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Is there a wireless thermostat that will make relocating easier?

I've got a single zone which covers all three upstairs bedrooms in my home and the thermostat is located in the master bedroom. We prefer it to be somewhat cooler at night, but the baby in the ...
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What's the most common cause of A/C refrigerant lines freezing?

I noticed my house wasn't getting under 75°F this weekend when I had the thermostat set for 70°F. Since I'd done a lot of drywall sanding inside recently, my first idea was to replace the filthy air ...
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How can I keep a bedroom warmer in summer?

The master bedroom in my parent's house tends to be the coolest room in the house, and my father complains it's too cold. The A/C register in the ceiling does have a flow adjustment lever, but it's ...
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Is running ethernet cable through an air return allowed under US code?

I'm looking to wire up the second floor of my house and the cold air return provides a convenient, straight run from the office to the utility room. Is it safe and within code to run ethernet cable in ...
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Are 5" thick filters for furnace/Central AC still available?

My furnace/AC was installed about three years ago. It uses 16" X 25" X 5" filters. The problem is when I try to find a replacement at my local home center: at Lowe's, Home Depot, (you name it), I ...
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What concerns should I have installing a HVAC unit and ducts in a home that's never had it?

We're looking at a house in southern Alabama that has no central heating and air. I would like to put one in. The house was built in 1950. What should I be considering about the installation?
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When insulating with closed-cell Spray Foam, what ERV and HVAC resizing considerations should I bear in mind?

I am building a 2800 sqft, two-story brick home in Austin, TX. I have heard many good things about the benefits of insulating with closed-cell Spray Polyurethane Foam (ccSPF)1, and have requested ...
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Is mold growing in my ductwork? [closed]

I am currently in a battle with my landlord over what I believe to be mold growing on the fiberglass liner of the ductwork in my apartment. He is having a specialist come to test it tomorrow, and I ...
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Is it normal for the A/C to be dripping from top pvc that's coming from attic?

I thought I remember being told that water should drip (condensation) from the bottom pvc that comes out of the house but it should never drip from the top pvc. I thought he told me that if it ...
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Adding AC to forced air system

We have an old house that happens to have forced air. Unfortunately, according to an HVAC tech it looks like there aren't sufficient return vents to add a compressor to our furnace. I guess I'm ...
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AC issues / Insulation of vaulted ceiling

Issue: If it's hot outside, ~90F, house temperature can't get below 79F. Background: 6 year old house, vaulted ceiling with 1 ceiling fan in family room where thermostat is (also 3 large windows, ...
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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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Recommended proximity of HVAC vent to return air

I have an upstairs room with an HVAC vent in the ceiling above the door. The return air is in the hallway just outside of the same door. This room also happens to be the hottest room in the house (by ...
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Workarounds for single-zone HVAC? Second thermostat? Adjust vents?

I have a two story brick home built in 1970 with a relatively new HVAC system blowing through original ductwork. In the summer its too hot upstairs and too cold downstairs. I know that the full ...
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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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Air conditioning on a shoestring budget

Without purchasing expensive air-con units, or solar panels - and the associated moutings and electrical paraphernalia, is it possible to create a temperature difference of 10-20 °C using materials ...
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A/C Emergency Cut-off Cleaning and Maintenance

I found my thermostat not working. After googling for a solution, I found that I may need to check my emergency cut-off. I know of a pipe that if tripped will turn-off the A/C, so I took the pipe ...
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HVAC vents - does wall or ceiling mount matter?

I'm going to add some crown moulding to some bedrooms. I've got HVAC vents mounted near the top of the wall and the moulding will cover part of the vent. I want to move the vents out of the way. I ...
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How do I replace a condenser fan motor in a central air unit?

The condenser fan motor on my central air unit has seized up (tried like crazy to turn it it, but no go). I'm not sure how old the motor is but I'm guessing it's original, so about 12 years old. I ...
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Air deflectors on floor registers and cooling efficiency

I was once told by an HVAC technician to avoid using air deflectors on floor registers during the summer. The reason was that the last thing you want to do is to direct the heavier, colder air ...
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Help me choose AC model

I need air conditioning (no heat; I've got hot water radiators) for the main floor of my house (around 1000 ft2). I was offered the following models (mostly Carrier) (ordered by price, descending): ...
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Furnace Airflow

I have central air. When the furnace comes on, we can feel air coming out of the registers for a few minutes, then the airflow stops. If we turn it off for a few hours, we can turn it on again and get ...
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DIYer to skilled tradesperson

What is the process a DIYer has to go through to become a skilled tradesperson? Are the only options apprenticeships, or are there other paths to follow to learn a trade/become licensed? What type ...
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Air conditioner not blowing cold air

My HVAC system had a problem during the winter where the blower motor stopped working. I got a HVAC tech to come out and replace it. However, now that it's hot again, the cooling system is still ...
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ductless AC split systems?

Does anyone have the ductless split AC systems offered by Mitsubishi, etc.? Is installing them a DIY job? Can you share your comments about them, in general? Edit: Inspired by DA01 comment, I'd ...
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Installing a duct fan

For a room in the basement we connected a ceiling register to an existing duct. It is not very strong, but I found this product that might make it a little more powerful: Does anybody know how ...
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Why is there water dripping from my ceiling AC vents?

