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    Don't have any map handy but from memory the...

    Don't have any map handy but from memory the convention center is at 11th and Arch st. So to get to the Bell and Independence Hall you would walk south 2 blocks to Chestnut st. Turn left and walk...
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    Welcome to Philadelphia!

    Not sure where to post this message but I live in Downtown Philadelphia and want to extend a welcome to all that will be attending the Comfortech convention. In addition to the convention I hope you...
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    Yeah but I am sure the units would be shut off...

    Yeah but I am sure the units would be shut off during these periods that the temp was over 100F so It would get noticed.

    In those days my unit was off for about 30 minutes,an hour(before it...
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    Service is generally good. Where I live all of...

    Service is generally good. Where I live all of the lines run underground so not really a problem with lighting strikes or wind, however I am in downtown Philadelphia, outlying areas sometimes do...
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    Yeah I live in the PECO Energy territory which is...

    Yeah I live in the PECO Energy territory which is southeast Pa.

    I am curious to know how this smart saver is working out. Yesterday It was 105F(103F official at the airport) with a heat index...
  6. Thread: Steam heat?

    by jerrod6
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    In my early years my parents house had steam...

    In my early years my parents house had steam heat. Slightly different because we didn't have a boiler; the steam was delivered to the house from the steam generation plant via underground pipes. I...
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    Here is an update found in the local newspaper today

    Todayís Philadelphia Inquirer states that PECO, as required by the deregulating law, is phasing out the discounts for electric heating and off-peak water heating. They will be cut in half by at the...
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    Since PECO is delivering my electricity and I am...

    Since PECO is delivering my electricity and I am buying it from an alternate supplier I don't care if PECO has to buy power from other companies; this idea is helping THEM NOT ME.

    As it is PECO...
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    Well today I received a letter from PECO...

    Well today I received a letter from PECO describing the Smart AC saver and the information again talks about installing a device next to the AC electric disconnect switch so I guess they are trying...
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    Nope I was wrong. I just checked the web site...

    Nope I was wrong. I just checked the web site and it says that PECO will install a new thermostat that will cause the system to go into conservation mode - not sure what that is, but this is a bit...
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    I am home all day and I don't think I want...

    I am home all day and I don't think I want someone else deciding when to turning my unit off unless I tell them to. It is supposed to happen at peak times which probably means it will occur on the...
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    Rustwood Any updates about this? How did...

    Rustwood

    Any updates about this? How did this turn out?
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    Tried continuous fan during summer several years ago and.....

    Didn't like it. I'm in Pennsylvania not Florida.

    What I found was that the compressor cycles per hours were less..The compressor didn't run as many times an hour...so I guess this would save...
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    My reasons

    I understand the attraction. Here is why I donít want the smart controller installed and why I donít want PECO or my gas utility touching my equipment:

    I have been able to control my units ...
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    I received the brochure concerning this, but I...

    I received the brochure concerning this, but I see on the web link that they are offering up to $120 if you participate for one year and have a qualifying unit. Not sure what the phase "up to"...
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    non pro homeowner - guess

    I have a two stage gas furnace which replaced a one stage unit(installed in 1963) in 2002.

    I haven't done any analysis on gas usage vs the old unit, but can say that this new unit moves more air...
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    There is talk of heat pumps and natural gas. ...

    There is talk of heat pumps and natural gas. What of natural gas with two stages? I ask because if my setback is more than 1 degree, 2nd stage will be used for at least 45 minutes of the recovery. ...
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    PECO is owned by the Excelon Corp. I have been...

    PECO is owned by the Excelon Corp. I have been to some of the Excelon web sites and see that some of their companies have the ability to charge different rates by the hour. I expect that PECO...
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    Sixty five a month? You must be using under...

    Sixty five a month? You must be using under 500kwh. My highest AC bill last summer was 1,425 kwh for $242.....but the house was hot at 80F.

    I get the point that being able to switch back and...
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    Part of what concerns me is that they will...

    Part of what concerns me is that they will change the rate every quarter. The other thing that concerns me is that it is not just the electric generation rate that we need to be concerned with. ...
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    Yeah builders want to do everything on the cheap,...

    Yeah builders want to do everything on the cheap, but I agree that a hp with gas backup might be the thing to do which is why I was thinking about doing it since I have natural gas. With the little...
  22. I am not expert on anything HVAC related. My...

    I am not expert on anything HVAC related. My impression was that the baseboard created convection which sucked air up from the floor into the unit, heated it, and the hot air escaped from the top. ...
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    I wrote a reply last night but can't find it on...

    I wrote a reply last night but can't find it on the site now but anyway. The constant run I was referring to would happen when the temp was in the teens and single digits. The heat pump would run...
  24. The more I read and hear about forced air systems...

    The more I read and hear about forced air systems the more I wish I just had the zoned baseboard hotwater system I grew up with. We didn't need to worry about any of this, no wondering about return...
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    I have had heat pumps in two prior residences and...

