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    Heat pump confusion

    I live in NE Ohio and we had a heat pump installed outside last March. I understand that colder it gets, heat pumps don't work so well. I am now really seeing that.

    January ave tem around here...
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    No the electrician did not verify the meter...

    No the electrician did not verify the meter compared to the amps we were getting. I wish we would have done that. But at that time, the new meter was just installed, I did not know it then. It...
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    [ I only have four 60" plasmas TV's each with a...

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    I only have four 60" plasmas TV's each with a 300 watt Bose system, 500' of track lighting and 100 recessed lights, A giant built in refrigerator, a hot tub, and 800 sqft of window area. just...
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    slice Can I ask what else you did to improve...

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    Can I ask what else you did to improve your effeciency of your house, besides the ICF.

    we had done a number of things: Besides high effeciency heat pump/furnace and appliances, almost...
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    I find it hard to believe that the techs dont...

    I find it hard to believe that the techs dont have cell phones.......or a number at the office where they can be reached. Any other business you can reach a tech at work or in the field.
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    T.E.D. or EM 2500, or any others

    Do any of you monitor your whole house electricity usage?

    I have found a couple that look very interesting:

    T.E.D (The energy detective) and EM 2500. If you have these or any other, what do...
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    electricity

    Thanks for the responses to my question. I have been very busy checking, again, all of the appliances and amps they are giving off. I cannot find anything abnormal

    Like I said before first 24...
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    Electrical overload

    Just moved into new ICF home 3400sq ft NE Ohio. I spent a great deal of time and money investing in energy effeciency: besides ICF Walls, all CF lights, skim coat in attic under R45 cellusose, all...
  9. Thread: Flex tubing

    by gonefishin
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    Flex tubing

    The industry standard is to install flex tubing from the bath fans to vent outside. Have you seen that this tubing causes a serius decline in CFM's from the bath fan. What I have been told is that...
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    ?? What do you hope to gain with 1/4" sterofoam?...

    ?? What do you hope to gain with 1/4" sterofoam?


    Our house has house wrap on the 3 2nd floor 2 x 6 walls. The wrap just reduces air flow and prevents moisture it does not do anything for...
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    Fanfold foam board

    Have you installed the fanfold (50 foot) extruded styrofoam on exterior of a house? I have a secion of 2 x 6 wall that I would like to put up the fanfold (before the siding). This board is only...
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    ICF adhesive/glue when drywalling

    Do you recommend the drywall glued to an ICF wall? Assuming there is no code for this, why would it be glued? If so what kind of glue is used?
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    Forgot to add the Fantech HVI certified/rated to...

    Forgot to add the Fantech HVI certified/rated to my list of possible HRV's.

    What do you think?
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    Newaire vs. Honeywell HRV

    Have any of you used/installed the Newaire HRV or a Honeywell HRV? We are building an ICF home in NE OHIO and our options include one or the other. Just wondering if you have had any luck good or...
  15. HRV vs Honeywell Y8150 house ventilation system

    This is my dilemma. We have built an ICF house with 3400 sq feet.

    I currently have planned for an HRV unit but the HVAC installer recommends saving some money and using the Honeywell Fresh Air...
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    This is also my dilemma. We have built an ICF...

    This is also my dilemma. We have built an ICF house with 3400 sq feet. I currently have planned for an HRV unit but the HVAC installer recommends saving some money and using the Honeywell Fresh Air...
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    Nudura vs. Reward wall ICF

    Have any of you delt with Nudura or Reward Wall ICF systems?

    I am having a hard time in figuring out which might be a better product. I have seen both in buildings but I wanted to know if one is...
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    [QUOTE=beenthere;1941217]No. A 2 stage unit...

    [QUOTE=beenthere;1941217]No.

    A 2 stage unit provides little payback. But does increase comfort greatly.
    If you look only at performance numbers, you may inadvertantly pass up on comfort.


    I...
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    [QUOTE=beenthere;1940997][/B] Ok.... are...

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    Ok.... are you saying the same thing applies with Heat pumps? A higher SEER/HSPF rating is great for efficiency but is worse on comfort?
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    [QUOTE=knott;1940581]where im at theres only a 40...

    [QUOTE=knott;1940581]where im at theres only a 40 dollar savings between 13 and 14 seer units in the cooling mode. i say have someone due the calculations in your area about how much you can save...
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    [QUOTE=gary_g;1938756]In a 3-ton size, the 14...

    [QUOTE=gary_g;1938756]In a 3-ton size, the 14 SEER GSH Goodman heat pump has a much higher HSPF and btu output than the 13 SEER, especially at the 17F rating (almost 5000 btu more). The 14 (in R-22)...
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    For additional features and the best value for...

    For additional features and the best value for the money for an area like Ohio, I do agree that the Goodman 14 Seer GSH14042-1 would be a good choice.

    thank you I am looking into that now.
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    13 SEER, or higher

    Why would some recommend a higher SEER rating? I live in NE Ohio and we are looking at putting in a Goodman electric furnace with an add on heat pump at 13 SEER. (3.5) ton.

    A number of people...
  24. Thread: ICF advice

    by gonefishin
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    Sorry, I wasnt thinking when I wrote this. Are...

    Sorry, I wasnt thinking when I wrote this. Are all ground source heat pumps considered Geothermal? I have done considerable research and pricing into what would be a good fit. However, the ICF and...
  25. Thread: ICF advice

    by gonefishin
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    [QUOTE=hangfirew8;1937166]Bathroom fans are made...

