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  1. Ducting - Returns must be fully ducted or not?

    OK - another weird question from yours truly:

    We're removing the oil furnace and el-cheapo A/C at our new house and replacing it with a upper-mid level Carrier heat pump, with an AprilAire ERV. ...
  2. Awesome - thank you so much for the response...

    Awesome - thank you so much for the response back! I really thought this kind of system should work, my only fear was cooling by the slab. Given the styrofoam insulation we've found against the...
  3. I'd call it a crawl space too - but I'm used to...

    I'd call it a crawl space too - but I'm used to "crawl space" meaning that there is a short masonry wall with a sill plate that the floor joists sit on. In this case, the whole house is inside the...
  4. UFAD - Using an Under Floor Air Distribution system in a 1980's Earth Sheltered Home?

    If you look through my past posts, you'll see I always seem to bring the weird ones here. So this one is really weird.

    Last week we bought a house that will hopefully be our retirement home in 20...
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    Thanks for all the feedback guys! I've read up...

    Thanks for all the feedback guys!

    I've read up on the Honeywell Redline interface and the Prestige (and FocusPro). They'll get the job done.

    I did read more into the EcoBee and am impressed...
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    Thermostats - Upcoming models?

    Background

    So we just bought another house for vacation rentals - a house with baseboard electric heat and no A/C. Thankfully it has a full basement with open rafters, so we can do something...
  7. Agreed about the simple solutions often being the...

    Agreed about the simple solutions often being the best!

    My biggest concerns are twofold, both having to do with the fact that we rent to vacationers:

    1 - When the temp goes below the...
  8. Electric Baseboard Heat Thermostats & outside temp sensors

    A follow on question to one of my earlier ones about Mini-splits (and PTACs too I suppose).

    Thermostats for traditional ducted heat pump systems are smart enough to know when to kick in the aux...
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    Thanks for the quick feedback guys. From the...

    Thanks for the quick feedback guys. From the install directions I've found online, non seem to mention how far from the floor, only how far from the ceiling to install. Although promising that...
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    Mini-Split Air Handler Locations

    My wife and I bought another house for vacation rentals, and right now it has electric baseboard heat and no A/C. We're considering the best approach to both add A/C and improve heating efficiency -...
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    Do you have or want A/C in the house as well? ...

    Do you have or want A/C in the house as well? You obviously already have the ductwork...

    I would imagine that some of the techs here might be able to speak to the strengths or weaknesses of a...
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    As you'll see here in the threads, there are...

    As you'll see here in the threads, there are differing opinions as to what is normal and how loud loud is. I can tell you that the Trane we replaced was quieter than the Goodman we replaced it with. ...
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    Since I have a new Goodman as well, I will pass...

    Since I have a new Goodman as well, I will pass on one final piece of experience. If you have downstairs bedrooms, or even upstairs bedrooms with windows that face the direction you will install the...
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    No can do - To get a pro membership here you need...

    No can do - To get a pro membership here you need to work in the industry.

    I'm an IT guy by profession and a Generalist by nature. My special skills involve the ability to innately understand how...
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    If they tell me a response like the one above is...

    If they tell me a response like the one above is no longer welcome, that's fine. But I think the real intent of the starred pro response limitation is so that people like me don't try to offer...
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    Features, features, features. I can't offer...

    Features, features, features.

    I can't offer any technical advice, or even brand specific advice, but as a homeowner who replaced a system just last year, let me share what went through my head as...
  17. Thanks for the follow up guys - but I really am...

    Thanks for the follow up guys - but I really am no longer looking for a solution to my specific problem. The real spirit of this thread was to generically help others in the same boat as me. The...
  18. I started this thread last winter because I...

    I started this thread last winter because I noticed that I wasn't the only person asking the same set of desperate-for-a-solution questions. No-one comes here asking these questions over the summer,...
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    I can't offer technical advice, but I can offer...

    I can't offer technical advice, but I can offer an analogy.

    If you think of your HVAC system the same way you think of a car, a car that is your only car, it helps put things in perspective.
    ...
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  21. Since this thread was resurrected I put together...

    Since this thread was resurrected I put together a bit of a summary of the conclusion I came to as a homeowner and added it to the thread.

    Then I re-read TimeBuilder's post and realized that...
  22. Seriously considering it - and PPL Electric...

    Seriously considering it - and PPL Electric finally added a generous rebate program to support them too. But with 3 bedrooms, a living room, dining/kitchen, and a basement game room, the cost of the...
  23. Recommended Make/Model HP with a quiet defrost cycle?

    I'm looking for some recommendations for makes/models of heatpump with lower-than-average defrost noise levels.

    I learned my lesson on the pair of Goodmans we had installed at our own house. ...
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    Well - here I am adding to a post again. ...

    Well - here I am adding to a post again.

    Because I have the same problem as the original poster of this thread, as well as thread...
  25. A couple things to consider: If the house is...

    A couple things to consider:

    If the house is only 59 degrees right now (BRRR!) then it is realistic that the temp at the registers when the heat pump is running would only be 68 or 70 degrees. ...
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