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Jervisbay
Jervisbay
2 August 2011

Home heating/cooling audit

Home heating/cooling audit

Hi, In the ACT the government has a service that offers free consultation regarding cooling/heating to help with energy saving initiatives, http://www.heat.net.au/ People…

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Jervisbay
Aug 02, 2011 10:35 pm
mika08
mika08
2 August 2011

Arena Airconditioners

Arena Airconditioners

I agree!!! Don't go anywhere near these aircons because that is what they are - a con. We had one put in by our builder in Feb 2007 and we've had nothing but trouble year…

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mika08
Aug 02, 2011 3:05 pm
lowau
lowau
1 August 2011

Cost of ducted gas heating?

Cost of ducted gas heating?

$3000 for a brivis wombat 3 star system with 8 outlets. (double story) This is on a new build.

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lowau
Aug 01, 2011 11:57 am
wazsxr
wazsxr
29 July 2011

Upgrade Bonaire thermostat

Upgrade Bonaire thermostat

Hi, I want to upgrade our manual digital "Pyrox" thermostat with something like the Honeywell Prestige or Venstar T5800. Both of these replacement units use a 24VAC common…

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wazsxr
Jul 29, 2011 10:42 pm
EmeryBB
EmeryBB
28 July 2011

House is nearly done but can't see any refrigerant pipes

House is nearly done but can't see any refrigerant pipes

Yeah typical volume builder. More to do with the incompetent SS in fact. Those issues won't ever happen if the SS can spend a few minutes on site checking the jobs just completed.

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EmeryBB
Jul 28, 2011 3:52 pm
B STAR
B STAR
28 July 2011

Ducted heating/air conditioning questions

Ducted heating/air conditioning questions

Stars measure efficiency. in terms of the amount of energy used to produce a certain amount of energy. 0.2 is minimal difference, and the difference between a good…

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B STAR
Jul 28, 2011 12:40 pm
Brad75
Brad75
25 July 2011

Bonaire Problem! Urgent Help Required

Bonaire Problem! Urgent Help Required

Who's w w ? Anyway that price he gave you is a bargin and would be a very good choice don't forget to make sure you get a plumbing compliance certficate at completion of…

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Brad75
Jul 25, 2011 3:49 pm
pattycake4
pattycake4
24 July 2011

Is an inbuilt Gas Fire worth the big $$$$$$

Is an inbuilt Gas Fire worth the big $$$$$$

Love the fire place,the one i am have is the smaller one

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pattycake4
Jul 24, 2011 9:40 pm
kyton
kyton
23 July 2011

Bought Illusion GFX-s heater but readmany neg comments

Bought Illusion GFX-s heater but readmany neg comments

What exactly do you want help with? Ie how to cancel the purchase / whether anyone has the same heater / if anyone knows the correct rating etc - you need to be more specific.

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kyton
Jul 23, 2011 6:37 pm
kyton
aza0
aza0
23 July 2011

Solar reverse cycle - OPTIMAL ENERGY SOLUTIONS??

Solar reverse cycle - OPTIMAL ENERGY SOLUTIONS??

Hi all, Has anyone heard of these guys, know anything about there products or even better have one installed? It looks like a it would be a good product if it works as…

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aza0
Jul 23, 2011 5:49 pm
pattycake4
pattycake4
22 July 2011

Gas Log Fire or Ducted Heating?

Gas Log Fire or Ducted Heating?

Hi Donuts,do you have zoned heating Hi Rod12,I am having both my house is a bit bigger,I will have zoned then I can turn down/off rooms

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pattycake4
Jul 22, 2011 6:17 pm
AJW
AJW
22 July 2011

Does blown in insulation deterioate over time?

Does blown in insulation deterioate over time?

It sits down over time and sometimes there is a problem with electric wiring. Especiallz if you have these downlights. I really prefer the…

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AJW
Jul 22, 2011 6:09 pm
pattycake4
pattycake4
22 July 2011

heating

heating
1, 2

Thanks Brad,had a look at Brivis HX201 four zone.

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pattycake4
Jul 22, 2011 8:40 am
Brad75
Brad75
20 July 2011

Add on Air Conditioning to existing Ducts

Add on Air Conditioning to existing Ducts

The system is designed for a 13 degree drop in temparture so on a 38 degree day it should get your house down to 25 which is very comfortable anyway most people run…

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Brad75
Jul 20, 2011 10:02 pm
Bernard
Bernard
19 July 2011

Bulk insulation as well as insulation board: overkill?

Bulk insulation as well as insulation board: overkill?

