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    Does Humidity Affect Unit's Ability To Cool

    Does humnidity affect an a/c unit's ability to cool and therefore run times? It's less than 90 degrees but humidity has heat index around 100. A/C (2.5 tons for each floor) has been running three...
  2. washable hogshair vs disposable fiberglass

    Which has a higher MERV rating?

    Saw a washable hogshair filter that claimed MERV 4 (would not have thought it was that high) and was wondering if washable hogshair provided more filtration than...
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    With a strike like this, does it matter if the...

    With a strike like this, does it matter if the unit is on or off?
  4. Thread: Filter Size

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    Its a Bryant 383 upflow 2.5 ton with 10 inch...

    Its a Bryant 383 upflow 2.5 ton with 10 inch ducts. The filter is in a filter grill right before the furnace
  5. Thread: Filter Size

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    Filter Size

    In another thread someone wrote that the smaller a filter is the more you need to worry about restrictive air flow. What's considered a small filter?

    I've got 16x25 and use the cheap blue...
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    # of People Affect AC Ability to Cool?

    Was wondering if the no. of people in a house affect ability of ac to drop temp. My mom had a party with about 15 people this afternoon and downstairs barely got below 80 and the downstairs ac ran...
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    Filters-Dust During Heating vs Cooling

    My filter seems to catch more dust when heating during the winter than cooling during the summer. Is there something about heating that creates more dust or causes the filter to catch more dust?
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    Heat Build Up in House

    If the AC is not being run when it's hot outside (say 85-90 degrees), does opening the windows mitigate heat buildup in the house or cause the house to heat up?

    Have a crazy elderly relative who...
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    Heat Pump Costs Less to Run??

    I have heard that heat pumps cost less to run in areas with moderate winters. Assuming the strips never come on, the heat pump still has to run the condenser to operate doesn't it? If so, shouldn't...
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    are refrigerant lines to inside coil supposed to...

    are refrigerant lines to inside coil supposed to be insulated?
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    would looking at the condensate in the clear...

    would looking at the condensate in the clear plastic tube that drains it away give an idea of the cleanliness of the coil?
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    After reading a lot of posts here, I have pretty...

    After reading a lot of posts here, I have pretty much decided to use the cheap blue fiberglass filters - I know there is a difference of opinion.

    However, I have noticed that the cheap blue...
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    when I first turn on the a/c, if the a/c setting...

    when I first turn on the a/c, if the a/c setting is less than 4 degrees cooler than the temp reading on the thermostat (one of those old fashion dial thermostat), there is a few minutes delay in the...
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    I was wondering if it makes a difference where...

    I was wondering if it makes a difference where the inside coil is located in the air handler.

    Typically I see the that the air flows through the filter, then the blower motor blows it over the...
  15. 54 year old benching 225 - that's pretty good. ...

    54 year old benching 225 - that's pretty good.

    By the way, how much does a air handler weigh? I was wondering if there was any risk of breaking those pull down attic stairs - they look kind of...
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    What's a better placement for the outside...

    What's a better placement for the outside compressor - full sun with with no bushes/trees to restrict air flow or shade from low trees that might limit air flow a little?

    My condenser just sits in...
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    Thanks - so most residential is a split system...

    Thanks - so most residential is a split system correct?
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    I see the term "split system" on posts from time...

    I see the term "split system" on posts from time to time but don't know what it means. Can anyone give a brief explanation - just curious
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    Real interesting discussion. Although there is...

    Real interesting discussion. Although there is some disagreement as to whether whirlybirds are better than electric fans, is there a general consensus that either one is better than those square box...
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    Do those wind powered whirlybird turbines (looks...

    Do those wind powered whirlybird turbines (looks like a mushroom) suck as much air out of the attic as electric powered fans?
  21. I have a two story home and the upstairs is...

    I have a two story home and the upstairs is obviously hotter than the downstairs. Without running a/c, probably a 6-10 degree difference depending on outside temperature - on 85 degree day, the...
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    Thanks for the feedback guys. The furnace is...

