Kurt Albershardt
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Kurt Albershardt replied to William Fisher's discussion Can tankless water heaters provide hot water even when the groundwater is fairly cold?
"With groundwater temps that low, we have used a "batch preheater" configuration (an uninsulated galvanized tank in the crawlspace or basement.)  This brings the groundwater up to a temperature where the heating appliance can handle…"
May 1
Kurt Albershardt replied to Larry Schaffert's discussion How to correctly insulate exterior wall in a 1900 house?
"Balloon framed houses make for easy upgrades IME.  We cover the open bays from the sill plate to the floor with perforated house wrap, then fill with dense-packed cellulose using a hose inserted from the attic."
Apr 26
Kurt Albershardt replied to William Fisher's discussion Can tankless water heaters provide hot water even when the groundwater is fairly cold?
"There are a number of approaches that can work depending on the specifics of your situation. What are your energy prices like?"
Apr 26
Kurt Albershardt replied to Brady Mills's discussion Can someone recommend a whole home water filtration system?
"Excellent advice on the testing -- you can't treat what you don't know about. A softener will remove small amounts of iron, but the media will eventually become iron loaded if you ignore it.  A cup or two of anhydrous citric acid…"
Feb 26
Kurt Albershardt replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion Have Gas Meter fees/deliver charges got out of hand?
"Sort version:  The price of gas is market driven -- there are many suppliers competing for your utility's business.  The local distribution network is a monopoly.  Do you have a choice among local distribution networks?"
Feb 8
Kurt Albershardt replied to Bud Poll's discussion CO poisoning in Yarmouth Maine
"Code and manufacturers' approvals may be there, but we work hard to separate exhaust and intake whenever possible.  It's just good housekeeping."
Feb 8
Kurt Albershardt replied to John Shillito's discussion Fixing a water heater?
"2000 ppm CO is not a problem?  Really?  In what universe?"
Jul 26, 2014
Kurt Albershardt replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion How to determine HDD's and "savings" from furnace upgrade
"We download daily degree-day data from http://www.degreedays.net/ and then total by meter reading periods.  Subtract the summer DHW/kitchen loads and then convert to BTU per degree-day per square foot."
Feb 28, 2014
Kurt Albershardt replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion Comparing energy cost break even points
"HUGE regional variation in energy prices.  Here in Southwest NM, residential NG currently runs $0.655 per therm, with $13.34 in fixed monthly costs.  Electric is currently $0.1275 plus $5.63 in fixed monthly costs.  All of the above…"
Feb 28, 2014
Kurt Albershardt replied to Jose Macho's discussion Google Nest Acquisition- Where the Home Energy Market is Going
"Sending price signals to the end user is a good thing in my book.  There's the potential here to benefit both consumers and utilities if it's done right."
Jan 31, 2014
Kurt Albershardt replied to Jose Macho's discussion Google Nest Acquisition- Where the Home Energy Market is Going
"Lots of complaints from steam and hydronic system owners as well.  Looks like a fail with high mass systems in general. No matter how much computing power and gee-whiz you layer on top of one, a conventional thermostat can only tell the HVAC…"
Jan 31, 2014

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Nov 29, 2013
Kurt Albershardt commented on Igor Zhadanovsky's blog post Scrutinizing Condensing Boilers With the Second Law of Thermodynamics (SLT)
"Hot water is a lower quality heat source than steam.  100ºF water is a lower quality heat source than 180ºF water.  Lower quality heat is easier to obtain and generally costs less. Designing your emitter system to operate using a…"
Nov 20, 2013
Kurt Albershardt commented on Anna Jursik's blog post Electric Thermal Storage vs. Heat Pump Water Heaters
"90% must be counting hydroelectric as renewable, with which some might take umbrage."
Nov 20, 2013
Kurt Albershardt commented on Anna Jursik's blog post Electric Thermal Storage vs. Heat Pump Water Heaters
"Raising tank temp weekly mostly happens automatically with solar here.  No such luck with a refrigerant cycle.  In-tank electric resistance elements can easily accomplish that, but the "tankless electric as last-ditch booster"…"
Nov 18, 2013
Kurt Albershardt commented on Anna Jursik's blog post Electric Thermal Storage vs. Heat Pump Water Heaters
"We have done similar things on commercial projects (preheat using water-cooled evaporators on refrigeration) but I've never quite figured out how to make it fit in a typical residence."
Nov 18, 2013

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