Humidity / Guides

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...humidity , the cause of this is also worth investigating). Lift the duct covers to see how clean they are underneath; they can be cleaned but that's a cost you should factor into an offer price. Bathroom water damage: Does it have wood around wet areas? Are there signs of water damage anywhere? Are toilets and fauc...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...humidity in walls behind siding. Cutting boards short and relying on caulking to fill the gap: Caulking will eventually fail, letting water in but also potentially keeping it in. Boards are best installed tight, a certain amount of shrinking will occur but any water that gets in will be able to dry. Be sure to seal a...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...humidity. Potential overheating is another factor that requires constant monitoring. They are vigilant about keeping it closed up at night to avoid losing the crop to local wildlife. Greenhouse construction in colder northern Quebec © Maude Alary-Paquette Total material cost: About $300 To compa...

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?

...humidity of a home to prevent mold formation. Energy recovery air exchanger : Allows for a high level of heat and moisture recovery while providing fresh air Range hood for exhausting cooking pollutants (including ultrafine particles) Bathroom fans to manage moisture and prevent the risk of mold growth Centra...

How to organize food in your fridge to make it last longer
Lifestyle and environment

Fridge organization - how to optimize fridges to reduce food waste (and why it matters)

...humidity level. It’s our advice to set one to a high-humidity (closed with less air flow) and one to a low-humidity (open with more air flow). The high-humidity drawer should house most of your veggies, in particular the ones that may wilt. That would be carrots, leafy greens, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagu...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...humidity, condensation will form on any surface whose temperature is 6°C or less. If you keep the room temperature at 21°C and 50% RH, condensation temperature will rise to 10°C. When the time comes to choose windows for any project, but especially when designing a home for Passive House certification or when going f...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...humidity problems that plague basements, stone wool is a much more suitable product for basement wall insulation than fiberglass. Hemp insulation: Hemp batt insulation © Nature Fibres Recycled content: Hemp is a natural and renewable material, making hemp batt insulation (and hemp boards) a very sustainable...

Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays
Air and vapour barriers

Choosing the right house wrap / weather barrier, which is best?

...humidity that accumulates in a wall assembly has a chance to escape. There in a nutshell is the purpose of a weather barrier - to provide a drainage plane that protects sensitive materials from direct exposure to precipitation at the same time that it allows walls to dry out. It's worth a mention at this point that...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...humidity and mold or mould ). The second principle is to optimize and balance energy gains by, for example, strategically placing the windows. The goal is to optimize solar heat at key moments of the day while avoiding the building becoming a furnace once the setting sun reaches deep into the house (balance). Choosin...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...humidity level in the home and circulate the air – evening out the room’s temperature. How to fix noisy water-heated baseboard heaters? Some noisy baseboard heaters are water heated – so we should also mention them specifically even though they are relatively less noisy compared to electric ones. To throw a ‘spanne...

The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

Why Cleaning HRV Units is a Great Idea! When any machine has its normal operation hampered, it will reduce its efficiency and ability to function properly. Many of us are probably guilty of forgetting about basic maintenance of some of the mechanical equipment in our homes; keeping your HRV (heat recovery ventilator...