High indoor humidity / Guides

Which Houseplants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which houseplants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...high humidity levels, you have a problem that a fern isn’t going to solve. High humidity levels in basements leads to mold and mildew, and due to the natural stack effect of air flow, mold spores from your basement will find their way into the upper floors of your home. The first step to dealing with basement humidit...

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...humidity in the air condenses, and by so eliminating mold growth. Quick Fact Check: Eliminating all mold and mold spores indoors is virtually impossible, but controlling indoor moisture and the hidden moisture within basement wall assemblies will control the growth of indoor mold. According to the EPA , indoor rela...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...humidity in a home should ideally be no higher than 50% (particularly in winter) for durability reasons. Troubleshooting this is easy; you can pick up a hygrometer fairly cheaply at a hardware store to monitor indoor relative humidity. If it's too high add a dehumidifier into the mix and the problem’s solved. ...

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

Ventilation & air exchangers

...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 humidity of 40% to 50% in indoor home en...

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?

...indoors is virtually impossible, but controlling indoor moisture and humidity levels will control the growth of indoor mold – so this is the key. Condensation is a symptom of other issues Consider condensation as a symptom and not a cause of home humidity being too high, so, if there’s condensation happening on win...

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

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...humidity level at a reasonable value (between 40 and 60%) at all times. In summer, the humidity transfer in an ERV reverses and the humidity in outside air is removed before it is injected into the home. This saves energy by reducing the load on air conditioning systems and/or dehumidifier. A high efficiency of humid...

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!)

...high. It sure sucks to be homeowners sometimes! The good news though is that there are ways to prevent it so you can avoid these issues and costs. The most important thing is to keep the humidity levels in your home low enough, aim for below 40% Relative Humidity (RH), so step one would be humidity monitoring, follow...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...high indoor humidity and lower-quality windows. Winterizing your home: Condensation and ice on windows is a sure sign that your home needs checking over Solutions: You can buy a hygrometer (to measure indoor humidity) at most hardware stores for around $20 or so; that's your first step. If your humidity is low ...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...humidity, CO, temperature) to calculate all possible variations between the indoor and outdoor environments. In fact, the indoor temperature varied at most by one degree Celsius during the winter, while humidity remained constant at 48%, highlighting the superb efficiency and performance of the house. In short, all thi...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...indoor air-change rate required for the health of occupants. Higher quality filters are available (MERV 9-10), which can prevent pollen and dust from contaminating indoor air. Energy efficiency : The system has a high heat recovery, and performance is not dependant on the quality of duct installation. Operational c...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...High-Performance Wall Brands : Dörken Delta membranes Climatizer Insulation, high density cellulose insulation High-efficiency doors and windows High Performance Windows & Doors are an essential part of all homes when building new or renovating, & especially when going for Passive House certification & Designs ...