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claypot
claypot
24 May 2015

My quest to find a hydronic radiator system..

My quest to find a hydronic radiator system..

Following with interest. We're in Adelaide and I was looking for the same. It just seems it's not common or popular here, so if you can get it it's expensive. I have been…

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claypot
May 24, 2015 1:46 pm
Bels
Bels
20 May 2015

Upgrade Brivas Buffalo thermostat?

Upgrade Brivas Buffalo thermostat?

It'll work with both 24v supply or batteries. If you do get one, I'd be keen to hear your fedback on how you find it

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Bels
May 20, 2015 10:51 pm
Izzyb
Izzyb
18 May 2015

return air on both floors required?

return air on both floors required?

Our heating and cooling proposal had a very similar setup to yours, with only one return air. When it came to rough…

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Izzyb
May 18, 2015 7:15 pm
Izzyb
Rodfish
Rodfish
14 May 2015

Central Air Conditioning/Heating Recommendations Needed

Central Air Conditioning/Heating Recommendations Needed

Hi guys, After some advice on central air conditioning/ heating for our home. Our home is approximately 32sq on two levels in Melbourne S.E. We would ideally like a…

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Rodfish
May 14, 2015 8:14 pm
dolphinblu
dolphinblu
14 May 2015

Timer for Hydronic Heating

Timer for Hydronic Heating

Our storage tank is 315Lt. This tank supplies our hot water for our household of 5 people :-)

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dolphinblu
May 14, 2015 7:45 pm
Fleb
Fleb
13 May 2015

Fireplace installation

Fireplace installation

Yeah this sounds like a scam, we had an internal wall for our Lopi Flushwood and didnt pay any extra. All it requires is a zero clearance box installed in a timber frame…

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Fleb
May 13, 2015 10:04 pm

Aircon help needed!

Aircon help needed!

You could contact a mechanical building services engineer. They would be able to come out, inspect, and give you an unbiased report. Do you have any specific concerns…

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1960sModernistHome
May 09, 2015 8:05 am
1960sModernistHome
Bels
Bels
8 May 2015

Dualcomfort units

Dualcomfort units

Hi pmburke Are you referring to reverse cycle ducted air conditioning? If not you might need to elaborate what dual comfort units are as I couldn't work out what they…

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Bels
May 08, 2015 11:54 pm
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MichaelQ
May 04, 2015 11:03 pm
light487
light487
27 April 2015

Help with window size

Help with window size

Personally I love the letterbox windows that we have in our house. We have one on ground floor living area and one in upstairs living area. The room downstairs has one…

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light487
Apr 27, 2015 1:07 pm
light487
Gaggy
Gaggy
27 April 2015

Which fan to choose !!

Which fan to choose !!

How long before you actually need them? Going by your blog I imagine it will still be a while? Maybe enough time to drop costs of fans off…

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Gaggy
Apr 27, 2015 10:39 am
Gaggy
Stewie D
Stewie D
22 April 2015

Insulation advice on new build

Insulation advice on new build

The garage is worth doing if you have common walls and ceiling areas to the house particularly as it is only $300. Anything that helps keep your house warm in Winter and…

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Stewie D
Apr 22, 2015 11:37 am
JohnDoe2014
JohnDoe2014
21 April 2015

Implications of 900mm eaves

Implications of 900mm eaves

Thanks for the advice, everyone. We have gone with 900mm eaves and 25 degree roof pitch. Builders feedback that there will be a marginal increase in cost (low $$$$).

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JohnDoe2014
Apr 21, 2015 5:15 pm
stevinlee
stevinlee
17 April 2015

Where to buy Hydronic Home Heating System in Melbourne?

Where to buy Hydronic Home Heating System in Melbourne?

Kevin Lee is a HVAC consultant from Australia and working for a home improvement industry.i am going to suggest you how u can save your energy by using our Heating…

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stevinlee
Apr 17, 2015 8:50 pm
stevinlee
grinder
grinder
17 April 2015

Mold in internal brickwall

Mold in internal brickwall

Thanks Stevie no I do not own a house but a flat and no I do not have vents and currently arguing with them to allow me install a few around the perimeter but I will also…

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grinder
Apr 17, 2015 12:29 pm
grinder
LynneB
LynneB
12 April 2015

Wall wrap and length of time exposed

Wall wrap and length of time exposed

Thanks Lynne for your reply. I'm also guessing it will be ok for a while given its advertised as 'great in reverse builds'. Matter of interest a)…

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LynneB
Apr 12, 2015 8:19 pm
LynneB
Nic and Shell 1
Nic and Shell 1
11 April 2015

Costs to upgrade ceiling and wall insulation

Costs to upgrade ceiling and wall insulation
1, 2

That's at a guess, I just saw a pile and got p1ssed off lol. There 1300 long so basically half a stud…

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Nic and Shell 1
Apr 11, 2015 7:12 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
10 April 2015

