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Room gets hot via hot air from a duct window

My room window which opens in passageway of a double story building, remains cool and some cool air also comes from it. Unless other building members open there split ac,because all the outers ...
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What does “8(3)A” mean on a relay spec sheet?

In the specs for this heating controller (http://www.ecr-nederland.nl/files/lae_bediening_ac1-2w_en_de.pdf) the relays have a capacity of 8(3)A (top-right). What does this mean? 8A/3A?
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Can I sink a hot water copper pipe into the ground and keep the heating functionality

we are remodeling a our kitchen and the hot water baseboard heating is in the way. We had two ideas. 1. we let the baseboard heating run under the cabinets 2. we cut open the floor and drop the ...
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Gas Back Boiler Pilot Light

I have an old Back Boiler - I have had a few previous problems trying to relight pilot light. However, I haven't had any problems for a few years. Today, new gas pipes were being connected out on ...
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Is Solar Heating of Pool worth it? Especially after Time of Use (TOU) electric rates are introduced?

I'm thinking of getting solar heating for my pool. We're in San Diego and the cost would be about $6000. Currently, I don't heat the pool at all as it's prohibitively expensive with natural gas. I ...
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Sauna tripping GFCI

I've just finished up wiring an old heater in my sauna. It has laid around in a shed for a decade or so and am wondering if it's spent. It powered on fine and heated for about 5 minutes until the GFCI ...
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Is my room suitable for electric underfloor heating?

We are in the process of buying a new home and would like to have ceramic tiles on the ground floor. This is more resistant but can get very cold in winter, so we thought of having underfloor heating. ...
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Should I buy or hack a 240v remote controlled thermostat?

I'd like to buy/easily create a thermostat that remotely controls a 240v / 10A switch. At a minimum the switch should be on when it's hot, and the threshold should be configurable. Digital ...
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Quite high pitched noise in room

When I'm trying to sleep I hear a high pitched, ringing noise. I can only hear it if everything else is quiet. I've considered if this is a medical issue, such as tinnitus, but before jumping to ...
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Can I just replace the heating coil in my dryer, or do I have to do the whole element?

My dryer heating coil in my heating element broke in two. It seems like it'll be simple enough to just put a new coil in and be on my way. The part is available and this move would save me about $40. ...
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How can I calculate the effects a floor coverings thermal conductivity will have on my heating costs?

We are choosing between laminate and plastic flooring over water based underfloor heating (heat pipes laid in the screed floor over thick concrete). Laminate floorings have a thermal resistance of ...
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running a gas line to a gas heater hide do I hide the gas line

I need to run a gas line to a floor mounted gas heater but I cannot run it behind the wall. How do I hide the gas line?
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Dual heat zones strongly connected vs setback thermostats

Similar to a question just asked, but i think it's different enough... I have a two-zone forced-hot-water heating system, where each floor is its own zone. The zones are connected by an open ...
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Could our electric baseboard heaters be causing soot damage in our kitchen?

We have electric baseboard heat that's about 30-35 years old. Each room has its own unit. We normally keep each unit on 60-62 °F. We only use 3 units: kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. ...
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What is the correct Air Flow change per hour for my house?

I recently just got my house air sealed. Before air sealed the Building Air Standard (BAS) was 1.4 now it is 1.2. Based off a 1300 sq ft house. What should the BAS be? Is there a calculator to ...
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Why would one of the zones of my Slant Fin gas fired hot water baseboard heating system not be heating?

Thus far I have: replaced with new batteries. turned down temp and switched the breakers turned heat back up, no response Can a pilot be out for one zone? The other two are warm and cozy. Did ...
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How can I heat up my apartment to kill bedbugs in Southeast Asia?

I have a bedbug problem in my apartment and I want to fix it myself with heat. (I do not want chemicals sprayed around.) Apparently, getting a room to 140 degrees for two hours is sufficient to kill ...
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Should I synchronize programmable dual zone thermostats to come on at the same time?

I have two zones in my house and both have programmable thermostats. The temp in the house is set to 18 degrees while I am at work all day, and when I return it is programmed to 21 degrees. When I ...
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What type of heating system would you recommend?

I am remodeling an old two-story duplex, opening it up into single dwelling. The existing heating system is oil/forced air and also a coal furnace built into the same ductwork. Unfortunately the ...
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Wiring Aprilaire 700 Humidifier to York TG9* Furnace

I've read the related posts, but they don't answer my questions. Please, help! We had contractors installed: * Aprilaire-700 Humidifier with Auto/Manual Humidistat-Control Knob (non-digital) * ...
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How can a thermostat be connected to a passive solar water heater?

How can a thermostat be connected to a passive solar water heater so as to serve as an automatic control valve between the collector and the storage tank
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Baseboard heat not keeping up

This is my first winter in my house which was built in 1991. A Navien CH-240 that provides both hydronic baseboard heat and hot water was already installed. We have two zones, upstairs and downstairs. ...
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Best cost efficient plug-in heating devices / radiators

We moved to a 2-bedroom apartment that has baseboard heating devices installed. Our first electricity bill was huge (around $400) and we only used 3 of them and not all day long. Here is a pic of the ...
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Is it safe to have a furnaces exhaust pipe facing to the side instead of down?

We have had an issue with our furnace this winter, were snow/ ice gets in our cold air intake and prevents the furnace from Working. My husband turned the exhaust pipe to the side, instead of facing ...
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Adding vents to duct?

