Removing home humidity / Guides

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Healthy indoor air quality

Removing dust and moisture from homes

...Removing source contaminants and moisture from 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 heat...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...humidity standpoint, and even that shouldn't be an issue except with the most extravagant of installations. Relative 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 m...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

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Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...humidity levels. Life in the Kenogami House As homeowner and part of the Ecohome design team, Alain Hamel will continue to experiment with the latest energy systems to further enhance the performance and thermal comfort of his home. The next system to be installed will be an air-to-water heat pump which will serve ...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...home while maintaining excellent energy efficiency in heating. Heat Recovery Ventilators (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...

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

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

...home for as long as your home stands, especially if the relative humidity and natural (air leakage) ventilation in the home means that ground floor rooms are less humid than the basement. All that ground moisture will be continually sucked into the concrete and will then often cause fungus and mold issues in your batt ...