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    Residential owner. I would say it has been a...

    Residential owner.

    I would say it has been a mixed bag for me as an infinity owner for the past 3-4 years. Our outdoor AC unit has had to be repaired twice. I find that getting a tech who really...
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    Well, In many cities and towns, like Chicago,...

    Well,

    In many cities and towns, like Chicago, you do need a contractors license in order to get a permit to do work, but it is not statewide and not a certificate of knowledge.

    Personal...
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    Flamesuit on !:eek: Ahh... my personal pet...

    Flamesuit on !:eek:

    Ahh... my personal pet peeve with industry. Sorry there is no brand, no model that is "quiet". No way. No how. Not going to happen. But as mentioned they will all be much...
  4. Just a consumer here - I have the infinity system...

    Just a consumer here - I have the infinity system and an aprilaire bypass humidifier and the aprilaire media filter attached to it. My answers below.




    Also I like having the aprilaire filter...
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    You can get both the OEM filter - or a variety of...

    You can get both the OEM filter - or a variety of MERV rated filters from this place.


    http://www.oxyfilters.com/oxy-aprilaire.html
  6. Yep ! As I mentioned there an oversell on...

    Yep ! As I mentioned there an oversell on "quietness" of all these systems.
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    I got the extra 10 yr P&L warranty on my new...

    I got the extra 10 yr P&L warranty on my new Infinity System it was very small cost compared to the total cost of the new system and install. Like the fancy cars these days - even a small thing can...
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    The newest and biggest thing to hit electrical...

    The newest and biggest thing to hit electrical design standards in a while.And for once on this board and just for this topic - I am a Pro.
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    Yes I would say this daily auto switching (wide...

    Yes I would say this daily auto switching (wide temperature swings) only occurs in my area for a few weeks in spring and then maybe a few weeks in fall. So it is maybe 10% of the year with this back...
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    ????? My main reason for this auto heat/cool...

    ?????

    My main reason for this auto heat/cool is that here in the chicagoland area in late spring and again in early fall the outdoor temps can swing wildly day to day, and evening to evening....
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    I have still been fine tuning my Infinity system...

    I have still been fine tuning my Infinity system over the past year and half. I have it on auto heat and cool (nice feature!). It heats to around 71 and cools to 73.

    Being and older home I was...
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    Not a pro so I can't offer anything on HVAC...

    Not a pro so I can't offer anything on HVAC technical issues which might be causing the sound increase

    But I have done some research on sound calculations. The guide below is very well written -...
  13. Establish Expectations....Yep… Over a year ago I...

    Establish Expectations....Yep… Over a year ago I got the Infinity system for my 1400 SF ranch + basement north of Chicago.

    Did the calcs just like you did. Bid out the system and ended up...
  14. Chemical and oder sensitivity can trigger asthma...

    Chemical and oder sensitivity can trigger asthma attacks - in addition to allergens.

    Besides having whole home filtering - many asthma specialist recomment a portable hepa aircleaner in the...
  15. I am not a pro - but there is a supplier of...

    I am not a pro - but there is a supplier of filters for the Aprilaire/spaceguard series (which I have) that sells replacement filter impregnated with charcoal.

    The downside of these charcoal...
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    Medium Fan Speed on Infinity

    So I have a Carrier infinity system. I have left the system fan on "low" rather than auto for the last year or so. I did this after reading that this helps with air cleaning and perhaps a little...
  17. Thread: Cicadas!

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    Cicadas!

    Okay weird question -

    Not sure if anyone is familiar with the invasion of Cicadas, but we are due for another 17 year mega outbreak. I remember the one in 1990 and it was massive. Not harmful bugs...
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    Where is "Green Engineering" going for...

    Where is "Green Engineering" going for residential?

    Right here

    http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=147
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    Just a consumer - but I like it cooler (as big...

    Just a consumer - but I like it cooler (as big guy) all year long - wife and daughter like it warmer. We try to go for 72 all year long as a compromise - but when it is real cold out our old home can...
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    I have a bypass humidifer with a damper in the...

    I have a bypass humidifer with a damper in the small duct connecting from the return to the supply on my furnance. Common arragement I understand.

    It just occured to me - should I close that...
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    Is that last chart - 1) Satisfaction from...

    Is that last chart -

    1) Satisfaction from Subcontractors... or owners?

    2) Residential - or commercial equipment?


    But in any case you often find notable differences among CR results and JD...
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    Nothing has appeared lately that I am aware of -...

    Nothing has appeared lately that I am aware of - just checked November issue - and nothing in there on HVAC.

    Say what you will about CR - but they are completely independent and rely only on paid...
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    When I upgraded last year to my new infinity...

    When I upgraded last year to my new infinity system - I kept the old Aprilaire 2200 Media filter cabinet.

    Before getting the new infinity system - I started buying my replacement filters from an...
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    Since I started this thread - let me add that I...

    Since I started this thread - let me add that I did purchase a yearly maintenance contract for my new system - and I have an extended 10 yr parts and labor warranty on my Infinity system.

    The...
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    Good Post Seadragon... In response to the...

    Good Post Seadragon...

