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Is it safe/energy efficient to surround hydronic baseboard heaters with a wooden enclosure?

I recently replaced some wood panelling with drywall, leaving my hydronic baseboard heaters free standing with no brackets or metal surrounding them. I was thinking that instead of putting a metal ...
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Connect Taco Radiator system to a new Honeywell wireless thermostat

I have a Taco model 572 valve connected to an existing wired Honeywell TH8110 thermostat for my oil fueled radiator system. I'm getting a new Honeywell TH6320 wireless thermostat for a new A/C ...
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Underfloor solar heating

My family has a property in Portugal with a broken old solar water heater mounted on the roof. We've been using the immersion heater instead of the solar panel for a while now, but rising energy costs ...
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Covering Up A Large Gap In A Wall

I was looking for advice on how could i create a partition between my two rooms which have a huge frame in between them. The place was originally covered by curtains but putting up curtains on the ...
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Is this pipe layout acceptable?

We recently had our heater and air conditioner replaced, and now the drainage pipe is installed on the floor of the basement. It's quite annoying and it wasn't like that before (it was on the walls ...
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only hot water is wanted?

I have a switch near my boiler (apt) for turning on my heating, Above that I have a standered switch for heating water only. This system was installed 10 years ago, everything was working, until ...
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Runtal vs standard fin baseboard readiators?

Bathroom remodel. Thinking of replacing the standard fin baseboard with a small runtal unit, specifically this one: ...
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Economy 7 single element immersion heater

I just start renting a property which has electric heating. It runs on a type of economy 7 tariff. Just before I moved in the landlord fitted a new immersion heater replacing the old one. The ...
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Will a single ductless mini-split heat pump be able to distribute its air evenly throughout my ranch house?

I am in the middle of a deep energy retrofit of my house, and a quick-and-dirty online manual J calculation of the projected loads once my projects are completed shows an estimated heating and cooling ...
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Boiler clanking noise

I woke up this morning to a really loud clanking noise from our boiler. It is a newer gas boiler installed in 2007. There are two Taco circulators 007-F5-71FC for first floor and second floor. I ...
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What is this part of the heating system, and how can I stop it from leaking?

I bought a quite old house, and I found on the attic a thing that's part of the central heating, and it's leaking water. Not a lot, but enough to soak through to the floor below. Pictures: . I ...
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Can I change my standard thermostat to a Wifi one?

I have a (quite standard) TR-010X T6360A thermostat that looks like this: And this is the wiring diagram: Can I install the Heatmiser PRT-TS WiFi Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat? This is the ...
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Converting two-vent fireplace insert into one-vent: how much combustion air access does it need?

We recently took out a woodburning stove and are replacing it with a propane insert. The insert is set for a 2-pipe direct vent configuration (one for combustion air, one for exhaust). Our contractor ...
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What to do about different rooms in the house being a completely different temperature?

I moved into a 30 year old home last December. There is a problem with the HVAC. I have included a very crude drawing of the floor plan The problem is that I can't maintain a comfortable ...
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What are the consequences of incorrect positioning of air separator (and swapped return/flow) in solar heating system?

I've moved into a house that has a Vaillant Solar system for helping heat the water. We had various issues that resulted in a Vaillant engineer visiting, who pointed out various problems, including a ...
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Are wall air vents a potential problem?

A house I'm looking at has A/C vents in the walls, rather than in the ceiling or floor. I've never lived in a house with air ducts in the walls. Can I expect to have problems? The house was built in ...
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Heat pump vs gas efficiency and comfort [closed]

I'm looking for a house to buy in the South Carolina low country, where average lows in January get down to just under 40 deg F and highs in the summer get to just over 90 deg F. The houses in that ...
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Using 1" black iron pipe as a hydronic radiator, how many feet of pipe would I need to heat a 500ft^3 room?

I guess industrial is hip these days. Or maybe it's just me. But I'm thinking of making a snaking heater/towel warmer for my bathroom remodel. How many feet would I need, and how is this calculated? ...
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How to install thermostat with plug in heater?

My house has three electric wall heaters in different rooms used to augment the gas forced air that heats the whole house. These electric heaters are mounted on the wall, but plug into standard 120v ...
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How often should heat strip turn on for a heat pump unit?

I have noticed my heating bill is higher than my cooling bill now that I have installed a Heat Pump. I am trying to find a way to reduce this winter cost but am not sure how often electrical heat ...
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Hot water heating system: Renew or replace?

Our home was built around 1963 and has Gas powered Hot water based heating, some portion of the house is floor heated and some with radiators emitting heat from hot water. The heater may be 10-12 ...
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some baseboard heaters not working while others are in same zone

I have three heating zones (forced hot water in baseboards) in my house. On the top floor, one zone controls all the baseboard heaters on that floor. None of the baseboards on one side of the house in ...
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why does my heat pump wiring diagram show 7 wires going to the thermostat but the thermostat only says it needs 5?

Here is a link to the wiring diagram for my heat pump. The thermostat that I am planning on buying has the following terminals C, G, Y, O/B, RC, R, Aux, E, and L. The instructions say to jump the RC ...
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Why does my furnace drip bucket fill up so frequently?

We have an oil furnace that heats the house using a two-zone hot-water circuit, and also acts as an on-demand hot water heater. There is a pipe coming off the collection of pipes coming out of it that ...
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Will running out of fuel oil damage my tank?

My home heating oil is very low. I have 2 questions: 1. If I run out of heating oil can my tank/ furnace become damaged? 2. Can I use diesel fuel until I am ready to fill my tank?
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Why is my heat not shutting off at the set temperature?

