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Can I install two thermostats on one furnace/act unit? I will be using one in living room, the other in a hallway

The reason is that there is a gas fireplace(stove) in the living room that has the pilot on all year. Currently the thermostat is in the hall keeping the back of the house cool. The heat from the ...
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Protecting child from wall heater

I moved into an apartment that has a wall-mounted heater that gets rather hot when turned on (see below). I have an inquisitive 1-year-old who already likes to climb up on the unit (luckily not while ...
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Why isn't my Lennox G26Q3/4-100-6 furnace firing up?

I replaced the batteries, does not click when it calls for heat in the thermostat. fan blows but no heat. I took off inspection door, held the safety switch in, a blue light is blinking constantly, ...
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How can I reduce the heat loss through floor?

I really don't know how is named this material in English but I have to prevent heat lost through it. I assume that it is named mosaic, but I might be very wrong. Ideally I'll like to have the floor ...
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single zone house with forced hot water only heating on one side

I have a single zone in my house with forced hot water only heating on one side of the house. What am I doing wrong? I have bled the pipes many times and still not heat on one side of the house
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Best Way to Heat a Tri Level Home

I have a tri-level home, which is approximately 1600 sq.ft. Presently I have electric baseboard heat, with a pellet stove on the main level. I am looking to upgrade to a better, more centralized ...
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Why is my Central Heating taking so long to heat up?

I'm in the UK with a small modern, well insulated, double glazed home heated by a traditional gas boiler. My heating had been achieving room stat temperature within 30 minutes but is now taking at ...
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Replacing galvanized

I am redoing my basement. My plumber suggest I should change my 3" galvanized steel pipes on my hot water heating system that run across the hole basement for 1" copper pipe. I currently don't have ...
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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"). Note:...
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What could cause a Trane furnace to not start heating?

I have a newer (2007?) Trane XL90 (model: tdx2b080a9422aa)forced air gas furnace. The problem I am having is the burner and fan will not start. The thermostat is set at 67 degrees and shows it is ...
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USE MY 12V DC AMPLIFIER AT HOME [closed]

How can I use my 12-DC amplifier at my house ? Can I plugged it directly to my socket that has a current of 220 Volts ? Should it be safe ?
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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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underfloor heating and solid wood floor

Wet system underfloor heating suppliers seem to insist on tiled floors. I want to use solid timber planks, which have a thermal resistance that stops heat passing through easily. With good ...
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Oil furnace fan won't shut off when “heat” plug is connected to control board

I was changing my thermostat and I attempted to make the swap live without turning power off. When I connected new thermostat, the fan kept running. Ruled out bad thermostat and wire short by ...
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Right way to disassemble radiator piping?

I have an old house with a radiator system, and am needing to take a radiator out. While some of the radiators in my house have nuts on both ends of the radiator, making it easy to remove, this one ...
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Natural Draft Heating Design

Does anyone have a formula/instructions (or links to) for sizing and positioning of vents for natural draft heating of a multi-level home?
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What could cause my radiators to go cold when the hot water is turned on?

When only heating is selected on my program timer the radiators all work fine and are hot. But when both heating and hot water are on the water gets hot but all the radiators go cold. When the hot ...
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Will electric in-floor heat be adequate in a converted barn?

I'm thinking of buying a single-level barn conversion. It doesn't have any gas supply & has electric underfloor heating installed without any other heat source. As far as I'm aware it's installed ...
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Fill heat tank with glycol in off-grid system?

EDIT: I'm settling for a simpler system: no solar thermal panels; just a small 50 liter water heater, AC powered, run through the inverter. (So, practically no hot water in the winter time.) I'm ...
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Updating thermostats to single system

I have a three floors in my house, each controlled by it's own thermostat (separate air handlers and mechanical valves on furnace). Baseboard heat. The three thermostats are controlled separately, ...
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Central heating/cooling system heating unevenly

I have just had a new 3.5 ton central air and heating unit installed. The main vent is located in the hallway right next to the middle bedroom. When I turn the unit on to heat my home the heat in ...
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Can I connect an outdoor wood stove to my current HVAC system?

How to install a wood stove as an auxiliary heat source? (Main is electric furnace with forced air) I've read this question, it doesn't really answer what I need to know. What I would like to do is ...
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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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What is the impact of a backwards connected hot water radiator?

When building a hot water heating system the plumber has connected one of the hot water radiators backwards, i.e., the loop comes in at the bottom of the radiator and leaves the radiator on the other ...
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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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Can I replace this Airwell thermostat?

