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  1. #66
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    Well Uktra you still haven't said where you live that has a climate like Houston.

    I read the article and looked up Houston area homes. Looks like there about 600 around here. I have been to several of these neighborhoods and dealt with homes that will not stay comfortable over 95 degrees. In fact my Chiropractor owns one and we are going to have to redo the ductwork and add more capacity so they are comfortable in their game room and the upstairs bedrooms.



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    Building America homes etc.

    Are there really true stories of the Houston Area "Building America" homes not cooling OK? I am very interested in what I can learn from this.

    Is it because the actual heat gain is higher than calculated? Is the AC system not delivering enough cooling BTUs? Latent BTUs? Sloppy work by Pulte?

    If anyone can provide facts to answer any of those questions, that would be extremely interesting and educational. Since I live near Houston, very relevant too. To me this amounts to a revival of the old question whether Manual J is the right tool in this hot-humid climate. Most of the people who say it isn't don't seem to have enough vocabulary, or math background to explain why. Answers from this angle might supply the missing argument.

    Thanks in advance -- P.Student

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    Re: Building America homes etc.

    Originally posted by perpetual_student
    Most of the people who say it isn't don't seem to have enough vocabulary, or math background to explain why. Answers from this angle might supply the missing argument.
    So my guess with a statement like that you believe everything you read, So do you believe everything you read? or is it possible that some of us think outside the box of things figured in a classroom or lab and have been to a live home and seen how these numbers perform in a real world? The only perfect writings are the inspired word of God that I trust 100%. I can't say as to how these numbers perform in the real world like Al "classical" can he has been to one, but you can bet you last dollar that I will visit one of these homes soon and I will post an exact statement here from the HO, I think that would be fair.
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    Perpetual Student--I suggest you check into these homes yourself. I think you will find these homes work much better than the usual code built homes. You have to ask yourself, if they don't work as advertised and people were uncomfortable, why are there 14 subdivisions and over 600 homes?

    Classical--Anyone can have a problem--nothing is perfect. An example of one problem doesn't prove anything. Document how many real capacity problems are in these homes. If you can't do that then you are just (as they say in Texas) "pissin' in the wind"

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    I've noticed that Panama & Uktra have posted to what amounts to mostly theory & Mrbillpro has posted mostly on experience. I trust experience.

    And to say that most A/C's in TX. are over-sized is absolutely incorrect! In fact, if the figures are done right then - in theory - no A/C has been over-sized. It all depends on the house & how it's built that determines the size of the A/C not how it should be built. In other words, you gotta figure out the heat load.

    Still, 3 1/2tons for a 5200sq.ft. two-story house? I have my doubts. Even if it was possible you would still have to zone it, at least. Or maybe a 2ton system for downstairs & a 1 1/2ton for upstairs. Or....

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    special ed--This is not theory, I help design and build homes in the real world.

    P. Student--Pulte homes of Houston is rated number 1 in fewest problems by J. D. Power for the Houston area in 2004.

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    I just want to bring up a few thoughts and see if you guys agree or not.
    Manual J is only as good as the numbers you put into it and will fail if something is missed.

    Manual J assumes on the homeowners behalf how cool he will keep his house on days the temp is above design

    You normally have to over or undersize the A/C to get closest to manual J loads

    Every A/C unit installed is not the perfect size all the time

    Although I don't live in Texas, I would think adding up to 1 ton over Manual J loads would not be a problem in most cases and the customer would notice little difference in the humidity level or the electric bill

    And Last- The customer is the one we are trying to make happy. Make them aware of what the new system will be designed for (before installation) and make sure this is what they want or change it to their needs.

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    Uktra when I have the time I will ask if I can post specifics about a home.

    Well I bet any amount of money Uktra works for Pulte!

    J.D. Powers is just like any other survey not worth squat.

    The same type of thing that rates Trane/Am/Std as the best A/C please. J.D. Powers also ranked Oldsmobile as the top auto for years; lets see they went out of business after nearly a Century. The same survey company that at the same time ranks Ford Chevy and Dodge as the best built or best selling truck in Texas. The survey produces what the marketer wants it to produce, as do all polls. It is in how you ask or phrase the question.

    I have been in homes built by every builder in Houston for 35 years. I will grant Pulte does build a better than average home but that isn't saying much around here. I haven't seen a home built in the last 20-years would buy. My next home I will build from the ground up.

