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    Here's and updated, for anyone interested. We...

    Here's and updated, for anyone interested. We just came through a week or so of low teens, ice, wind and snow. I couldn't be happier. You never know the furnace is running, but for when it's...
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    Here's a good CO2 story!

    Several years ago I took the wife and 1yr old son on a fishing trip to MI with some friends of ours. The cabin we had was less than comfortable, which I didn't expect, but the Mrs. has never let me...
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    Thanks Loonie! Do you use any type of screen...

    Thanks Loonie! Do you use any type of screen over the vent ends? Why or why not? Happy New Year!
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    Thanks. Great idea on the T. Have you ever seen...

    Thanks. Great idea on the T. Have you ever seen a problem with condensation freezing on the screen on the exhaust and blocking it off? Or, is the exhaust heat sufficient to melt it fast enough...
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    Sounds like I should add; the wall this comes...

    Sounds like I should add; the wall this comes out on is the very bottom of two stories. There are no windows, doors or walkways near by. It exits in the rear of a landscaping bed. There is a...
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    Correct Venting?

    On my new furnace the intake and exhaust vents are run out the side of the house. Two separate, 2" pipes, set side by side. The intake has a 90 down turn, just a few inches from the wall. The...
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    I had the same question. If I'm following...

    I had the same question. If I'm following everyone's suggestions here, a few degrees variation in a daily T-stat program does not have a significant effect on efficiency (fuel usage). I suspect...
  8. Oops - double post, disregard

    Couldn't find a way to delete this or I would have. Sorry!
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    The added cost is significant. Considering my...

    The added cost is significant. Considering my system is now some 30% more efficient than the old, plus only seems to be running on 1st stage most of the time on top of that, the time it would have...
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    No reason to rush an important decision,...

    No reason to rush an important decision, especially when there is so much to learn about! Plus, I've had quite a bit of fun learning about heat & AC. So far, I really love the furnace. It's really...
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    Yes. It started around 32% and after about 3...

    Yes. It started around 32% and after about 3 days it's up to 42% (but, it's been raining today).
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    New TempStar VS90 & 14 SEER AC

    Well, here it is. With all the research and advice from this site, I ended up with a TempStar VS90 and 14 SEER A/C. I also added an Aprilaire 2200 filter and Aprilaire 600 humidifier with digital...
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    I feel qualified to respond here, as a customer. ...

    I feel qualified to respond here, as a customer. My new TempStar goes in tomorrow. How'd I get there? Simple; quality product, with a great warranty, at a good price from a contractor I trust. ...
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    I’m trying hard to respect the no pricing rule...

    I’m trying hard to respect the no pricing rule also. The bottom line is I have a quote for a 'top of the line' VS90 T* with humidifier, upgraded filter, all the new 'stuff' that needs to go with it...
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    I'm curious why you're pushing the mod so much? ...

    I'm curious why you're pushing the mod so much? Agreed, it has the added benefit of the fully modulated burner, but other than that the Tempstar seems to stack up well to it. Thus, I'm having a...
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    The biggest reason was because I didn't like the...

    The biggest reason was because I didn't like the Rheem contractor as well. He was obviously knowledgeable, but not very friendly. I called him twice after receiving his quote with some questions...
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    Thanks for the honest opinion. I've been from...

    Thanks for the honest opinion. I've been from Rheem, to Bryant, to Carrier to Tempstar. All have great products (I really like the Rheem mod), which has made the selection very difficult. This...
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    Tempstar vs. Carrier?????

    Comparing ‘high-AFUE' furnace (e.g.: Tempstar VS90, two stage, variable blower) and 14 SEER A/C. Tempstar vs. Carrier. I know both are owned by the same parent company. I have heard they use many...
  19. Do I set the T-Stat fan switch to "ON"?

    Tempstar VS90, two stage gas, variable speed blower. With the T-stat set to "auto", the blower will only run when heat or cool is called for? If so, is the variable speed blower doing anything but...
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    How much does the AA 400 use?

    How much does the AA 400 use?
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    What do you consider "a lot"? Is there some sort...

    What do you consider "a lot"? Is there some sort of 'amount per hour' they are supposed to use?
  22. What about the 'continuous' blower feature. Is...

    What about the 'continuous' blower feature. Is that an automatic function of the furnace? Do you know how it works? Thanks for your comments!
  23. Tempstar VS90 Blower True Variable Speed?

    Model #: T9MPV075. This is a two stage gas valve with a 'variable speed' blower. I have found some companies use the term 'variable speed', when they are really just a two stage blower. I'm having...
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    Is a Rheem Mod 'temperamental'?

    I've been very impressed with what I have read on Rheem's mod system. I've obtained four quotes to replace my furnace and A/C and have been leaning toward the mod. Two are Rheem dealers, one of...
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    Amazing how some see only black and white, with...

