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How can I prevent heat loss through heater/air conditioner wall units?

HVAC experts out there... I live in Wisconsin and it gets mighty cold here! I have a condo with 2 wall units that are used for both air conditioning and heat. My heat bill in the cold winter months ...
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Increase wood fireplace efficiency

We have a large fireplace and plenty of free or cheap wood and love having fires for warmth and entertainment. An open fireplace is not an ideal source of heat, but I wanted to know if there's a ...
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Wood heating - Problems with power failures. Need some advice

My sister uses wood heating in here house. Her heating system has temperature control but of course does not work without electricity. If electricity goes off the temperature can grow ...
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Why is there green stuff on my heater pipe?

No, really the baseboard heat is made of copper and is constructed of a series of pipes with fins. they look like heat sinks, or dissipation helpers. Well, was cleaning the carpet by the baseboard ...
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Why does my pilot light keep going out?

My furnace pilot light keeps going out so I changed the thermalcoupler now the furnace will come on and heat up to the degree set on my thermostat, then the pilot goes out and the furnace will not ...
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What could cause a clicking sound in an underfloor heating controller?

I have a underfloor heating system installed in my apartment. Each room has a Uponor T-37 thermostat, hooked up to C-35 controller. The system is about four years old and recently I have noticed a ...
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How to balance thermostat settings between zones to maximize efficiency?

I recently purchased a house so this is my first winter in it. The house was built in 1939 so most of the house is on a single heating zone using hot water radiated heat. The radiators are cast iron ...
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Why are my radiators not heating up?

The boiler is on; the pipe near the boiler is hot, but the pipes furthest away are cold. What does that mean, and how can I fix it?
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What is difference between BTU and MBH for house furnaces?

When selecting a new house furnace most calculators display results as BTUs (based on the square footage, number of levels, estimated temperature, etc). What's interesting is that most new furnaces ...
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Where can I find a remote mains socket for my electrical heater?

I have been looking around for a remote mains socket which will operate my heater in my office at the end of the 70 feet garden. I want to be able to switch on the heater from the house. The label on ...
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Why is my outdoor air conditioner unit making a screeching/squeeling sound?

During the winter time when I have my heat on, my outdoor air conditioner unit randomly makes this awful-sounding squealing/screeching sound. It lasts for about 15-30 seconds at a time, stops, and ...
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What would cause a gas fired, forced water boiler to shut down?

I have a fairly old Peerless, natural gas fired, forced water boiler. It has an electric ignition system (White Rodgers 50E47-843 Universal HSI Ignition Module). A few weeks ago it shut down (safety ...
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Why won't the heat shut off in one zone?

we have a three zone baseboard hotwater furnace. a few months ago one zone would randomly stay on, we did change the thermostat we have not noticed the problem again, but in another zone we have the ...
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What could cause a bad oil-like smell every time the heat is on?

The new gas system works great, heats quickly and seems very efficient. However, there is a strong smell that comes every time we turn up the heat. It smells like some kind of oil. Had the ...
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Can I season firewood over the woodstove?

I have a woodstove but all my firewood is still green. My friend suggested I dry it out indoors. He said I should put a few fire bricks on top of the stove, then stack green firewood on the bricks, ...
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Why is a single walled pipe not used for wood stove exhaust pipe on upper floors?

I've recently been looking into wood burning stoves. Many installations use a stove pipe that goes straight up through the ceiling and out the roof. Most of these use a single walled pipe for the ...
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How can I figure out why half my house is cold?

I just purchased my home a few months ago, and the AC was sub par during the summer. Now that winter is here, the house is extremely uncomfortable (cold). My furnace shoots hot air up to one main ...
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How can I clean out the pressure switch port at the inducer housing on a Lennox G40UH furnace?

I have a Lennox G40UH(x) furnace, but the gas does not ignite, because water may have entered the system while raining, or the the pressure switch port at the inducer housing has just to be cleaned. ...
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Environmental protection for computer equipment in unheated garage

I live in Minnesota, and I have an unheated, detached garage. I would like to place an "offsite" data backup device (possibly a NAS) in the garage, which I should be easily able to connect to the ...
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Understanding my radiator

I'm in my first apartment and it's a bit colder than I'd like it. Can I tweak the settings on my radiator so that it's warmer? I'm motivated to learn more about my radiator and it's hard to find ...
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Apartment building's thermostat located in unheated common area is cooking the tenants

In my apartment building, we have a steam heat system with radiators in each of the six apartments. The thermostat is located in the stairway/common area, where there is no radiator or exposed heat ...
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Hissing vent on a steam heating pipe

In the kitchen of an apartment I've just moved in there's a vertical pipe running floor to ceiling, not connected to any radiator nearby. It gets hot, so I assume it is a part of steam heating system. ...
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How do I add in-floor heating to a small area?

I get extremely cold feet, and have radiant heating in some rooms of my house, and I love it. I spend a few hours a day in a room without radiant heat. Is there a way to heat about two square feet ...
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Potterton EP3000 -> Horstmann C27 boiler programmer wiring

I'm in the UK, using an ancient tempermental Potterton EP3000 boiler programmer, but I have a brand new Horstmann C27 which I'd like to replace it with. Apart from the mains supply, there are three ...
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Why isn't water coming out of a radiator in my freshly pressurized system?

I live in an old Victorian with three stories, plus a basement and an attic. I tried to bleed the radiators in preparation for turning the heat on, but was unable to get any water out of the radiators ...
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How do I change the time on a Potterton EP 3000 clock?

