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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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    We have two returns. One about 10 ft up the wall...

    We have two returns. One about 10 ft up the wall in the great room. The other is in the ceiling of the upstairs hallway. The upstairs bedrooms have low ceilings (about 8 ft).

    We've kept the...
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    Right. We have three fans. With the great...

    Right. We have three fans.

    With the great room fan on last night, we had a temperature difference of 10 degrees. The night before, with the fan off, the temp difference was 5 degrees.

    We...
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    Moving Air throughout the House

    I'm not sure how to title this one. We have a 2100 sq ft home with vaulted ceilings.

    Downstairs:
    Joined Dining and Great rooms with 15 ft ceiling
    Kitchen and Master bedroom are off to the...
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    Will do. Thanks.

    Will do. Thanks.
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    Sorry, I mistyped the second time. Meant the...

    Sorry, I mistyped the second time. Meant the evaporative.
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    In my experience, I have talked to three...

    In my experience, I have talked to three companies and been quoted $60 to $100 for the seasonal cleaning and none of them cleaned the condenser coil.

    To me, if it's over $100 then it's not worth...
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    I'll have to check with some other companies, but...

    I'll have to check with some other companies, but none list it with their seasonal cleaning/check.
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    They only clean the outside coil.

    They only clean the outside coil.
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    What kind of chemical? Name?

    What kind of chemical? Name?
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    You say not to use chemicals...but then you say...

    You say not to use chemicals...but then you say to have a contractor use chemicals. Which is it? As I said, they do not do that work in my area. What kind of chemicals are you talking about?
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    Does anyone know anywhere online that I can...

    Does anyone know anywhere online that I can purchase anti-fungal (chlorine?) tablets to put in my primary pan? Also, what would be a good chemical to use to clean my evaporative coil? (none of the...
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    I used to use Metro when I first moved to...

    I used to use Metro when I first moved to Raleigh. Great company until I saw they were bought by ARS. Had some horrible dealings with ARS in Greensboro and vowed to never use them again.
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    I used to use Metro when I first moved to...

    I used to use Metro when I first moved to Raleigh. Great company until I saw they were bought by ARS. Had some horrible dealings with ARS in Greensboro and vowed to never use them again.
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    Hey Shaun, I was just looking you up (we...

    Hey Shaun,

    I was just looking you up (we spoke about a 4" filter a while back). Are you still in Raleigh?
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    Yup, you hit the nail on the head. Won't be...

    Yup, you hit the nail on the head. Won't be using those again. I got the brochure on the 4" Honeywell and believe I will be trying one of those when my three pack is done.

    So, along the same...
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    I think we definately had the heat problem. Our...

    I think we definately had the heat problem. Our bedroom and upstairs were almost unbearable with the furnace on. I partially closed two vents upstairs just so it wouldn't be so hot.

    Since...
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    Hi bestexpert, For right now, the one that is...

    Hi bestexpert,

    For right now, the one that is up 15' on a wall in our great room has a rock catcher. I spoke with Bolton the other day on the phone (great guy and very informative). He is...
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    Will do! Thanks a bunch.

    Will do! Thanks a bunch.
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    Hi Bolton, My system has a wall mounted metal...

    Hi Bolton,

    My system has a wall mounted metal frame with a 1" recess that the filter fits in. The grate is henged onto the metal frame. How would a 4" filter fit?
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    Hi Bolton, Yes, after reading some more I see...

    Hi Bolton,

    Yes, after reading some more I see exactly what you are talking about. HEPA for the allergies and the most free flowing filter to keep the returns in generally good shape. I'm...
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    This website had some good info:...

    This website had some good info:
    http://www.cerias.purdue.edu/homes/pmeunier/filters/filters.html

    So, now I am leaning toward a cotton/polyester type filter. Is there any difference in pressure...
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    Hi Cem, Thanks for the response. Our filters...

    Hi Cem,

    Thanks for the response. Our filters are very high on the walls. One is in our vaulted great room 15' in the air and the other is on an 8' ceiling upstairs.

    In doing more research,...
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    So Bolton recommends the blue (which I'm told is...

    So Bolton recommends the blue (which I'm told is like having nothing) and vettech recommends getting a paper/polyester filter but change it regularly. See where I get confused? :)

    I think the...
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    Much thanks Bolton. I plan to add one of those...

    Much thanks Bolton. I plan to add one of those soon. What type/merv of filter (aside from the blue fiberglass) would you recommend in the meantime to keep ducts and blower clean?
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    My system is a 2 ton. What filter did you...

    My system is a 2 ton. What filter did you recommend (with MERV rating)?
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