    I have had heat pumps in two prior residences and where comfortable with them even as they ran almost continuously, however we had the special rate. Running constantly at the standard 9 cents to...
  26. I read this linked document. I have a house that...

    I read this linked document. I have a house that has returns in every room except the kitchen and bathrooms and returns in the hallways on each floor. This document is recommending a central return...
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    From their recommendations: "The use of rigid,...

    From their recommendations: "The use of rigid, metal ducting restricts air movement less than flex ducting." What? I thought it was the other way around and that flex ducting might restrict air...
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    I received literature from my electric utility...

    I received literature from my electric utility describing their device. It gets installed outside next to the AC or heatpump unit. They use the device to turn your unit on and off and say that you...
  29. I am glad I don't live within your code range. ...

    I am glad I don't live within your code range. If I choose to have 78F inside during the summer and 65F in the winter fine, but I don't want an entity that is not going to live with me and has no...
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    I would call your tech service company and tell...

    I would call your tech service company and tell them what you want. If they seem clueless I would call another until you find a pro that can explain how they are going to configure what you want to...
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    Does this new code requirement alter how furnance...

    Does this new code requirement alter how furnance sizing will be done? How would you account for this introduction of air, colder than normal room return air, into the system?
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    The transision rate is from the last time we had...

    The transision rate is from the last time we had energy deregulation in the early 2000's. PECO was allowed to charge this to "make up from their lost" due to electric choice. Last time our electric...
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    Just to confirm. I received my PECO bill...

    Just to confirm. I received my PECO bill generated on November 29, covering the period from October 26, to November 26. The electric generation rate did indeed increase. It went from .06980 to...
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    R? What is R?

    R? What is R?
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    I would check out the trane web site. There is a...

    I would check out the trane web site. There is a tcont900 series with a blue screen, that can be used over the internet/cell phone, but you probably need the trane comfortlink system.
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    Just learned that my utility is lowering the gas...

    Just learned that my utility is lowering the gas rate by 10 cents per ccf due to the economy and demand. The rate is still higher comparied to others, but 10 cents is 10 cents.

    I also found a...
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    Thanks Yes this is what I was thinking about. I...

    Thanks Yes this is what I was thinking about. I guess I put my current system in heating standard along with the cost, although it says cents/therm. Not sure it does dollars and cents. Then I select...
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    I have NG service and use it to heat the house,...

    I have NG service and use it to heat the house, hot water, dry clothes and have a gas cooktop/electric oven. I was thinking of replacing the Ac with a heat pump and using the gas furance as backup,...
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    You have a point. I was around during the time...

    You have a point. I was around during the time our 2 nuclear plants were constructed in the 1980ís. Up until then our rates were steady each year but as soon as Plant 1 began construction we faced...
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    I've been thinking about switching to dual fuel...

    I've been thinking about switching to dual fuel HP/gas backup and have looked at the price to compare chart. I went to the PECO web site and see that they have a new rate filling effective November...
  41. Probably true unless your admin, transmission,...

    Probably true unless your admin, transmission, and other fees are billed per kwh and cost more after you use over 500kwh - like mine are.
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    My homeowners experience: I have a 3 story...

    My homeowners experience:

    I have a 3 story house with 1 system. Not ideal but thatís what I have. Most supplies are in the floor, except for two which direct air from opposite sides of the room...
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    Inches not feet.

    Yeah I meant 649 sq inches not feet.
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    I have a quick question. I have a 3 ton AC with...

    I have a quick question. I have a 3 ton AC with an EAC mounted in the final return duct just before the furnance blower. After reading this thread I removed the grills from my returns, measured...
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    Just remember that just because we live in Philly...

    Just remember that just because we live in Philly and east, doesn't mean that we might not have grown up in or around the east of Coatesville parts. So we might know all about that slow you talk...
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    GE Geospring heatpump water heater

    Anyone have thoughts about this water heater found at the GE web site. It is electric but has a heat pump componet. It would pull the heat out of the surrounding air.

    Better than electric if...
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    I know something will be possible, but there is...

    I know something will be possible, but there is the COST and the fact that the outside brick structure of my chimney is shared by the house next to it, the flue is not, but the the brick structure...
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    I had a laugh but seriously I cannot run a vent...

    I had a laugh but seriously I cannot run a vent pipe up the front of my house or do anything else to the front of it unless it gets approved by the historic commision which has pictures of every...
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    So what are folks whose construction and design...

    So what are folks whose construction and design will not meet current condensing venting codes supposed to do after 2013? In my case the ONLY way to vent a condensing appliance is venting over a...
  50. Thread: FACIAL HAIR

    by jerrod6
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    Poll: Hmm.... I don't care what you look like. You...

    Hmm.... I don't care what you look like. You could be green or purple, hairy or clean shaven man or women or whatever you think you are...Who cares?...just do a professional job.
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