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    All it needs is some R-40 insulation under the...

    All it needs is some R-40 insulation under the roof and some doors on the sides.
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    My step son's garage apartment is all of 300 sq...

    My step son's garage apartment is all of 300 sq ft. Had a natural gas stove that needed replacing. The new one has an on demand pilot light rather than a continuous one like the old one. (I bought a...
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    I suppose if you put a filter in the grille,...

    I suppose if you put a filter in the grille, you'd never have to worry about cleaning the fan blades.
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    Same in Houston. We just had a new compressor put...

    Same in Houston. We just had a new compressor put in our apartment last week. The last time the compressor died and was replaced was in October 2007. Less than 3 years.

    Maintenance around here...
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    I definitely agree on sealed crawl spaces. Same...

    I definitely agree on sealed crawl spaces. Same with plastic on the Earth. And sealed plastic at that. Even a small opening where the plastic is attached to the wall makes things worse.

    Back in my...
  6. I'm also from the camp of open fireplaces don't...

    I'm also from the camp of open fireplaces don't do much for heat, air quality, or efficiency. Wood stove inserts are OK, but I don't like the idea of the radiant side/rear heat from them going up a...
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    Teddy Bear, can central dehumidifiers be set up...

    Teddy Bear, can central dehumidifiers be set up with a 30 or 60 second fan off delay after desired humidity has been reached?
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    Ideally, you need to dehumidify the crawlspace....

    Ideally, you need to dehumidify the crawlspace. Whether through A/C and/or a central dehumidifier. In the heating season, about 30% of the air in a home comes through the crawlspace. Bathroom fans...
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    I'd say it's small enough to simply epoxy over it.

    I'd say it's small enough to simply epoxy over it.
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    I blew a tire at 4AM in the morning about 50...

    I blew a tire at 4AM in the morning about 50 miles north-west from Spokane (aka in the middle of nowhere). I decided to wait until morning to get some daylight.

    Open up the trunk and sure enough...
  11. I've tried the radiant oil heaters. I don't like...

    I've tried the radiant oil heaters. I don't like them. They're too slow and don't seem to do much in regards to heating the room. About the only good thing is they're quiet.

    Typical 1500 watt...
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    I live in a 40 year old apartment. So no fresh...

    I live in a 40 year old apartment. So no fresh air duct for me. I wouldn't be surprised at all if there is a leak in the ductwork somewhere. No attic. Package unit up on the roof. But ducts do run...
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    I get the reverse problem. When my air filter...

    I get the reverse problem. When my air filter plugs up, supply temperatures increase. A/C that is blowing 58 out the ducts will drop to about 53 when I take the filter out. Humidity level goes...
  14. I agree with Teddy Bear on the above comments....

    I agree with Teddy Bear on the above comments. The Humidex worked great summer and winter in the Pacific Northwest. I wouldn't do that down here in south Texas though.
  15. I'm a big fan of sealed and conditioned crawl...

    I'm a big fan of sealed and conditioned crawl spaces. I did the poly on the ground, styrofoam insulation on crawl walls, sealed the vents, and put a Humidex in. This was when I lived up north. Crawl...
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    What temperature awere you keeping the room at...

    What temperature awere you keeping the room at during these cold nights?
  17. Not necessarily. My bill last month (1300 sq ft...

    Not necessarily. My bill last month (1300 sq ft apartment) was $356. Friend of mine with a 3900 sq ft house had a $400 bill.

    The other apartments here both upstairs and downstairs had similar...
  18. Yeah, it makes quite the sight when you come back...

    Yeah, it makes quite the sight when you come back to the car at a grocery store or restaurant after it's sat there dripping for awhile. I remember going to a sushi restaurant one time that had a...
  19. I checked out some info about the Smart...

    I checked out some info about the Smart VOV.....said R-12 or R-134a only. Shoot. Oh well. Besides, the guy that invented the Smart VOV said that the best benefit of it comes from hot dry climates...
  20. Hmmm, I never really considered testing in NORM...

    Hmmm, I never really considered testing in NORM (fresh) instead of MAX (recirc). Houston weather is muggy so often that nobody ever uses NORM mode when the A/C is on. (Well except maybe Teddy Bear...
  21. Q: By definition relative humidity should not be...

    Q: By definition relative humidity should not be over 100%. However it is often the case that models give values higher than 100%. Could you comment on this?

    A: The definition of relative humidity...
  22. I wonder if HC (hydrocarbon) refrigerants will be...

    I wonder if HC (hydrocarbon) refrigerants will be brought under EPA rules like R-12 substitutes currently are. Right now it's illegal to switch an R-12 car to HC's but it's legal to switch an R-134a...
  23. Speaking of freezing coils....How do you deep...

    Speaking of freezing coils....How do you deep freezers and industrial walk in freezers work? I used to be a baker. And our walk in freezer would stay at -30C throughout my entire shift. About an...
  24. I can so cheat psychometrics! :p I'm running...

    I can so cheat psychometrics! :p

    I'm running an in car dew point around 35-36 when it's blowing 31 out the ducts. (MAX A/C, cold slider all the way to cold, 2nd fan speed, windows closed)

    I...
  25. I need some advice on parallel flow...

    I need some advice on parallel flow condensers....That being I'm not sure if it would benefit the system if the the radiator is hot anyways. On the highway, I can see that it would work great. But in...
  26. I've got an 89 Trans Am. As far as TA vs Grand...

