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  1. We're still on the hunt! We've found a few good...

    We're still on the hunt! We've found a few good folks, but could use some more. Contact me if you're interested in more information.
  2. Service or Installation Technician - Northwest Indiana

    We are an established and growing company in Northwest Indiana looking for qualified technicians to become a part of our team. Technician must be willing to work overtime when necessary, work their...
  3. I think I may have stumbled my way into a viable...

    I think I may have stumbled my way into a viable idea on this topic: Rather than use the Geo as the final domestic water heater, I should use it on the preheat tank. Sort of.

    Tell me what you...
  4. This has me looking at things again and I thought...

    This has me looking at things again and I thought I would add this wrinkle: if I use the existing water heater as the buffer tank and leave it powered (propane) it could effectively serve as an...
  5. I'm in the home stretch of designing this project...

    I'm in the home stretch of designing this project (yes, I'm a little slow on it). I have 4 distinct designs that I've settled on (that will find use beyond just this project).

    My "best" design...
  6. Here's a question I should probably already know...

    Here's a question I should probably already know the answer to - if you use a dedicated water-to-water unit for the domestic hot water, do you need some kind of heat exchanger between the domestic...
  7. Question for you guys. I would like to offer the...

    Question for you guys. I would like to offer the HO the option of generating all their Domestic hot water via Geothermal (with some kind of electric or propane backup). They currently have a 75...
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    So the first call for cooling starts running the...

    So the first call for cooling starts running the Geo in cooling mode, but don't you have 50 or so gallons of hot water to get changed over to cold first? Or is the "switch to cooling" something you...
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    What type of pipe insulation are you using there?...

    What type of pipe insulation are you using there? Forgive me if it should be well known. I see you are a fan of B&D products - assuming you're doing heating and cooling with water to water units? ...
  10. I've used the QT non-pressurized flow center for...

    I've used the QT non-pressurized flow center for all my installs and love it - I'm going to be trying out their prefabbed pvc manifold with the mechanical fittings for my next one - should save a bit...
  11. I don't have firsthand experience with it, but...

    I don't have firsthand experience with it, but what makes you say Arzel's system is superior?
    How many zones are you looking at (2 or 3)?
    Have either of the contractors talked about bypass or...
  12. If I'm thinking of this the right way, JCT, I...

    If I'm thinking of this the right way, JCT, I would need to have two buffer tanks for conditioned water - one for the hydronic side that would stay hot year round that could serve the floor and...
  13. So as I'm continuing to research this I...

    So as I'm continuing to research this I discovered that water to water units aren't 2-stage which sort of makes my ideas for how to apply a single larger unit for all my purposes a bit harder or just...
  14. A couple of things - thanks for the heads up on...

    A couple of things - thanks for the heads up on water temps - I have done a w2w geo yet so I wasn't sure what to expect. I do plan on using the desuperheater with a buffer tank for the domestic -...
  15. How do you handle domestic hot water in that...

    How do you handle domestic hot water in that situation? Do you use the Desuperheater with a buffer tank and then another powered (propane or electric) unit for production? I see the benefit for...
  16. I actually watched that video earlier today. it...

    I actually watched that video earlier today. it looks like a nice installation, although it doesn't have a hydronic radiant application that I can see. Are you using one of the marathon tanks as a...
  17. Well, unfortunately for the HO, they're on...

    Well, unfortunately for the HO, they're on Propane. They've currently got a 73gallon natural draft propane water heater, so while geo hw production might be marginal, it is still far better than...
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    In our climate we have a greater heating load...

    In our climate we have a greater heating load than cooling so I size a 2 stage unit for 95% of the heating load and provide some form of auxiliary or backup heat - either gas furnace or electric...
  19. The synergy system is interesting as is your...

    The synergy system is interesting as is your suggestion of dedicated water-to-water. In theory, if the synergy system is sized to the heat load of the house, the combined radiant and forced air need...
  20. Combined radiant and forced air Geothermal Retrofit - need advice and opinions

    I initially started this as a reply to another thread here:
    http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=953342
    but thought it best to start my own so as not to threadjack too badly.

    I was just at...
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    Yes that makes sense - thanks for the information...

    Yes that makes sense - thanks for the information and suggestions.
    I'm pretty sure I can do it a number of ways - I'm trying to minimize the amount of equipment that will need to be purchased while...
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    I personally have a prestige and wireless 6000 at...

    I personally have a prestige and wireless 6000 at home with a redlink internet gateway. The main driver of that decision vs. the ecobee was price - the Honeywell home use program gives some great...
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    Perryaire - I realize this thread is a little...

    Perryaire - I realize this thread is a little stale, but I'm wondering if you can give more details of the system you installed. I was just at a customers home this morning. The house is 7 years...
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    Yep, in Norwest Indiana/South Chicago where we're...

    Yep, in Norwest Indiana/South Chicago where we're at, the higher SEER AC units simply won't pay for themselves in cooling before they die. It has to be a comfort decision to get 2 stages. Now, if...
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    Did you get a quote for a variable speed furnace,...

    Did you get a quote for a variable speed furnace, or is it just a 2-stage? If you're fighting temp differences between the floors, a varialbe speed blower motor running all the time will help...
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    So I'm still pretty new to the industry (not a...

    So I'm still pretty new to the industry (not a technician) and I'm curious what the result is here. Obstruction in the liquide line?
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    Can you force it into 2nd stage? If you go over...

    Can you force it into 2nd stage? If you go over the to thermostat and kick it down 3 or 4 degrees it should (if the stat is capable and wired correctly) bring 2nd stage on right away. It's possible...
  28. Well, that worked out nicely. Now you can take...

    Well, that worked out nicely. Now you can take that money that you already "saved" and apply it to a nice VS High efficiency Gas furnace to replace your lower level Air handler and you'll be in...
  29. If you're not going with a gas furnace, I would...

    If you're not going with a gas furnace, I would look at anything that can get you away from electric resistance heat as a major source of winter heating. To that end, Geothermal or the new...
  30. If you're paying $500 a month in electricity to...

    If you're paying $500 a month in electricity to heat, it's time to find a better solution. Heck, I think I would be looking for a better solution even if your system was running well. Couple of...
  31. For things to ask the installing company to check...

    For things to ask the installing company to check - the EIM will have to be wired to the DH (or equivalent) terminal on the furnace in order to control fan speed on an call for Dehumid. That will...
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    That looks like encapsulated fiberglass - if it's...

    That looks like encapsulated fiberglass - if it's similar to the stuff we use (Attic Guard) you need 10 inches to get to R30. I can see the tops of a lot of rafters there - I would say you're...
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    I would say references and actually checking up...

    I would say references and actually checking up on them. See if you can go see some of their other work if it's for a big job (ductwork qualifies, I think). Years in business helps, but I know a...
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    I'm not sure the specs on the Rheem air handler,...

    I'm not sure the specs on the Rheem air handler, but on the armstrong units we've installed of that size, you need a 3 inch trap on the condensate drain. For the OP, since the Air handler draws...
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    Yeah - the HO didn't seem to think it was a big...

    Yeah - the HO didn't seem to think it was a big deal - the Foam contractor was also supposed to be installing a fresh air damper as part of his work (which he didn't) so I need to get back there to...
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    This is something that I have found as well - our...

    This is something that I have found as well - our first Geothermal install also happened to be a foam insulation job (house fire rebuild). Of course, the homeowner didn't tell me that during the...
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