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  1. I'm trying to heat my house smartly saving gas...

    I'm trying to heat my house smartly saving gas wherever I can. I've posted a few ideas, ideally far in the future I'd like to switch to heat pumps. But today I'm trying to think what the best thing...
  2. Thread: Air cleaners

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    Lots of regular smokers smoke outside. That...

    Lots of regular smokers smoke outside. That takes care of the odors on the inside really well, and strange as it sounds many enjoy the "fresh air" between puffs.
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    MASTERS INC in GAITHERSBURG MD (301)948-8950 was...

    MASTERS INC in GAITHERSBURG MD (301)948-8950 was the subcontractor who installed the ComfortMaker HVACs in my NV Home a couple years back. They did good work.
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    Do a seartch for posts authored by me. I...

    Do a seartch for posts authored by me. I recently asked the same question and got 4 pages of answers. Massive detail and lots of divergent opinions.

    My bottom line: Close them 1/3 and it may be...
  5. Thread: Unused rooms

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    Ha! No kidding! :):D The house isn't even 2...

    Ha! No kidding! :):D The house isn't even 2 years old!

    Long story short: (1) The builder's rep wasn't bright enough to upsell me on the more efficient model HVAC when I specifically asked for...
  6. Thread: Unused rooms

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    With natural gas prices going up, that could be...

    With natural gas prices going up, that could be my heating cost for 1 month. This is a 3300 sq. foot (above grade - not counting 1200 sq. foot basement finished area) home with an inefficient unit. ...
  7. Thread: Unused rooms

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    I think that's exactly what I'll try. Though I...

    I think that's exactly what I'll try. Though I do like the idea of zoning the whole house....... And replacing my A/C cool only unit with a geothermal heat pump..... Time will tell.....
  8. Thread: Unused rooms

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    Thanks a lot everyone!

    Great advice, thanks much. After looking at the morbidly fascinating "Wall Of Shame" here (aside - has PaysonHVAC ever seen a good job?;)) I have to feel good about the systems installed in my home....
  9. Thread: Unused rooms

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    Are you recommending setting up a system that...

    Are you recommending setting up a system that zones the individual rooms in the upstairs? Since it's all flex duct and there's an attic above this area that should be fairly easy. Would that do...
  10. Thread: Unused rooms

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    What is the best way to minimize heat/ac to...

    What is the best way to minimize heat/ac to unused rooms in a typical house? Close the vents? Or does that affect pressure of the system too much to make it worth the trouble? I've got a couple...
  11. Money is most definitely an issue! My idea is...

    Money is most definitely an issue! My idea is that since my HVAC is so eggregiously inefficient, how long would it take to recoup the money spent upgrading now, before the big natural gas crunch...
  12. There's plenty of data out there. I've included...

    There's plenty of data out there. I've included a few links, I can come up with lots more if you'd like, or you can just google "Natural Gas depletion" or "North American Natural Gas Depletion" if...
  13. Two of the most ferocious hurricanes ever...

    Two of the most ferocious hurricanes ever recorded have just wreaked havoc on a gigantic part of the USA's natural gas infrastructure. According to Matthew Simmons, a major energy investment banker...
  14. oops. Double post. [Edited by philbiker on...

    oops. Double post.

    [Edited by philbiker on 10-03-2005 at 01:26 PM]
  15. This is a two year old house with what I assume...

    This is a two year old house with what I assume are good double pane windows, I already am very careful about door seals. What additional insulation can I do to a two year old house?
  16. oops....double post.

    oops....double post.
  17. I have a natural gas fireplace that came with the...

    I have a natural gas fireplace that came with the house. (another regret - I wish I would have bought the wood burning masonry fireplace) I have considered replacing it with some kind of wood...
  18. Alaska's Prudhoe Bay has tons of natural gas, but...

    Alaska's Prudhoe Bay has tons of natural gas, but there's no way to get it down to the lower 48 right now. If they started building the pipeline today (which won't happen because of political...
  19. As I posted in my first post, I missed the chance...

    As I posted in my first post, I missed the chance to upgrade to a more efficient gas furnace when I bought the house. I'm now stuck with two very poor inefficient gas furnace/AC units. If I had...
  20. Please provide exhaustive peer-reviewed research...

    Please provide exhaustive peer-reviewed research to support your statement that "it's not an eminent (sic) thing". I would love to believe that, but I've looked into energy data in great detail, and...
  21. CNN article....

    CNN article. I personally think their prediction is rosy wishful thinking and the natural gas price spike will be much bigger than they are predicting.

    suemarkp I agree that large scale...
  22. Yes, the HVACs in this house are heat/AC...

    Yes, the HVACs in this house are heat/AC units.Today..... But what about when nat. gas prices triple... quadruple... x10 ... The industry has been running to stand still for years, drilling...
  23. So I would be adding a heat pump. Forgot to...

    So I would be adding a heat pump. Forgot to mention this is in northern Virginia near Washington DC. Cold winters here.
  24. I'm a newbie on the forum, just a Joe Homeowner....

    I'm a newbie on the forum, just a Joe Homeowner.

    I just got off the phone with the HVAC company that's coming out to do my fall checkup. My house is two years old, a dual zone home with a gas...
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