    [QUOTE=hangfirew8;1937166]Bathroom fans are made noisy on purpose. They are supposed to cover the sounds of what you are doing in there. I would not recommend a quiet fan in the ground floor toilet...
  26. Thread: ICF advice

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    Yes the New Aire is the heat/air exchanger. I...

    Yes the New Aire is the heat/air exchanger. I will have this installed for sure. The advice was to switch out the regular bathroom fan with the Panasonic Whisper fan. I just wanted to know if...
  27. Thread: ICF advice

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    I am not sure what a ground source heat pump is,...

    I am not sure what a ground source heat pump is, yet. Do you have any brands/models that you like?

    thanks
  28. Thread: ICF advice

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    Why is a 13 SEER a bad choice? The HVAC guy...

    Why is a 13 SEER a bad choice? The HVAC guy said that a 16 seer would be way too expensive and I would not recoup the money for 20 years (NE ohio) Again, my energy guy also recommends a 16 SEER. ...
  29. Thread: ICF advice

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    ICF advice

    We have decided to buld an ICF home here in NE Ohio. approx 3600 sq feet.

    I have become very obsessed in making the house very energy effecient and tight. ICF exterior walls, R-49 blown...
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    [QUOTE=energy_rater_La;1923068]have you checked...

    [QUOTE=energy_rater_La;1923068]have you checked into SIPS building?
    IMO this is by far the more superior building system.
    SIPS panels are osb on both sides with foam sandwiched between.
    No thermal...
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    ICF

    I made another post today. I am interested in the ICF reward wall system. The people I spoke with today use this and they do use a heat/air exchanger near the furnace to circulate outside air. I...
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    ICF- "Reward Wall system"

    In looking at many of your excellent suggestions from my last post-"energy effeciency", I did speak with an energy advisor and he speaks very highly of ICF (insulated concrete) in making a home more...
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    Excellent point. I have spent a great deal of...

    Excellent point. I have spent a great deal of time researching and checking on both our builder and the company installing the geothermal. I do not have concerns with the quality of their work. I...
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    I agree. I believe that the construction will be...

    I agree. I believe that the construction will be very well done. The builder has an excellent reputation.

    We are deciding on Jeld-Wen vinyl low e windows or Anderson 200's. Do you have a...
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    No, we have spent over a year checking out...

    No, we have spent over a year checking out builders and found one who is highly praised. I have seen a number of his new construction houses and I dont have any concerns with the tighness of the...
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    How would you recommend R10 in the basement? ...

    How would you recommend R10 in the basement? What material for the walls?


    I will look at the natresnet.org site and talk with someone there.
    Thank you for your reply.
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    Energy effeciency of new home

    WE are building a 3500 sq foot home in Ohio. Front door faces east Back door faces West and sits on a hill.

    I have been talking to reps from Low-E to find ways to lower our utility bills when...
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    installing geothermal

    we have been working with a very good builder on the constructio of our home. I have also done a ton of research in finding the best installers for geothermal in our area. the same name has come up...
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    I am sure many of the newer units are using the...

    I am sure many of the newer units are using the environmentally friendly 410A antifreeze. if it leaks it is biodegradable and does not harm the soil. The field loops we are going to have installed...
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    we live in ne ohio. Hopefully we will be...

    we live in ne ohio. Hopefully we will be building this spring. After looking at tons of opinions and many, many hours spent researching. We will have a 6 ton Envision installed in our new house. ...
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    Consumer reports: windows

    Still deciding which windows to put into a new house. I wanted to know what you thought of consumer reports.

    CR rates the highest Cladwood window as the Marvin Clad Ultimate and the next 8 that...
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    Consumer reports: windows

    I have read a great deal of good advice you have on windows. Consumer reports rates the top 10 windows as all wood with Marvin Clad Ultimate first.
    at 11 through 20 are the vinyl windows. Highest...
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    Vinyl windows vs Wood

    We are building a house in NE Ohio this spring. I would like to know what you think of Jeld Wen all vinyl windows compared to Andersen 200 wood windows. I know the vinyls are cheaper but do they...
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    Stronger: beam/wood

    Ok,

    I think I asked the wrong question. I just would like to know which is a stronger component structurally- Metal I Beam or compressed wood.

    One builder says that he believes compressed...
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    Metal beams vs. compressed wood

    In our search for a builder we have narrowed it down to two. We are putting in geothermal for our heating/cooling and both will do a good job. However one builder recommends the Metal I beam...
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    Envision with dedicated hot water

    The waterfurnace Envision has a dedicated hot water unit that is 3-4 times the efficiency of an ordinary water heater.

    Is this unit worth the price to cover the cost of an 80 gallon tank with...
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    geotherm diagram/picture

    Do any of you have links to pictures of a geothermal set up:

    I a looking for a 6 ton unit- prefer the Envision

    with the 80 gallon tank and including a buffer tank.

    I would like to see what...
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    For Geodude:

    Geo:


    You mentioned I should have a second water tank installed for a buffer for the desuper heater circuit. Our builder has plans for an 80 gallon tank, would a second tank be needed, why or...
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    Next step

    Thank you for your advice on the Climatemaster and the Envision.

    Now for the harder part. The builder we are working with has his subcontracting company install the HVAC-including the geothermal....
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    Choosing Geothermal units

    We are planning on building a 3500 sq ft home this spring in ne ohio.

    I have done considerable research on geothermal units and I wanted to know
    what some of you think.

    I like the Waterfurnace...
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