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    Oversizing with a mod. furnace

    I have an old house that I am not sure of the state of the insulation. All the contractors in my area are unwilling to do a manual J without paying extra. I am pulling a boiler and radiator system so...
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    Yeah everyone I contacted has basically said...

    Yeah everyone I contacted has basically said "I'll do it but you are going to pay for it"

    All the contractors will know what mastic is right? Is that a brand or actual product name?
    Was the...
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    Sealing Ductwork

    I am about to install a forced air system into my old home in Minnesota. I intend on living in this him for a very long time and don't want my contractors to cut any corners on my ductwork. What...
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    Split Geo Thermal units

    Looking at a GeoComfort split unit. I know that it can be combined with a gas furnace as the air handler. My question is can they be combined with any gas furnace? Does the quality and efficency of...
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    As far as witch contractor is right or not in...

    As far as witch contractor is right or not in their size differences is there any way for me to figure out? They both seem professional and were concerned with getting everything sized right. yet...
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    Had 2 contractors get back to me today. Their...

    Had 2 contractors get back to me today. Their plans on the second level of my house that I plan to have be a seperate zonbe from the main level differed and I am unsure who is correct. They both...
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    Old Cast Radiators? To the scrap yard?

    I am pulling old cast radiators that were to my knowledge in working order. Typically they are not worth any more than scrap metal to anyone are they? Worth a call to some architecural antique shops...
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    What is the best free or low cost software for...

    What is the best free or low cost software for homeowners to calculate duct work sizing? Wish so many active professionals disagreeing I am getting a little nervous about the ocntractors in my area....
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    hmm.... you guys are talking about gaps under...

    hmm.... you guys are talking about gaps under doors being important.

    I guess I probably under valued the 10 inch transoms above the doors. They prolly help a lot then. If there are functioning...
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    I'm lost... so are my contractors correct that it...

    I'm lost... so are my contractors correct that it is not worth all the labor to try to get returns into the walls and I should just go in the in the floor for the main level and attic for the second...
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    Whats "pass through" and "Jumper"? Are returns...

    Whats "pass through" and "Jumper"?

    Are returns more a comfort thing or system running well(less problems, more efficent?

    So if they give me the option of "fishing" returns up the walls from the...
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    Where should returns go?

    I don't know anything about returns and where they should be ideally. I am adding a forced air system to a 1914 house. All contractos have the same plan for supplies. The are going to run from the...
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    I thought I stummbled about GeoComfort making...

    I thought I stummbled about GeoComfort making some sort of geo unit that had a radiator or some sort of ductless system. Google their website, you might come up with something.
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    Minnesota, yes I have street gas.

    Minnesota, yes I have street gas.
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    I see what you saying....no, I am not like that...

    I see what you saying....no, I am not like that if I put in a partial system it would actually get done.

    however since my posts this morning I have ran this idea by my geo guy and he confirmed...
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    So you are saying my total cost of: #1: Buying...

    So you are saying my total cost of:

    #1: Buying a a furance now using it for 2 years and doing a full geo install with loop

    will be cheaper than

    #2:Buying air handler and heating coil or...
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    Who manufactures geo units with electric heaters?...

    Who manufactures geo units with electric heaters? I am struggling to find any products that could work for that kind of application. What is the price of a geo unit (with no loop installed) compared...
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    Just to clarify, in addition to being the...

    Just to clarify, in addition to being the cheapest to install immediatley, it would cut down on geo install later since I would already have the air handler in place. Also I would have the electric...
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    Is there anywhere I can figure out ball park...

    Is there anywhere I can figure out ball park prices on these pieces of equipment because everything is relative to money in reality. If I weren't I would get the best most effecient system no...
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    Maybe I don't understand enough to realize this...

    Maybe I don't understand enough to realize this is really dumb but here goes.......

    If I would like to install geo but just can't afford it right now doesn't it seems silly to spend the eqivilant...
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    Long story short there is no way to purchase any...

    Long story short there is no way to purchase any equipment to heat a house for a couple years that won't be junk or at best used as the aux heat source for geo?

