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baferreri
baferreri
14 August 2014

Zoned Controlled Systems

Zoned Controlled Systems

Hi Hagar, Based on my experience (as a HVAC engineer), a zone system should have a thermostat in each zone but some contractors will install a single sensor near the…

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baferreri
Aug 14, 2014 8:24 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
28 July 2014

sound, thermal and ventilation

sound, thermal and ventilation

Roofer suggests we vent to outside but we don't want heat and sound bridges so is there something similar to what we have that can vent to outside when on…

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Stewie D
Jul 28, 2014 10:50 pm
Joker
Joker
28 July 2014

Refrigerated Air Con solution for Melbourne home

Refrigerated Air Con solution for Melbourne home

If wanting add on air con or air con , I looked for months on many many forums and sites, the brand that came up constantly has reliable,advanced,was actron an Australian…

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Joker
Jul 28, 2014 10:46 pm
Joker
Joker
28 July 2014

where to buy gas log fireplace in melbourne(southeast)

where to buy gas log fireplace in melbourne(southeast)

i would bookmark several sites ,then over a period of time look regularly so you can get a special or display model,first of course find out the…

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Joker
Jul 28, 2014 10:38 pm
yvonneh
yvonneh
28 July 2014

Adding more zones

Adding more zones

Thanks for the…

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yvonneh
Jul 28, 2014 5:24 pm
bounderee
bounderee
25 July 2014

Brivis Controller problems

Brivis Controller problems

Hi all, the answer to the problem....all the problems including the fan speeding up was solved when the unit failed completely Jan 2014, middle of the hottest day on…

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bounderee
Jul 25, 2014 9:05 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
21 July 2014

Rusty fan blades on ActronAir A/C unit

Rusty fan blades on ActronAir A/C unit

I agree with Bels to some degree. The unit will still function no problems, but you will loose some minor efficiency. Why? Well because the corrosion will cause extra drag…

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Crazyk
Jul 21, 2014 10:16 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
Crazyk
21 July 2014

R7 batt

R7 batt

No I'm not talking about squashing it but putting a 3.5 ontop of a 3.5. As soon as you compress you loose efficiency. The air gap gives you the insulating properties so…

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Crazyk
Jul 21, 2014 6:34 pm
Crazyk
mrssnowden
mrssnowden
21 July 2014

Wood fireplace in the hunter valley/newcastle

Wood fireplace in the hunter valley/newcastle

I'm in the Central Tablelands but found a Dixon heating in Albion Park to be the most helpful and cheapest in NSW even after freight. Their website isn't great but if you…

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mrssnowden
Jul 21, 2014 4:26 pm
sheppo
sheppo
20 July 2014

Central heating

Central heating

If you get a service done to the unit you can ask the service tech to turn the fan speed down so that you dont feel the air when you sit under the vent if you choose to…

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sheppo
Jul 20, 2014 9:31 pm
JB1
JB1
18 July 2014

Cheapest time of the year to get A/C

Cheapest time of the year to get A/C

Now is a good time when they are quieter. Also the manufacturers like Panasonic and Fujitsu are giving cash back at the moment (and every winter). Panasonic, Fujistsu…

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JB1
Jul 18, 2014 6:52 pm
AussieMark
AussieMark
15 July 2014

3 Phase or 240V

3 Phase or 240V
1, 2, 3, 4

Yep I think builders get you every which way......

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AussieMark
Jul 16, 2014 12:17 am
Bels
Bels
13 July 2014

Is this part the Ducted A/C zone damper control?

Is this part the Ducted A/C zone damper control?

From your little thumbnail size picture it's hard to see but potentially yes. It would be a throwaway item that would need to be replaced as it's not economical sense to…

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Bels
Jul 13, 2014 5:53 pm
whzzz28
whzzz28
9 July 2014

R4.0 Insulation Batts

R4.0 Insulation Batts

Currently got a quote from a builder. For a single storey 250 sqm living area they ask. R2.5 to R4.0 upgrade price 2,900 R2.5 to R6.0…

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whzzz28
Jul 09, 2014 7:14 pm
MR2
MR2
8 July 2014

Anyone building with Wisdom upgrade their air conditioning?

Anyone building with Wisdom upgrade their air conditioning?

Yeah we did too did not get on with the aircon guys too well, they left a dogs breakfast in the roof too.

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MR2
Jul 08, 2014 8:04 am
MR2
bpratt
bpratt
3 July 2014

Airconditioning - running costs - Reverse Cycle or Splits?

Airconditioning - running costs - Reverse Cycle or Splits?

