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  1. #1
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    variable speed blowers worth it?

    Just moved into a new house. builders grade nordyne system with single speed blowers. SEER 13. installed offered to replace both single speed blowers with a variable speed blower saying increase to SEER 14. cost is $ each blower plus $ for a top of the line honeywell thermostate.

    Is this worth it? what benefit will I get?

    I run the blowers 24/7 and the system is fairly loud with air noise.

    thanks
    Last edited by beenthere; 05-07-2009 at 09:21 PM. Reason: Removed prices

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    The variable speed blowers can run at a slower speed when run 24/7, decreasing the air noise.

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    No prices in post.
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    Not sure why. $ for each blower installed. $ for each thermostat installed
    Last edited by beenthere; 05-08-2009 at 05:19 AM. Reason: Removed prices

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    Having a VS blower would facilitate several things which are useful for humidity removal and/or energy efficiency. As a homeowner I would do it.

    Hope this helps -- Pstu

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    Quote Originally Posted by russ359 View Post
    Not sure why.
    He's trying to tell you that $ amounts aren't allowed in posts

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    Quote Originally Posted by russ359 View Post
    Not sure why. $ for each blower installed. $ for each thermostat installed
    Because no prices are allowed.

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    OK, sorry did nto realize no prices are allowed. But what benefit will I see if I replace the fixed speed blower on a new Gibson unit with the variable speed blower package? I have two units. I'm looking for % electrical savings, better temp distribution, etc

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by russ359 View Post
    OK, sorry did nto realize no prices are allowed. But what benefit will I see if I replace the fixed speed blower on a new Gibson unit with the variable speed blower package? I have two units. I'm looking for % electrical savings, better temp distribution, etc

    thanks
    I'm a home owner and had a variable speed blower with my new heat pump last July. The difference in noise is incredible, in fact I went to the basement to see if the blower was running at first. LOL

    It helps with humidity reduction by running low speed and keeps the indoor temp fairly even (I only run the fan on auto).

    I believe it saves money, but can't give a figure. I went from an AC system to a heat pump dual fuel see in this thread http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=278602 Post#7
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    I have a Goodman GMV with heat pump and the variable speed fan is great! It ramps up smoothly and offers the benefits previously mentioned and also if your thermostat supports it it can have programmable fan instead of continuous "on" that will run the fan for X min. out of an hour slowly enough that you will hardly notice it, but enough that the air will not stratify and be stagnant.
    This one feature is almost worth the price of admission. With the other features i think that it is a no brainer, cost savings be d---ed.

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