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    OK... when pairing a two-stage furnace with a...

    OK... when pairing a two-stage furnace with a heat pump, will one expect increased efficiency, some savings and increased comfort?
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    Interesting. Seems to be a divergence of opinion...

    Interesting. Seems to be a divergence of opinion amongst even some of the pros both here and on another site. Two stage with variable speed blower might be the difference. One pro 8 days ago on this...
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    I thought a two stage, especially a two stage...

    I thought a two stage, especially a two stage variable speed with ECM motor would improve both efficiency and comfort? What did I miss?
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    OK. Thank you. I was puzzled. Thank you for the...

    OK. Thank you. I was puzzled. Thank you for the assistance.
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    Neither the air ventilation nor the furnace is...

    Neither the air ventilation nor the furnace is running right now and the orange flashing light is still flashing at one second intervals. I supposed I had better visit my HVAC guy this a.m. Something...
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    Trane XR90 flashing light

    Last year I had my duct work enlarged and a second cold air return installed. When it was done, I noticed that the flashing red/orange light through the plastic on the Trane XR90 no longer flashed.
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    That is beyond my pay grade. The pros would know.

    That is beyond my pay grade. The pros would know.
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    There are rules! :):angel:

    There are rules! :):angel:
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    We just got into a conversation about what I'd do...

    We just got into a conversation about what I'd do when it time to replace my system 15 years down the road (approximately). I said I'd probably go at least two stage but very likely variable speed. ...
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    Might be their new Ion 3.0 version. Dunno. Ran a...

    Might be their new Ion 3.0 version. Dunno. Ran a savings calculator and it would be minimal if I don't use constant fan (about $75 a year) and would cost me $13 annually if I do).

    News Flas... I...
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    OK. I looked at internet stuff on it yesterday...

    OK. I looked at internet stuff on it yesterday the literature claims it is variable speed. The fine gentlemen here say it is not. And it appears there are two models of it -- the IM series and the...
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    So then this is more of a modified two-speed...

    So then this is more of a modified two-speed motor (low/high with variables)? Also existing system info is ARI # 1216945
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    Evergreen Motor switch

    I have Trane XR90 single speed gas furnace and a Trane XL14i heat pump. My tech just left from doing the annual service. He said there is a variable speed "Evergreen" motor that can be dropped in to...
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    I think you figured your gas rates high. I...

    I think you figured your gas rates high. I figured your cost per therm with fees is $1.297 based on 80 therms of gas. Higher if you use less therms and less if you use more. Your overall rate is...
  15. Yep. Mine works great here in the PNW. Low bills...

    Yep. Mine works great here in the PNW. Low bills and dual fuel capability when the temp drops to under 20. Heats the 2,981 sq. foot 1.5 story just fine. Don't know where or how your formed your...
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    Media Filters

    I'd like an opinion on the Air Handler brand media air filters sold by Grainger. Merv 11. I have been using Air Daemon Merv 11s. I'm about ready to buy a case of at least six. The Air Daemons...
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    I had approximately a 5 degree difference between...

    I had approximately a 5 degree difference between upstairs and downstairs in my four-year-old 3,000 sq. foot 1.5 story home. Attic insulation of R-60, energy efficient windows, yada yada. Single...
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    That's a crock. I run mine down to 20 degrees...

    That's a crock. I run mine down to 20 degrees (2,981 sq. feet, 1.5 stories, 3.5 ton single speed) and it keeps the home nice and warm. Thermostat settings: AWAKE: 69, LEAVE: 67, RETURN: 70,...
  19. I live 60 miles south of you and would suggest...

    I live 60 miles south of you and would suggest going with the HP and gas backup. I have now been in my place four years. My first year without changing any settings on the thermostat other than...
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    When my place was built in 2007, the same company...

    When my place was built in 2007, the same company was just finishing another home in the subdivision. It received the Energy Star certification. Mine was better insulated and had the same Built Green...
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    I agree that you should call/contact Skyheating....

    I agree that you should call/contact Skyheating. You are in the perfect climate for the heat pump system with backup natural gas. I'm sure he will do the Manual J and D calcs and give you the best...
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    Energy Star, when you replace the washer and...

    Energy Star, when you replace the washer and possibly the dryer, get front loaders. Spin cycle has them nearly dry.

    Might try some insulation as all that heat's going up and out. Fastest way to...
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    That'll do it.

    That'll do it.
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    January bill was $266.93. Heat pump and natural...

    January bill was $266.93. Heat pump and natural gas. Natural gas was $25.57 of the bill. 3,000 square feet. I have a Bosch dishwasher that also heats the water but it's never been an issue. 9 foot...
  25. Nate, three months ago I spent somewhat less than...

    Nate, three months ago I spent somewhat less than you were quoted on re-doing my cold air return and adding a second return. I don't know if you are having "noise" issues" when the system runs, but...
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    My 90% gas furnace is elevated about two feet off...

    My 90% gas furnace is elevated about two feet off the garage floor in an area specifically for it and the hot water tank. Drain piping runs down and then outside to the concrete pad.

    Last house...
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    I thought he had in his first post. It just...

