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Real World Ceiling Fan CFM

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Kjelshus Jul 3. 3 Replies

Has anybody done testing on delivered CFM of ceiling fans? Energy star has a test room where the blades are 40 5/8" from the ceiling, but this rarely happens in living rooms. Perhaps manufacturers…Continue

Tags: CFM, Fan, Celing

Have Gas Meter fees/deliver charges got out of hand?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kurt Albershardt Feb 8, 2015. 12 Replies

Last month my meter/delivery charges were MORE than the cost of fuel. I expect this in in the summer, but now it's happening in winter also.…Continue

Energy Costs: Progressive or Regressive?

Started Jan 4, 2015 0 Replies

Here in Oklahoma local utilities DISCOURAGE conservation. As you use more electricity/gas/water you pay LESS for each unit. A "volume discount" if you will. Hefty monthly meter/connection charges are…Continue

How does Cycles Per Hour affect real world AFUE?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bradford E. White Dec 30, 2014. 12 Replies

Some claim that modern furnaces have minimized off cycle losses to the point they no longer matter. Oversizing has become a comfort issue rather than an efficiency issue. Is this really true? What…Continue

Tags: duct, cycles, CPH

 

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Bob Blanchette replied to Benny hani's discussion Manual J online
"Unless the builder did a really crappy job with the house or it has an unusual load, 750sqft per ton should be the MINIMUM. Yet in our area 600sqft per ton is typical for new construction. Meanwhile houses that were built in the 1970s are…"
Nov 3
Bob Blanchette commented on Amber Vignieri's blog post Even with Polar Vortex, Hourly Pricing Participants Saved
"Looks like the days of paying a fixed amount per KWh are rapidly coming to an end. Many utilities are starting to charge Time of Use rates and Demand charges.We have www.smarthours.com in our area."
Oct 23
Bob Blanchette replied to Benny hani's discussion Manual J online
"Be sure the size that you ACCURATELY calculate actually gets installed. Often contractors pretend to do load calcs that "just happen" to come out to whatever the standard sizing is for the area. If you're getting about…"
Oct 23
Bob Blanchette replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Water Saver or Gimmick? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"The problem is these devices NEVER pay for themselves. Water is cheap, about $3 per 1,000 gallons in our area. Natural Gas is also cheap, you can run a water heater for a month for about $10 in NG.However the Fixed FEES are expensive for both NG and…"
Oct 23
Bob Blanchette replied to Diane Chojnowski's discussion Poll: How confident do you feel about the future of home performance?
"I see fixed monthly grid charges continuing to increase while cost per therm/kwh/gallon remain constant. For years utilities have rolled part of thier fixed costs into the kwh/therm/gallon rates. Not anymore. Our gas company is charging a $33/mo…"
Jul 25
Bob Blanchette commented on Amber Vignieri's blog post Dynamic Pricing 101: Beat the Heat and High Utility Bills
"Our local utility, OGE has a similar program:https://oge.com/wps/portal/oge/save-energy/smarthours/faq"
Jul 17
Eric Kjelshus replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion Real World Ceiling Fan CFM
"Take a little smoke and see the throw.    Try to make air visible,  with RPM  and throw,   can tell CFM.     "
Jul 3
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion Real World Ceiling Fan CFM
"Interesting question - the only item I know of is the minimum 8" for proper air flow (or 25% reduction - no source on this being tested but seems to be industry thought) --- some say it should only be 8' off the ground at max while others…"
Jul 3
Bob Blanchette replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion Real World Ceiling Fan CFM
"Energy Star Test Room"
Jul 3
Bob Blanchette posted a discussion

Real World Ceiling Fan CFM

Has anybody done testing on delivered CFM of ceiling fans? Energy star has a test room where the blades are 40 5/8" from the ceiling, but this rarely happens in living rooms. Perhaps manufacturers should list actual CFM output at various mounting heights instead of the laboratory 40 5/8" that almost never exists in the real world.How is CFM affected when installed at the default 12" from the ceiling? When used with taller ceilings, does installing a 12", 18", or even a 24" downrod significantly…See More
Jul 3
Bob Blanchette replied to Energy Wise Solutions's discussion No Utility Homes, Are we ready to start building Homes that are not connected to traditional utilities ?
"Utilities are starting to "catch on" to the "green movement" and are increasing the fixed monthly connection charge instead of KWH rates. Disconnecting completely is the only way to eliminate this ever increasing fixed cost."
May 12
Bob Blanchette liked Diane Chojnowski's discussion Now you can "LIKE" posts on Home Energy Pros!
Feb 7
Bob Blanchette replied to Bachi Brunato's discussion Baseboard Hydronic Heater with Thermostat & Pump?
"I'd run the bathroom heater on a timer. Homeowner will want a "boost" of heat in the morning/showers. Exact temp isn't an issue, they just want the heater "wide open" for 15-30 minutes."
Feb 3
Bob Blanchette replied to Bachi Brunato's discussion Baseboard Hydronic Heater with Thermostat & Pump?
"3,000BTU is MAXIMUM load @ design conditions. How many hours are less than design? Our entire house with a 44k furnace only uses $150/yr in gas (doesn't include meter fees), $50/yr for a bathroom doesn’t sound right. "
Feb 2
Bob Blanchette replied to Bachi Brunato's discussion Baseboard Hydronic Heater with Thermostat & Pump?
"Can you link to product reviews of a ceiling install? Scared of anything w/o a proven track record.."
Feb 1
Bob Blanchette replied to Bachi Brunato's discussion Baseboard Hydronic Heater with Thermostat & Pump?
"No pricing or BTU specs posted on the website."
Jan 31

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

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

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

Posted on January 17, 2012 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

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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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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