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Humidity control in tight home

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brad Cook Apr 15. 12 Replies

Hi all, I'd like your advice and counsel on the following situation.  New construction, about 1 year old, climate zone 6 (Minneapolis), ~4000SF, <3ACH, basement radiant slab and forced air on main…Continue

Infrared camera recommendations for general contractor use

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brad Cook Mar 29. 6 Replies

Hi, I believe I have searched and found little recent discussion on recommendations for IR cameras.  Hopefully the topic is inbounds.  Anyway, some background: I work for a general contractor in the…Continue

 

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Brad Cook replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Humidity control in tight home
"I have been using inexpensive digital temp./RH meters from Acurite for 8-10 years. I give them away when to energy clients and in the past few years I have been using dozens of their remote reading meters. I buy 6-10 at a time, put batteries in them…"
Apr 15
Steve Eberly replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Humidity control in tight home
"Don, windows are as you mention u=0.30 (Performance Information: U-Factor 0.30, SHGC 0.27, VLT 0.50, CPD PEL-N-35-00259-00001, Performance Class LC, PG 30, Calculated Positive DP) Appreciate your comments about the time it takes to dry out building…"
Apr 15
Steve Eberly replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Humidity control in tight home
"Brad, WOW, I believe that's similar situation to what's happening here and I appreciate the detailed explanation.  Per other replies I've made, for now I'm going to reduce the global humidity setting from 35 to 25. …"
Apr 15
Steve Eberly replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Humidity control in tight home
"Tony, thanks for the link and thoughts."
Apr 15
Steve Eberly replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Humidity control in tight home
"David, thanks for the additional details/thoughts, just shows again how effective exterior insulation is in so many ways.  Other than one window in a daughters bedroom there are NO WINDOW COVERINGS in the house!  But I get the…"
Apr 15
Don Hynek replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Humidity control in tight home
"You may not be able to make the problem go away completely in Zone 6, but bringing it under control shouldn't be hard. This house still has tons (literally) of construction moisture to lose, in the concrete, the framing, the drywall, etc. (Most…"
Apr 12
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David Butler replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Humidity control in tight home
"Excellent post, Brad. Your comment about master bedroom setback is an example of a topic every high performance practitioner should discuss with clients. I love to sleep in a cool bedroom at night... I even open the window in the dead of winter if…"
Mar 29
Brad Cook replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Infrared camera recommendations for general contractor use
"Contact theSnellGroup.com (Snell Infrared) in Montpelier, Vermont. They are the world renowned leaders in infrared thermography training and application. They have some white papers on their website that could help you choose. Even better would be…"
Mar 29
Brad Cook replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Humidity control in tight home
"If shades or blinds are drawn in the evening, that is the primary culprit, as David noted. Beyond that, I recommend testing. I have been using Acurite's Smarthub, now the Access, with several remote temp./RH sensors, which allows you to monitor…"
Mar 29
Tony Baptist replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Humidity control in tight home
"Hi Steve,              Check out my website plusaire.com.  I had a house like yours in 1982 but there was nothing that was available to fix it.   "Experts" said an…"
Mar 29
Herbert Hannam replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Infrared camera recommendations for general contractor use
"If you are a casual user, and have been trained on operation of IR technology, I would not walk past the Seek line of products.  I know most go to Flir and Fluke, which I've used in past work, but for my personal use, for the dollar, this…"
Mar 29
Steve Eberly replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Humidity control in tight home
"Sean, thanks, I have not measured levels at other areas of the house and I suppose I could even question how accurate the Thermostat readings are, but the condensation tells the story on it's own.  As far as using the bath fans that's…"
Mar 28
David Butler replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Humidity control in tight home
"The window glass / sash intersection is a weak point for condensation. Whether or not the walls (structure) are at risk depends on the ratio between exterior and cavity insulation. One thing you should mention to the homeowner is that window…"
Mar 26
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Humidity control in tight home
"Sorry this will be short but what are levels throughout house - i.e. could it be concrete slab still drying out, customer use bath fans properly, exhaust hood, etc... Just how well were those windows installed - air leakage?  Fix the issues…"
Mar 26
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Humidity control in tight home

Hi all, I'd like your advice and counsel on the following situation.  New construction, about 1 year old, climate zone 6 (Minneapolis), ~4000SF, <3ACH, basement radiant slab and forced air on main and upper levels, typically one person in the house, avg windows, 90+ furnace with AprilAire humidifier, HRV, Honeywell thermostat.  Currently global humidity set at 35% and window control at 3 (was at 5).  System tuned up and HRV intakes cleaned mid jan.  (I can get more detailed specs if…See More
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