Retrofit Wall Insulation

Retrofit Wall Insulation

I've seen the results of blow-in insulation a few years after it was done and there were a lot of places in the walls where there were voids left. A standard saying I have…

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Stewie D
Apr 10, 2015 8:05 am
Gertrudemyra
Gertrudemyra
8 April 2015

Brivis central heating

Brivis central heating

Help! I'm freezing. I'm too scared to turn the central heating on. It makes about 3 loud bangs every time it heats up. It is a 15 year old Brivis. I had it serviced last…

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Gertrudemyra
Apr 08, 2015 10:42 am
B STAR
B STAR
5 April 2015

Ducted air-conditioning vents

Ducted air-conditioning vents

The heated air is blown across the ceiling and not down, so all the hot air is trapped at the ceiling. If I walk around with…

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B STAR
Apr 05, 2015 6:37 pm
bpratt
bpratt
30 March 2015

Coral Homes - Roof Mounted Solar Hot Water

Coral Homes - Roof Mounted Solar Hot Water

The warranty difference will be due to the tank... the 10 year warranty is likely to be a stainless steel tank versus what they call a 'glass' tank (it's not glass at all…

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bpratt
Mar 30, 2015 12:42 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
27 March 2015

Garage insulation / Air conditioning

Garage insulation / Air conditioning

TBH, I've seen photos of those door seals a mate brought back from the US a few years ago and while they would be effective they sure didn't look pretty from the outside.…

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Stewie D
Mar 27, 2015 10:48 am
siapao
siapao
18 March 2015

Ducted heater and add on refrigerative cooling - Duct issues

Ducted heater and add on refrigerative cooling - Duct issues

thanks for your input all. The ducting definitely has the blue support straps and when the ducts came off initially (at both zones) they used…

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siapao
Mar 18, 2015 10:36 am
Gunna
Gunna
17 March 2015

Insulation R rating - Can you go to high?

Insulation R rating - Can you go to high?

All our bedrooms are on the South-South West side so will get a little arvo sun but I think it will be ok with the insulation and curtains Was advised by the builder that…

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Gunna
Mar 17, 2015 8:19 pm
whzzz28
whzzz28
9 March 2015

aircon system: which is system lifecycle economical to run?

aircon system: which is system lifecycle economical to run?

Hi all - I need your insights on this. I am building a house and I plan to make the aircon system as economical to run as possible; I can either…

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whzzz28
Mar 09, 2015 11:50 am
TRB
TRB
4 March 2015

Choosing Ceiling Fans

Choosing Ceiling Fans

I've experienced both types of fans. Steel fans are are only louder at high speed. I never noticed the difference at lower speed.

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TRB
Mar 04, 2015 11:55 am
Pulpo
Pulpo
27 February 2015

Underfloor area (between ground and first floor) insulation

Underfloor area (between ground and first floor) insulation

It's interesting to me how few actually insulate this space. Even the external walls in this section not insulated. However acoustic batts sound better no idea if…

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Pulpo
Feb 27, 2015 7:55 am
Melsie68
Melsie68
27 February 2015

Anyone have these systems? looking for noise levels

Anyone have these systems? looking for noise levels

I'll find out for you auds . Iv never owned a ducted aircon before so maybe it's not that noisey . But I know it's the second biggest .

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Melsie68
Feb 27, 2015 2:50 am
puglover
puglover
26 February 2015

Recommendations for 5+ star zoned heating/cooling

Recommendations for 5+ star zoned heating/cooling

Ive gone brivis 6 star ducted heating with actron 17 kw add on air conditioning, really happy with both, also house is highly insulated with tilt…

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puglover
Feb 26, 2015 9:13 am
Bels
Bels
25 February 2015

Splits vs Ducted

Splits vs Ducted

I've installed half a dozen for clients since the beginning of the year. All were high walls with 1 being a 2 head high wall multi-head. My place is currently at open…

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Bels
Feb 25, 2015 11:28 pm
puglover
puglover
23 February 2015

Where to buy solar panels in Melbourne?

Where to buy solar panels in Melbourne?

Thanks for the advice above. I contacted Solar Choice hoping to get some information emailed through but apparently that's beyond them and I have to go through several…

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puglover
Feb 23, 2015 6:59 pm
1960sModernistHome
1960sModernistHome
22 February 2015

Kelvinator Aircon, Bad Reviews, Experiences Please

Kelvinator Aircon, Bad Reviews, Experiences Please

Kelvinators are a bit of a running joke around the HVAC industry. I'd go with either Daikin or Mitsubishi for splits, maybe Fujitsu if I couldn't get one of those two. YMMV

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1960sModernistHome
Feb 22, 2015 7:51 pm
1960sModernistHome
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
13 February 2015

insulation density

insulation density

It always irks me when they dont put material properties up BTW R2.0 is a…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 13, 2015 10:24 am
StructuralBIMGuy
1960sModernistHome
1960sModernistHome
12 February 2015

Hot water pipe lengths

Hot water pipe lengths

Could you change your HWU to a type with a rooftop tank, like the Rheem? That way you could mount it on the roof more centrally.

