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To replace old leaky ducts with new flex ducts or to seal the old with mastic?

A number of home energy pros I'm in discussion with don't think there is much use in keeping old ducts and prefer to replace them with new…

Started by George M. Matthews in Best Practices

9 Jan 18, 2012
Reply by Philip Green

Are Zoned Heating/Cooling Systems a Good Idea or a Bad Idea?

For starters, I live in Atlanta, Ga and I am not an HVAC pro so this is a serious question that I would like answered for one of my clients…

Started by Jon LaMonte in HVAC

23 Jan 17, 2012
Reply by George W. Reynolds

Ceiling Register Upgrades

If you have the typical builder grade ceiling/sidewall registers, replacing those with commercial models will make a huge improvement. Comf…

Started by Bob Blanchette in General Forum

2 Jan 16, 2012
Reply by Bob Blanchette

Is partnership a bad word?

Hello all. I've been reading many of the posts made over the past month or so, and I see a trend. Times are getting tougher for auditors,…

Started by Patrick Michaelyan in General Forum

7 Jan 16, 2012
Reply by phil jeffers

US vs EU

Five years ago, I moved back to the US after spending eleven years in Europe as a craftsman.  My plan in moving back was to build my own ho…

Started by Thomas Price in General Forum

20 Jan 16, 2012
Reply by Thomas Price

AHR show in Chicago

If anyone is interested in attending the show on January 23,24,26, at Mccormick place go to the AHR website (HVACR) and register for free a…

Started by randy tolowski in HVAC

0 Jan 15, 2012

Manual J Report

I have designed a 4920 sf house in Dallas with a sealed crawl space. The crawl space walls are concrete and a have 2x10 floor joist system…

Started by Armando Cobo in General Forum

29 Jan 14, 2012
Reply by tedkidd

Using a few large ducts instead of many small ducts to reduce total exposed surface area.

Does it make much of a difference to use fewer large ducts instead of several smaller ones coming from the air handler? IMHO the "trunk/bra…

Started by Bob Blanchette in General Forum

0 Jan 14, 2012

SIR minimums, building a culture, an infrastructure based upon lying...

SIR minimum requirements create a culture of lying that, if things don't change quickly, will be embedded in the very culture of Home Perfo…

Started by tedkidd in General Forum

4 Jan 13, 2012
Reply by phil jeffers

Upgrading insulation in a home with batts in the wall

Hi out there. I have been running into customers that want to upgrade their wall insulation, but have batts in the walls. In checking with…

Started by Jerry Nelson in General Forum

3 Jan 13, 2012
Reply by Patrick Michaelyan

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