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Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-10-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,455
Posted By theoldwizard1
I am not familiar with VRF systems, but they...

I am not familiar with VRF systems, but they sounds like a good solution. The cost for the electronics (actually a variable frequency single to 3 phase drive) has come down a lot in the past 5-10...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-10-20, 07:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,455
Posted By theoldwizard1
Evaporative cooling is great (low cost) but it...

Evaporative cooling is great (low cost) but it requires a VERY dry climate.


Excellent point ! I remember reading somewhere that a person set up there house in FL so that one bedroom was sort of...
Forum: Conservation 01-09-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,715
Posted By theoldwizard1
High efficiency window/thru-wall A/C unit

120VAC. Do they exist ? Heat pump would be nice, but not required.
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-09-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,455
Posted By theoldwizard1
Sorry for the late reply ! I concur with...

Sorry for the late reply !

I concur with gadget. Radiant floor heat is the MOST COMFORTABLE form of heat you will ever experience. The only downside is that when used in a concrete floor, it has...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 08-07-18, 09:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,182
Posted By theoldwizard1
Small/medium sized mini-splits have higher SEER...

Small/medium sized mini-splits have higher SEER than larger ones. Single outlet/air handler units also tend to have higher SEER than one that can handle multiple air handlers.
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 12-27-17, 10:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,337
Posted By theoldwizard1
Sorry for being late to the party ! If...

Sorry for being late to the party !



If you are really going to buy a new computer system, then this is the best suggestion !

The typical desktop and laptop unit have just hit the market. ...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-15-16, 01:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,912
Posted By theoldwizard1
Steve - I think the dogs will scratch up the...

Steve - I think the dogs will scratch up the laminate also. It might take them longer, but ...

You sound like a well informed individual, so I guess I really can not question your 80+F statement...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-15-16, 08:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,912
Posted By theoldwizard1
Nice to see that you have data ! I have...

Nice to see that you have data !


I have limited experience living with radiant in floor heating (a relative had it). I don't understand your first statement. It seems illogical as a stand...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-14-16, 04:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,912
Posted By theoldwizard1
Actually pretty similar to a lot of the mid-west,...

Actually pretty similar to a lot of the mid-west, like SE MI.


Check into reclaimed polyisocyanurate insulation. Big cost saving over new and it has excellent R-value per inch.

Now I am...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-14-16, 04:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,912
Posted By theoldwizard1
Why ABOVE the floor ? Wood flooring ?

Why ABOVE the floor ? Wood flooring ?
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 09-14-16, 04:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,912
Posted By theoldwizard1
My daughter's father-in-law is a certified...

My daughter's father-in-law is a certified residential energy auditor. He is building a new hose in SW MI and wants it to be super tight and efficient ("heat ir with a candle"). After much...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-22-15, 09:33 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 12,825
Posted By theoldwizard1
While 41F is not really "comfortable", it is...

While 41F is not really "comfortable", it is impressive given that you have no supplemental heat !
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-05-15, 02:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,500
Posted By theoldwizard1
If the specs on my GSHP showed CoP falling off...

If the specs on my GSHP showed CoP falling off below 4C, I would surely want a field that could produce above 4C !


Thank you !

Although I would likely never install a loop field, I would...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-05-15, 11:45 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 46,669
Posted By theoldwizard1
Is that within your "design" specs ? I would...

Is that within your "design" specs ? I would think that anything above 4C would be a good "target".

Some recent research I have done shows that ground water temperature below about 10m is...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-05-15, 10:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,500
Posted By theoldwizard1
From my research, in general, most heat pumps...

From my research, in general, most heat pumps start to loose efficiency around 35-45F. Why not pay a few extra $$$ to have a system that will stay ABOVE that threshold. ?

I understand a extra...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-05-15, 10:02 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 46,669
Posted By theoldwizard1
It has been a rough winter for all of us in the...

It has been a rough winter for all of us in the midwest and northeast. SE MI record the second coldest February on record. (I think there were only 3-4 days at or above "average" temperatures.)
...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-05-15, 09:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,500
Posted By theoldwizard1
Well, I sort of, kind of got the information I...

Well, I sort of, kind of got the information I was looking for (perhaps I did not phrase the question well to begin with).

First, if you Google around you can find charts similar to this one from...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-05-15, 09:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,500
Posted By theoldwizard1
If I ever had a GSHP system installed, there...

If I ever had a GSHP system installed, there would be a "performance" clause in the contract. If my inlet water temp EVER fell below 40F, the installer would have to repair/replace/agument the...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-04-15, 08:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,500
Posted By theoldwizard1
I was reading on another forum about folks who...

I was reading on another forum about folks who had installed horizontal loops at 12-15' deep, actually getting inlet water from their loop well below freezing ! Sure, it has been cold in the Midwest...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-04-15, 08:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,500
Posted By theoldwizard1
Well, I did learn that permafrost is REALLY...

Well, I did learn that permafrost is REALLY PERMANENT ! It can actually go 100s of feet deep !
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-03-15, 08:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,500
Posted By theoldwizard1
Sigh. My life's story ! It usually takes a...

Sigh. My life's story !

It usually takes a lot of digging on my part !!
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 03-03-15, 09:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,500
Posted By theoldwizard1
How deep does non-permafrost typically go ?

Areas like the U.P. of MI, northern MN, ME, ND and most of Canada get deep frost, at last 48". These areas obviously warm up enough in summer so that the ground (eventually) does melt.

Are deep...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 01-20-15, 08:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,625
Posted By theoldwizard1
There are 2 problems with any automatic starter ...

There are 2 problems with any automatic starter


Turning the starter off after the engines starts, but before the starter gear bet torn up.
Turning the starter off when the engine does NOT...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 12-14-14, 04:55 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 12,825
Posted By theoldwizard1
I am in favor of 2by "splines" also. ...

I am in favor of 2by "splines" also. :thumbup:
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 12-14-14, 11:53 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 12,825
Posted By theoldwizard1
Big benefits ! You may have mentioned it, but I...

Big benefits !
You may have mentioned it, but I will ask again.

How were the wall sections connected ?

Some designs use standard 2by for the spline, some use OSB strips that just slip in a...
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