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1960sModernistHome
Feb 12, 2015 10:36 am
1960sModernistHome
Crazyk
Crazyk
10 February 2015

Solar Hot water faulty ?

Solar Hot water faulty ?

Take off the shower head and check the mesh filter. Ours was clogged and water pressure and temp both dropped. I also replaced our tempering valve.

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Crazyk
Feb 10, 2015 8:06 pm
Crazyk
icywater
icywater
7 February 2015

Recommendation for Actron air installer in Perth

Recommendation for Actron air installer in Perth

I am about to finalise my build contract, I need a good actron air installer to work with the builder to install ducted aircon.

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icywater
Feb 07, 2015 8:11 pm
icywater
lincoln29
lincoln29
6 February 2015

Melbourne - Is Sarking 6 Star Energy 'Requirement'??

Melbourne - Is Sarking 6 Star Energy 'Requirement'??

We are in a similar situation, just paid 3.8k for starking to the entire roof and eaves to satisfy our BAL rating. (31sq house)

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lincoln29
Feb 06, 2015 12:06 am
lincoln29
Bels
Bels
2 February 2015

Split System Head question.

Split System Head question.

Why not just get the 8kW single head replaced with an actual multihead then?

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Bels
Feb 02, 2015 10:50 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
1 February 2015

Slab Insulation - Edge vs Under slab

Slab Insulation - Edge vs Under slab

I've been over your website a few times but didn't see this. It's not working at the moment but will look as soon as its up.

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Crazyk
Feb 01, 2015 10:08 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
Crazyk
1 February 2015

cost of Daikin SkyFi or Myair

cost of Daikin SkyFi or Myair

I'm putting in a 20kw Daikin with the std inverter. I'd be interested in prices too. Don't think I particularly care about the SKYFI but the MyAir sounds good. Could…

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Crazyk
Feb 01, 2015 9:30 pm
Crazyk
ddarroch
ddarroch
22 January 2015

Townhouse heating and cooling query

Townhouse heating and cooling query

As Bels has said RC is the most efficient form of ELECTRIC heating, with efficiencies of 500-700%. Other forms of electric heating, such as radiant bar heaters & oil…

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ddarroch
Jan 22, 2015 9:37 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
21 January 2015

Actron ducted - Questions

Actron ducted - Questions

As previously Crazy, it is a 23kw system on 40 sq house. You mentioned this the last time when you were enquiring about Actron. As I write…

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Crazyk
Jan 21, 2015 6:56 pm
Crazyk
Bels
Bels
20 January 2015

AC Wiring

AC Wiring

1. Yes provided the cable is able to carry the FLA of the load; has not perished so that the integrity of the insulation of the cable is degraded; the connection is terminated…

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Bels
Jan 20, 2015 8:47 pm
Melsie68
Melsie68
20 January 2015

Long shot does any one here work as a daikin air con tech ne

Long shot does any one here work as a daikin air con tech ne

My aircon is the opposite my zones say they are off but cold air comes out . They are coming out too . I have a my air 3 .

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Melsie68
Jan 20, 2015 12:44 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
19 January 2015

Daikin ducted AC

Daikin ducted AC

Does anyone have a Daikin FDYQN200LV1 ducted reverse cycle unit? What do you think of it? What size house is it cooling? Cheers

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Crazyk
Jan 19, 2015 9:48 pm
Crazyk
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
16 January 2015

ducted air and raked ceilings

ducted air and raked ceilings

We now have it such we can have ducted in the roof. Air con company states as not double story does not need to be done at rough in.. we have a split level but only one…

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Leksie5000
Jan 16, 2015 4:10 pm
crankie
crankie
11 January 2015

Retro Heating Restoration

Retro Heating Restoration

Hi Bels I have managed to get everything working except I have to get new glass in the door and I know a guy that does that. So what I need to do now to bring it back to…

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crankie
Jan 11, 2015 6:51 am
Fizzy Bubbles
Fizzy Bubbles
8 January 2015

Spray foam insulation

Spray foam insulation

Lol. I'm afraid there's no way we could afford $7000 just for insulation given we need money to get other things done :(

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Fizzy Bubbles
Jan 08, 2015 1:16 am
Fizzy Bubbles
AJW
AJW
7 January 2015

Evap Aircon isn't cooling

Evap Aircon isn't cooling

... in Perth on a hot day, there's no way you'd run it on fan only! :-) perth isn't very humid and the days we had issues were less than 30% type…

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AJW
Jan 07, 2015 8:45 pm
Jackula
Jackula
6 January 2015

Brivis MX35i Whine & Rattle

Brivis MX35i Whine & Rattle

Thanks, I'll give Brivis a call. I was curious if anyone was having the same issues so I have something to back it up with before I call.

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Jackula
Jan 06, 2015 9:41 am


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