    Regardless of the builder all new homes have one common denominator the A/C Plumbing and electrical are the cheapest items in the house and always go to low bidder. I have yet to see a track homebuilder pay more than $1,500.00 per ton for the A/C.

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    Originally posted by uktra
    P. Student--Pulte homes of Houston is rated number 1 in fewest problems by J. D. Power for the Houston area in 2004.
    Not for long if they put a 3 1/2ton system on a 5200sq.ft. two-story house.

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    Classical--you are wrong again--I do not work for Pulte. While you put down J. D. powers survey can you produce a better survey of home buying customers? If there were all these under capacity problems you claim Pulte has, why isn't this reflected in the owner surveys? Again you are "pissin' in the wind".

    Special ed --read the thread, no one ever said Pulte was putting 3.5 ton in a 5200 sq. ft. home.

    [Edited by uktra on 06-30-2005 at 09:42 PM]

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    This is getting personal

    MrBillPro said:

    >>So my guess with a statement like that you believe everything you read,
    >>So do you believe everything you read? or is it possible that some of us
    >>think outside the box of things figured in a classroom or lab and have been
    >>to a live home and seen how these numbers perform in a real world?

    MrBill, I would much prefer you show me wrong and explain WHY or HOW these homes fail to perform. Yeah I was baiting the Manual J doubters just a bit but you have not lessened my doubts at this point. I do respect that you have much real world experience, I do notice that you are skeptical of Manual J but don't necessarily believe in those things written by you or some others. If only I could hear a plausible theory of WHY or HOW Manual J fails to deliver satisfactory comfort, then I could come around and be much more sympathetic to your views.

    I am not saying that you are wrong, however I am waiting for something more persuasive than "I seen it" testimonials. Because if you haven't noticed, there are a lot of people who say "I seen it" in favor of Manual J working.

    Myself I have received quotes from AC guys who claim my 2 systems are undersized at 7.0 tons. One guy wanted to up me to 9.0 tons, of course that would require all new ductwork and the price of a pretty good car. Yet my house cools OK, one system is measured at 73% duty cycle and the other at 93% (as measured by minutes on vs. off in the peak hour). Is that not serious evidence I don't need 9.0 tons? Just who is thinking inside a box here?

    Regards -- P.Student

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    Re: This is getting personal

    Originally posted by perpetual_student
    MrBillPro said:

    >>So my guess with a statement like that you believe everything you read,
    >>So do you believe everything you read? or is it possible that some of us
    >>think outside the box of things figured in a classroom or lab and have been
    >>to a live home and seen how these numbers perform in a real world?

    MrBill, I would much prefer you show me wrong and explain WHY or HOW these homes fail to perform. Yeah I was baiting the Manual J doubters just a bit but you have not lessened my doubts at this point. I do respect that you have much real world experience, I do notice that you are skeptical of Manual J but don't necessarily believe in those things written by you or some others. If only I could hear a plausible theory of WHY or HOW Manual J fails to deliver satisfactory comfort, then I could come around and be much more sympathetic to your views.

    I am not saying that you are wrong, however I am waiting for something more persuasive than "I seen it" testimonials. Because if you haven't noticed, there are a lot of people who say "I seen it" in favor of Manual J working.

    Myself I have received quotes from AC guys who claim my 2 systems are undersized at 7.0 tons. One guy wanted to up me to 9.0 tons, of course that would require all new ductwork and the price of a pretty good car. Yet my house cools OK, one system is measured at 73% duty cycle and the other at 93% (as measured by minutes on vs. off in the peak hour). Is that not serious evidence I don't need 9.0 tons? Just who is thinking inside a box here?

    Regards -- P.Student
    There is no problem with manual J. If everything is exactly like the values you use to determine the load which is easier to do in a new home and harder to do in a existing home. It leaves little room for error if a mistake is made or a guess at insulation in the walls are wrong. My biggest problem is homeowners not knowing in advance what the system will do in the extreme temps. All of my customers would rather pay a little more in the milder months for being a little oversized than have to add a window unit or set and watch tv with a blanket over them. It is easy for someone to say manual J works every time but are they the ones that have to answer the phone on the days it gets above or below design temps and explain why the new system they installed won't keep up? How many furnaces and A/C units have YOU installed Uktra?

    [Edited by trane on 06-30-2005 at 11:04 PM]

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    30 years in HVAC in Florida ,over 7000 new construction homes,manual J has yet to undersize a home.Now we have had a few,where the info. was wrong or the person inputing the data made an error,and undersized a home.

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