HVAC

February 24, 2015

Why cheap but noisy flapper vents will cost you more

Great strides have been made in recent years in improving the energy efficiency of homes and buildings, but at a cost. Insulation has increased in walls and attics and has been added to crawlspaces. New fenestration standards, which minimize air leakage around windows and doors, have been introduced, although prices have increased due to manufacturing […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
January 26, 2015

Housing outlooks positive for 2015 amidst suddenly falling interest rates

Many Canadian home builders started 2015 with some apprehension over the impact higher interest rates might have on their businesses. A lot of economists were predicting the price of borrowing was going to rise in Canada, possibly as early as this spring. Here we are a few weeks later, and the Bank of Canada is […]

HVAC
January 12, 2015

HVAC Getting Smarter in 2015

Your phone is smart, but is your HVAC system also? In 2015, the number of people able to answer yes will grow significantly. “Smart” has become a driving force throughout the HVAC industry. Whether through the offering of increasingly interactive HVAC devices, or simply greater efficiency, HVAC is rapidly getting smarter. House apps Of course, […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
December 22, 2014

Choosing the right vent cap for a soffit

When choosing a spot to place an HVAC intake or exhaust vent, soffits can provide a convenient solution. The eaves of a roof can be used to help hide vent caps, and also play a vital role in proper attic ventilation. Still, it’s important for builders to carefully consider the purpose of a vent before […]

Construction Methods, HVAC
December 8, 2014

Which plastic is right for vent covers?

Plastic is one of the most versatile materials on earth. Think about all of the things we use every day that contain plastic: phones, cars, computers, televisions all contain some, but it’s used even more in our homes. We rely on it for everything from insulating the wires in our walls, water pipes, window frames, […]

Construction Methods, HVAC
November 24, 2014

Heavy Duty Plastic roof vents ideal for harsh weather

A customer focus on energy efficiency is placing a premium on short, straight ductwork. Builders often find roof venting provides the most efficient path for exhaust from a home. Some builders are reluctant to cut holes in one of the most vital parts of the building envelope.  The incorrect vent, improperly installed will always be […]

Construction Methods, HVAC
October 27, 2014

How to design efficient ductwork

Ductwork is a key component of any modern home.  Hidden in our floors and ceilings, nearly every house today is criss-crossed by a network of passages designed to move air from one spot to another.  Even homes without forced air heating or cooling will likely have a dryer vent and bathroom, kitchen, or even radon […]

Construction Methods, HVAC
September 29, 2014

Advice from rainscreen experts on new installs

For many North American construction companies, rainscreens still represent a bit of a mystery. Finding experts in the field can be a challenge, but they do exist.  In places like coastal Oregon and British Columbia, thousands of sealed building envelopes have been created with a breathable, capillary gap beneath the siding to allow water to drain […]

Construction Methods, HVAC, Rainscreen
September 8, 2014

What every homebuilder needs to know about radon

Did you know radon is a threat all homebuilders should be aware of?  It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada, and is present at dangerous levels in thousands of homes across North America.  Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally as part of the decay process of minerals found in the ground. […]

Construction Methods, HVAC
August 11, 2014

Why duct cleaners need easy-to-access HVAC systems

Just like building technologies, maintenance practices are constantly changing and should be carefully monitored. One of the home upkeep services currently growing in popularity is duct cleaning. Increasing awareness of allergies, air quality, and perceived risks associated with clogged vents is driving concern and action on the part of homeowners. Mechanical contractors, builders and industry suppliers […]

HVAC, Ventilation
August 5, 2014

Why a HRV / ERV Ventilation System is a Smart Investment

Today’s modern homes are wonderfully well sealed. Building technologies have improved significantly to block outside air from coming in, and inside air from leaving. It’s all in the name of energy efficiency, but stale air trapped inside a home can now gather pollutants and make it uncomfortable to live in. It can even lead to allergies […]

HVAC, Technology Focus
July 28, 2014

Six Reasons Plastic is Perfect for HVAC Vents and Hoods

When it comes to choosing HVAC intake/exhaust vents for your next construction project, you will likely be comparing the options in metal and plastic.  So, which material is the better choice?  In recent years, new plastic technologies have created some significant advantages.  Here are six of them:     Weather resistance and durability Outdoor vent covers […]

HVAC
July 21, 2014

Three tips to efficiently beat the summer heat in your next home

Three cooling tips for homebuilders It’s July, and after a long, cold winter across most of North America, scorching summer temperatures have returned.  While there is plenty for people to enjoy outside right now, many of us will undoubtedly be focusing on the indoor discomforts that come with the heat. “It’s too hot to sleep.” […]

HVAC, Installer Tips
July 7, 2014

Five Ways to Improve Your Duct Termination

Routing HVAC ductwork can be a complicated challenge, but your troubles aren’t over when you reach the end of a duct in a wall or ceiling. You still need to cap it off with a vent or grille cover such as the Primex Whisper Grille.  Working in tight spaces can make achieving a clean finish […]

HVAC, Installer Tips, Ventilation
June 30, 2014

How a CFM fan rating affects ventilation

Moisture is a constant enemy in a home.  Too much will create mold and other problems.  Too little will aggravate allergies and create static electric shocks.  Active venting is one important way you can help manage the water in the air. The bathroom can often be a home’s greatest source of moisture issues.  Every day […]

HVAC, Ventilation
June 23, 2014

Why Your Building Envelope Needs Breathing Room

At its most basic level, a home provides shelter. It helps keep a family dry in the rain, warm in the winter and shaded from the summer sun. A home’s ability to offer a healthy and controlled living space is in many ways its most important task. So just what is it that protects a […]

HVAC, Rainscreen, Ventilation
January 17, 2014

Introducing the new Primex HVAC Venting website

Primex is pleased to announce the unveiling of the new HVAC Venting website. Now, you can easily navigate the entire range of Primex HVAC Venting products including features and specifications. Visit the ‘Solutions’ section to find out the best products for  your applications and then stop by the ‘Contact’ page to enquire about pricing and […]

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