What heating and air system currently available is the most energy efficient?
What Heating and cooling systems are currently the most energy efficient?
Question answered by Lee
Most unit on the market have a high SEER rating.There are good ones and not so good ones. I would stay away from goodman units. They are cheap units, but low SEER ratings.American Standard which is the cheaper version of Rheems is a good one.It all depends on what you want to pay for one. Rheems and Carrier comes with all the bells and whistles,but you'll pay for them.I like to keep the units fairly simple.In other words,one that does a good job of cooling,and heating if it's a heat pump and don't cost a arm and a leg to run.
How to find out why our heat is not heating?
Our heat seem to have stopped heating in our house. (Central heat & air) This is the first time we have ever had a problem with the heat, its always the AC! The only thing I could think to check was the pilot light under the water tank... Are there other common cause I can check?
Question answered by johnnomads
If your central heat is of the forced air variety, you should be able to hear the blower engage a bit after the burner lights. If the blower does not run, often the V belt has broken or slipped from the pulley. A squealing noise often precedes V belt failure. Other less common problems include a worn blower motor, various valves and relays.
If your heat is of the hot water variety, gas and burner controls, and circulation pumps could be the culprit. A heating tradesman should be consulted.
What is a heating degree day and a cooling degree day?
I hear about how many heating degree days and cooling degree day every day. What are they, and how are they calculated?
Question answered by David
Heating degree days are the amount by which the "average temperature" was below a reference temperature on a given day. Cooling degree days are the amount by which the average temperature was above the reference value.
This may sound a little complicated, but it isn't. Degree days correspond to how much you'd need to run your heater or air conditioner on a given day to hold the ideal temperature. Heating degree days mean it was a little colder than your reference temperature, so you had to run your heater. More degree days, more heat needed. The typical reference value in the United States is 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
For example, if you like your house to be 65 degrees, and the average temperature in a day is 50, then there are 15 heating degree days (65 - 50) on that day.
These are simple ways to make estimates on power usage and HVAC requirements for buildings.
What is the best way to heat a house with no central heating?
We rent a house with no central heating and we cannot add any form of permanent heating (i.e. night storage etc). With this in mind what is the best and most cost efficient way to heat it through the winter? We currently use Dimplex freestanding heaters and an oil fired radiator - but it is very expensive.
Question answered by brenpren07
Use a heater that you plug in to a socket and you can use a latern or home heating lamp????
How long does it take home heating oil to work?
The heating man just came and I was wondering how long does it take for home heating oil to start burning?! He came like an hour ago, and my house is still cold! We got 100 gallons but no heat is comming up!
Question answered by Bill
You should have heat in about 10 minutes if the furnace is running. It sounds like you let the storage tank run too low and the pump on the burner gun has to be primed. On the pump side of the gun burner you will find a small plug with a hole in it. This is the way you prime a pump. Turn it counter clock ways to open it about 1/4 to 1/2 turn. Now hit the reset on the furnace and the gun should turn on. Hold a small can under the plug and catch any oil pumped out. Once it start to spew oil turn the little nozzle clock ways and close it. You might have to hit the reset again. The furnace should start up now that the air is out of the line. I think the wrench size is 7/16 ".
How much home heating oil do you use in a month to heat your home?
I am curious to know how much oil people use daily or monthly to heat their homes in the winter with home heating oil. If you can also give an idea of the floor area you are heating, it would be helpful.
Question answered by Ivy
We use about 75 gallons of heating oil a month. Doesn't really keep it warm enough in the back of the house, but at least the living room is nice and toasty. Our house is 3 bedrooms two bath, single story.
Why do my new electric stove heating elements make on and off buzzing/humming noise?
I just replaced my heating elements on my GE electric stove. My stove is pretty old (1985), so I had to make an educated guess as to what kind of heating element to choose. When I turn the stove on, the heating elements do heat properly, but the larger heating elements make a humming/buzzing noise that turns on and off as they heat up. It sounds a bit like a vibrating noise. In any case, the on and off humming/buzzing is a bit distracting and my old ones didn't seem to do this. Is this normal for newer heating elements? Does this mean that the elements are not compatible with my stove? Any suggestions?
Question answered by Peter W
I expect that the connections to the new elements are not as tight as they were when new. Keep in mind a *LOT* of current goes through each element and that does create a significant magnetic field that can cause the elements to vibrate against their base plate. That buzz will be at 120 HZ - the same frequency as an old-fashioned door buzzer.
Try tightening the connectors, the clamps that hold the elements down, or look for any other loose parts. In a pinch, you might try a tiny dab of high-heat RTV silicon where the elements touch the base plate. The stuff is bright orange, but it does work.
What is it called when heat energy is transferred from a heating element to water?
Name the process by which heat energy is transferred from a heating element to the water. I am talking about electric jugs here. Please Help.
Question answered by L. A. L.
conduction (of heat)
Can the heating elements in a toaster/oven be replaced?
The upper heating elements of my Toastmaster toaster/oven/broiler curved towards the top of the inside toaster ( looks like they're melting!?) and, of course, is not heating food in the right way! The toaster it's in very good conditions, but the warranty expired 3 years ago. Does anybody know if thoose heating elements can be replaced? Can I find them in a store? Thanks!
Question answered by Rich Z
The last time I took one apart with a problem like that I found that the power wires were spot welded onto the heating wires. Unless you know someone who can do that it doesn't pay to buy replacement heating elements because you can't finish the repair.
What heating options are available for a hundred gallon ball python enclosure?
I plan on buying a 100 gallon acrylic enclose the only problem is that I cannot find a heating pad that can heat up a tank that size. So besides getting a small tank what are my options for heating?
Question answered by johnny
By choosing an enclosure size that is more suitable for ball pythons, you will not have any issues with trying to heat the cage. Very large specimens will do in a 75 gallon breeder while average sized ball pythons are good in 40-55 gallon breeder style enclosures. The breeder style has more floor space than standard sized enclosures which makes them more ideal for stocky ball pythons. I use breeder style enclosures. Heating huge enclosures may require multiple heat sources.