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    Confused Building Home need advice

    We are first time homebuilders. Our GC has suggested several options for heating and air. Is it okay to ask for opinions on the options on this site? I am not asking about pricing, just not sure if we should do the heat pump and upgrades.

    The GC's father owns the heating and cooling company that would be doing the install. Just want to make sure we are making a good choice cause we know little to nothing about HVAC.

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    Thank you for reading the rules first! Yes you can ask, (leaving out pricing), but one thing most on here will tell you is: It's not the brand, it's all about the proper sizing, and install.

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    Get referrals from his other installs and don't be afraid to ask the hard questions. Installation is the most critical facet of HVAC.
    Ask the GC for a copy of the heat load calc or the architect's recommendation for capacity. That way you know they didn't "rule of thumb" it and puts liability/responsibility where it belongs.
    And for all that is right in creation, tell the GC to put the equipment where it can be easily accessed and serviced. Otherwise, it can cost you a pretty penny just to have minor work done on it, never mind major work.
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    First off do a good envelope, 2 x 6 on 24" exterior walls, with cross braces at the corners. E'glass windows that are hinged, no sliders. Insulate your interior 2 x 4 walls. Since they'll have digging equipment there already, I'd go with Geo.

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    If You Haven't Started Building Yet ...

    If you haven't started construction you might want to invest about $40 for a new construction video from a national energy consultant/architect who recommends minor changes that have BIG energy savings. His son who is an engineer will also review your blueprints at what appears to be a fairly reasonable cost and provide energy saving recommendations. I have been listening to this guy for years on his weekly radio show he's been doing for about 20 years and have met him at least 3 times. His phone number is at the bottom of the web page. See: http://www.dougrye.com/

    He is a big geothermal fan and firmly believes in cellulose insulation for cost/effectiveness and foam insulation at double the cost if cost is not a factor.

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    it's OK to fill out your profile too.

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    have him show you a load Calc and duct sizing and
    for install the amout of vac he pulled and how long he let it stand (1:00p -1:45)
    presssure and Supper heat and Subcool these are thing he should be doing any way.
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    Here's the options

    option #1 RHSL air handler w/ a/c-RANL 13 sheer, RMEEM 3 ton system

    option #2 for about $more add heatpump RPNL 13 sheer

    option #3 for about $ more upgrade to 95% efficient RGRL gas furnance with RANL A/C

    option #4 upgrade for another $to 95% RGRLO7EMAES 75,000 BTU w/ heat pump RPNL

    option #5 upgrade for $ RHPLHM3621 Prestige series air handler w/ ECM motor and dehumidification w/ a RPRL036JEZ 2 stage heat pump w/ vision pro 1 A Q stat 16.5 seer 2.75 eer 8.70 HSDF

    What questions should we ask? How do we determine if any of the options will payoff in 5 years...10 years?? I don't mind spending more money if it is worth it.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bootlen View Post
    Get referrals from his other installs and don't be afraid to ask the hard questions. Installation is the most critical facet of HVAC.
    Ask the GC for a copy of the heat load calc or the architect's recommendation for capacity. That way you know they didn't "rule of thumb" it and puts liability/responsibility where it belongs.
    And for all that is right in creation, tell the GC to put the equipment where it can be easily accessed and serviced. Otherwise, it can cost you a pretty penny just to have minor work done on it, never mind major work.
    okay, I will be the first to admit that I am fairly handy, I will be installing the kitchen cabinets and the flooring, But the most I know about HVAC is how to use the thermostat. What is a heat load calc?

    The equipment will have its own room in the basement, center of house. Is there a location that you HVAC people would prefer?

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    you can get that infor on the net.

    what type duct is he using poor done ducting or even just using flex will trash you energy savings.

    your last opion it instaled right will be good for comfort. IF INSTALLED right .
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    Quote Originally Posted by madhat View Post
    First off do a good envelope, 2 x 6 on 24" exterior walls, with cross braces at the corners. E'glass windows that are hinged, no sliders. Insulate your interior 2 x 4 walls. Since they'll have digging equipment there already, I'd go with Geo.
    can you explain hinged not sliders? We are looking at the windows that crank open from Pella. Are these considered hinged?

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    money very well spent spray foam installation
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