    Amazing how some see only black and white, with no shades of gray! In a perfect world, in a particular climate, with a perfect install, sure, there's a difference.
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    Difference between 13 & 15 is negligible. The...

    Difference between 13 & 15 is negligible. The contractor is EVERYTHING. Go with the experience. No debate about it.
  27. Ok to run a 2 stage A/C just on 2nd stage?

    Still trying to decide what type of system to install and how to pay for it. The latter being the most difficult. Rheem's mod looks awesome and if $ wasn't a concern, I'd have it in tomorrow. ...
  28. why replace my furnace when there is nothing...

    why replace my furnace when there is nothing wrong with it? It has another good 5 -10 years left in it.
  29. The heat pump quote I have shows a 'cased evap...

    The heat pump quote I have shows a 'cased evap coil' and a line set. Will this make it work?
  30. Now, my old furnace is just a standard...

    Now, my old furnace is just a standard blower....no variable speed. Will this greatly impact how well a heat pump will perform when coupled to my existing furnace? And/or will this cause my blower...
  31. I'd be interested to hear what you think about...

    I'd be interested to hear what you think about the heat output. How does it compare to a 'normal' gas furnace? I had a heat pump about 10 years ago and recall it was always 'drafty'. I hear the...
  32. Heat Pump Work With My Existing Gas Furnace?

    My existing AC is shot, but the furnace is in good shape. Thought a heat pump would be a good move and I could always replace the furnace 5 or so years down the road if/when needed? May not be as...
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    I'm just about to have the same system installed,...

    I'm just about to have the same system installed, just a step up in size. Outside of your wiring problem, I'd be interested to know how you like the system and if it performs as as advertised? Good...
  34. Ohhhhh! I understand now. Thanks again!

    Ohhhhh! I understand now. Thanks again!
  35. Doc, my basement is unfinished and only has two...

    Doc, my basement is unfinished and only has two vents going into it (I keep one closed). Would I be getting an accurate humidity reading if the humidistat is located down there on the return? ...
  36. Thanks, Doc. Should I consider using a different...

    Thanks, Doc. Should I consider using a different thermostat with a humidistat function?
  37. Rheem Modd Thermostat Control Humidity?

    I'm having a Rheem mod furnace installed, plus a humidifier (did not have a humidfier before). My installer suggested I would have a separate humidistat. Doesn't Rheem's modulating, touch screen...
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    That's cool! I hadn't found that before. Seeing...

    That's cool! I hadn't found that before. Seeing the numbers or a bar graph is one thing. It's nice to actually hear a difference.
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    Thanks, all. My old Bryant was pretty much their...

    Thanks, all. My old Bryant was pretty much their basic at the time. Never any problems with it, but I'm sure it's efficiency is low. In any event, I'll make sure to have the load calc done. ...
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    Correct btu?

    I know a lot goes into furnace sizing. That said, I'm replacing a 17yr old,
    100,000 btu Bryant. It's probably 70% - 75% efficient. My home is two floors, about 2,400 sqft. I live in Cincinnati,...
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    I have a Rheem modulating going in the week after...

    I have a Rheem modulating going in the week after Thanksgiving. Quite was one of my concerns as well. I think Rheem will do well. I'll write a post to let you know.
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    Here's a web page that shows the db lebel for a...

    Here's a web page that shows the db lebel for a Rheem Prestige modulating furnace; http://www.rheemac.com/popup_ModSoundChart.htm
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    Unit is model RAPL036JEZ. Any specific comments...

    Unit is model RAPL036JEZ. Any specific comments as to how 'quite' this one will be? Thanks to everyone for your advise!
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    How 'quiet' is a Rheem A/C?

    Rheem claims their furnace is among the quietest, which I tend to agree with. How about their outside A/C units? Anyone have an opinion as to how Rheem compares in A/C operation noise to others,...
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    Blower To Big???

    I have a two story, 17yr old home w/unfinished basement. W/out basement home is 2400 sqft. With a variable speed blower, is a 5 ton to big??
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    Thanks you all. I'm convinced. New lineset it...

    Thanks you all. I'm convinced. New lineset it is.
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    Thanks. Why?...It's much less expensive for the...

    Thanks. Why?...It's much less expensive for the R22 unit and I'm one that believes R22 will still be readily and reasonably available for at least the life of this new unit. It's my understanding...
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    The installer I was leaning toward suggested...

    The installer I was leaning toward suggested keeping the old lineset. It just seemed odd to replace everything else but not that. But, I guess it makes sense that copper does not wear out. As for...
  49. The thermostat setting/program is the key. A...

    The thermostat setting/program is the key. A good installer will set it up correctly, which will make it a very comfortable system and more efficient than a single stage gas. I don't know the...
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    Do you have to replace the lineset?

    If replacing a 17yr old AC with a new one, 14SEER with R22, is it okay to keep the old lineset?
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