    I've got an 89 Trans Am. As far as TA vs Grand Marquis in summer? I've driven both. While I haven't measured the temps on the Grand Marquis, I must say that they keep a large amount of heat out...
  27. Hard for me to say really. My apartment never...

    Hard for me to say really. My apartment never gets up to 78 unless I've shut down the system and opened up some windows (air it out once in awhile....not that often this time of year though)

    I'm...
  28. Houston is too hot and muggy to have poorly...

    Houston is too hot and muggy to have poorly maintained air conditioners. At the apartment I live in, they come around monthly with those blue "cotten candy" type air filters for the residents. But I...
  29. It's been slow coming, but the improvements in...

    It's been slow coming, but the improvements in condensers and bigger radiator fans do help. I was looking at a BMW in the parking lot about a week ago and couldn't help but notice the humongous...
  30. I don't know if I'm spoiled by my Pacific...

    I don't know if I'm spoiled by my Pacific Northwest summers growing up or if it's just that too many A/C's aren't done right in the Houston area. To me, summertime indoor temp was usually about 75...
  31. Good point on the heat pump compressor aspect....

    Good point on the heat pump compressor aspect. That's one thing about compressors on vehicles. If they're on the way out, at least you can get by during the non A/C season (which can be very long...
  32. 1) Latent is pretty good no matter what the fan...

    1) Latent is pretty good no matter what the fan speed. But like in residential, the slower your fan speed, the lower the duct temp, the lower the humidity. But you're giving up heat removal for...
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    *Scratches head* What is it with Florida people?...

    *Scratches head* What is it with Florida people? They always are comfortable at uncomfortable levels. To me 76 at 50-55% is not comfortable. It's not cool. It's not dry.

    Is the coil oversized or...
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    When you say odor, are you refering to "#2" as...

    When you say odor, are you refering to "#2" as well as hairspray products, perfume in the bathroom air? Or general household air exhaustion and thus fresh air being sucked in.

    If it's simply just...
  35. Where is the return supposed to come from?

    Where is the return supposed to come from?
  36. I could see installing in the attic if you did a...

    I could see installing in the attic if you did a sealed attic with a small amount of cooling added into the attic. But not for a vented hot humid attic.
  37. I agree 100%. Personally I'm leary about having...

    I agree 100%. Personally I'm leary about having HVAC in the garage. Even with a loosely built garage (air gaps above the garage doors, dryer sucking lots of cfm out of garage to outside when drying...
  38. You're close on the R-12. I'm actually running...

    You're close on the R-12. I'm actually running R-406a. Uses the same mineral oil as R-12 but superior cooling performance.

    I was at a friend's new house a short while ago and getting the tour. I...
  39. Teddy Bear, what is your electricity rate in your...

    Teddy Bear, what is your electricity rate in your area of Wisconsin? Reason I ask is that last summer we had 17 cents/kwh in Houston. Good luck convincing somebody on buying a dehumidifier that...
  40. A catalytic wood stove would heat your home...

    A catalytic wood stove would heat your home plenty while being clean and giving long burn cycles. Especially on those cold CT winter nights when comfort with electric is ho hum.
  41. I disagree. It doesn't matter who buys the part....

    I disagree. It doesn't matter who buys the part. The part is the same. Brand new. It's just probably a cheaper cost to the consumer to purchase it themselves. That's the whole reason why parts and...
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    I'd guess it's different depending on where you...

    I'd guess it's different depending on where you live. In Houston, a furnace by law needs to be able to maintain 68 indoor temp with a 20 outdoor temp. As such most furnaces are slightly oversized....
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    And just think. Somebody paid extra to have it...

    And just think. Somebody paid extra to have it installed that way. Time to switch that over to a one stat, all ducts running system. I'd simply try and close off some vents on the bottom floor...
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    75 and 50% humidity would mean the coil is...

    75 and 50% humidity would mean the coil is running at 55. Sounds high to me. And if 50% is as good as you can get with the system running, then it's going to feel awful at night time when the temp...
  45. How do you do that? Motorized damper on the fresh...

    How do you do that? Motorized damper on the fresh air intake?
  46. Running the fan in the winter makes sense because...

    Running the fan in the winter makes sense because it circulates continuously. That way you don't have any cold spots in the home. It also aids in lowering humidity (assuming you have a fresh air...
  47. Easy way out...but would they consider smoking...

    Easy way out...but would they consider smoking outside? Or even having a smoking only room where they go in, close the door and open the window? Do you have a garage they could smoke in during the...
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    No, I have an exhaust fan inside the bathroom....

    No, I have an exhaust fan inside the bathroom. But my only return grille for the A/C system is in the hallway ceiling 24 inches from the bathroom door. If I stand in my bathroom doorway, I can reach...
  49. Hmmm, my LG model goes down to 35% but also has...

    Hmmm, my LG model goes down to 35% but also has an "ON" that is displayed when you press the down arrow after 35%. ON is essentially on forever until the coils freeze.

    Not that I've personally...
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    Ain't that the truth? I can only shake my head at...

    Ain't that the truth? I can only shake my head at vented crawlspace codes.

    Getting back on topic, I don't know where the original poster is from. But in the humid south, you want an oversized...
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