I turned the power off and when I turned it back on again, the clock of my Potterton EP3000 was reset, and now the heating comes on at the wrong time. I dont have a manual for it, so I was wondering ...
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What can I do about my odd sized heating vents?

Two related questions: I have a problem section of heating vent that is 2.5" x 12". I thought I'd be able to find this size in Lowes or Home Depot, but nothing is even close (I see 3.5" x 10"). ...
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Why won't my condenser turn on when I run my heat pump?

I have a York Affinity condenser. When I run my heat pump, I expect it to turn on somewhere in the cycle but it doesn't. It generally does this once a year. The usual fix is to cycle the power of the ...
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How do I heat my basement using a wood stove on the ground floor?

I just bought a new home and the living room has a wood stove with a fan. It heats the 1st and 2nd floor great, however since heat doesn't sink, what do I do about the basement? I live in NE Mass and ...
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How do I know if my high limit and low limit are set correctly on my aquastat?

I have a boiler that is only providing heat for my forced hot water baseboard system (4 zones). I've always thought that the high limit on the aquastat was too low (the temperature on the boiler ...
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What are my options for venting my oil boiler?

I have a small New Yorker AP-U (480?) boiler that is currently vented to a large flu in my house's chimney. I want to install a wood stove in my house and I'd like to use the chimney to vent it, which ...
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Why do the radiators in my home heating system get extremely hot?

I have a standard British heating configuration at home - there is one gas heater that provides hot water both for the boiler (and bathroom etc.) as well as for central heating. There is a small ...
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Where should I install a Pellet Stove to supplement my boiler?

We are purchasing a pellet stove insert for our single floor 1200 sq. ft. home. We are doing this to reduce our dependency on oil (hot water boiler), which we use to heat the house with baseboard hot ...
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Should a circulator pump be installed on the supply or return of a forced hot water heating system?

I currently have a forced hot water heating system with 3 zones, all of which have the circulator pump on the supply side of the line. I need to install a 4th zone and am being told that putting the ...
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What options are there for converting from a wood stove to another type of heating system?

My folks are into their 80's now and live in rural Maine. Their ONLY way of heating their home is with a wood stove - just a single wood stove. Up to this point, my folks have been able to tend the ...
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Why don't programmable thermostats automatically switch between “Cool” and “Heat”?

While I can set my house to be a particular temperature, I still have to manually switch it between "Heat" and "Cool" mode, and this seems to be true of every thermostat (programmable or not) that ...
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What precautions should I take when burning pine firewood?

I've heard that burning pine in your fireplace can cause creosote to build up in the chimney. If I get my chimney swept at the beginning of the season should i be safe to burn pine for the rest of ...
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Is a radiant floor enough to heat the room?

I would like to know if an electric or hydronic radiant floor is enough to heat the room or if it's just to have a warm floor. And if yes, what is the efficiency (the time it take to warm the room, ...
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Why does my heating system only blow cold air?

My heating system only blows out cold air, not hot. I've left it on for a good 15 minutes to see if it will warm up, and I get nothing but cold air. I've even put it on Auto and waited some more, ...
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Is a space heater or my window heating unit more energy efficient?

My roommate and I have noticed that, since our apartment faces south and we live right by the Hudson, our apartment is starting to be quite chilly in the evenings, and oftentimes is cooler inside than ...
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Is there a thermostat-controlled corn heater sized for a shop/garage?

I'm looking for a way to heat my 4-car garage. Two bays are for cars, one is for the mower and other items, one is my workshop. I live in Minnesota, with very cold winters, so a heater is necessary ...
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Why aren't Geothermal heat pumps more common?

Air conditioning and heating are major energy consumers in American buildings - commercial, residential, and industrial. I have been curious for a while as to why it isn't more common to use the ...
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Heating/cooling system recommendations for this small house?

I will soon build my first house and I need to choose what type of heating/cooling system I'll have installed. I know very little about this and I'm seeking recommendations, ideas, suggestions, etc. ...
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Is is possible to retrofit a wood-burning stove into an existing gas central heating system?

Our house has gas-fired central heating, but fuel costs in the winter are very high (it get's very cold here!). I've been toying with the idea of a wood burning stove. I'm wondering whether, rather ...
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When should I open a skylight vent?

I have a one-floor (plus basement) house with a large skylight in the living room. It has an openable vent. When is it proper to open the vent? Should I open it in midsummer with the AC on, on ...
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What is a propane burner with multiple torches called?

If you watch Mythbusters, you'll notice they have a propane burner with a bunch of nozzles at different angles. What is this called? I would like to make or purchase one for melting metal (in a ...
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Replace two-wire thermostat

I'm replacing an old mercury thermostat with a digital one. The new unit has 7-8 connections (labeled w1,wh,r1,rh,y,c, etc.) and a bunch of instructions about how to connect similarly labeled ...
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Steam Baseboard vs. Steam Radiator

We currently have a single pipe steam heat system. We've had a couple of plumbers in to give us estimates on recessing our exposed radiators. Neither of them seemed thrilled with the idea and one ...
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What types of flooring can be used with electric radiant heat?

I am considering converting an old enclosed sleeping porch into a usable room year round (in Ohio). Currently the floor is a big slope to allow for drainage when it was still open, obviously I want ...
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Forced air heating air inlet in crawl space

The air inlet for my electric forced air heating is a small vent on the duct in the crawl space. Although the crawl space is sealed with a concrete floor and heated (ie insulation is around the ...