming fresh air. Until now, this has meant a centralized heat transfer core and a network of ducts feeding and drawing air throughout the home. With...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...ant nose bleeds, and it’s not too damp for comfort, condensation or heat consumption issues. If you're in an older home sat above a basement, don’t panic. What we write in these pages is meant to inspire ideas and solutions, not fear and anxiety. If you feel good, your basement smells good and your windows (and walls...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...and call it done. All the electrical, plumbing and other mechanical infrastructure you will have to do anyway throughout your house, so don’t think of it as added cost. In fact with a slab that can all be done cheaper. Laying out plumbing and wiring on a flat surface is a lot easier than drilling a thousand holes and...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...ant nose bleeds, and it’s not too damp for comfort, condensation or heat consumption issues. If you're in an older home sat above a basement, don’t panic. What we write in these pages is meant to inspire ideas and solutions, not fear and anxiety. If you feel good, your basement smells good and your windows (and walls...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...ancing air pressure is important for comfort and durability in homes. Find other guides for air tightness and air balancing in houses & buildings here such as : HRV or ERV Heat Exchanger ventilation, and how to choose All About balanced ventilation with Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) or Energy Recovery V...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, virus
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...ervice rooms - and filter changes can often be forgotten for months on end. When did you last change your filter, and did you choose based on cost or on it's efficiency and suitability for your home and those who live there? Maybe it's time to check it, and take this simple part of home maintenance more seriously? Read...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...ant, Tillandsia, Cactus and English Ivy should help lower humidity and improve internal air quality , but water sparingly and often for best effect. Check for water leaks! – Any pipes carrying water in the house, both delivery of hot and cold or heating and evacuation, should be checked for leaks and any leaks fixed ...

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

Air-heated radiant floors

...and you were given a choice between those two engines, which would you choose? Bigger isn’t always better. Any home-heating system needs to be designed and sized to meet the heat load of a specific building. With an airtight and well-insulated bungalow equipped with an ERV or HRV using an inline fresh air make up hea...