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    12-02-2008, 01:49 PM
All I want is heat! Bring the heat!

(Sorry for interruption)

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    12-02-2008, 02:14 PM
Originally Posted by Angel_Leaguer    
We looked but it doesnt pay to buy since it isnt our place... the landlord never even used her fireplace. It was funny cause we mentioned how drafty it was and she was like "its always been that way"... But it didnt make it right. Im guessing it will save quite a bit over time having it adjusted to shut right. Im just hoping this winter goes by fast!!!!
well you could ask if she would discount the rent if you bought one and had it put in. (the amount of the insert plus installation.) Or be able to take it with you if you move. If she did it she could use it as tax deduction . If the house needs insulation and she (landlord) is lower income there are programs that could help her out doing that also. Here is Ohio it is called the Community Action Committee (CAC) and they would not charge her anything to blow insulation into the walls and attic.
    12-02-2008, 02:20 PM
Isn't it a carbon monoxide (CO, not CO2) detector that you need? CO is more dangerous than CO2, though I do have a pretty table in front of me listing the effects (e.g. Coma and death) of increased CO2 concentrations ...

All this talk of furnaces, boilers and heat pumps is music to my ears xD I'm a chemical engineer, you see, so these sort of thermodynamic cycles are fun!

What exactly is a household 'furnace', though? Is it just the same thing as a boiler, or what? When I think of furnaces, I think of a) blacksmiths, metal-working and forges or b) power stations.
    12-02-2008, 02:34 PM
example of residential forced air furnace. For heating the home. This is a natural gas model. This one vents to the outside for flu gases and also draws in outside air for combustion.
    12-02-2008, 02:47 PM
Originally Posted by claireauriga    
What exactly is a household 'furnace', though? Is it just the same thing as a boiler, or what? When I think of furnaces, I think of a) blacksmiths, metal-working and forges or b) power stations.

Now when you talk of boilers, do you mean boilers that produce steam
For heating or a Hydronic heating system which just circulates hot water.
A very big difference in these two methods of producing heat.

Which type of Geo-thermal systems would you say is the best system
A ground loop or one using wells for the heat transfer.
    12-02-2008, 03:10 PM
I'm afraid I have not studied geothermal heat systems so I couldn't comment much, but I imagine it will depend on the specific geography of each case.

When I talk about domestic boilers, I mean the boilers that use an appropriate fuel (e.g. Oil or gas, or even electricity) to provide hot water for central heating and/or taps in the home.

When I talk about industrial boilers, I mean equipment that produces steam for our various process needs.

We have a combi boiler in our house and it uses gas to produce steam, which is used to heat water. It's a combi-boiler because it provides both the central heating water and the hot tap water.

Does the furnace pictured provide hot water or hot air? Hot air heating systems are rare over here; I've only ever encountered houses heated with radiators.
    12-02-2008, 04:04 PM
With all the copper tubing and a circulating pump it provides hot water .

Here with a boiler that produces steam for industrial use , a licenced
Boiler operater is required to do the operating of the system. Steam heat is not used here (In residential setting) due to the fact if they are not operated properly you can have a steam explosion.

Now the geo-thermal units can be piped into the hot water tank to help offset the
Operating cost of heating domestic hot water.
    12-02-2008, 06:52 PM
Sorry for interruption again but this time I congrats both of you (Regal and Claire) and special thanks to the starter of this thread because of this thread we are learning quite alot

Guys keep it up!!

(secret: I didn't understand a thing what they talking about but it made me warm by looking at those furnaces so I am happy)

    12-03-2008, 08:25 AM
Thanks for posting that regal... I hadnt been on since yesteraday.
    12-03-2008, 11:35 AM
I keep my window open, and a fan going. I love the cold! My room is at about 45 degrees F. The rest of my house is at about a steady 72.

My mother makes me keep my door closed or else I make a chill throughout the house!

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