My house has forced air HVAC. When I finished the basement, I used a closed cell foam insulation that worked very well. The basement will get only 8 degrees cooler than the first floor during a time ...
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How to troubleshoot heat that's always on?

My boiler (Weil Mclain CGA Gold ~2003 install) failed the other day. After some help from a plumber and reading the manual, I replaced a few parts (more below) to get it running again. Now one zone is ...
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Bio-ethanol or other solution?

This question is related to Can bio fuel ethanol be used as a main heating source? In regards to the thread title, as a apartment buyer where the builder is going to implement a bio-ethanol ...
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How can I minimize energy consumption using my baseboard heating device?

Should I leave it ON most of the time and just play around with the temperature, or is it better to switch it OFF when I am not in the house and then turn it back ON?
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Balancing multi-family home temperature

My parents recently purchased an older, multi-family house with a finished basement and two apartments. There is a single furnace, and single thermostat on the first floor. The whole heating system is ...
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Can i replace the existing screed on concrete slab with floor insulation and electric underfloor heating?

Can i replace the existing screed on concrete slab with floor insulation and electric underfloor heating ? Standard screed thichness is something like 50 mm to 80 mm or so. My idea is to replace the ...
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Second floor radiators only heat with all other radiators off

I have 2 rads on the second floor that will get hot water flow only when I stop all flow to the other rads on the system. Even then, the flow is very low. I have had this system for 10 years and ...
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Why would a GFCI on my infloor heating circuit trip, when an exhaust fan on a different circuit turns on/off?

I have infloor electric heating installed in our bathroom. The power is supplied by a dedicated 240V/1Ph. circuit that also feeds a couple of baseboard heaters in our bedroom. The infloor heating is ...
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De-airing / venting central heating

(Bear with me, I'm a non-native English speaker from a non-English speaking country, so my terms may be a bit off. If anything is unclear, please inform me of this and I'll attempt to clarify.) I've ...
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Water leaking in ceiling when central heating turned on

Water is dripping from the ceiling when the central heating is on. If the heating remains on the drip becomes a gush (the ceiling has fallen in under the weight of water). When the bathroom ...
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Increasing the capacity of an electric baseboard thermostat

The electric baseboard heat in my living room has a mechanical thermostat (bimetallic strip) that occasionally gets stuck in the "on" position. I'd like to replace it with a solid-state thermostat, ...
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Listed electric baseboard heaters that permit installation below outlets

Are there UL-listed electric baseboard heaters that do permit being installed below outlets? The FPN in 210.52: Informational Note: Listed baseboard heaters include instructions that may not ...
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combi boiler shuts off after a couple of hours

hi my combi boiler keeps switching itself off after a couple of hours running on the timer. You only realise when the room starts to go cold. You have to switch the boiler itself off for about 10 mins ...
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underfloor heating with cork floor tiles

What is the appropriate subfloor for cork tiles over underfloor heating if the floor is supported by wooden joists? How thick can the floor be?
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Can I replace a high limit switch myself?

Thank you for the answer, can I change this myself or do I need to get the HVAC company to do this? I have turned off the breaker in the panel box so that it does not come back on. What is the purpose ...
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No heat but fan and blower continuous run

I have a Trane gas pack 1998 unit that heats with propane. The fan and blower are running, but there's no heat blowing in vents: just cold air. What is wrong?
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How can I reset my Baxi Combi Duo-Tec HE boiler after a gas supply fault error?

My boiler is giving me some real problems, for whatever reason, it's not resetting as it should. I ran out of gas last night and since ice put some on and tried to reset, it still thinks there is a ...
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Hot water baseboard is hot, but no heat

We have a water heated baseboard in our condo unit. The heat has been working fine for last 4-5 years. Since last four days, the temperature is dropping to 70F. Yesterday morning, it went to 80F and I ...
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What is the most energy efficient way to heat a converted garage space?

I'm looking for advice of how to best heat a converted garage space (w/ some insulation). I live in So. Cal and so the lowest winter temp at night is about 40 degrees. Normally I only need to heat ...
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What could be causing my baseboard heater to not heat up?

I have a Dunkirk Gas boiler with an Amtrol Extrol expansion tank Have a weird situation During the winter when it is very cold out, my heat does not turn on automatically. My thermostat may say 70 ...
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Why would only 1/3 of my registers be blowing warm air?

I have a Coleman gas furnace in a wall space in my house which somehow shares the blower on my a/c unit on the roof because it turns on when furnace is called to start, though it does bump up after a ...
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How do I calculate how long a furnace has to work to compensate a given temp drop?

I am trying to understand the dynamics of heating a home after the furnace size was calculated. Say you have a 60000BTU furnace to heat a 2000 sqft home. At the beginning of the heating season you ...
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What causes a heater fan to keep running?

I have a regular gas air heater that heats the whole house. It is installed in a garage. When I use thermostat to turn on the heat it works as expected. When temperature reaches set value the gas ...
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How do I calculate CFM for a structure?

This is for calculating the CFM (cubic feet per minute) of air that the blower needs to move in order to compensate the total heat loss (ventilation,infiltration,heat loss through walls, windows, ...
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Help needed to calculate the R value of a brick veneer wall (house built in 1958)?

I live in a house that was built in 1958. I am looking for the R value of my brick veneer walls. For that I would need to know how the wall was built (there should be the brick, some sheating, ...
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In England: ground or air based heat pump?

Weather is not too extreme in southern England, will not need a/c. Want to install central heating for the first time in an old Victorian house. There are no radiators, no base board units, no ...