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    Anybody know if the T-stat actually uses the...

    Anybody know if the T-stat actually uses the sensor input for anything or is it just to display the outdoor temp on the t-stat?
  2. Jeff - I'm a geek too. If you look inside the...

    Jeff - I'm a geek too. If you look inside the little window on the furnace you should see a display. There's always something shown there. Next time the furnace is running look in there and see...
  3. I don't see what's wrong with the existing...

    I don't see what's wrong with the existing thermostat that is available. I have yet to see any thermostats that were "pretty" - so I certainly wouldn't call it ugly. In fact it looks not too...
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    Tstat

    The modulating thermostat is made by Protech - I've seen them online for <$250. My dealer charged me $300 when I had my system installed.
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    More than half the basement will have a drop...

    More than half the basement will have a drop ceiling because of access to plumbing - this will also allow relatively easy access to other areas if I need to run wire or anything in the future - there...
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    Finishing basement and will soon be covering up...

    Finishing basement and will soon be covering up some of the duct work with drywall. Because of different heating and cooling loads I have to readjust the dampers on the branch runs different between...
  7. There's no doubt I can get the require CFM to...

    There's no doubt I can get the require CFM to those rooms, but the question is (at least I think) do I have to restrict flow too much else where to get it. I assume a pro would need to measure...
  8. Why does anybody quote anybody else????? Because...

    Why does anybody quote anybody else????? Because there are many posts and if responding to someone it becomes obvious to what you are responding to. Especially when the response isn't immediately...
  9. That's a good idea about marking them - I'll...

    That's a good idea about marking them - I'll definately make those accessible.
  10. Thanks - IThey installed one above the furnace...

    Thanks - IThey installed one above the furnace (above ac coil). I think that's where its supposed to go.
  11. Re: ok then

    propmanage - I wasn't trying to come off as a jerk or anytthing. Anything I can do to improve I'm willing to look into but when you started talking about cfm I envisioned replacing duct work which...
  12. Perhaps the duct work is marginal for cfm flow -...

    Perhaps the duct work is marginal for cfm flow - but I can't believe it is that far off. I can't measure cfm and to be honest I can't afford to pay someone to replace all my duct work. Infact for...
  13. Yes - I discovered that when we moved into this...

    Yes - I discovered that when we moved into this house a few years ago. The old 125K BTU furnace (new one is 70K), would roar through the registers nearest to it - not only higher air flow but much...
  14. No they are not all the same size. Most of the...

    No they are not all the same size. Most of the branch ducts are 6" but there are some that go to small rooms like the bathrooms that are small - 4 or 5". I know For the bedrooms there are two ducts...
  15. With the mod the difference in temps between the...

    With the mod the difference in temps between the two sides of the house is better than it was previously with the grossly oversized furnace we used to have - I assume due to longer run times. As far...
  16. I'm in the process of finishing the basement and...

    I'm in the process of finishing the basement and am contemplating a few things before everything gets closed up and its too late to change anything (finished ceiling).

    I live in a 1800SF ranch in...
  17. That's a simple feature on the stat that is easy...

    That's a simple feature on the stat that is easy to enable, I used it last summer and thought it worked great. I don't feel a need for anything more elaborate than that living here in Michigan.
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    Beenthere - we've already walled off some areas...

    Beenthere - we've already walled off some areas for storage so I don't think we'll be walling off any other areas. I was just wondering if it would help air circulation to have two separate ones...
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    Thanks for the confirmation of my final decision....

    Thanks for the confirmation of my final decision. But one final thing - finished area will be about 900 sf in one open area. I now have one return in the basement, is there any advantage or...
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    Finally getting around to actually doing this. I...

    Finally getting around to actually doing this. I think I have decided to run the supplies down toward the floor on the outside walls (will be insulated) and then put the return(s) low as well but...
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    This post is a long time coming - just revisted...

    This post is a long time coming - just revisted the site so I thought I'd share what happened.

    I had the inspector out and he found a list of about half a dozen items he wanted corrected. Mostly...
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    Thanks all for the feedback. I guess the...

    Thanks all for the feedback.

    I guess the easiest thing for me to do is to keep the registers in the ceiling and just drop the return to the floor.

    I had a new Rheem modulating furnace installed...
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    So you're saying returns and supplies near the...

    So you're saying returns and supplies near the floor, or supplies in the ceiling and returns in the floor?

    Any house I've seen around here (Detroit) with forced air heat has the supplies in or...
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    Around here you normally see the registers at or...

    Around here you normally see the registers at or in the floors and returns are near the ceiling. Isn't that the best set up for heating? Seems like the otherway would be for areas that are...
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    We're finishing off the basement and I am...

    We're finishing off the basement and I am wondering if its worth it to run the existing basement registers (now at the ceiling) to the outside wall and down to the floor so the heat is put out at the...
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    I agree with Doc about the T-stat. Its not that...