Er, do it as in stick with foil paper? or go the whole hog and use insulation board as well as rockwool? b

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Bernard
Jul 19, 2011 10:03 pm
mtchairs
mtchairs
19 July 2011

Insulation installer recommendation in Sydney

Insulation installer recommendation in Sydney

Hi, I'm looking for a recommendation for someone to install insulation in my single story weatherboard/fibro house located in Sydney (north). There is currently little/if…

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mtchairs
Jul 19, 2011 1:51 pm
Hobartian
Hobartian
18 July 2011

HELP! - Height of floor heating exceed height of door frames

HELP! - Height of floor heating exceed height of door frames

How about dropping the floating floor and opting for polished concrete? Great for hydronic heating and you save 24mm!

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Hobartian
Jul 18, 2011 10:35 pm
Hobartian
take2
take2
15 July 2011

Have ducted air con, worth getting bedroom fans too?

Have ducted air con, worth getting bedroom fans too?

We have air and fans too. There isn't a night in summer that we don't have the fans on. I can't sleep in air cond, but the fan breeze is…

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take2
Jul 15, 2011 9:52 pm
take2
alt0160
alt0160
15 July 2011

Evaporative cooling,cheaper option,builder or after handover

Evaporative cooling,cheaper option,builder or after handover

Take a copy of your prelim plans to any evap airconditioner mob and get a quote and see. If you are able to get the make and mode number of what the builder is offering so…

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alt0160
Jul 15, 2011 2:45 pm
bholmberg
bholmberg
11 July 2011

hydronic heating using quantum heat pump

hydronic heating using quantum heat pump

i've got myself two commercial quantum heat pump hot water systems holding 340L of hot water each, and 7 hydronic heater panels... i've read a bit around the internet…

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bholmberg
Jul 11, 2011 11:17 pm
Japonica26
Japonica26
9 July 2011

Recommendations, company in Rocko/Mandurah area

Recommendations, company in Rocko/Mandurah area

Can anyone recommend a good, reputable a/c company in the Rockingham/Mandurah (WA) area? We're looking at installing about three splits and hubby has it in his head to…

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Japonica26
Jul 09, 2011 2:27 pm
Phillshz
Phillshz
8 July 2011

Adding insulation after hand-over

Adding insulation after hand-over

What about doing it yourself? Organise a few mates(preferably handy with their hands) Have them on notice to come after work hours or weekend depending on timing. Now…

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Phillshz
Jul 08, 2011 3:08 pm
theyetti
theyetti
6 July 2011

Are return air grilles noisy?

Are return air grilles noisy?

Our return air is located in the hallway outside our bedroom and we sleep with the door open. The outlet inside the room generates more noise than the return air and both…

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theyetti
Jul 06, 2011 11:40 pm
chriswarr
chriswarr
6 July 2011

options for glass insulation

options for glass insulation

We just fully renovated our house. We put in timber double-glazed windows, new wall and roof insulation and the difference is remarkable. Previously over-night our house…

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chriswarr
Jul 06, 2011 10:39 am
deconst
deconst
4 July 2011

Electric heating cable self-installation?

Electric heating cable self-installation?

Hi, There was an oversight in the contract in regards to in-slab heating. About 25sqm needs to be installed next Monday, before the concrete goes down. I spent the…

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deconst
Jul 04, 2011 2:06 pm
deconst
Nika25
Nika25
30 June 2011

heatload / cooling calculations

heatload / cooling calculations

Seems a bit overpowered to me :) For…

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Nika25
Jun 30, 2011 10:22 pm
Nika25
Unicorn Air
Unicorn Air
29 June 2011

R/C Airconditioner Install

R/C Airconditioner Install

Actron air 19-21kW reverse cycle aircond return grille recommended- 1100mm x 550mm- min return air grille size ( free area) 0.48m2 or max return air grille size ( free…

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Unicorn Air
Jun 29, 2011 10:55 am
Unicorn Air
kingcy99
kingcy99
27 June 2011

noisy vents

noisy vents

Hi Rosewood, Did you have any luck getting to the bottom the noise coming from your ducts? We've got a very similar problem - a ticking noise coming from the vents. When…

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kingcy99
Jun 27, 2011 11:17 pm
ElephantGuy
ElephantGuy
27 June 2011

Open Fireplace

Open Fireplace

I'm after some advice on how to get a traditional open fireplace going again. I have had a chimney sweep inspect the chimney etc and quote me for…

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ElephantGuy
Jun 27, 2011 2:44 am
MrsGreen
MrsGreen
26 June 2011

Ducted air conditioning in Flat roofs ?

Ducted air conditioning in Flat roofs ?

Our plans weren't flat roof but I know from having to add ducting throught he floors on the design our ducts were 350mm and 450mm in diameter. That's just the ducting…

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MrsGreen
Jun 26, 2011 10:12 pm
MrsGreen
James65
James65
24 June 2011

How to size ac's for 6 star homes?

How to size ac's for 6 star homes?

