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    I appreciate all of the replies. We still aren't...

    I appreciate all of the replies. We still aren't sure what the issue actually is.

    To be a little more clear, our house is about 900 sq. ft., but there is a basement too. So, total, including the...
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    California approved systems?

    We are possibly going to purchase a new HVAC system. A technician who came to our house last week said there are some units that cannot be installed in California. I am not in California, but was...
  4. TB, we are considering the Ultra Air 70H...

    TB, we are considering the Ultra Air 70H ventilating dehumidifier. Our house, including the basement is very slightly less than 1800 sq ft. The 70H says it is good up to 1800 sq ft. To be on the...
  5. Thanks for this info. We are considering...

    Thanks for this info. We are considering switching to an electric furnace. Do you think Rheem would have an electric version of this kind of system you mentioned?
  6. TB, I'm not sure what you mean by this. Did you...

    TB, I'm not sure what you mean by this. Did you say your supplier now doesn't use formaldehyde in the insulation? Which supplier?

    We are seriously considering the ventilating dehumidifier. We...
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    Thanks so much for this advice. We are going to...

    Thanks so much for this advice. We are going to have someone come out asap.

    Pam
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    Gas smell coming from HE furnace

    We have a Trane HE furnace that is about a year and a half old. I have written a couple of times about having headaches when it runs (ever since we got it.) This past weekend, my husband had the gas...
  9. Ok, thank you! Wish I could find one with...

    Ok, thank you!

    Wish I could find one with completely formaldehyde free insulation, but I guess maybe such a thing doesn't exist?
  10. Formaldehyde Free Insulation in the System?

    I'm looking for an hvac system that has no formaldehye in the insulation. Does anyone know of one? I know that Johns Mansville makes home insulation that is formaldehyde free, but I don't know if...
  11. Thanks for these replies. I will check with a...

    Thanks for these replies.

    I will check with a Rheem or Ruud dealer, thanks.

    I called York and I do believe they said the insulation was sealed, however, when I specifically asked if the...
  12. Thanks Doug. I am very curious about the York...

    Thanks Doug.

    I am very curious about the York system. Do you happen to know how I can research that one?
  13. So do you think it will cause condensation...

    So do you think it will cause condensation problems also?
  14. Will removing insulation cause condensation problems?

    We are planning to have a furnace installed. (Conventional 80%) Due to prior problems we have had with insulation (chemical sensitivities), our installer is planning to remove the insulation in the...
  15. Ok, beenthere. I would very much like to contact...

    Ok, beenthere. I would very much like to contact the member, Valar, who has the same hvac problem we have. Is there a way I can get in touch with him? I thought by starting this new, but same...
  16. Re: It's the furnace headache/minisplit humidity guy, back for rnd 3. LOTS of info i

    Valar,we are having similar problems with our XR95 TRANE system, that was installed over a year ago. (furnace and 2.5 ton A/C) I have headaches and ear fullness when the system runs. At this...
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    TB, We are leaning toward the Ultra-Aire system....

    TB, We are leaning toward the Ultra-Aire system. I appreciate all of this info. Is there an option with this system to ventilate without dehumidification (like during the winter?) We would need the...
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    Thanks TB. We thought that the ERV was going to...

    Thanks TB. We thought that the ERV was going to provide the 24/7 ventilation, similar to the way the ventilating dehumidifier does, but there were apparently some materials in the actual machine...
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    Do you think one for each room is a necessity? I...

    Do you think one for each room is a necessity? I saw at this website http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/musings/just-two-minisplits-heat-and-cool-whole-house that they are using only...
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    So, we could have one on the wall, without...

    So, we could have one on the wall, without cutting the wall? (We have just come through a LOT of home renovations that involved many problems, lots of dust, and we want no more cutting of walls!) ...
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    This sounds interesting. Do you have any...

    This sounds interesting. Do you have any recommendations for particular brands?

    I did read here at the forum about someone who was very unhappy with his whole house minisplit system,because it...
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    Yes, weird. We have had 3 different hvac...

    Yes, weird. We have had 3 different hvac companies come here and tell us it was properly sized. One more told us it's a little too big. I'm with the last one. Plus, they originally had the blower...
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    Yes, cold winters and chemical sensitivities. ...

    Yes, cold winters and chemical sensitivities. You are dead right.

    Can you recommend any hvac systems that have minimal insulation and components? We seem to be sensitive to the insulation or...
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    I was curious about this, because that is...

    I was curious about this, because that is something we've considered. Would we have to have several of the units? We have 3 bedrooms and a mostly finished basement. (We are the poster children for...
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    We are in east central Missouri--near St. Louis. ...

    We are in east central Missouri--near St. Louis. Fairly cold winters, hot, humid summers.

    The furnace is a 95% HE Trane.

    Thanks.
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    "Old School" HVAC system

    We may have to replace our one year old HVAC system. (Long story.)