When I turn the heat on on my central heat and air unit, the heat came on then continued to run getting really hot. It would not shut off unless I turned from auto to on then back. Sometimes I had to ...
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At what temperature does a WiFi thermostat stop sending a signal to the router?

I recently purchased and installed a Honeywell WP6500 WiFi thermostat and thanks to Stack Exchange, got it up and running. I have a house in New Hampshire, which I use occasionally during the winter. ...
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Problems with oil furnace

Why does my oil furnace keep triping reset after 10 sec of running i have to have thermostat all way up for it to run i changed primary control box, nozzel, electrodes and thermostat any ideas
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is my baseboard heating unit malfunctioning

I have a "finished" room in my basement that is maybe 10' x 16'. It has a baseboard heater that is perhaps 10-12' running along one wall. My problem is that right now the room's temperature will not ...
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Can I shut off the cold water supply to an oil furnace while away on vacation?

I have a hot water baseboard oil fired system. I am going away for a while and would like to shut off the cold supply to all the house in case of a water leak. If I leave the furnace on to heat the ...
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Why does my Thermo Pride oil furnace need constant restarts?

We have a Thermo Pride oil furnace that requires frequent restarts to run. We just purchased the house and had the annual service/safety check completed as it was neglected for several years. When the ...
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Diagnosing boiler problem. Strange noise and pressure released

Woke up to a loud almost grinding noise coming from all the radiators/pips in my hot water heating system. It's intermittent, every few seconds but the system is generally running louder than normal. ...
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What to do first in a house with poor thermal performance and high energy bills

I just moved into a house and am a little bit disappointed in its thermal performance so far. It's winter and cold outside, and the furnace heats the house up pretty quickly, but then the house gets ...
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Metering gas used for heating water in a multi-dwell building with one boiler

I rent in a multi-dwell building. We are not directly charged for hot water but trying to figure out if we are indirectly charged via the Con-Ed gas bill. Is it possible to meter gas usage for the ...
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Furnace keeps resetting

My trane xr90 furnace keeps resetting just while it is in its "heat up phase" I'm a laymen but a description of what is happening is like this... The furnace gets a call for heat, it makes a sound ...
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Is it normal for actual temperature to be below target temperature during cold weather?

I live in North Florida and the temperature seems to drop into the 30's maybe 10-15 days out of the year and the 20's maybe 2-5 times a year. We had a few days where the highs were in the 30's this ...
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Hot water baseboard heater, one zone is cold

I have a hot water baseboard heating system. I have 4 zones controlled by 4 thermostats. The basement is cold. I installed a new zone valve for that area and it is still cold. I bled the zone of ...
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Should I switch from #2 heating oil to kerosene?

Let's say if k-1 is $2.95 and #2 heating oil is $4.05, why should or shouldn't I pump kerosene instead of #2 oil into the tank of a heating furnace? I know that the BTU difference between k-1 and #2 ...
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Can I use my forced air furnace to heat water for radiant heat too?

I moved from Europe to USA 4 years ago and I was wondering if it's possible to combine forced air heating with the heating that uses radiators. My idea is to use the furnace for forced air to heat up ...
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Should I leave the fan switch on my thermostat set to fan rather than auto?

I purchased a new Amanda Furnace in Oct'2013. I am told in order to maximize a warm, consistent room temperature I should set the thermostat to the Fan position rather than the Auto position. Does ...
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Does our main air intake need an electrostatic filter if our furnace already has one?

We have an electrostatic filter on our furnace right where in main air intake connects. We recently had our ducts cleaned and they told us we also needed to have our main air intake cleaned (an extra ...
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When should HVAC returns be opened and closed?

My Pennsylvania house was built in the early 90s, has central heat (natural gas) and central A/C, and most rooms have pairs of closable air returns on the wall near the floor and ceiling. I've been ...
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How can I tell what kind of baseboard heater I have installed?

I assumed the baseboard heaters in my rented apartment were electric since there is an electricity breaker that effectively turns off the heating. However, after looking at my utility bill, I think it ...
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Why does the blower in the attic vibrate during heating when it is really cold?

We have a Carrier heat pump system in our home, and the blower is located in the attic. When it is especially cold, the blower runs on high (there are three levels: high, medium, low). During this ...
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180º/gooseneck/u-shaped cold air return?

I am in the planning stages of moving a cold air return from an inconvenient spot in the floor to a nearby wall. The basic plan is to open up the wall on both sides (cutting one stud and framing in a ...
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Is there a problem in adjusting the radiator setting too often?

I just brought two small Ethernet-type cards, so I could start a project to control the single radiator in my student accommodation over the internet. (#EngineeringStudent) Now, the when I came back ...
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To which extent can outside walls make a room cold?

My kitchen is a small extension (5 or 6 square meters) of the house. No heater. Extremely cold in winter (down to 8 degrees celcius). For months I've wondered why it's so cold (1), now I suspect it's ...
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What are the possible ways to prevent heating pipes in an entryway from freezing?

I live in Maine, and it can get cold in the winter. My house has baseboard hot water heating and three heating zones (basement, first floor, and second floor). We have a mudroom/entry room that I ...
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Temperature control when I can't affect either airflow or thermostat

Our apartment is heated by a natural gas burner (the burner itself is inside the unit) that vents in two directions: one vent into the bedroom and a second (about 3x the area) into the rest of the ...
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Preventing a frozen pipe on an extreme weather night

Last week, we had a night that got down to -18F. In the middle of the night, the cold-water pipe going to the kitchen sink froze (but luckily did not burst). After some investigation, it turns out ...