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    Here's all the numbers (September bills aren't...

    Here's all the numbers (September bills aren't here yet):
    Electric - July - 2521 kWh - $231.23
    Electric - August - 2500 - 2500 kWh - $232.40
    Gas - July - 13.15 therms - $23.25
    Gas - August -...
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    Gas company = Vectren City = Carmel, Indiana...

    Gas company = Vectren
    City = Carmel, Indiana
    Heat pump model = Bryant 264ANA (13.5 or 14 SEER and 9 HSPF)
    Furnace model = Bryant 355AAV (80,000 BTU)
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    Electric is really murky. The bill shows the...

    Electric is really murky. The bill shows the monthly usage in kWh and at the bottom they tell you the average cost but that's it. Multiply the two numbers together add sales tax and that's what...
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    $1.52 is an "all-in" number. As an example last...

    $1.52 is an "all-in" number. As an example last month my bill looked like this:

    Therms used: 12.180
    Distribution & Service charges: $14.85
    Gas cost charge: $6.16
    Sales tax: $1.46
    Total...
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    Average monthly electric cost is around $0.08 or...

    Average monthly electric cost is around $0.08 or $0.09 per kWh. Average gas cost looks to be $1.49 per therm (based on an average of 18.77 therms per month and an average monthly bill of $28.03,...
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    Electric Heat Pump or Gas Furnace?

    In 2006 we completely replaced our aging HVAC system with a Bryant Evolution furnace and electric heat pump. Part of the rationale for switching from a traditional gas furnace to hybrid system with...
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    Ugh! Sometimes I just feel compelled to...

    Ugh! Sometimes I just feel compelled to respond...this doesn't seem like rocket science.

    A properly done Manual J is done for DESIGN temps. In other words your system should be able to hold a...
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    Speaking as a homeowner, provided a Manual J was...

    Speaking as a homeowner, provided a Manual J was done with the right design temps and the ducting is good I don't see how this could be true. Case in point - my house.

    We just had a Bryant...
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    As a HO who did extensive homework I'm quite...

    As a HO who did extensive homework I'm quite pleased with my Bryant Evolution system. I got the whole shooting match (heat pump, matching 2-stage variable speed furnace, coil, air cleaner, uv lamp,...
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    Is it possible for the static pressure in the...

    Is it possible for the static pressure in the system to be unstable?

    One day I check and it says the filter is 70% used, another 20% and still another 50%. I guess the bottom line is that I'm not...
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    Around mid-April I had a Bryant Evolution dual...

    Around mid-April I had a Bryant Evolution dual fuel System installed and even purchased the Evolution PerfectAir Cleaner.

    I came to find out the air cleaner, while heavily promoted on their...
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    I had an evolution system installed about 6 weeks...

    I had an evolution system installed about 6 weeks ago. At the time the local HVAC company said that the Evolution Series PerfectAir Purifier wasn't available yet (even though it's been listed for 3...
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    I think my father-in-law (mentioned in my...

    I think my father-in-law (mentioned in my original post) did this when they built their new house. He had something on the return side put up in the attic with a screen covering so no animals etc....
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    Last month we had a new Bryant Evolution system...

    Last month we had a new Bryant Evolution system installed: 355AAV, 264ANA, Stat etc.

    Somewhere I read in an earlier posting (I think it was in reference to the Infinity system) that somehow the...
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    I guess I know just enough to be dangerous...I...

    I guess I know just enough to be dangerous...I found an old post on this site with the bryant catalog website. I got there, found the evolution control setup manual and was able to figure out how to...
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    A couple of weeks ago I had a Bryant Evolution...

    A couple of weeks ago I had a Bryant Evolution system installed. During the install some mildew was found on the inside of the ductboard in the plenum. The installer suggested a supply side UV...
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    I just had a Bryant Evolution system installed...

    I just had a Bryant Evolution system installed and I know as far as competing products with the Clean Effects, Bryant is rolling out the PerfectAir Purifier.

    At least the company that I had do the...
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    After removing my furnace yesterday and sticking...

    After removing my furnace yesterday and sticking my head up into the plenum it was clear that the duct board was not only extremely dirty but that some mold was growing inside. The installers...
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    I'm definitely not your average homeowner ;) ...

    I'm definitely not your average homeowner ;) I've been called anal but sometimes that's being pretty kind. As we're all creatures of habit here's mine...

    I keep a piece of paper attached to the...
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    Last weekend the wife and I are watching TV and...

    Last weekend the wife and I are watching TV and Trane runs this ad for their new Trane CleanEffects air cleaner. My wife is a germ/bacteria nut. She works in a hospital as a nurse and claims the...
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    wyounger - for the 5-7 years more I'm going to be...

    wyounger - for the 5-7 years more I'm going to be in this house I'm not going to the trouble or expense of doing zoning. The issue which mainly concerns my wife is that she feel the upstairs is...
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    tigerdunes - very perceptive ;) both manual j's...

    tigerdunes - very perceptive ;) both manual j's indicated approx. a 62,000-65,000 btu loss at between -5 and -10 out and 70 in and a nominal 30,000 btu gain in the summer at 75 in and 95 out. I...
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    So after all the quotes here's the final...