    We have a VERY small house--just shy of 900 square feet. The system we had before the current one was a simple 80% traditional...
  28. Yes, when we turn it off, it's not a problem. It...

    Yes, when we turn it off, it's not a problem. It doesn't matter if it's the A/C or the furnace, it's the same either way. There is a very long thread posted by username Valar about the same...
  29. Migraines and ear fullness after installing high efficiency system

    Hi all,

    I am starting a new thread for this, because for some reason, I was unable to post a reply to a similar thread about this topic.

    Ever since we installed our new high efficiency HVAC...
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    Yes, the ducts are in an unfinished section of...

    Yes, the ducts are in an unfinished section of our basement (in the laundry room.) I remember you posting this info earlier in the year, and my husband had someone come and check for leakage....
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    Thanks so much for the replies--I appreciate it...

    Thanks so much for the replies--I appreciate it very much.

    My husband and I brainstormed yesterday and realized that we had a very thickly padded allergen filter in place, so we bought a less...
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    Hi all. As an update, we are still having the...

    Hi all. As an update, we are still having the problem with our system, even now, with the AC on. (This is a Trane 90 percent HE system. ) My question for you all is this-- Would this still be a...
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    I appreciate the replies. My husband and I both...

    I appreciate the replies.
    My husband and I both feel the pressure, and it's not just in our ears. It's hard to explain. Our ears do pop a bit when the system comes on. But it's not a problem with...
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    HELP--Ear Pressure from HE furnace

    We had a 90% Trane HE furnace installed several months ago. We have a small home, and 2 different companies have said the unit was sized correctly. The blower has 4 speeds, and it is currently on...
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    I just saw your replies, Badger and Teddy. Thanks...

    I just saw your replies, Badger and Teddy. Thanks for the info. We are on the brink of purchasing a whole house dehumidifier now. Our whole house, including the basement is about 1800 sq ft. The...
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    Good to know. One thing I 'm really curious...

    Good to know. One thing I 'm really curious about--How does an ERV decrease moisture or keep RH stable? Isn't it just pulling it lots of outdoor air full of humidity? Does it have a way to reduce...
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    Thanks Teddy. Does the Santa Fe Compact...

    Thanks Teddy.
    Does the Santa Fe Compact dehumidify the whole house? The product info at Amazon says it services medium sized basements and crawlspaces. If it would dehumifify the whole house, then...
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    Where is the Contractor locator?

    I'm sorry to be dense, but I can't find the contractor locator map on this site. Could someone direct me or send me a link? I'm trying to find an experienced ERV person in the St. Louis, Missouri...
  40. Thanks---can you tell me where that is? I'm...

    Thanks---can you tell me where that is? I'm sorry, I don't see it.
  41. Need an HVAC person in St. Louis who is experienced with ERVs

    Can anyone recommend an HVAC person in the St. Louis metro area who is experienced with ERVs (installing, function, etc.) ?
    Thanks.
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    Can anyone recommend a professional in the St....

    Can anyone recommend a professional in the St. Louis metro area who has a lot of experience with ERV's? I would like to have someone come look at ours to determine if it might need to be...
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    Badger, so do you run your Renewaire at 10 or 20%...

    Badger, so do you run your Renewaire at 10 or 20% in humid weather? (I wasn't sure what you meant by lowering it 10-20%.) We had ours running at 100% which made the house feel really bad in this...
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    Thanks Teddy. Our A/C fan was on auto, so I've...

    Thanks Teddy. Our A/C fan was on auto, so I've changed it to On. The RH in our house holds at about 55%--we can't seem to get it lower with just these portable dehumidifiers. We turned the ERV...
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    Thanks for your reply Badger. We know that the...

    Thanks for your reply Badger. We know that the source of the problem is the formaldehyde from the renovation work. so the source of the irritation isn't outside. We feel it in our head when ERV is...
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    Hello all, I'm here with an update to our...

    Hello all, I'm here with an update to our situation, and I'm afraid it's not a good one. We went ahead and purchased an ERV several months ago for our indoor air quality problem. (We are chemically...
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    THanks so much for all of the good information. ...

    THanks so much for all of the good information. It sounds like, for our particular situation, the ERV may be the way to go. We will probably go with the humidifer too. This forum has been a...
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    I see, glennac, thank you. So, the ERV could...

    I see, glennac, thank you. So, the ERV could help us with the VOCs then? The HVAC company suggested the possibility of adding a whole house humidifier, to keep the humidity up in the winter. It...
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    So, Teddy Bear, for our situation (trying to...

    So, Teddy Bear, for our situation (trying to reduce VOCs from new flooring), what do you think is the best option for diluting the VOCs? Would that be a whole house dehumidifier? For some reason,...
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    Badgerboiler-- so for our current situation...

    Badgerboiler-- so for our current situation (trying to reduce the VOCs) do you think the ERV is a good choice? We're looking at one by Renewair that has a user controller to control the percentage...
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