Choosing between an HRV and ERV / Guides

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 ...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...and energy standards, while improving indoor air quality and reducing total HVAC ratings and energy requirements. ERV technology is not only an effective means of reducing energy cost and heating and cooling loads, but allows for smaller equipment. Additionally, ERV systems allow for maintaining the ideal relative hu...

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...

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...

Preventing radon gas in homes starts with testing for radon - the only sure way
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Radon Gas Awareness - Up to 10% of North American homes tested have unsafe radon levels

...and mitigation techniques in existing homes that tested above safe levels. This page highlights the importance of Preventing Radon Gas in Home s, now be sure to read about Removing Radon gas from Crawlspaces & Basements , Removing Radon Gas from Well Water , and Choosing Between The Difference Between an HRV and an E...

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...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...and with an assumed heat differential between inside and out of only 20 degrees Celsius. What this means in real terms: multiply that amount of heat loss to match the average house size with the average amount of windows over the average North American or Canadian winter and you could be looking at something like an ...

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 ...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...an average of 365 days. The research and experience of many owners tells us that up to 70% of those days will include extended periods of over and under-heating - an Earthship is often hotter than comfortable between 10am and 7pm in summer and colder than comfortable between 7pm and 9am in winter." -The myth of therm...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...an 10 or 12% more than a kitchen made of standard and probably toxic products. If you have asked a cabinetmaker for a price comparison and it is more than that, ask for a breakdown of the price difference. If you are unsatisfied with the answers, contact us so we can see where the discrepancy may lie. And interestingly...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...an their counterpart in the south. Were one to give a pair of sandals and a pair of winter boots to an Alaskan and a Hawaiian, would it be reasonable to expect them to use each pair for six months of the year? If an equivalent amount of energy and resources went into creating the pair of boots and the pair of sandals...