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    Probably won't qualify for the credit unless you...

    Probably won't qualify for the credit unless you dump the furnace...


    Do I have to replace both my heating and air conditioning to qualify for the tax credit?
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    The law does...
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    +1 The only time you use a furnace in Phoenix...

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    The only time you use a furnace in Phoenix is after the electric rates drop - winter electricity costs in Phoenix are about a nickel a kw - cheap enough that you can afford to run a heat pump...
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    Heat pumps can last a very long time in Phoenix. ...

    Heat pumps can last a very long time in Phoenix. I replaced the original Trane unit on my house last year - it was 21. My Bro's house in Phx has the original Carrier unit on the roof, it's 23. He...
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    Unfortunately, during the summer in Phoenix it's...

    Unfortunately, during the summer in Phoenix it's alot more profitable for a servicing company to run 10 "emergency" calls than to spend a couple of days installing and fine-tuning a system.

    The...
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    If you're in Phoenix, APS offers subsidized...

    If you're in Phoenix, APS offers subsidized ductwork leakage testing. I would start there. finding a qualified contractor in the area is going to be a challenge, but the guys on the APS list are at...
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    If your basement is below 32 degrees you're in...

    If your basement is below 32 degrees you're in danger of having your pipes freeze, and at temps above that the COP of heat pumps makes them work just dandy.

    I'm surprised an HVAC guy would be...
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    The tank I replaced was there 22 years. As it...

    The tank I replaced was there 22 years. As it is, I don't see removing the airtap to be that big of a deal.

    As for my climate being warmer than most - I wouldn't argue that, however my...
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    I installed an Airtap in my house about a year...

    I installed an Airtap in my house about a year ago. Works great and the power consumption is a nothingburger - about $10 a month, according to my kill-a-watt meter, at 22 cents/kw. If you've got...
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    one unit of energy = one unit of heat. ...

    one unit of energy = one unit of heat. Typically, standard electric water heaters are a little less than one.

    With a heat-pump water heater, one unit of energy = 2 (or slightly more than 2)...
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    two year payback for solar? Maybe if you've got...

    two year payback for solar? Maybe if you've got an Enron accountant...
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    I use a 2 stage unit in Phoenix - we've got very...

    I use a 2 stage unit in Phoenix - we've got very low humidity as well - if you're sensitive to low humidity an add-on "bypass" humidifier can bring the numbers up for not alot of bucks. They're not...
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    I've got an Airtap Heat Pump water heater sitting...

    I've got an Airtap Heat Pump water heater sitting on top of a conventional (50 gallon) electric water heater. The airtap draws about 700 watts when it runs, and according to my kill-a-watt meter my...
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    Expensive work often isn't good work in the hvac...

    Expensive work often isn't good work in the hvac trade either. I had several quotes for my new system, and all proved to be taking short cuts that would have impaired it's performance.

    Manual...
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    neither is available in 1/2 ton increments. ...

    neither is available in 1/2 ton increments. You'll find the price difference between the two is a nothingburger though. For my money, I'd get the dsz "c" model, which will work with the...
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    I'd look more at the heating load than the...

    I'd look more at the heating load than the cooling load - your basement isn't going to require much if any cooling unless it's a walk-out or very exposed.

    For that area of the country, i'd...
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    Until the trade finds a way to "weed out" the bad...

    Until the trade finds a way to "weed out" the bad apples, who expect to get paid like rock-stars for low quality work, you can't blame the public for just picking the "cheap" contractor. Odds are,...
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    Yup... lets put this cat back in the bag... the...

    Yup... lets put this cat back in the bag... the internet is "evil" because it allows consumers to figgur out how much things cost - and how much they're paying the installer...

    Oh, yeah... ...
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    FWIW, one of the op's previous posts indicates...

    FWIW, one of the op's previous posts indicates 1550 sq/ft in the northeastern US. 3 tons might be excessive based on that info..
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    Goodman's two-stage units are only available in...

    Goodman's two-stage units are only available in full-ton increments. According to what I've read, stage one is roughly 75% capacity, or in your case - 3 tons. I have a DSZ - 18 , 4-ton unit...
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    That's a really great idea for hospitals - those...

    That's a really great idea for hospitals - those guys are going to make some serious money!

    At least until China spools up and starts making $99 knock-offs...
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    Yes, they're profit makers, but the media filters...

    Yes, they're profit makers, but the media filters do an excellent job.

    Dust, dander, pollen and dust mites are proven to be allergens to some people, and there's pretty convincing evidence that...
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    Sorry, but I just don't buy the "fragrance" issue...

    Sorry, but I just don't buy the "fragrance" issue - even if I did, it isn't something you can do much to prevent - if you look closely at some of the "unscented" products you buy, you'll find...
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    Why would the contractor care if the customer...

    Why would the contractor care if the customer knows the cost? People have known for years to the penny what car dealers pay for the product, and using your example - we know how much a steak costs....
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    This is a pretty nasty statement - as a...

    This is a pretty nasty statement - as a businessperson, you always have the opportunity to decline a job - The customer no doubt has family and obligations just like your own - and an equal...
  25. teflon tape... pipe dope... more silly-cone...

    teflon tape... pipe dope... more silly-cone...
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