    I agree with Doc about the T-stat. Its not that different from a regular programmable. It has a lot more features than programmables that we've had before, but the main programmable features are...
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    Our house is a ranch with the furance on one side...

    Our house is a ranch with the furance on one side a far ways from the other side. There used to be temp. variation of 3.5 - 4 degs in our house, if I shut off (completely) the dampers on the end...
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    Ken, My new Rheem is much quiter than the 25...

    Ken,

    My new Rheem is much quiter than the 25 year old Carrier it replaced. Mine is the modulating furnace. Ther are a couple of things that are different about this furance than the old one.
    ...
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    It's probably that HE doesn't like running new...

    It's probably that HE doesn't like running new thermostat wire. There is an additional wire for the modulating function that is not there with a standard thermostat and furnace. It would require...
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    Nathan - for what it's worth, the Rheem...

    Nathan - for what it's worth, the Rheem Modulating furnace that I just had installed this week does not put out cold air at lowest capacity (40%). We've been around 30-35 deg this weekend and it...
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    I can see where it could get confusing regarding...

    I can see where it could get confusing regarding the venting. They are using the alternate horizontal termination - so I'm not even sure if the trap applies to this method (trap is on combustion...
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    When I was getting bids I explained to all the...

    When I was getting bids I explained to all the contractors that one of my problems was keeping the bedrooms as warm as the rest of the house and that I wondered if there was anything that could be...
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    Not sure which flex duct you guys are talking...

    Not sure which flex duct you guys are talking about. One comes from the first floor (flex to semi-rigid) and turns out on the same wall the furnace is venting - this is for the dryer. The other...
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    I really don't see why you think I'm being...

    I really don't see why you think I'm being unreasonable. I just spoke to them and told them my concern based on my previous experience in our last home, and he said no problem he'd pull one. I'm...
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    If you follow the manufacturer's directions then...

    If you follow the manufacturer's directions then you have to leave them:)
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    I'm a problematic customer? Yes they installed...

    I'm a problematic customer?

    Yes they installed a chimney liner - that was part of the contract. I'm sure they did a fine job of it, does this mean nothing else matters?

    First off, I said I...
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    A permit is definately required by the city. It...

    A permit is definately required by the city. It wasn't written in the contract, but when they gave me the estimate he did say that they would pull a permit.

    But regardless of what they said or...
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    OK - just had a new furnace installed. It was the...

    OK - just had a new furnace installed. It was the Rheem modulating - so far so good but I do have some concerns about the work.

    First off, in general everything generally looks good to my eye, so...
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    I agree - I've got something set up where I run...

    I agree - I've got something set up where I run outside air to the return air and a line towards the floor for combustion air for the furnace and hot water heater.
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    I suppose you only install wood burning stoves? ...

    I suppose you only install wood burning stoves? That would be perfect - No moving parts or electronics!
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    I decided to go ahead and get it. Should be...

    I decided to go ahead and get it. Should be installed by Wednesday. Unfortunately the quoted price did not include the modulating thermostat so it will be a little bit more that I thought, but I...
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    Well, the third quote came in, and this guy...

    Well, the third quote came in, and this guy turned me off so much I didn't even want to get a price on an equivalent piece of equipment. He just wanted to slap an 80% in place and be done with it. ...
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    I agree with the other homeowner, I don't like...

    I agree with the other homeowner, I don't like gimicky names. I like a name that somehow reflects the business - like "Berad's Heating and Cooling" or something like that. But then again I...
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    I must of misunderstood then. The Rheem was the...

    I must of misunderstood then. The Rheem was the Classic 90 Plus with "Dual Comfort" control - so this is just a 2-stage, single speed fan then?

    Well the price for the modulating from the 2nd...
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    It's really not a budget issue, but just because...

    It's really not a budget issue, but just because its within my budget doesn't mean I want to spend money on it if its not needed.

    Had another quote today from an independent dealer. Definately...
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    I understand pretty much everything that was...

    I understand pretty much everything that was said, and can appreciate it, I'm just not fully convinced it's worth the extra cost. Although I really do place a lot of value on comfortable and quiet...
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    In the process of getting qoutes and granted I...

    In the process of getting qoutes and granted I have only gotten one so far, but I was suprised at how much more the modulating was vs a standard 90% 2-stage (also Rheem). What exactly makes that...
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    Detroit - why don't you down load it and try to...

    Detroit - why don't you down load it and try to use it. You'll see that the trial version doesn't give you any info. You'll have to cough up a few bucks for a working copy.
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    You can download the free version but you can\'t...

    You can download the free version but you can\'t actually do anything with it until you pay for home owners version.
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    As a homeowner I'd be willing to pay for it if it...

    As a homeowner I'd be willing to pay for it if it was reasonable - to do the manual j and d. Make recommendations and help to evaluate bids and a post install inspection.

    But I agree, most people...
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