Found 8 results for the keyword ‘Comfort’

  • Balancing Forced Air Heating & Air Conditioning Air Flow

      Some rooms are colder than others, or a forced air system works well for heating but not air conditioning.  Although such problems may require repositioning ductwork, or adding booster fans -- the first thing to check is that the ductwork is balanced and balanced differently for the two differ...
  • Booster fans for the heating in the back bedroom.

    When you just can't get enough hot air to come out of that back bedroom floor grill and you have tried everything (like balancing your heating system), there is still hope. We took a look at two fans on the market designed to boost that hot air. The first, and the easiest to install and use is ...
  • How to get more heat out of hot water radiators.

    As winter approaches people are asking how to get more heat out of those very old hot water radiators. A few tips. Bleed the air out anytime they don't feel hot enough. This will usually be only one or two that have problems while the rest are hot. If they all are cold you may need to check the ...
  • How far down should you insulate on a basement wall?

    As you can see in the first graphic, the soil helps to insulate a basement so there is more heat lost on the top of the basement than on the bottom. That is why the National Building Code requires a minimum level of insulation in a basement that reaches from the floor boards above your head, down...
  • Ductwork that moves air best

      The best way for air to move through a duct is to have a straight duct with a smooth inside wall and a round form will have the smallest surface area to cause the air to slow down. That straight smooth round duct is what is considered the benchmark for good ducting. Everything else is measure...
  • Should I change to All Electric heat?

      If you are thinking of removing your Oil or Gas furnace and replacing it with an all-electric furnace, often recommended by heating contractors, you may want to look closer at the options rather than just having a knee jerk reaction to getting rid of a fuel fired appliance.  When you have "all...
  • WHAT IS RELATIVE HUMIDITY and HOW DOES IT RELATE TO COMFORT?

      Montreal winters are uncomfortably cold;           while in Saskatoon it is even colder but more comfortable Montreal summers are uncomfortably hot ;           while in Arizona it is even hotter but more comfortable Why?  It is all about Relative Humidity. If we come to understand humidit...
  • Will insulating a floor make it warmer?

    Lee from Portugal Cove, Newfoundland is trying to warm up his floor without warming up his basement. "The floor above the basement is plywood covered with hardwood or vinyl flooring. It is very cold during winter and our 10 month old spends most of his days crawling around on a cold floor. Wil...