Can anyone comment on the common types of heating and cooling systems installed in their region in high performance homes? More and more, I see designers and builders turning away from forced air…Continue
"Thanks again for the thoughtful perspectives, David. I've never heard the thermal lag justification for use of 99% design conditions. Is that written in Manual J or elsewhere? Very interesting stuff, especially the linkage between using…"
"Dara, I've not heard of this issue before, and it's very interesting, indeed. But it sure seems like this could happen due to any number of issues, such as the operation of other exhaust devices, continuous exhaust fan, or even just any…"
"David, I know the pressure reaches static levels quickly. I meant, how quickly then does radon begin to emit or be drawn into the space at a higher rate. For example, initially drawn by depressurization into a basement and then rising up into the…"
"Hi Don, great sequence of questions, and a couple of thoughts.
Overall, I just don't see depressurization, especially short-term and infrequent (as caused by cooking appliances), as being a major risk to health or building durability.…"
"The DeltaQ duct leakage test uses only a blower door fan to measure duct leakage to outside at actual HVAC system pressures, as they exist/occur during system operation. So, for example, a leak at the return plenum is not treated the same as a leak…"
The Healthy Indoors group is focused on indoor air quality (IAQ), mold, moisture control, radon, lead, air duct cleaning & HVAC hygiene, and building performance/ building science-related topics that affect the healthiness of our indoor environments, like air leakage.See More
"Also, if it's exceptionally cold outside, you could have a supply air temp into the living space that is below the dew point. For example, if it were 70F inside and -30F outside and you have a sensible efficiency of 70% (Zehnder is higher, I…"
"Good questions. I would say that on the "house" side, which is connected to the inlets and outlets in the living space, there should be no need for insulated ducting, if the duct runs are in conditioned space. But the ducts connected to…"
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