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    Well put and; I think it pays to know the...

    Well put and; I think it pays to know the difference between EPA, read--overreaching Federal government vs. trade skills. The test is for tracking refrigerant and sending threatening correspondence....
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    That is a good story. After 40+ years, plumbing,...

    That is a good story. After 40+ years, plumbing, heating, cooling, wiring...all I can say is DITTO and I am still looking for a few good men like you.
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    That's why the make engineers. It is an industry...

    That's why the make engineers. It is an industry specific application and certainly not the first. I would talk the project manager. Marine standards would apply considering the salty environment.
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    Dryer flex vent. ThermoFin is is sub-floor...

    Dryer flex vent. ThermoFin is is sub-floor radiant panel.
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    Radiant floor heating in the great room. Cooling...

    Radiant floor heating in the great room. Cooling registers and returns should be high and close to the loads i.e. windows and perimeter.
  6. Our design office does ACCA Manual 'J' and 'N'...

    Our design office does ACCA Manual 'J' and 'N' heat loads for clients all over the world. Just send a drawing calling out windows, insulation and the floor plan.
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    Ask your contractor some simple questions about...

    Ask your contractor some simple questions about his Manual J.

    http://www.badgerboilerservice.com/contractor.html
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    The unit he proposes is likely twice too big and...

    The unit he proposes is likely twice too big and if you want the lower level warm in winter and anything but cold and clammy in the summer, forget the two-stage thermostat and put two thermostats in....
  9. Every proper HVAC job starts with a proper ACCA...

    Every proper HVAC job starts with a proper ACCA Manual 'J' heat load analysis. Once you know how 'big' the system needs to be you can determine what type of system.

    A double-headed air-to-air...
  10. Hard to find a pilot light on an oil boiler. Oil...

    Hard to find a pilot light on an oil boiler. Oil burners must be serviced by a competent oil tech every year to get the best efficiency and reliability. While the tech is working on the boiler ask...
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    Time to call a professional.

    Time to call a professional.
  12. When was your house built?

    When was your house built?
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    First, where are you? There is almost no good...

    First, where are you?

    There is almost no good reason to "cool" a basement, so shut down the registers in the summer and if it is not zoned, make it so.

    We use radiant floors and walls to heat...
  14. Embarrassingly late. I think that boat has...

    Embarrassingly late. I think that boat has sailed. A little like IBM telling Bill Gates to go ahead with the software, we build computers. Of course in this case the giant was sleeping until the...
  15. First an energy analysis with Manual J heat load...

    First an energy analysis with Manual J heat load after the blower door test. Once you improve the envelope an electric boiler with outdoor reset to improve "operating" efficiency and finally a Rheem...
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    We install Bosch Energy Star and Triangle Tube...

    We install Bosch Energy Star and Triangle Tube boilers. Both are solid companies but it isn't about the boiler or the the warranty. Every proper boiler replacement starts with an ACCA Manual 'J' heat...
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    Of course I meant to say Ultra-Aire... I don't...

    Of course I meant to say Ultra-Aire...

    I don't know what a furnace is. The house is radiated of course with a Mitsubishi mini at the top of a three story walk-out, open staircase, 2100 sq.ft. all...
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    Integrating my ERV with dehumidifier

    I think I need a real tin head...

    You know I have installed dehumidifiers, HRV's and ERV's but I have yet to install an ERV with a proper dehumidifier like the TrueDrye or DesertAire.

    My cool...
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    With all due respect. I have many high efficiency...

    With all due respect. I have many high efficiency boilers more than 7 years old without any service. I don't recommend it--the manufacturers recommend annual service and we do some significant work...
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    Ridiculous, regardless of where you live. ...

    Ridiculous, regardless of where you live.

    Tough it would be nice if you give us a clue...

    The loads in a full basement are usually so modest that ACCA doesn't even include them unless the...
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    Give it to the one you want to have a 20 year...

    Give it to the one you want to have a 20 year relationship with. If anything, ask them to produce an ACCA Manual 'J' heat load assuring proper equipment sizing for the loads. Longer life, more...
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    I would use the unit or units recommended by the...

    I would use the unit or units recommended by the guy that produces an ACCA Manual 'J' heat load.

    As Space correctly points out: Bigger is not better.
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    Install PEX tubing in the slab instead, and you...

    Install PEX tubing in the slab instead, and you will have a real heating system.
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    Central Heating. I have a similar situation....

    Central Heating.

    I have a similar situation. Radiant floors are on most of the time with electric boiler (special rate) but the mini-split will run for a third the operating cost. Just use it for...
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    We recently installed the first Viessmann 222F in...

    We recently installed the first Viessmann 222F in Minnesota. Like all of Dr. Viessmann's products, the 222F is brilliant with Ti SS heat exchanger and indirect DHW, dedicated SS pumps for CH and DHW,...
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