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  1. Okay, here is the picture of the other side of my...

    Okay, here is the picture of the other side of my furnace.

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  2. My HVAC tech will come back around Monday or so...

    My HVAC tech will come back around Monday or so to take a look at it, I told him it was leaking.

    @dougfamous
    The utility room where it's installed is more or less finished, I suppose, as utility...
  3. The green goo looks the same color as those drain...

    The green goo looks the same color as those drain pan tablets, so I guess it must be that. But should it be leaking?
  4. I had the condensate safety switch installed on...

    I had the condensate safety switch installed on 4/8. The first day I noticed that there seemed to be some green crud and some green liquid at the bottom of the safety switch, so I put a paper towel...
  5. It's located in the utility room in the basement,...

    It's located in the utility room in the basement, next to the natural gas tank water heater and electric clothes washer/dryer. There are 2 bedrooms nearby, one on each side of the utility room.
  6. Should I get a condensate safety switch?

    My air conditioning technician was over today to do a scheduled spring inspection of my system, and he recommended that I have him install a condensate safety switch. The price didn't seem too high....
  7. I have had a bad experience before with a...

    I have had a bad experience before with a portable AC unit (it began leaking and a pool of water had nearly reached the surge detector when I saw it) and do not wish to have a portable dehumidifier...
  8. I have explored the dehumidifier option, but it...

    I have explored the dehumidifier option, but it was super expensive and it seems that it required surgery on the house, opening up a hole in the utility room and placing the dehumidifier in a nearby...
  9. My contractor came today. He did not attempt to...

    My contractor came today. He did not attempt to install the Visionpro IAQ, didn't believe it could be done with my XL16i. I'm kicking myself for not going with the first estimate that their company...
  10. Wait wait wait, hold the phone here. I just...

    Wait wait wait, hold the phone here. I just scheduled the installation of the VisionPro IAQ for tomorrow, but I just read this:
    ...
  11. My current humidity range is 50-65% (the humidity...

    My current humidity range is 50-65% (the humidity picks up during the night). Do you suppose that with the VisionPro IAQ, I could see a reduction in that range, maybe to 50-55%? I'm trying to...
  12. Is it true what my contractor says, that the...

    Is it true what my contractor says, that the furnace will have 2 heating stages even though it's just wired for 1 heating stage at the thermostat?
  13. I was able to get a price from my contractor for...

    I was able to get a price from my contractor for swapping out my Trane TCONT802 thermostat with a Honeywell VisionPro IAQ. I think the price is reasonable. My HVAC contractor said that it probably...
  14. When I look up the Honeywell Visionpro IAQ, it...

    When I look up the Honeywell Visionpro IAQ, it seems it comes as a kit, including the thermostat, an outdoor temperature sensor, and an equipment interface module. Are those useful to me? I think...
  15. I got a Black & Decker thermal leak detector, and...

    I got a Black & Decker thermal leak detector, and today is a sunny morning, so I used it on my window. Ambient wall temperature in my room is 71.5F in non-exterior walls. Most parts of the window...
  16. ga-hvac-tech, my gas furnace is the Trane XV-80...

    ga-hvac-tech, my gas furnace is the Trane XV-80 TUD2C100A9V5
    http://www.trane.com/residential/products/gas-furnaces/xv80-gas-furnaces
  17. Is there some way for me to tell if I have...

    Is there some way for me to tell if I have comfort r enabled now?
  18. So after getting around 4 estimates, I'm reaching...

    So after getting around 4 estimates, I'm reaching the conclusion that getting a whole-house dehumidifier is priced out of reach for me, in addition to being physically difficult to do in a cramped...
  19. Teddy bear, you attached pdf files? I don't see...

    Teddy bear, you attached pdf files? I don't see them. How do I access them?
  20. Some more readings. Humidity increases during...

    Some more readings. Humidity increases during the night.

    9:00PM: Humidistat reads 56%, 75F.
    10:00PM: Humidistat reads 57%, 73F.
    7:30AM: Humidistat reads 65%, 72F.

    I will try to get a bigger...
  21. What does that say about my home? Am I gaining...

    What does that say about my home? Am I gaining humidity at an accelerated pace? Or is this normal? Should that change my mind about whether to get a dehumidifier and humidifier?

    7:00PM: Humidistat...
  22. 1:00PM: Starting the experiment. Set fan to...

    1:00PM: Starting the experiment. Set fan to AUTO. Reduce thermostat from 73 to 65. Humidistat reads 61%, 73F.
    2:00PM: Humidistat reads 54%, 72F.
    2:30PM: Humidistat reads 52%, 72F.
    3:00PM:...
  23. Okay, I am setting the AC to 65 and taking 1-hour...

    Okay, I am setting the AC to 65 and taking 1-hour snapshots of the humidity level at the main air return near the thermostat on the main level (not the basement). Once the humidistat gets down as...
  24. Lately, I do about 1 hour of cooking per day. ...

    Lately, I do about 1 hour of cooking per day. The foundation walls are masonry, exterior walls are siding. Interior walls are drywall.

    Teddy bear, when the a/c operates a significant amount, RH...
  25. And my neighbor, who's an architect of some sort,...