    So after all the quotes here's the final 'bakeoff'...

    AmStd:
    Furnace - AUY100R9V4 (93%, 2 stage variable speed)
    Heat Pump - 2A6H3042 (3.5 ton, 13 SEER, R22)
    Humidifier - AprilAire 600
    Stat -...
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    I'm along for the ride on this one but I'm...

    I'm along for the ride on this one but I'm wondering if everyone's answer would be the same (avoid the hot water b/c of the mineral issue) if there was a water softner in the house placed before the...
  25. I believe the AprilAire 700 series has an outdoor...

    I believe the AprilAire 700 series has an outdoor sensor to control the unit. On the other I've been told stats like some in the WR line can provide the control. The only possible downside I've...
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    So, bottom line - as an end consumer, should I be...

    So, bottom line - as an end consumer, should I be concerned about the technical support that Goodman and its wholesalers can provide its dealers?
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    I know you're going to read this BaldLoonie ;) ...

    I know you're going to read this BaldLoonie ;)

    Anyway, I had one last person out to the house yesterday for a quote and this guy told me they can get just about any brand of furnace and heat pump...
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    Originally, I was told wholesalers would not have...

    Originally, I was told wholesalers would not have this unit available until late June/ early July so maybe they've moved the date up.

    RoBoTeq - have you looked at the Goodman website in the last...
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    Hmmm - not even my accountant knows the answer to...

    Hmmm - not even my accountant knows the answer to this one!

    As I read the new tax credits available for this year, it appears that some air source heat pumps qualify for a $300 tax credit...
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    jrbenny - granted, but the ability to run self...

    jrbenny - granted, but the ability to run self diagnostics, let the consumer know when the unit should be checked PROACTIVELY via the stat screen or even download the fix via wireless access to the...
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    I got a great idea... Why can't the...

    I got a great idea...

    Why can't the manufacturers put a wireless network card in the furnace? Using wireless, the stat could be mounted anywhere in the house. Using wireless would also allow the...
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    Re: Still the most features?

    Ok, so take this as an end consumer completely ignorant question...

    What would happen if you used a Carrier Infinity stat on a non-Carrier system? Would it even work? If it worked, what...
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    I'm curious, my wife often claims that the...

    I'm curious, my wife often claims that the upstairs is too cold or warm. While I know what some degree of temp difference will always occur, do any of the stats mentioned support a "remote" unit...
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    Anyone know why everyone I've had out to my house...

    Anyone know why everyone I've had out to my house to quote me on a ultra high efficiency variable speed furnace and 13 Seer heat pump have all quoted it with the Vision Pro 8000 stat if it can't do...
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    Turtle - you know I've had 3 different companies...

    Turtle - you know I've had 3 different companies out here, all of which I believe are reputable, are well rated by the better business bureau, have been in business for 50+ years, etc. Despite all...
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    Thanks for being so honest. I'd be more than...

    Thanks for being so honest. I'd be more than happy to meet you one day next week, do the manual J and discuss some additional ideas I've gathered from several other people. Also, I've gone back and...
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    BaldLoonie - I know who you are too ;) I'm...

    BaldLoonie - I know who you are too ;) I'm waiting for that proposal from Nate. I believe he should be getting me info on AS. I'm trying really hard to justify what I believe will amount to a $2k...
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    Man, you guys are all over the right questions ;)...

    Man, you guys are all over the right questions ;)

    Yes - the water heater remains in the current poorly vented system. I have talked to each of the HVAC contractors who I've gotten a quote from...
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    Brent - the bottom line is I don't know why I was...

    Brent - the bottom line is I don't know why I was quoted for 3.5 Tons. If I can't get a good answer I'll tell this guy to back off and use a comparable 3 ton unit. You bring up a good point between...
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    BaldLoonie - I'm not sure?!? I guess I could...

    BaldLoonie - I'm not sure?!? I guess I could always ask him. How could I do this calc on my own?
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    RoBoTeq - I guess I should provide a little more...

    RoBoTeq - I guess I should provide a little more info, huh?!? The Rheem unit is 120,000BTU and the Trane is a 3 Ton. The house itself is approx 3,150 square feet with 1250 main, 1300 upstairs and...
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    The basis of the original question is this: if...

    The basis of the original question is this: if the heat pump is going to take over the heating of the house the majority of the time (in Indiana the avg. winter heating day is 34 degrees) does it...
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    I live in a 19yr old home with a Rheem high...

    I live in a 19yr old home with a Rheem high efficiency 80% unit and a Trane 8 SEER unit outside. The system is starting to show its age and I want to replace it. I've found a very reputable...
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    The dealer is telling me that Goodman deserves...

    The dealer is telling me that Goodman deserves the rap it had in the past but in the last year or two he's noticed a big improvement in quality which is why he carries it all. Has anyone else...
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    Good point - the price of both systems include a...

    Good point - the price of both systems include a new 3" pvc exhaust to outside.

    So, which system would you choose?
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    My furnace (Rheem 80% efficiency 3.5 ton?)and air...

    My furnace (Rheem 80% efficiency 3.5 ton?)and air conditioner are 18 years-old, the flue venting is poor (75 feet of horizontal and vertical run), blower motor is rusting etc. I'm in the process of...
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