Home humidity / Guides

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Healthy indoor air quality

Removing dust and moisture from homes

...homes helps keep air healthy for occupants, and helps keep home humidity down. Excess humidity in houses can cause moisture damage, but what is not often considered is that added energy consumption involved, as heating moist air requires significantly more energy than heating dry air. When using manufactured wood produ...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

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

...home that uses less energy Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages LEED Platinum prefab kit home © Roman Szumski ...

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

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...humidity meter and tracking the relative humidity level in your basement is the first part of understanding the mold problem in any home or basement. Compare budget options and special offers for manual humidity meters here (we've tried and like the ThermoPro TP 50) Or if you have a Smart home or are heading that w...

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

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...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 humidity is ...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...humidity in homes First of all, if the relative humidity of air in your home is too high, work to lower it . Anything over 50% RH is a bit much; 35-40% or so is good for humans and houses alike. The more humid the conditioned space of your home is, the more condensation you will probably have in the home, and also ha...

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

Ventilation & air exchangers

...home and drawing in cold air from the bottom to replace it. How much air will be changed depends on how well-sealed your home is. While natural convection will offer a certain amount of new air, with most new homes it just isn't sufficient. Properly sealed homes require mechanical ventilation systems to remove moistu...

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?

...humidity. If so, then there are several things to do that will help: Limit the amount of humidity being produced in the home or entering it. Ventilate the home to remove excess moisture. Dehumidify the air in the home to bring the relative humidity below the 60%. Heat and insulate homes evenly to try to preve...

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!)

...homes, the cost to repair this damage can be extremely 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...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...humidity. Thus, in the manner of an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator), it helps to maintain the relative humidity of the air inside the house. In addition, frost problems are avoided in the device thanks to the frequent reversal of the direction of airflow. The ceramic core was tested at -35 ° C with a relative humidi...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...home. Building a sustainable and energy efficient house is not necessarily more expensive than building a house simply to meet provincial building codes. Many new home starts have achieved far superior performance while still coming in the same or lower in cost than conventionally built homes. It all comes down to ...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...Homes, are they any good? Traditional straw bale home construction can be a low-tech and affordable route to a very ecologically responsible home . There are, however, some legitimate drawbacks and challenges that can cause many people to dismiss it completely as a building technique. It seems all of these issues (...