    I thought he had in his first post. It just wasn't as detailed as some us of us. Perhaps he works for the Census Bureau. In their second survey they demand to know what you spent on your last bill,...
  28. I found another post of your and got the figures....

    I found another post of your and got the figures. The 50-55 switchover is probably correct. I ran fuel cost the numbers on my spreadsheet for my heat pump. Nasty electric rates.
  29. It seems 50-55 is high to me. However if the...

    It seems 50-55 is high to me. However if the electric rates are astronomical and the gas rates cheap that could explain shuch a high switchover temp. What are the delivered total gas and electric...
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    Dan, first of all the house is Built Green Level...

    Dan, first of all the house is Built Green Level 3. Was close to level four. Standard bat insulation in the six inch walls. Low E2 argon gas vinyl windows, R-30 under the floor and R-50-55 in the...
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    Results above

    Results above
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    It's 22 degrees outside right now and my heat...

    It's 22 degrees outside right now and my heat pump is chugging right along. House is at 72 (warmer than I normally keep it as we might lose power a little later tonight). When it dips under 20 as it...
  33. Thread: Filters?

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    I had an electronic filter in my last home....

    I had an electronic filter in my last home. Cleaned the l metal "filter" (might have been two filters. I can't remember as it's been five years) once a month and the two larger units with the thin...
  34. Thread: A/C Noise

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    I had an excessive noise problem the past three...

    I had an excessive noise problem the past three years with my system until about 4:30 p.m. today. A real pro added a second return to my downstairs and fixed by replacing the return air sheet metal...
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    I think the heat pump NG furnace backup is a...

    I think the heat pump NG furnace backup is a no-brainer in this part of the country. Hope the OP fixed his building envelope and windows first. The old pay me now or pay me later deal.

    Flexibility...
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    Not in these parts. I'm guessing it's like most...

    Not in these parts. I'm guessing it's like most everyplace else. It depends on your contractor. In my neighborhood, some are way undersized, some are way oversized and some of , I think, just...
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    No habit changes, Mark. Just the way it is at my...

    No habit changes, Mark. Just the way it is at my place. No water pumps, either. Like I said, this is what I've got at my place and I've seen. Can't say it would be the same for everybody. I'm not a...
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    My story is that I bought a KVAR (Florida based...

    My story is that I bought a KVAR (Florida based company) two years ago. Did preliminary tests (one hour with unit on/ one hour off and then reversed the proceedure the next day with nearly identical...
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    I agree with Skyheating. I've used a heat pump...

    I agree with Skyheating. I've used a heat pump for 21 years in two different homes. Very comfortable and lower bills than the neighbors. What's wrong with that?
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    Well, I've got over three years worth of figures...

    Well, I've got over three years worth of figures that say otherwise and I've got the lowest heating bills in my subdivision except for the fellow who just installed solar panels and the guy who...
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    I agree with AMD. Don't kinow whether you have...

    I agree with AMD. Don't kinow whether you have Puget SoundEenergy or Seattle City/Tacoma City Light, but there are insulation and window programs out there that will allow you to address the...
  42. Thread: gas vs HP

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    That's the cost of gas, I assume. You probably...

    That's the cost of gas, I assume. You probably have a delivery charge, too. My cost in Olympia is .65501 per therm plus another .34058 for delivery and another .01447 for the conservation program. ...
  43. I shopped around for my parts and labor warranty...

    I shopped around for my parts and labor warranty between three Trane dealers. Got a fair price. Parts and labor for 10 years. Service once a year. I do mine in late August so cooling can still be...
  44. "To be a good mechanic, You need to be a little...

    "To be a good mechanic, You need to be a little bit crazy. "

    Your tag line says it all. I think you are at least half right. I'll let the folks here determine which half you are.
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    On the box, mine says 10 amp draw.

    On the box, mine says 10 amp draw.
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    Yes it is, but December saw lots of single digits...

    Yes it is, but December saw lots of single digits and low teens, hence my "unusually high" natural gas useage. When I lived in southeast Idaho 30s would have been bikini weather for the ladies. I do...
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    Mine is a Honeywell True Steam (HM509 on the...

    Mine is a Honeywell True Steam (HM509 on the box). It used 248 KWH when I ran it in December (from my Kill-A-Watt EZ). Quite cold for here. Unplugged right now as we have above normal temps. Cost me...
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    964 HDD 30.93 therms natural gas (HP lockout...

    964 HDD

    30.93 therms natural gas (HP lockout at 20, furnace may kick on at 30 if neded to help recovery. Single digits and low teens. Avg. daily temp 33.1)
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    3.5 ton HP with 4 ton indoor coil, 2,981 sq. feet...

    3.5 ton HP with 4 ton indoor coil, 2,981 sq. feet story and a half, natural gas furnace backup rated at 74,000 BTU, Zone 4 (furnace rarely used-- less than 90 therms a year).
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    I've been setting mine back no more than three...

    I've been setting mine back no more than three degrees (changed from the factory 5 degrees). Do you have any data that shows it's cheaper to operate at a constant temp? I'd be very curious about...
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