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    I got a new blower with the furnace and am sure...

    I got a new blower with the furnace and am sure it is not variable speed. Tks!

    Does that mean the highest I can go is SEER 13?
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    Thanks for the input (love your avatar!). Where...

    Thanks for the input (love your avatar!). Where does Lennox fall into the mix? I've been looking at their XC17 series for quietness and the option to add solar panels. I can't find pricing (and I...
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    New AC Need Advice

    We have a 20 year old HVAC (replaced the gas furnace 3 years back) and now the A/C is acting up. Hopefully just a leak and low on freon...but I like to prepare. :)

    The original system is Carrier...
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    Outside it's 28 degrees. The garage is showing...

    Outside it's 28 degrees. The garage is showing 50 (but it feels colder).
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    Sorry, meant to say summer not winter. Here is...

    Sorry, meant to say summer not winter. Here is another view of that duct in the garage.
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    If I could turn off the upstairs return and lower...

    If I could turn off the upstairs return and lower the return in the den, would there be any concern that I'm not getting enough input for the outputs?

    Yes, in the winter the house cools great. ...
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    Totally agree. We had the furnace and fan...

    Totally agree. We had the furnace and fan replaced 3 years ago when it died one winter (we still have the A/C system). Our neighbors are having a zone system put in (different style house but same...
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    The flash caught some plaster, not a wet...

    The flash caught some plaster, not a wet spot...though we do get quite a bit of moisture in the closet to the right of the return.
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    OK, I used a piece of toilet paper (unused). :)...

    OK, I used a piece of toilet paper (unused). :)

    On the upstairs hallway return, I did not notice any air leaking or pulling back into the return. On the great room return, I could see a slight...
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    Thanks Brian. We live on a crawl space, so it...

    Thanks Brian. We live on a crawl space, so it might not be that big of an issue. The return in the great room is 15' in the air on a wall than ends at the base of the stairs. That wall connects to...
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    Thanks. Someone nailed the chief problem...

    Thanks. Someone nailed the chief problem (design) earlier in the thread. We have a small heating period in NC (3 to 4 months), so high returns make some sense (except for the extremely cold night...
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    Wow, this thread went in a bit of a different...

    Wow, this thread went in a bit of a different direction.

    IdealCo,

    I've sent an inquiry to your company.

    Last night the temp dropped to 18 degrees and the upstairs heated up to 78! We've...
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    Heh :) I realize the warm air will still...

    Heh :)

    I realize the warm air will still rise, but it won't shoot the upstairs temp up to 5+ or 10+ degrees and then slowly bring it down. It now gets up to 3+ degrees slowly and then drops...
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    Ok, I finished the putting more insulation down...

    Ok, I finished the putting more insulation down in the crawlspace and filling in all the holes.

    I went upstairs and took the cover off the condensor housing which also contains the splitter...
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    Agreed, I do understand the rules. It just...

    Agreed, I do understand the rules. It just looked funny when hTe left it. This was a few years ago when we rarely used the upstairs. Now that we live up there, it's become more paramount. :)

    I...
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    I've moved it 360 degrees (N, S, E, W) but it all...

    I've moved it 360 degrees (N, S, E, W) but it all feels the same. I even tried tying a string to it to see if I could visualize more air moving out. I just can't tell.
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    Yes, I meant to report back on that. This has...

    Yes, I meant to report back on that. This has helped quite a bit when the furnace is off. While it is off, the air coming out is a bit cooler and it brings the temperature down upstairs to around 2...
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    No, I haven't though I have seen the reports. We...

    No, I haven't though I have seen the reports. We live in an area with a lower level, but I am planning to run a test kit.
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    I'm in Raleigh, NC. It can get humid here in the...

    I'm in Raleigh, NC. It can get humid here in the summer. We've got a vapor barrier, but it doesn't go wall to wall. There is about a 1 ft to 2 ft gap between the vapor barrier and the crawl space...
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    OK, I did some work this evening on the crawl...

    OK, I did some work this evening on the crawl space. I found that almost all the openings into the house (water, cable, power, telephone, sewage, etc) all had giant openings. I used "Great Stuff"...
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    Yes, I've heard the same which is why I am leary....

    Yes, I've heard the same which is why I am leary. The ones near us are affiliated with HVAC products and will give you the audit free if you spend $X on stuff (obviously to fix things found in the...
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    Thanks again! Any value to getting a home...

    Thanks again!

    Any value to getting a home energy audit? I've heard good and bad.

    From what I've read here, it sounds like there are a few areas we know we can target:

    1)Added insulation to...
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    Shophound, thanks very much for this. A lot of...

    Shophound, thanks very much for this. A lot of great information here.

    We do have old leaky windows throughout the house. We've used some window seal materials from HD, but still get leaks...
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    Would this be a good use of a wireless...

    Would this be a good use of a wireless thermostat? We moved upstairs to be with our young son (8 months old). I was thinking that if we could move the thermostat upstairs/downstairs with us during...
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    Gotcha! :) Thanks, we'll try that tonight.

    Gotcha! :) Thanks, we'll try that tonight.
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