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    Are you guys still the Canadian distributor for...

    Are you guys still the Canadian distributor for Hallowell or did you drop it in favour of Zuba?
  2. I too am very happy with my 3 ton Acadia system,...

    I too am very happy with my 3 ton Acadia system, this will be my 2nd winter with the system (installed summer of '08).

    In my opinion, the Acadia I have works exactly as specified in its...
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    I think you are making a poor choice by NOT...

    I think you are making a poor choice by NOT installing a heat pump. I live in Ontario too, similar sized house with a heat pump and electric furnace. You are very wrong if you think our delivered...
  4. :p Am I happy with the product? Yes. Would I...

    :p

    Am I happy with the product? Yes. Would I do it again today? Only if I knew where the price of oil was going! ;)

    Did I make the right decision last summer when heating oil was $1.25/L? ...
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    how to load your truck

    A pic taken by a member of another (unrelated) forum website.

    Thought ya'll would get a kick out of it... :eek:

    http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x199/wwflooring/0219091507.jpg
  6. Looks like some kind of initiation ritual for an...

    Looks like some kind of initiation ritual for an apprentice tech.... LOL
  7. You need a heat loss calc done on your house to...

    You need a heat loss calc done on your house to know if the largest Acadia system is even suitable for your big house..... it may not even be an option for you. And then there is the question of...
  8. It should be noted that this only applies when...

    It should be noted that this only applies when there is a 2nd stage t-stat call in that temperature range. My Acadia system never gets to a 2nd t-stat call until it is about -8F outside, so I never...
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    Maybe you guys should take out annual service...

    Maybe you guys should take out annual service contracts with your buddies.... LOL

    I figure it won't cost you anything if you team up in pairs.
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    never mind... :)

    never mind... :)
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    my guess: 50,000 btu/hr heat loss

    my guess: 50,000 btu/hr heat loss
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    The (forced air) Hallowell Acadia heat pump...

    The (forced air) Hallowell Acadia heat pump system will work really well in the Toronto climate, but if you have natural gas available it isn't practical in my opinion.
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    another satisified Acadia owner

    Since we are about halfway through the heating season now with our Acadia, I now have some reasonable data to prove that it's working for me, which I will share with the rest of the members here.
    ...
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    Very generally speaking, this is how the smarter...

    Very generally speaking, this is how the smarter thermostats are doing it:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PID_controller
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    That would be a heat demand of 75% of the...

    That would be a heat demand of 75% of the available total (for the current stage). Or in the case of my simple example, 7.5kW (over the course of 1 hour) of heat being called.

    It's call...
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    This my own understanding of how it works (I'm a...

    This my own understanding of how it works (I'm a home owner - but with an electronics background). Please correct me if I'm wrong!

    Let's pretend you have a house that has a single stage 10kW heat...
  17. It works for me (northern climate, very little...

    It works for me (northern climate, very little A/C use). I'm x2 oversized for cooling, but my primary compressor is a Bristol TS that has a 50% 1st stage. I'm more comfortable in the cooling season...
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    :p -6F OAT and no heat strips yet, but getting...

    :p -6F OAT and no heat strips yet, but getting really darn close to needing them as the system running almost steady state now. My balance point without the booster compressor running is about 16F...
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    A contractor worth their wage that uses...

    A contractor worth their wage that uses engineering methods (heat loss calculation and your local weather data) can tell you if it will work for you or not. I can't tell you that sitting here from...
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    disclosure: I am a home owner, not a contractor. ...

    disclosure: I am a home owner, not a contractor. And this is my first heating season with the system.

    So far, it's working as advertised for me. I'm reading my electric meter every couple of...
  21. Never mind the efficiency when trying to compare...

    Never mind the efficiency when trying to compare the Hallowell unit to other air2air heatpumps. It is when you plot Btu output vs outdoor temp that the picture starts to clear up as to why the...
  22. No. Check the wiring diagrams and the air...

    No. Check the wiring diagrams and the air handler spec sheets. The outdoor unit only has control over the W1 input to air handler. The W2 input is controlled by the tstat.

    It is a little bit...
  23. I just dismantled my old 1F95-1271 for giggles. ...

    I just dismantled my old 1F95-1271 for giggles. It's got a half-wave rectifier in it that takes power from RH and RC. It ought to run on DC just fine, the better question is how high of a dc...
  24. The Rogers tstat still has to rectify the 24Vac...

    The Rogers tstat still has to rectify the 24Vac to some dc voltage for its internal use. And a quick glance at the datasheet has it can accept DC as well (makes sense if it's just a simple full/half...
  25. Speaking as a non hvac tech (but with a...

    Speaking as a non hvac tech (but with a background in electronics)

    The only difference to me seems to be that the Rogers tstat has 2 stages of aux and the Shaw tstat has one. And as you already...
  26. But wouldn't solar gain be taken into account...

    But wouldn't solar gain be taken into account when using the ratio of Energy Used / HDD during a fixed time period? I think I understand what you are saying in that this backwards method of sizing...
  27. Since you've lived there since at least 2001,...

    Since you've lived there since at least 2001, have you kept good records of how house much oil you use during the Jan-Feb time frame? You can work the heat loss calc backwards...

    e.g.

    Taking...
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    http://www.wtrg.com/daily/oilandgasspot.html#Heati...

    http://www.wtrg.com/daily/oilandgasspot.html#HeatingOil
  29. Yes and No. The oil furnace motors and the new...

    Yes and No. The oil furnace motors and the new air handler motor certainly are not equal, and any savings there does spill over into what I think I am measuring for the outdoor unit. I guess you...
  30. Last year, the tech that serviced the oil furnace...

    Last year, the tech that serviced the oil furnace used a combustion analyzer that spat out 72.3%. Are those tools accurate?

    Old furnace was 98,000 Btu/hr. The old duct work was sized for the old...
  31. I am using the daily mean temperature value from...

    I am using the daily mean temperature value from the weather office, and then interpolating the daily COP value (interpolating between the published values from the data sheet). The average of the...
  32. What is the efficiency for a 1973 Thermo oil furnace?

    I'm having a tough time believing some numbers I have...

    (I'll warn you now I am a data collection / numbers junkie)

    I have an Excel spread sheet that tracked my 8 years of oil consumption,...
  33. Blame Google for bringing us home owners to you...

    Blame Google for bringing us home owners to you guys... :D

    I own one of these contentious boxes, but I am reserving judgment until Jan/Feb. I have very detailed past history records of oil and...
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    Did you use the phone? 905-564-2221, ask for...

    Did you use the phone? 905-564-2221, ask for Jim. He's always been very responsive....
  36. The amount of strip heaters in the Acadia air...

    The amount of strip heaters in the Acadia air handler is adjustable (it is a re-branded York/UPG unit). I think it's between 5 and 20 kw.

    The 5kw you read about in their literature is the outdoor...
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    I think this is what obxtech had in mind...

    I think this is what obxtech had in mind...
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    Sort of like this...

    Sort of like this...
  39. Goodman publishes their data online. Digging...

    Goodman publishes their data online.

    Digging through my old notes (when I was comparing Acadia vs Goodman for myself):


    Goodman Hallowell (w/2nd stage call)
    3T,14SEER ...
  40. Do you have a few years of historical fuel usage?...

    Do you have a few years of historical fuel usage?

    If so, you can figure out what your approx. BTU usage is using:
    http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/renoho/refash/refash_018.cfm

    HDD data is...
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    Carrier must be reliable. High tech industry...

    Carrier must be reliable. High tech industry only installs carrier class equipment.

    Ok, bad joke... I'll go back to trolling...
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