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    Thanks, it has been several years since our temp...

    Thanks, it has been several years since our temp has been this low and the system is only 18 months old. But you are right, 1st stage has handled all our cooling or heating needs except when...
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    Heat pump thermostat issue

    My 2 stage system is an Amana with the ComfortNet thermostat. I thought all units shut the heat pump off and switched to aux (heat strip) heating at low outside temps, like at or near 32 degrees. ...
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    Energy efficient house

    Wildfire last year destroyed our house and we rebuilt in 7 months doing much of the work. The new 'house' is steel framing, exterior and roof. 1300 SF living space, 700 SF garage, 800 SF RV garage...
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    Upflow system platform

    Our home was totally destroyed by fire in Sept. and I am building a new house using lots of volunteer help. The slab and exterior shell are already complete. This week interior framing begins. ...
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    Thanks so much, one less thing to have to worry...

    Thanks so much, one less thing to have to worry about right now. Once I can get the sub contractor started on the building, I still have to re-run water, sewer and electric lines and get someone to...
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    Main air duct size

    We lost our house in a wildfire Sept. 4th. The site is cleaned up and I'm planning the rebuild. Metal building, house 30x44, garage 30x24 and RV garage 18x46. Not sure if we have the funds to...
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    New system performance

    I posted last yr about replacing my old 3-1/2 ton heat pump system. My calculations showed I only needed about 20 kbtu cooling with a design temp of 98 degrees. I decided on an Amana 3 ton 16 SEER...
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    Dealer finally called me back and emailed the...

    Dealer finally called me back and emailed the Cert. Heat pump 25HCB636A30, Handler FV4CN(B,F)005. He still claims the tin plating addresses higher corrosion issues with R-410 that other brands...
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    No response, I'll look for another dealer...

    No response, I'll look for another dealer tomorrow. The rep. claimed the tin plating improved reliability with the switch to R-410 and therefore other brands would not be as good. This dealer also...
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    Thanks for the clear feedback, the dealer was...

    Thanks for the clear feedback, the dealer was supposed to get me the part #'s late yesterday, hopefully today I'll hear something. Regarding the tin plated (ArmorCoat) coils, is that an exterior...
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    Sorry, I forgot to put that in. The heat pump is...

    Sorry, I forgot to put that in. The heat pump is definately the Comfort series. I'm not sure about the air handler. It may be the Performance series. I want the variable speed and Carrier's...
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    Amana: ASZC160361A, AEPF313716A + TXV ...

    Amana: ASZC160361A, AEPF313716A + TXV

    Carrier: Still waiting for the details, these guys are really busy with the state rebate program starting on April 5th.

    Ruud: UPRL-036JEZ, RHPL-HM3621JA
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    Amana vs. Carrier vs. Rudd??

    I'm going to take advantage of the big rebates and tax credit to replace a 12 yr old system. Looking at 3 ton, 16 or 16.5 SEER, 2 stage heat pump with VS air handler. All three quotes are for this...
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    Stopping or reducing the amount of energy would...

    Stopping or reducing the amount of energy would be a big help. Slowing down the transfer speed helps very little, the heat will still impact the living envelope. If one is lucky, maybe after sunset...
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    I think radiant barrier is a waste of money, here...

    I think radiant barrier is a waste of money, here is why. First my experiment simulating RB wall paint. I used old fashion aluminum paint on a loose piece of wall substrate and backside IR...
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    Call your local utility company, some will do an...

    Call your local utility company, some will do an energy audit for free and there may be funds available to help with making energy improvements. They can also help you find a company accredited to...
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    Great comments from udarrell, bjones and...

    Great comments from udarrell, bjones and jerryd_2008. Why not have a 'stickey' at the top of the residential section that gave all the details of a good installer, what are the steps, what happens...
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    I can only share my experience. I shut my whole...

    I can only share my experience. I shut my whole house unit off at 10pm with an outside temp of about 95F and just run a small A/C in the master bedroom with the door closed. During the night,...
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    That chart is pretty accurate, at least in my...

    That chart is pretty accurate, at least in my case. It shows between 1250 hrs and 1500 hrs of system operation. My data shows May thru Sept. a total of 3544 hrs with 2383 hrs above 75F. I...
  20. And the money will come from where?? Your pocket...

    And the money will come from where?? Your pocket thru higher taxes, either income taxes, sales taxes or some small hidden fees on your utility bills, etc. No such thing as a free lunch is still...
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    If you don't mind a few hrs work, you can make...

    If you don't mind a few hrs work, you can make any data set you want from the nearest weather site. I did this yesterday for Central Texas, pulled hourly data from May, 2008 thru Sept., 2008. Then...
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    Thanks

    Thanks for all the replies, I just wish I knew more. If I do get a dual stage heat pump and my existing W-R doesn't give me some owner flexiability, I may need to look at other tstats, because this...
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    No luck

    Already tried that, no more info than the setup manual. It does show both fast cycle and slow cycle options, fast is 1.2 F and slow is 1.7 F. But I assume that just means how much the temp must...
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    More detail

    As I indicated, my tstat is a multistage unit. But what data is used to determine the switch over? Purely run time or rate of temperature drop or something else? The tstat manual has...
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    Two stage HP switching?

    What determines when a two stage heat pump switches from 1st stage to 2nd stage? Somewhere I heard that after 10 min. it will switch to 2nd stage if the system hasn't satisfied the set point, but...
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