    So would be be wise to consider a...
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    Thanks,yeah I am unsure how this stuff works and...

    Thanks,yeah I am unsure how this stuff works and appreciate you guys dumbing down to explain how it all works; however I am still a little cloudy.

    I understand I will be wasting money if I go with...
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    Not sure what my heat loss will be but I am in...

    Not sure what my heat loss will be but I am in Minnesota in a 1914, 1600 sq ft house so I guess my intuition is telling me that if anyone needs supplemental heat it would be me.

    If I I do not need...
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    If I am fine with waiting for budget to permitt...

    If I am fine with waiting for budget to permitt it seems like it would be worth waiting an extra year for Geo thermal.

    Am I understanding geo right, in that it eliminates the need for central air...
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    How are the effeciancies of air to heat compared...

    How are the effeciancies of air to heat compared to Geo? How expensive are air to heat units? Can Air to heat be added after a regular furnace?

    I am aware that for the price of a geo and wells I...
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    alright now a crash course in heat pumps......I...

    alright now a crash course in heat pumps......I have no clue about them.

    When you say "heat pump" are you talking only about a geo thermal heat pump witch I understand can get over %300 efficency...
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    Alright, so now I am learning about modulating...

    Alright, so now I am learning about modulating furnaces and like what I hear. Any recomendations or pieces of advice?

    Could someone outline what the dream hvac system would be? Also tell me about...
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    Yeah, we'll see I guess. The pointing fingers...

    Yeah, we'll see I guess. The pointing fingers isn't good.

    Maybe I will see if am/st can set it up for multi zone and wait on the Motorized zone dampers. I still think I would have to downgrade in...
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    Alrighty, this should be interesting. Prolly...

    Alrighty, this should be interesting. Prolly gonna get two contracors hating me tomorrow. If am/st designs, is Carrier/Payne okay to install electronic dampers or is installation of those something...
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    I think I will do that..... If I have...

    I think I will do that..... If I have payne/Carrier #2 install manual dampers like he said he would if I wanted, does that mean it would be set up for am/ st guy to put in thermostat controlled...
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    I will be refinishing the existing myself....

    I will be refinishing the existing myself. Baseboard is about 10 inches, crown is about 8 inches.
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    Would I benefit from going with manual dampers...

    Would I benefit from going with manual dampers from #2 payne/Carrier and having Am. Standard guy do the motorized dampers down the road if I cannot afford to have him do my whole install? Or should I...
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    Actually #2 did say that.... He is a real...

    Actually #2 did say that.... He is a real straight shooter. He is very candid about the fact that he has little parts on hand but outlines that is why he is so much cheaper.


    About picking the...
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    Thats my concern, I read on hear about people...

    Thats my concern, I read on hear about people doing it wrong and american standard guy basically saying if people don't recomend it, it is because they don't know how to do it.

    Problem is I have...
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    My next question is how hard is it to get a multi...

    My next question is how hard is it to get a multi zone system right? I have hired Carrier/Payne #2 as a plumber before and like him.

    He is honest and his labor rate is Much Cheaper than the...
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    I might be mistaken but I think that contractor...

    I might be mistaken but I think that contractor was getting at that he feels at a minimum the upper level and main level should have seperate trunks all the way to the basement that can handle the...
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    multi zoning

    My contractos are all over the place when I ask them about multi zoning duct work in an old house that is getting its first forced air system. Here is what they had to say. Who do I listen to?
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    New HVAC, planning for geo.

    I am pulling a boiler and radiator system and replacing it with a forced air system. I am interested in a geothermal heat pump down the road but have many other projects we want to do first.

    What...
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    What do you guys think about going with a multi...

    What do you guys think about going with a multi zone set up for the duct work and getting a cheaper, lower quality furnace to hold us over for a few years while we save for a geothermal heat pump and...
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    Help Guide me, New HVAC in Old house

    I am about to purchase an Old (1914) Brick and Stucco House in Minnesota. Before we move in, I will be Tearing out the Radiators and Boiler and installing a Forced Air System. This is a house we will...
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