The house is having R4.1 in the ceiling and R3.0 in the walls...not sure if its getting foil though...the builder is higher end so expect it will have foil. Decided to…

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James65
Jun 24, 2011 9:19 pm
SherWin
SherWin
22 June 2011

Ducted Heating

Ducted Heating

Hi cweedon Glad to hear you are in your new home without any major problems! Regarding your ceiling heating ducts, ours might give the occasional creak/click from the…

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SherWin
Jun 22, 2011 4:58 pm
KnockItDown
KnockItDown
22 June 2011

Installers in NW Sydney

Installers in NW Sydney

I used Coral Air for my post handover install of an Actron ducted system. They were great. Turned up on time, delivered exactly what they quoted on and were in and out in…

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KnockItDown
Jun 22, 2011 4:17 pm
KnockItDown
cyclone
cyclone
16 June 2011

Under tile heating.

Under tile heating.

Keeping your feet warm, keeps your whole body warm. Under tile heating can be moved to off peak heating (depending where you live, where heat is most likely required when…

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cyclone
Jun 16, 2011 6:45 am
cyclone
bashworth
bashworth
15 June 2011

Underfloor insulation: best batts?

Underfloor insulation: best batts?

Although foilboard is more expensive it is self supporting so may be cheaper and easier to fix. My joists are about 120mm deep - would it work…

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bashworth
Jun 15, 2011 4:59 pm
bashworth
dymonite69
dymonite69
14 June 2011

1st rate energy reports

1st rate energy reports

The absolute values are probably not all that helpful. It is more a way of comparing the relative efficiency of the house construction. Occupancy behaviours can cause…

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dymonite69
Jun 14, 2011 11:58 pm
dymonite69
neesh790
neesh790
14 June 2011

Bonaire Split System BH52 Inverter??

Bonaire Split System BH52 Inverter??

Hi All, We are building our townhouse and the standard split system is a Bonaire. I have never heard of the brand. Has anyone has any experience with the Bonaire wall…

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neesh790
Jun 14, 2011 10:46 pm
bashworth
bashworth
14 June 2011

North or North west windows for solar design(Melbourne)

North or North west windows for solar design(Melbourne)

A rumpus room with large west and north facing windows will definitely overheat in summer. Some shade such as eaves about 40% of the widows depth will solve the problem…

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bashworth
Jun 14, 2011 9:18 pm
bashworth
Rups
Rups
13 June 2011

Alfresco heating options

Alfresco heating options

Have you considered an ethanol heater? Our alfresco has 3 walls so we will most likely get a Cocoon fireplace. A plus is they don't need to exhaust. They are about 3-4k…

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Rups
Jun 13, 2011 3:33 pm
Rups
theoneandonly?
theoneandonly?
13 June 2011

Ducted heat transfer

Ducted heat transfer

we are thinking of doing something along the same lines we arent getting any heating or cooling in with our build as they offer evap cooling we will have one combustion…

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theoneandonly?
Jun 13, 2011 10:19 am
dymonite69
dymonite69
12 June 2011

Explanation of heating sizing sought

Explanation of heating sizing sought

Both Over or under sizing a RCAC is bad. Under size means it is running full bore all the time and over size means it is constantly switching on and off. Both put a…

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dymonite69
Jun 12, 2011 7:25 pm
dymonite69
dymonite69
dymonite69
12 June 2011

Economical heaters?

Economical heaters?

Most of what has been said is correct but consider 1) the best way of saving heating costs is to ensure that the house is well insulated and has not air leaks especially…

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dymonite69
Jun 12, 2011 7:20 pm
dymonite69
dymonite69
dymonite69
12 June 2011

Help- what does fully sarked mean?

Help- what does fully sarked mean?

As a general rule if you are in bushfire prone area consider the sarking as secondary protection. It is better to ensure there are no gaps in the roof structure for the…

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dymonite69
Jun 12, 2011 7:09 pm
dymonite69
Scout
Scout
11 June 2011

Removing a wood heater from a brick wall

Removing a wood heater from a brick wall

I'll take some and put them on when I work out how. :)

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Scout
Jun 11, 2011 10:00 pm
Scout
seals
seals
11 June 2011

Bonaire Heater Help

Bonaire Heater Help

Hey All, I have Bonaire Heater and I am wanting to turn all my zones on as only slected zones (A) are on... So, as per manual I have put all zones on (ABCD) however still…

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seals
Jun 11, 2011 6:15 pm
AJW
AJW
9 June 2011

Ceiling insulation and downlights/LEDs

Ceiling insulation and downlights/LEDs

Brought some LED downlights earlier this week and asked the wholesaler about heat sheilds. Apparently they are still 100% very much a requirement as LED lights can and do…

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AJW
Jun 09, 2011 6:21 pm
riddick
riddick
8 June 2011

Open fireplace or Coonara?

Open fireplace or Coonara?

I think your key word was "ambiance".. And for this you really can't go past an old fashioned open fireplace. If it were for heating purposes then hands down Coonara :-)

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riddick
Jun 08, 2011 9:58 pm

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