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Condenser placement effect on efficiency
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Does locating an AC condenser out of the sun (east vs. west side of house) make significant difference in real world efficiency? Does anybody have a link to a case study?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Blanchette Jul 17.

Tankless Water Heaters... has their time finally come?
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For decades tankless water heaters haven't been worth the effort to install due to our artificially low cost of natural gas in the USA and the high price of tankless heaters. Tankless water heaters…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner May 28.

Marey Tankless Water Heaters
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What do you guys think of these…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Blanchette Mar 30.

Electrical Efficiency for Gas Furnaces.
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I've noticed my new furnace uses about the same electrical power to operate as my old furnace, even though the new furnace (44k) is 1/2 the BTU of he old one (88k). Both furnaces use 1/3HP 5amp…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Blanchette Mar 20.

 

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Bob Blanchette replied to Barbara Smith's discussion ENERGY STAR Furnaces & Failure of DOE Standard in the group HVAC
"Amen. Limiting size per sqft would be more effective IMHO. It would have to be installed right to deliver it's rated capacity (most systems do not)."
Aug 15
Bob Blanchette replied to Barbara Smith's discussion ENERGY STAR Furnaces & Failure of DOE Standard in the group HVAC
"Draft inducer electrical efficiency needs to be addressed also. Some manufacturers are still using shaded pole motors."
Aug 12
reflintorm replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion LED Fixtures Hitting Shelfs
"Generally based upon the needed requirements, The mode of selection will be depended. In these aspects, We must consider the high quality of LED strips which will help us to give more brightness while compared to the normal one. reflector design"
Aug 4
Bob Blanchette replied to Tom Conlon's discussion Whole House Fans - Love 'Em or Not?
"OG&E actually increased our off peak rate to 6 cents per KWH August 1st. On peak (2-7pm weekdays) averages about 19 cents per KWH. AC power varies based on outdoor temp (all AC's do), 2KW is at 95 degrees. At 80 it's about 1.6KW. I…"
Aug 3
Bob Blanchette replied to Tom Conlon's discussion Whole House Fans - Love 'Em or Not?
"You live in a VERY different climate than I do. Whole house fan would be used 2 months per year (one in spring/one in fall). AC costs 10 cents per hour (2KW @ 5 cents per KWH). Your outdoor air must be quite cool/low humidity with relatively warm…"
Aug 3
Bob Blanchette replied to Tom Conlon's discussion Whole House Fans - Love 'Em or Not?
"When outdoor conditions permit you could bring in outdoor air through the HVAC system to cool the space and/or run the compressor. Same way a commercial RTU economizer works. The issue is cost/payback time, it just isn't worth it for…"
Aug 2
Bob Blanchette replied to Tom Conlon's discussion Whole House Fans - Love 'Em or Not?
"6,000 CFM at what static pressure? CFM ratings are worthless unless static pressure is also listed."
Aug 2
Bob Blanchette replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion Condenser placement effect on efficiency
"I'm with you on the small local shading as shown in the study, don't think it makes much difference. Moving the condenser from the sunny to shaded side of the building *may* be different due to the potentially cooler air entering the…"
Jul 17
Hal Skinner replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion Condenser placement effect on efficiency
"Hi Bob, I was given a report a handful of years ago by our coating distributor in Texas.   He gave me the following information. His neighbor had an ac unit with the condenser on the outside at ground level.  Two pipes ran up the…"
Jul 16
Tom Delconte replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion Condenser placement effect on efficiency
"Hello Bob, This topic has been thoroughly researched, indeed:  Condensor Shading . They conclude that any savings produced by localized HVAC condenser shading are modest, <3%, or even less. Much more important is the effect of…"
Jul 16
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Condenser placement effect on efficiency

Does locating an AC condenser out of the sun (east vs. west side of house) make significant difference in real world efficiency? Does anybody have a link to a case study?See More
Jul 15
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"+1 if flue gasses are too cool it will simply rot the pipe out. That's a big reason that double wall pipe (b vent) is used even when it's not required by code for low clearance."
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Condenser placement effect on efficiency

Does locating an AC condenser out of the sun (east vs. west side of house) make significant difference in real world efficiency? Does anybody have a link to a case study?See More
Jul 13
Bob Blanchette replied to Jon LaMonte's discussion Are Zoned Heating/Cooling Systems a Good or Bad Idea? in the group HVAC
"But it's so much easier to size by the 500sqft per ton rule that's been used for decades. Seriously, how many houses have you seen that DIDNT use the 500sft per rule for sizing? Most will be 400-600sqft per ton. Newer homes just allow more…"
Jul 4
Bob Blanchette commented on Christopher Morin's blog post Top 5 A/C Code Requirements not Enforced
"Man J is too easy to fudge by changing input values. Is it a coincidence that most come out to about 500sqft per ton regardless of location and age of home?"
Jun 16
Bob Blanchette replied to Dan Wise's discussion Convert BTU/hr in a Manual J to actual fuel usages
"The issues is you size for PEAK, not AVERAGE conditions. This will vary by location, some areas have more constant weather than others. I have NEVER seen a heating system that was too small to do the job, I have seen MANY that are 3X the required…"
Jun 14

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Replaced my A/C this weekend, results of downsizing by 1/3.

Recently my 13 yr old Carrier A/C devolved a leak and I chose to replace the system rather than track down the leak and repair the coil. I had been reading about doing manual J calculations and how contractors are scared to death to undersize. I had been talking to co-workers about this and it's an uphill battle getting them to think different than 1 ton per 500sq ft. So I decided to take confidence in correct sizing and "put my money where my mouth is" and install a 2 ton sized…

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Posted on September 2, 2012 at 4:39pm — 2 Comments

Just Signed up for OG&E Smarthours Program, A new way to manage energy use

How SmartHours Plus works: It costs more for electricity during peak periods of high customer demand.

Other factors, like weather conditions and the time of year, also drive electrical prices higher. SmartHours Plus,

sometimes known as Variable Peak Pricing (VPP), allows you to save when costs are lower, or off peak. Peak hours

are 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays, and prices during those hours vary based on demand (see chart). You’ll get advance

notice of tomorrow’s peak price the…

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Posted on January 17, 2012 at 1:30pm

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At 1:46pm on January 17, 2012, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Bob,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

Thanks!
Diane, HEP Moderator

At 7:55am on January 14, 2012, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Bob,

 

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

Don't forget to add your location on our Member Map. We'd be happy to see Sweden represented!


Thanks!
Diane, HEP Moderator

 
 
 

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