Electric Heating

Heating efficiently with electricity

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Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?

Heating with electricity

Electric resistance heating converts almost 100% of its energy into heat. Ultimately though, the true efficiency and environmental impact of heating with electricity is determined by the source of its production.… Is Electric Heating Eco-friendly? Determining whether or not electricity is an efficient and ecologi...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

Comparing the performance of air source heat pumps and ground source geothermal heat pumps at the Living City Campus Archetype Sustainable House to discover which is the best option… Air Source Heat Pumps, and are Ground Source Heat Pumps "Geothermal?" First let's clear up some confusion on terminology regarding ...

Heating an off-grid home

Off-grid heating systems

Post 3 in Craig Anderson's off-grid living blog covers heating systems - what worked, what didn't, and what changes were made.… This is the third post in a blog series called Sunshine Saved written by Craig Anderson as he  documents the design and construction of an off-grid LEED Gold passively-heated home.  Bein...

High efficiency wood stoves

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

Improvements in stove technology have made wood and biomass fuel a more popular and efficient heat source.… There has been an increase in the use of wood and other biomass fuel for heating homes across the colder parts of North America & Canada for the last decade. In Eastern Canada and the USA in particular this tr...

Gas powered tankless water heaters

Tankless water heaters

Choosing a water heater - tank or tankless?… Tankless water heaters or instantaneous water heaters are domestic hot water systems that do not include the storage tank that comes with traditional water heaters. This type of water heating system can be advantageous in some climates, provided they use gas-fired as o...

What is a heat pump

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

What is a heat pump? An energy efficient home heating system that can save you some money. Read on to find out how they work and if it makes sense for you.… When it comes to residential heating and cooling systems, few types of systems are as energy efficient as heat pumps. But what exactly are they and how do they ...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

The Net Zero Heat passive solar house in Lac Kenogami, Quebec, built by owner Alain Hamel pushes the bounds of energy efficiency. Here is a breakdown of those electrical systems.… The Kenogami house is a virtual energy laboratory, and in constant evolution. Every system of this home is innovative from the heating an...

Heat pump hot water heaters, why they're a good idea

How heat pump hot water heaters work and why you should get one

Heat pump water heaters can help cut your hot water energy consumption by close to one third, particularly when partnered with an air source heat pump.… Heat pump electric hot water heaters, good or bad idea? Water heaters are generally the biggest energy drain in a home after heating. so Air-to-water heat pump w...

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

The flat plate solar thermal collector from Viessmann has a modulating collector to prevent overheating.…   Solar thermal panels in cold climates are at risk of freezing in winter, so in the North, we use a glycol mix as a heat transfer fluid. This prevents panels from freezing but introduces new problems in the ...

Air-heated radiant concrete floor

Air-heated radiant floors

A comeback for radiant floors heated with air tubes… Radiant heating systems are very common in concrete floors now because they provide a very balanced and comfortable distribution of heat. Those systems are most commonly hydronic, meaning heated liquid is pumped through tubing in the concrete which then radiates t...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home

Off-grid living blog - energy modeling projections and real performance

Energy modeling can help you find the weak link in a building envelope and tweak your design before you start building.… This is the fifth piece in a blog series called Sunshine Saved, written by Craig Anderson as he  documents the design and construction of an off-grid LEED Gold passively-heated home. Find previous...

Advice

Why do my radiators make a crackling sound?

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 1:48 p.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

Posted by Ryan Peterson May 1, 2018, 11:51 a.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses

What is the best solar water heating system?

Posted by Geri Rhodes July 6, 2018, 3:35 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

Is it worth investing in triple-pane windows?

Posted by Anonymous July 8, 2017, 12:39 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

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