    In response to the other post about how does this affect your comfort?

    Alot -

    My Infinity Tstat is located in the hallway in the center of my home far away from...
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    It took me a while to find a accurate set - but...

    It took me a while to find a accurate set - but it has been invaluable to me - a consumer - to have a system of wireless Oregon Scientific digital temp/humidity stats around my home all tied to...
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    Consumers - do you have one? Pro's - do you...

    Consumers - do you have one?

    Pro's - do you sell them? If so - how many new system owners buy them?
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  29. Thanks. I am set at 74 (approx) and 50%...

    Thanks.

    I am set at 74 (approx) and 50% Humidity. Kwh change is about the same (19%) reduction.

    I did not want to complicate the savings issue but when the new system was installed I also had...
  30. Went from an old 10 (or maybe 8) SEER to a new 15...

    Went from an old 10 (or maybe 8) SEER to a new 15 SEER multi-stage Infinity System late last year. I live in Northern Illinois.

    I only have one summer time bill to compare (for July) - but looks...
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    Sound issue ! I will jump in here as a consumer...

    Sound issue ! I will jump in here as a consumer - but one that spent alot of time on the noise issue and I do have a technical background

    . Last year I bought a top of the line Infinity System. A...
  32. Carrier corporate is nearly useless for consumer...

    Carrier corporate is nearly useless for consumer help or complaints – they just send you to a distributor.

    I had some issues with my first Carrier dealer and install –and I was not going to keep...
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    I have been following the performance of my new...

    I have been following the performance of my new Carrier infinity system installed last year. I have seen low and high heat and low and high cooling stages now. However, I can't ever recall it kicking...
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    Trane, this is a very interesting statement. Your...

    Trane, this is a very interesting statement. Your home and configuration sounds very (very) similar to mine - except I do have a door to the basement which is normally closed. No one had ever...
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    I have a finished/unfinished basement. I had...

    I have a finished/unfinished basement. I had supply and return ducts added to the basement last year from my new Central system - but I also find it beneficial to have two additional Honeywell...
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    Consumer here. Don’t want to talk about DYI issue...

    Consumer here. Don’t want to talk about DYI issue – but let me give my two cents about the HVAC is not “Rocket Science” thing - I think it is.

    I had not mentioned this before on this site – not...
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    Since my new Infinity System has been installed I...

    Since my new Infinity System has been installed I have been keeping track of gas and electricity use - nothing detailed - just a check. My bills do include an monthly average temperature - but that...
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    For us homeowners this site has raised our...

    For us homeowners this site has raised our expections very high - maybe too high.

    I would say that a number the pros who post frequently on this site have set the bar very high for the other ...
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    Per past discussion - whispering is 30dba or...

    Per past discussion - whispering is 30dba or less. If a carrier or lennox unit was truely "whisper quiet" - then they would be rated at 30 dba and not 70dba.

    Here are some more sound comparisons...
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    By no means do I wish to contradict you either -...

    By no means do I wish to contradict you either - but it is relative. To an experienced HVAC residential contractor - I have no doubt the new units these days are quieter – much so – and that is your...
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    I am not an HVAC pro - but I have read this more...

    I am not an HVAC pro - but I have read this more than once here and would have to disagree with these kinds of statements. I think this is misleading to consumers.

    You can tell the 3 ton unit...
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    The sound rating per ARI standards has not...

    The sound rating per ARI standards has not changed on the 2006 models vs 2005 as far as I can tell - it is still in the 69 to 70dbA rating.
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    I have the 36 unit. I had an old Bryant unit...

    I have the 36 unit.

    I had an old Bryant unit and it was noisy, definitely could hear it from inside the house.

    I think Carrier (and some pros) overstate the quietness of the infinity system....
  44. Consumer here – not a pro. The number of years...

    Consumer here – not a pro.

    The number of years in Business (beyond 5) is meaningless to me as staff changes all the time. Ask the companies for a list of recent references. Based on the...
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    These guys are licensed Professional Engineers...

    These guys are licensed Professional Engineers (PE) in NY and handle the toughest Mechanical and Electrical Projects in the area.

    http://www.flackandkurtz.com/
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    How about a complete system - design, product and...

    How about a complete system - design, product and test verification that would comply with a proposed new LEED certified green home ?

    It is not just about a make or model - LEED is about proper...
  47. When a manufacture says "69dBA" - exactly how far...

    When a manufacture says "69dBA" - exactly how far away is the this sound rating measured? 5 feet? 10 feet? Have any of you pros actually used a sound meter to verify this? I plan to take readings...
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    Just an update from a consumer here. I have...

    Just an update from a consumer here.

    I have had numerous posts on this board about my new carrier system installed late last year (photos and videos) and gotten some feedback from some of you pros...
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    The unit had been connected to power since last...

    The unit had been connected to power since last fall when they installed the whole system (furnance and AC). They could not charge it at that time because they said it was too cold outside.

    I...
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    Tech was just here - he says there was a small...

    Tech was just here - he says there was a small refrigerant leak and system is now fixed. He says there would be no damage to system because of the leak.

    The noise of the AC unit does not seem any...
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