I am in market to replace my simple A/C control unit with one that integrates with home my z-wave based home automation system. However, before I make the splash and buy a compatible thermostat, I ...
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Is it possible to add a branch to existing fireplace blower?

My fireplace has two blowers behind grates in the brick. Fans behind these lower grates mix air with heated air from behind the firebox and kick out a serious amount of heat into the room. The heated ...
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What could be wrong with my flood damaged water heater?

We have an electric water heater. The basement flooded with 2 1/2 feet of water. Now when I take a shower the water goes cold in 3 to 5 minutes. What could be wrong?
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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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Could a leaking boiler be fixed?

I'm having a leaking hole in the cast iron boiler tube so does it mean that its time for a new boiler or is there any way it could be permanently fixed?
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No heating but have hot water

My hot water is working fine, boiler fires up OK. The problem is that my heating won't switch on. I have a wireless thermostat which appears to send and receive the correct signal as the receiver ...
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UK Vented Heating Problem - F25 Error on Glow Worm Boiler

We have had an intermittent problem over the last 4 months with our boiler cutting out with F22 and F25 errors (circulation fault/air in system etc...). Its a Glow worm Flexicom 18hx and has been ...
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Can i use a water heater as my source for the in floor Pex tubing system?

I installed Pex tubing in concrete in 2 areas, both garage floors. I have been told 2 things.... one is that it will require a boiler, two, that a hot water tank will do the job. Cost is a huge factor ...
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Replace manual thermostat with programmable

I have a Flair 3-wire thermostat, open common and closed, with 3 terminals marked 4.5.6. 4 black wire=open terminal, 5 white wire=common terminal, 6 red wire= closed. I want to replace with a ...
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Furnace added to second Floor

I am ripping my entire house apart and will be making almost an entire wall out of windows and doors,(glass). I will be changing all of the floor plans, (walls), so at the moment I am adding HVAC to ...
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Can I warm up a swimming pool by submerging black-painted milk jugs in it?

I know they make solar covers for pools, but I that is a bit of a pain to put on and take off all the time and my cover (from a well known manufacturer) from last year was easy to rip and became ...
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Bypass Thermostat Heating UK

I have a Smart Thermostat installed called Tado, with a pretty standard UK heating and hot water set up. In my airing cupboard there was a timer that controlled when the hot water and heating was to ...
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Electric baseboards draw electricity, but produce no heat

I recently purchased a house that has been vacant for about 6 months. I have 4 electric baseboards. When I turn on the circuit breakers for the baseboards, they draw a lot of power (roughly 6kw from ...
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How can I retrofit this existing wall-heater with an external thermostat?

My house has several wall-mounted gas heaters. All but one of them have external, easily accessible thermostats. However, the one that happens to be the most used has no remotely mounted thermostat, ...
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How can I add thermal mass to my house?

We're part of a real-time pricing program with our electric utility company, and a good strategy for offsetting electricity use during peak demand times is to pre-cool the house. The more thermal ...
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trouble shooting home AC

air conditioner unit outside only turns on when the thermostat is put in to the on fan position.and the heat/cool is in the off position it's a carrier It's had heat all winter long. and now won't ...
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How to add forced water radiator?

I have a very small cast iron radiator which works great, but when really cold temperature hits outside, it is not enough to heat that particular room (and it is on the third floor so 2nd zone is not ...
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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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Name of technique/material to reduce roof heat

I live in India. I have a cemented house. Here in my area, roof becomes very hot in summers and it heats adjacent walls too. To reduce this, people put a layer of organic manure mixed soil on roof. On ...
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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 under-...
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Why does water rush through pipes when no water is being used?

We live in a house with city water, septic well, water softener and sump pump. We periodically hear a very loud sound of rushing water through pipes in the house. It lasts about 15 - 20 minutes. This ...
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New thermostat for electric radiant ceiling heat

I live in the Pacific NW where radiant ceiling heat is common in older homes. I a have home built in 1969 and want to upgrade the thermostat to something newer that we can program and save money. This ...
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One thermostat with a switch to control 2 heating systems

I have a natural gas boiler and a pellet stove. I have a Honeywell programmable thermostat (2 AAA Batteries) that I have used independently with both of these systems. Switching from one system to the ...
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How much work is involved to change a conventional boiler to a combi boiler?

We live in a circa 8 year old detached house in the UK. We've been having some problems with our heating system, mainly the hot water tank and we're wondering how much work is involved to change to ...
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Heater air intake blows out the flame

The problem I have is the air heater shutting down in windy days and I'd like to figure out how to fix this issue. Here's the setup: The back of the house faces North to an open field which gets very ...