Your location will make a evap cooler work or not work as well. If you are in a higher humidity area, a evap cooler will not work well enough as you are only adding to the…

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bpratt
Jul 03, 2014 9:41 am
Pulpo
Pulpo
29 June 2014

Hydronic heating system - When do pipes get lagging?

Hydronic heating system - When do pipes get lagging?

the pipes should be installed whilst you have access to the bearers and joists. Lagging all pipes if using radiators, although if in conditioned space maybe not. What…

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Pulpo
Jun 29, 2014 1:37 pm
jaysea
jaysea
25 June 2014

Hydronic heating and bamboo floors

Hydronic heating and bamboo floors

Hi, We had a similar issue when we owner built our house in SA. We had the conflicting requirements of wanting timber flooring but also under-floor heating (UFH). After…

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jaysea
Jun 25, 2014 7:07 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
24 June 2014

Using roofing blanket between frame and brick veneer

Using roofing blanket between frame and brick veneer

Now that's an option, using it for some of the internal walls between the studs. Also it didn't take me any time at all as I delegated…

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Beetaloo
Jun 24, 2014 5:51 pm
Beetaloo
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Crazyk
Jun 24, 2014 1:34 pm
Crazyk
B STAR
B STAR
17 June 2014

Cooling advice for a 40Sq house

Cooling advice for a 40Sq house

why do you say that IceMan. I Prefer not to put it on until I need it. My home doesnt get hot until 3 pm somedays. By that time I have hopefully exported some electricity…

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B STAR
Jun 17, 2014 2:36 pm
ddarroch
ddarroch
30 May 2014

Heating/Cooling and solar 101 - for Canberra region

Heating/Cooling and solar 101 - for Canberra region

CO2 heat pumps (such as Siddons & Sanden) are said to perform much, much better than other heat pumps. I believe they don't ice up, & have COP's (efficiencies) which are…

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ddarroch
May 30, 2014 8:36 pm
tamarind
tamarind
30 May 2014

Insulation

Insulation

Insulation in the roof is the best. blinds would be a big help also and an exhaust fan to help in circulation of air.If its summer i use humidifier to keep the place moist…

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tamarind
May 30, 2014 5:25 pm
tamarind
John + Ash
John + Ash
29 May 2014

Reverse Cycle Aircon Upgrades - Advice

Reverse Cycle Aircon Upgrades - Advice

Maybe a little late but the difference in Gold 1.2 and Green 1.5 is not worth the extra outlay unless you plan to stay in the house for 10 years…

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John + Ash
May 29, 2014 10:57 pm
V1SHRNZ
V1SHRNZ
20 May 2014

Daikin ducted aircon 293 m2

Daikin ducted aircon 293 m2

Hi gav89z I am in the same predicament with the same two units. Which way are you deciding?

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V1SHRNZ
May 20, 2014 11:03 pm
V1SHRNZ
Crazyk
Crazyk
12 May 2014

Insulation upgrade or add sarking

Insulation upgrade or add sarking

Hi PHL I'm in Vic. Our summers are brutal so I'm more thinking that I want the sarking to help during summer. The trade off is that Vic is considered cold climate so…

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Crazyk
May 12, 2014 4:04 pm
Crazyk

You have to look how well the rest of your house is insulated ( as I mentioned earlier ) bearing in mind that only 10-20% of heat escaping will be through the…

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Stewie D
May 11, 2014 10:17 am
wixy
wixy
5 May 2014

Query about air con EER / COP ratings

Query about air con EER / COP ratings

I am looking at purchasing a 12.5kw ducted inverter air con. At first I was considering a Panasonic unit, which has an EER and COP rating of 3.21 and 3.37…

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wixy
May 05, 2014 11:42 pm
sceen7
sceen7
5 May 2014

Under Floor heating Costs and Options

Under Floor heating Costs and Options

Hmmmm ok our boiler runs for about four hours a day give or take. Its controlled by a thermostat timer, coming on at about 6am till 830am and again at around 5pm till…

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sceen7
May 05, 2014 4:12 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
3 May 2014

Attic insulation floor

Attic insulation floor

That will all help ( as far as a cheap DIY solution goes ) but make sure you try and eliminate any gaps in the insulation - 5% gaps in insulation makes it 50% less…

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Stewie D
May 03, 2014 12:21 pm
joyfulbuilder
joyfulbuilder
3 May 2014

Daikin? Fujitsu? R/C Ducted Air Conditioning Questions

Daikin? Fujitsu? R/C Ducted Air Conditioning Questions

Thank you very much for the clarity Crazyk. I don't think we'll ever scale down to one room. We may do one zone (the open plan family area) - which the air con people…

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joyfulbuilder
May 03, 2014 1:47 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
2 May 2014

selecting insulation PinkBats, Bradford, Earthwool

selecting insulation PinkBats, Bradford, Earthwool

I'm looking to get an installed price for my 32 sq home in melb. Any recommendations of good reasonable installers? What prices are you guys being quoted for what size house?

