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Forum: Renovations & New Construction 05-06-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 16,844
Posted By PaleMelanesian
I'm in Texas. I've upgraded/replaced central...

I'm in Texas. I've upgraded/replaced central systems in two houses now. In both cases, the electricity savings were right in line with the SEER rating upgrade. The old house's system paid for...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-02-13, 09:53 AM
Replies: 405
Views: 192,044
Posted By PaleMelanesian
I have the GE Geospring hybrid heat pump heater. ...

I have the GE Geospring hybrid heat pump heater. It has settings for
- heatpump only
- resistance heat only
- both for high demand
- hybrid mode with intelligent selection (whatever that means)...
Forum: The Billiards Room 11-06-12, 09:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 13,968
Posted By PaleMelanesian
I have no idea. It wasn't marked, but it was 20...

I have no idea. It wasn't marked, but it was 20 years old. Based on the new unit's 16-SEER rating and the ~33% HVAC savings, I'm guessing it was a 10.
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 08-03-12, 04:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,677
Posted By PaleMelanesian
Sounds a little high. I paid the installer about...

Sounds a little high. I paid the installer about 7k last year for my 4 ton 16 SEER system. (heat pump heater, no gas) It was a complete new system including new wire from the breaker.

2.5 ton...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 06-05-12, 06:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 9,356
Posted By PaleMelanesian
Do you plan to use it for many years? I'd buy...

Do you plan to use it for many years? I'd buy new and choose a highly efficient unit. If you use it for the full lifespan, the added cost of new manufacture is minimal compared to buying two used...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-26-12, 09:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,210
Posted By PaleMelanesian
It depends a lot on the system. My old central...

It depends a lot on the system. My old central heat pump could handle freezing but not much lower. The new central heat pump is good at least to 25F, the coldest we've had this year.
Forum: Conservation 12-06-11, 09:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,422
Posted By PaleMelanesian
After a couple mild months, the first real month...

After a couple mild months, the first real month of results came in - kWh is down 25% from November 2010. :D Just as the estimates said it should. It turns out you can make decent estimates from...
Forum: Conservation 10-19-11, 09:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,422
Posted By PaleMelanesian
I don't have a public log of my usage. It...

I don't have a public log of my usage.

It varies from 500 kWh/mo in spring/fall to 2500 in summer and up to 4500 in winter, average is about 2000. 500 is the constant usage from water heating,...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 07-07-11, 09:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,974
Posted By PaleMelanesian
I haven't tried pickling the Armenians. I hear...

I haven't tried pickling the Armenians. I hear they can get soft when you do.

I have a long list of what doesn't do well in the heat. :(

Basil is going well, zinnias too but you can't eat...
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