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  1. What is more important? AFUE rating or Variable speed blower, 2 stage?

    What is the most important factor for energy use cost and comfort for a natural gas furnace?

    80 vs 95 AFUE
    single vs variable speed blower?
    1 or 2 stage?
  2. I think the HVAC guy is definitely recommending...

    I think the HVAC guy is definitely recommending 2, would appreciate any pros/cons on the brands
  3. Carrier/Bryant Vs Day & Nite 95% efficiency furnace comparisons?

    Hi
    we are going to install 2 furnaces in our house, and our HVAC guy is saying that a Carrier Infinity ICS model costs $ more than the 92% efficiency model, so he is going to get us quotes on...
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    HI, I think that is right, brick chimney on...

    HI, I think that is right, brick chimney on outside and all
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    Proper way to run gas line into fireplace?

    We bought a 1950s house and the prior owner installed his own gas line so that he could start a fire to get a wood fire going. He drilled thru the bottom of the firebox to run the line instead of...
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    I'm assuming the electronic components of the...

    I'm assuming the electronic components of the furnace are ok sitting at relatively high temps in the attic then? I think efficiency wise, I would not be running the furnace unless it is say <60...
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    Install Furnace in Attic or Crawl Space ?

    We are remodeling a 1950s home with a beast of a furnace in the basement/crawlspace area (pretty good space down there)
    THe home is about 3300 sq feet in Northern California, we dont get super cold...
  8. It's a one story house, with furnace underneath...

    It's a one story house, with furnace underneath the crawl space.
    For the 2 furnace system, he recommended re-routing some of the existing ductwork to the 2 furnaces, but didn't talk really about...
  9. any suggestions on SF bay area companies that are...

    any suggestions on SF bay area companies that are reputable?
  10. neither... One guy tapped a few numbers for...

    neither...
    One guy tapped a few numbers for about 45 seconds into his iphone, but he didnt walk thru the house either...
    the other guy (who recommended 2), walked around and checked things more...
  11. Insights on replacing a 1950s 250,000BTU furnace? with one or two?

    We bought a 1950s home with the original beast of a furnace. It says 250,000 BTU and output of 200,000 BTU, 3100Sq foot home. Yes, it works!

    I had a couple people out to look at it (waiting for...
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    thanks for all the replies.. Guess I gotta do it...

    thanks for all the replies..
    Guess I gotta do it myself =( if I want to be sure it's done well...

    Besides the 6 mil clear plastic stuff, any one have other suggestions on what to use?

    BTW, we...
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    i read that the regular old 6mil plastic you find...

    i read that the regular old 6mil plastic you find @ hardware stores is notoriously inconsistent in terms of durability and toughness, and to use a heavy duty vapor barrier instead.. any recs on a...
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    Hello, To help dehumidfy my crawl space and...

    Hello,

    To help dehumidfy my crawl space and eliminate moisture, and a damp smell from my crawl space, I'm considering putting in a vapor barrier.

    Who does this?
    Is this a general contractor or...
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    Sorry. for all the confusion! . I mean inside...

    Sorry. for all the confusion!
    .
    I mean inside the HOME =(

    Can someone explain how ventilation in the home would help?

    B/c If i have the heat off, there's no real airflow, but I figure if the...
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    Hello, I have some windows which when it's...

    Hello,

    I have some windows which when it's cold outside get condensation on the inside.
    They are double paned windows, but I thought they were supposed to prevent condensation...

    What do I...
  17. It's an older 1940-1950s house... The bottom is...

    It's an older 1940-1950s house...
    The bottom is dirt, not covered in plastic, it would be a serious B*tch to cover it... with so many pipes and wires running around, and it's only about 18" high in...
  18. Thanks for the replies, In terms of cost, how...

    Thanks for the replies,
    In terms of cost, how much is the cost for sheetmetal ducts vs. flex duct?

    Thanks
  19. Hello, Thinking about replacing all my ducts...

    Hello,
    Thinking about replacing all my ducts (old steel ducts, that are rusted), with new flexduct, and taking out all the ducts in my crawlspace.

    1. What questions do I need to ask a contractor...
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    Hello How does one dehumidify a crawl space?...

    Hello

    How does one dehumidify a crawl space?
    Is it something you install down there, that pumps the water out to your downspout drains..?

    Is this something that is automatically set to turn on...
  21. THANKS for the diagram!!! Basically the Stack...

    THANKS for the diagram!!!

    Basically the Stack effect should only lead to problems if there is a connection between my ducts and the crawl space air then?

    IF the ducts were 100% sealed, there...
  22. Hello, I'm going to have an HVAC service guy...