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Crazyk
May 02, 2014 7:53 pm
Crazyk
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
29 April 2014

Sarking costs for colorbond roof

Sarking costs for colorbond roof

I am currently building my house as an owner builder. For a 200m2 roof, a 75mm thermal blanket cost me $1,500. This is required to meet new Building Code of Australia…

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Beetaloo
Apr 29, 2014 10:10 pm
Beetaloo
Fridgy
Fridgy
23 April 2014

ActronAir ESP+ Install Manual

ActronAir ESP+ Install Manual

Once a new controller or sensor has been installed the installer will need to assign which zones will use which sensor. It is not the last…

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Fridgy
Apr 23, 2014 6:05 pm
virusvaleria
virusvaleria
17 April 2014

My New Braemar outdoor ducted heating unit TH315NG

My New Braemar outdoor ducted heating unit TH315NG

Hi i was running my washing machine last night and too much foam in it caused it to leak out of the dipsenser and through the floor and went right under the house onto my…

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virusvaleria
Apr 17, 2014 2:27 pm

Hi Guys, I have Nobo Heating Wall panels installed throughout my house. Most of them have their own thermostat and timers which I s good but there are two slimline panels…

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blacky199
Apr 15, 2014 10:11 am
psyninja
psyninja
11 April 2014

Brivis controller issue

Brivis controller issue

This is an overheating error code - check your return air make sure its clean and clear and all ducts are open and there are no blockages. If these don't appear to be the…

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psyninja
Apr 11, 2014 6:51 pm
ausdesign
ausdesign
9 April 2014

reflective foil wall wrap around

reflective foil wall wrap around

Hi all, we are owner building double storey home, is reflective foil wall wrap recommended? As we will be installing wall bats. Many…

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ausdesign
Apr 09, 2014 7:01 pm
ausdesign
Lukebee
Lukebee
8 April 2014

Evaporative Cooler: Brivis, Bonaire or Breezair?

Evaporative Cooler: Brivis, Bonaire or Breezair?
1, 2, 3

Hi All, Just to give you an update. Finally I chose Breezair EXH210 for $4800, 8 points. My house is 25 square…

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Lukebee
Apr 08, 2014 11:23 pm
Lukebee
TiredHalo
TiredHalo
2 April 2014

Anticon vs Sarking

Anticon vs Sarking

I think R1.3 for Anticon sounds about right. Anticon is considered a thermal insulation and not an acoustic, but it will help reduce the sound of rain. However if your…

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TiredHalo
Apr 02, 2014 11:43 am
TiredHalo
Adrian Lafleur
Adrian Lafleur
28 March 2014

Making my home noise proof

Making my home noise proof

I think you need to consider all of the above I Goggled train horn noise and found this site http://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0599 tells you that train noise from a horn is…

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Adrian Lafleur
Mar 28, 2014 8:48 am
namiradaki
namiradaki
27 March 2014

Under floor heating --where does the thermostat go?

Under floor heating --where does the thermostat go?

Hi ChrisE, Not sure what floor heating product you purchased, so I'll explain how it works with our product (Livella Heating Systems), which will most likely work for…

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namiradaki
Mar 27, 2014 9:41 am
StephenF
StephenF
25 March 2014

Maintaining good air quality in an energy-efficient house?

Maintaining good air quality in an energy-efficient house?
1, 2

Ahh, ok. Well there shouldn't be too much in the way of smells coming from the outside air, not sure what will make it through the standard filters. I'll let you know how…

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StephenF
Mar 25, 2014 12:13 pm
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bashworth
Mar 23, 2014 1:11 pm
bashworth
MaxG
MaxG
20 March 2014

hydronic floor heating - what do you know??

hydronic floor heating - what do you know??

I am planning to install hydronic heating. I understand how it works; have enjoyed it for many years in Germany, and simply love it. There are a few things that need to be…

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MaxG
Mar 20, 2014 9:11 pm
AJW
AJW
16 March 2014

25A breaker on 2.5mm cable - POOL HEATER

25A breaker on 2.5mm cable - POOL HEATER

Hi I have recently had a 3.6kw Zodiac Pool Heater installed, and the specs stats Nominal Intensity of 16A and Max intensity of 22A. I have been…

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AJW
Mar 16, 2014 9:59 pm


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