I have a one story house with hot water heat. The house also has forced air AC ducts running from the attached garage, in the attic, down into the living room, bedrooms, and kitchen. At certain times ...
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What are good Relative Humidity and Temperature settings on an MHRV and are the settings related?

I need to configure the threshold Relative Humidity and Temperature settings on an whole house MHRV system. The way the system works is that if the RH threshold is exceeded the system increases the ...
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How do I connect a dryer to a dryer vent?

I just moved my dryer (gas) a couple feet to a better location in the basement. It is actually now closer to the existing dryer vent to the outside of the house. The previous owner has it connected ...
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How can I tell what kind of heating system I have?

Seems like a simple question, but I've had a very hard time finding a definitive answer to this. I went to the hardware store to buy a replacement for a faulty thermostat and when I arrived and ...
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How do I fix a condensate drain line that froze in my split electric system with heat pump?

I have a split electric system with a heat pump. It looks like my condensate drain line is frozen. I switched to supplemental heat which does not use the heat pump. Is this enough for now? Our ...
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Why won't my heater turn off when it reaches my desired temperature?

My wife and I purchased our first home this past year and we did a bunch of repairs up-front via a rehab loan, and one of the things we replaced was a very old thermostat with a new digital one. I ...
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HVAC electric thermostat panel “goes dead” and then live again all the time

I have this digital thermostat controlling my heater (gas). When I turn it on to lets say 66 deg, and the house is at 60, the HVAC will start working of course. Problem: After few minutes, the ...
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Is it OK to have heating registers and returns near the ceiling?

I've got a question about a new house - a friend of my mother's is buying a new place and when she did a walkthrough (before the drywall was up), she noticed that all the heating registers and returns ...
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Are new “low noise” whole house fans actually quieter?

I've dealt with a number of older whole house fans (10 years and older) and the one thing they all had in common was a ton of noise. Are the new "low noise" fans actually that much quieter than the ...
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Are there efficient ways to provide combustion air to heating appliances?

In a previous question we established that there probably should be a vent between my utility room (which opens into the kitchen and living space in general) and the outdoors (in my case the attic, ...
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Why would a furnace overheat with a standard density filter?

Some time ago I found my furnace (gas, forced air, downdraft) was getting stuck on, blowing cold air. I could reset it, but it would happen again after a while. After calling out a service man, I ...
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Is there any legitimate reason to have a direct vent between utility room and attic?

I've been doing some sealing and insulating in my attic, and discovered a purpose built vent directly from the utility room into the attic space. See most of these photos The house is in a ...
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Why is my furnace blowing cold air?

My HEIL 7000 natural gas furnace has stopped working what are the most likely causes, and how to verify faulty parts? Normal operation routine Thermostat sends "need heat" signal. Exhaust blower ...
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What are the pros and cons of two AC systems vs a dual zone system?

I have a Cape Cod with 1000 ft2 on the first floor and an apartment in the attic. In a few years I may get rid of the apartment and build up a second story + attic. Both the first floor and the ...
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What's wrong with my thermostat (fan / limit control)?

I previously asked about wiring the White-Rodgers fan/limit control on my wood stove. It's now wired and the wood stove is fired up. I ran the fan wires to the fan (hot) and I capped the limit ...
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Does lowering the blower speed of a forced-air furnace lower its efficiency?

My gas furnace has two options for the blower speed: MED, and MED-HI. It had been set on the higher speed, but that was too harsh, so I lowered it to the slower speed. Does that have any impact on the ...
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How do I install a wood stove as an auxiliary heat source?

I have a house with a forced air electric furnace. We've also got a wood-burning stove adjacent to the furnace. I didn't have it installed, and I want to understand if it's been done properly, and ...
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How should I wire this White-Rodgers fan and limit control? What about the thermostat?

I have a wood-burning stove, that is used as an auxiliary heat source in the house. There's a regular electric furnace, and adjacent to it is the stove. The warm air duct (out) from the stove ...
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What are the pros and cons of a whole house humidifier?

In the winter, my house (~2500 sqft) becomes unbearably dry. Last winter, my wife and I used a tiny humidifier for the master bedroom to keep us from completely drying out, but since then I have been ...
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Should I add a return air vent in a refinished basement?

We are refinishing our basement, and are nearing competition. The walls are drywalled, and the ceiling is dropped. There will be about 500 sq ft of finished space, including a full bathroom, and ...
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Fan between rooms?

I presently work at home, which means that I spend a lot of time in my office (ya think?). Unfortunately, this room is not a good one for air conditioning (or heating) in the house. I can often get 8 ...
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How do I clean an AC condensate pan?

I have a Ducane HVAC system that started leaking out of the evaporator coil housing. Mine looks like the EU1P. I read that i need to clean out the drip pan. II tried cleaning it by sucking out the ...
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Improve AC flow to secondary ducts

I have an AC which has 3 ducts coming out of it. Only one duct gets flow - I'm guessing the AC fan blows right into it. What can I do to improve the flow?
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How do I repair loose ductwork?

The ductwork in our 30 year old house has started coming loose where it comes up through the floor. It's nailed to the subfloor, but in several places, the nails have come loose, leaving gaps of an ...