    Hello,

    I'm going to have an HVAC service guy coming over to check some problems out using my Home Warranty...
    With all the HW horror stories out there, jsut wondering if any reputable HVAC pros...
  23. Hey thanks everyone.... Teddy bear: can you...

    Hey thanks everyone....

    Teddy bear: can you explain the "stack effect"

    So, is this a "normal" occurence and I have to clean up the crawlspace, or should this NOT be happening at all if the...
  24. Oopps... We have a crawl space, non insulated,...

    Oopps...
    We have a crawl space, non insulated, and it's really a true CRAWL space, not very tall at all, and the duct work is prob 40+ years old
  25. Hello, I noticed that if I'm not using my...

    Hello,

    I noticed that if I'm not using my heating, that I can feel cool (and somewhat stagnant) air coming up thru the registers.
    I decided to block them by covering up the registers with cloth...
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    A local electrician said that using a GFCI...

    A local electrician said that using a GFCI non-grounded meets local code.
    He said if I used that plug and a surge protector then that would be fine to use with my computer.

    Does that sound...
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    Hello, My raingutters are leaking, and pretty...

    Hello,

    My raingutters are leaking, and pretty rusted inside.
    I was going to replace them when it stops raining.

    The original ones are metal, I'm looking to possibly do the replacement by...
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    SBC didn't cover it, b/c they say it was before I...

    SBC didn't cover it, b/c they say it was before I started service, and they only cover their "WirePro" service on inside wiring AFTER you have service...

    So I ended up doing some connections on...
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    Was wondering... Do Home warranty contractors...

    Was wondering...
    Do Home warranty contractors get a set amount for the # of homes that they are contracted to cover, say X amount of dollars to be responsible for 500 homes in an area, then they...
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    I just moved into a new home, and somehow, 3 out...

    I just moved into a new home, and somehow, 3 out of 4 phone lines are shorted out, per SBC technician.

    I called my home warranty and they said it is covered, but given the posts regarding HVAC...
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    If Zantac is working, great for you. If you're...

    If Zantac is working, great for you.

    If you're over 50, or are a smoker, have weight loss, you should see your doctor, b/c gastric cancer should be excluded if symptoms are persistent. Even if...
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    Hello, Some plugs in my house are 2 prong,...

    Hello,

    Some plugs in my house are 2 prong, others 3 prong.

    Is there an easy way to tell/test the 2 pronged outlets to see if they can be easily upgraded to 3 prong?

    THanks
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    Thanks... It's in my crawl space. I took...

    Thanks...

    It's in my crawl space.

    I took some pix, and will try to post some soon.

    It's pretty scary down there... with the insulation "dripping" off the metal and just the general mess down...
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    Hello, I'm a new homeowner just starting...

    Hello,

    I'm a new homeowner just starting out...
    In the SF bay area, and looking for a trustworthy person to possibly do some repair of my ductwork.

    Where/How should I begin the process of...
  35. Hello, If all programmable thermostats...

    Hello,

    If all programmable thermostats basically let you program when the heater is on/off, then what makes an Energy STar one vs. the next one, if they have the same programmable functionality?
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    Thanks! It's a regular home, not a mobile...

    Thanks!
    It's a regular home, not a mobile home...
    I'll take a closer look @ the boot, then use mastic or caulking probably...
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    Hello, WHen lifting up one of the metal...

    Hello,

    WHen lifting up one of the metal registers in my bedroom, I noticed there was a gap where cool air could be felt coming into the space right before the heating duct comes up into the room....
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    Thanks! I'll plan on fixing the vapor...

    Thanks!

    I'll plan on fixing the vapor barrier...
    What should I use to do this? plastic and tape?
    (am I allowed to ask this on the forum?)
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    (This thread doesn't fit in with my ripped duct...

    (This thread doesn't fit in with my ripped duct thread)

    MOst of the ducts are metal (steel?) and are rusty looking, one duct was made of flex duct and was ripped open...
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    Thanks for your reply. Do people run this type...

    Thanks for your reply.

    Do people run this type of duct b/c of ease and cost usually, in comparison to metal ductwork?

    What are the typical applications of this type of ducting?
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    Hello, While checking out my crawlspace in my...

    Hello,

    While checking out my crawlspace in my new place, I noticed that one of the duct connections was different than the round metal ducts, it seems to be a flexible metal supported tube with...
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    Hello, We just purchased a 45 year old home, and...

    Hello,
    We just purchased a 45 year old home, and the crawlspace has a moisture issue (which we'll be addressing)
    I noticed most of the ductwork down there was rusty looking, and most of the...
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