    And my neighbor, who's an architect of some sort, tells me that the problem is that I need to get an exhaust fan over the gas stove in the kitchen. So lots of different theories about how to fix the...
  26. I started trying to get estimates today, and with...

    I started trying to get estimates today, and with one company I contacted for an estimate on a Santa Fe Compact dehumidifier and an Aprilaire 600 humidifier, the owner told me that it sounds like the...
  27. Tips, that's the living room. Shophound, the...

    Tips, that's the living room.

    Shophound, the people who did my insulation upgrades pumped some insulation into the cantilever (sp?) under the master bedroom bay window. I might get one of those...
  28. An outside picture of my house:...

    An outside picture of my house:
    http://i44.tinypic.com/28a6uft.png

    Shophound, so can I infer that the majority of the heat build-up in my room is due to having 30 year old, probably inefficient,...
  29. The master bedroom is below the attic (there's...

    The master bedroom is below the attic (there's the basement, then the main floor, then the attic). It has a large window facing east. The window is old and not very energy efficient, probably...
  30. But when temperatures are more mild outside,...

    But when temperatures are more mild outside, requiring little or no cooling load at the thermostat (spring, autumn), don't I want to run the fan on ON in order to reduce temperature variances inside...
  31. Okay, I'm going to start getting estimates on the...

    Okay, I'm going to start getting estimates on the cost for installing a small whole-house dehumidifier and humidifier.

    I called my HVAC tech about the issue with the fan running much much more...
  32. Is it normal that now that the ramp profile has...

    Is it normal that now that the ramp profile has been adjusted, when I set the fan to ON, there's hardly any airflow, the furnace doesn't make a lot of noise, and the thermostat never shows FAN ON...
  33. Teddy bear, would the Santa Fe Compact dehumidify...

    Teddy bear, would the Santa Fe Compact dehumidify the whole house? It's 2600 square feet of living area on 2 floors.

    Shophound, it sounds like my air sealing must not have been as good as I...
  34. I had placed the humidity monitor next to the...

    I had placed the humidity monitor next to the basement air return. I will place it in the living area.
    Near the basement air return it was 69% humidity last time I checked. The heat wave of the...
  35. Okay. Right next to the furnace, or in the...

    Okay. Right next to the furnace, or in the basement living area?
  36. I do not have a dehumidifier in the basement, no.

    I do not have a dehumidifier in the basement, no.
  37. Was the Aprilaire Model 760A discontinued? I...

    Was the Aprilaire Model 760A discontinued? I can't find it on their site. Would it be better to use the model 700, which is still being sold?
  38. Are the sparks a safety issue? Could they cause a...

    Are the sparks a safety issue? Could they cause a fire?

    I had air sealing done, yes. Around August 2012, and the winter that followed had humidity levels as low as 20%.
  39. Generating sparks? You mean, do I see static...

    Generating sparks? You mean, do I see static electricity and sparks sometimes when I flick a light switch? Yes, I didn't realize it was connected to humidity.
  40. By the way, my HVAC guy recommended that I put in...

    By the way, my HVAC guy recommended that I put in an Aprilaire 760 whole house humidifier. I could have gotten it at a discount if I had bought it when I got the whole HVAC system, but now it will...
  41. The tech came today and adjusted the ramp profile...

    The tech came today and adjusted the ramp profile and my humidity issue is now resolved. After the AC has been on a for a while, the humidity drops down to around 50%. Before it was fixed, it was...
  42. The AC tech didn't come today because, for...

    The AC tech didn't come today because, for unrelated reasons, today was pandemonium. On Saturday a car ran a red light and slammed into us, but we are physically uninjured. The car is in rehab. ...
  43. That's also the laundry room though, so I keep...

    That's also the laundry room though, so I keep detergent there.
  44. The white pipe has a downward slope and the coil...

    The white pipe has a downward slope and the coil box appears to be level. Outside there are little tiny pools of water popping up on the grass where the drain pipe is draining water/coolant or...
  45. http://i40.tinypic.com/2wgvtlc.jpg I wasn't...

    http://i40.tinypic.com/2wgvtlc.jpg

    I wasn't sure which one of these pipes is the return air duct, so I took a picture to show you what I mean. If that's the correct duct (the big metal pipe with...
  46. Okay, I placed the temp reader up against the...

    Okay, I placed the temp reader up against the register. Here are my findings:

    nearest register to furnace: after AC ran 23 minutes, 88% humidity, 64F
    farthest register from furnace: after AC ran...
  47. My temperature reader doesn't have probes that I...

    My temperature reader doesn't have probes that I can put in the register, it's one of these:...
  48. The main air return is about 72 at the end of the...

    The main air return is about 72 at the end of the cooling cycle, humidity about 62%.

    I didn't get 50-55F at the register and 80-90% humidity. I had the meter placed about 6 inches away from the...
  49. In the register that is closest to the furnace at...

    In the register that is closest to the furnace at the end of a cooling phase:
    66% humidity, 70 degrees
    In the farthest one:
    65% humidity, 72 degrees
  50. Ok, so just give the humidity % and temperature...

    Ok, so just give the humidity % and temperature of any register at the end of a cooling phase?
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