    Thanks for the feedback guys. The furnace is located in the basement and that gets humid with our Ga summers
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    I did not bother to call the original installer...

    I did not bother to call the original installer since it had a one year parts warranty (20 on heat exchanger) - it was a Bryant 383 upflow by the way. Don't know what all the tech did since I...
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    Tech came out and replaced the hot surface...

    Tech came out and replaced the hot surface igniter - it had a small crack in it and some white residue where the crack was. The home is only 3 years old. I was wondering if 3 years is typical life...
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    When I turn on my heater, I can hear gas but see...

    When I turn on my heater, I can hear gas but see no flame in the furnace (so I have no heat). Any thoughts?
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    Steve Wiggins said "brick ovens with dark roofs"....

    Steve Wiggins said "brick ovens with dark roofs". Does this mean it's more difficult to cool a brick veneer house than a home with hardiplank or stucco?
  27. udarrell said Compressors are engineered to...

    udarrell said

    Compressors are engineered to pump vapor, NOT liquid refrigerant. If the filter gets too loaded and especially during the night when the outdoor temperature drops, the pressure and...
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    Does exterior material make much difference in...

    Does exterior material make much difference in cooling load? I thought I read somewhere that brick's mass delays the transfer of heat into a building but that brick's mass also causes the brick to...
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    As the weather gets hotter, the ice maker seems...

    As the weather gets hotter, the ice maker seems to make less ice. Why would external temp affect how much ice is made on the inside of the freezer?
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    Should you turn off your a/c when there is...

    Should you turn off your a/c when there is lightning to protect against surges? While everyone I've talked to says lightning poses a threat, some folks have said that lightning is so strong that...
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    I assume you are wanting to insulate the boots to...

    I assume you are wanting to insulate the boots to minimize condensation caused by the boots being in a warm/humid environment. I was wondering how much condensation can one of the these boots...
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    How much of a problem is it if grass clippings...

    How much of a problem is it if grass clippings get caught in the fins of the outside unit?

    I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing when I was mowing and blew a bunch of clippings from the...
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    Any thoughts on which is better? A friend told...

    Any thoughts on which is better?

    A friend told me the single return was more efficient - the only drawback being that if you start closing doors you disrupt airflow to the single return or you...
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    Not really a direct HVAC question but was...

    Not really a direct HVAC question but was wondering what HVAC pros thought about radiant barrier paints on the underside of roof decking - they are supposed to keep attics cooler to create a better...
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    The registers are close to the exterior wall

    The registers are close to the exterior wall
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    Not really a question - just a comment. ...

    Not really a question - just a comment.

    Irascible mentioned in another thread possible effect computers might have on a/c. Before coming to this website, I never would have thought that your avg...
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    If aiming the air registers inward better mixes...

    If aiming the air registers inward better mixes the air and avoids stratification, would the same rationale regarding better air mixing/avoiding stratification apply in the winter or would feeling...
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    In these parts (GA), most 2 story homes have...

    In these parts (GA), most 2 story homes have separate systems for first floor and second floor. The a/c for the first floor is in the basement and the a/c for the second floor is in the attic....
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    The air registers in my ceiling point toward the...

    The air registers in my ceiling point toward the exterior wall. Is this the correct direction?

    It seems like it would feel cooler if the registers were aimed toward the center of the room>
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    BTW - I do have floor returns on the first floor...

    BTW - I do have floor returns on the first floor but it's mostly wood floors (don't know if that increases or decreases dirt into the system but a few of the return grills have dust on them)....
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    Thanks for all the replies. Had a thought -...

    Thanks for all the replies.

    Had a thought - what exactly (or roughly) equals "one month" in filter usage time. Is it 30 days x 24 hours?

    I just realized we have had a mild May/June here in Ga...
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    How dirty should a filter be when it's changed -...

    How dirty should a filter be when it's changed - I change every 2-3 months?

    I use the cheap blue disposable fiberglass filters and there are a few very small dustballs on the filters but...
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