Steven Lewis
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Steven Lewis replied to George Kopf's discussion Extremely long wait for hot water
"There is a pump kit that will install under a sink or in a bathroom.  This pump will be activated by a button and it pumps the (colder) water in the Hot water pipe into the cold water pipe.  Once it senses heat it will shut off and then…"
Sep 18
Steven Lewis replied to Aaren Stewart's discussion Let's solve this HVAC quiz!!!
"answer ! - It is a dungeon Answer 2 - it has been placed on part time work so it has lost its incentive to excel. Answer 3 - There is no sound with out a receiver to hear it, there for YOU are weird for hearing it. Honestly,  These are problems…"
Sep 18
Steven Lewis replied to Christopher Talarico's discussion Heating with Tankless Water Heater & Hydronic Air Handler vs. Gas Furnace
"It looks better on paper than in real life applications.  Both Amana and Lennox came out with dual heat applicationa that would heat the home and hot water.  Eff ratings on the heating side were about 92-97% and the water heaters were in…"
Aug 31
Steven Lewis commented on Christopher Morin's blog post The Basics: Superheat
"Super heat readings without knowing airflow only gives you 1/2 the equation.  Dirty filters/ low airflow/refrigerant overcharge/low temp in building or low outdoor temp will all affect the superheat of the system.  If the superheat is out…"
Jan 16
Steven Lewis replied to Ernest V.F. Hodgson's discussion Combustion Furnace BTU output
"For propane, you can look at the burner orfice size.  there are charts that give the btu rating for the orfice size. then multiply by the numbers of burners.  will give approx output.  LP orfices are usually slightly smaller btu than…"
Dec 3, 2013
Steven Lewis replied to Andy Gostisha's discussion Disguising Ductless Heat Pump Units
"There are a number of options - one manufacturer 9LG ductless) makes a square wall unit that can have a picture/art in the front.    There are also heads that can be installed in a ceiling ( if you have enough space) so all you see is…"
Nov 22, 2013
Steven Lewis commented on Allison A. Bailes III's group HVAC
"I just go through the filter.  if it is not metal or electronic.  Leave the filter in place and poke a hole with your probe in a corner.  If you want to know the pressure drop across the filter place the probe just under the filter…"
Sep 26, 2013
Steven Lewis replied to James McGarvey's discussion Mini Split Heat Pumps
"How can you call it an American brand if it is made in Japan.  My experiance with the company is far from good.    cheap price isn't everything "
Sep 24, 2012
Steven Lewis replied to Patrick Michaelyan's discussion Installing additional supply runs from the main trunk.
"You need more information before you suggest what the appropriate answer to the customers problem would be.  Do loads on the house and each floor.  Loads tell you equipment sizing which tells you air flow requirements.  Now you have…"
Aug 2, 2012
Steven Lewis commented on Joseph Novella's blog post Conventional AC is not COOL
"GE and other heat pump water heaters will dehumidify the area they are located in and use the heat gathered to heat the water.  Bob, is right Trane VS systems have the capability to vary fan speed to the humidity and work very well in my…"
May 26, 2012
Steven Lewis commented on Joseph Novella's blog post Conventional AC is not COOL
"MIni splits work fine as spot cooling/heating and inverter tech is great but has a long way to go to meet loads in Kansas.  Even the manufacturers say their product in not designed to handle whole house loads or conditions.  (Meeting last…"
May 25, 2012
Steven Lewis commented on Christopher Morin's blog post Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER)
"I agree with what you say.  Properly charged units perform better and last longer while using the minimum amount of electricity they can.  I will give you a reason why SEER came in. It had little to with improving efficiency by looking at…"
May 10, 2012
Steven Lewis replied to Al Maloney's discussion What is the best propane direct vent wall furnace available?
"Do the loads first, have some one do a room by room load, that will give you the total load but will also give you airflow to each room needed for comfort.   A 1400 sq ft house, airflow to far rooms will be a larger problem than the amount…"
Feb 23, 2012

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Feb 2, 2012
Steven Lewis replied to Adam Flowers's discussion Hang-ups to utilizing Manual J,D & S
"I already do that and a lot of customers see it up front and others have to experience the dark side of hvac  lol.   .  to be honest, we all make value judgements on what we can afford and if given knowledge and choices up front…"
Jan 26, 2012
Steven Lewis replied to Adam Flowers's discussion Hang-ups to utilizing Manual J,D & S
"Trust is the big issue - people buy the low bid because they dont trust the better system is worth the money -after all if I am going to get screwed I want lose $5  rather than $10.   They (not all) do call us when it doesn't…"
Jan 26, 2012

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Comfort Systems inc.
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At 2:46pm on December 6, 2010, Bruce Gold said…
I think they need a Comfort Systems inc. here in the Chicago area, But Steven, you have to run it. Tell me where I can vote on this?
 
 
 

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"Want to spot a simpleton? It's a guy who thinks EE and comfort are disconnected.  Want…"
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