Do a little homework on warranties, pricing, and problems. My wholesale
for a 3 ton, 4 cassette Mitsubishi mini-split heat pump is considerably
higher than a 15 SEER conventional system including ductwork. Just because
it looks good on paper, doesn’t mean that its going to be better, or last
longer, or cost less less to install. Then there is a small problem of
technologies… the higher tech the system is, the fewer choices your
to have for finding a tech that is actually qualified on it, and knows
he is doing with it. OTOH, if you got more dollars than sense…
But you didn’t take issue with is statement that the installed cost would
about the same.
I’m not saying don’t go with the mini-split, I’m just saying that you
have a tech that has had the training, and understands the digitaly
controlled, variable frequency inverter drives that are used on them.
I’m only trying to clarify the issues. I have a choice between adding a
(single) mini-split unit and extending one of my air handlers. The air
handler is actually in the area I want to add (an attic), but the
look quite attractive, for many reasons.
For a single room like a closed in porch, or a garage turned into a shop, a
mini-split heat pump is the cats meow. but…. if you already have a system
of sufficinet capacity, and do a little duct re-design(zone) and balancing,
you will have a servicable system. or if you only going to do a “bonus room”
in the attic, then do the mini-split. Either way you need to talk to your
local, competent, licensed, insured, HVAC professional. I can’t *see* it
through the computer screen to be able to recommend what will be the most
benificial, and cost effective for your application.
Associated Which Way Do Furnace Filters Go Question: which way does this go?…i have a 14×25x10 air filter (furnace)?
for my home a/c. it is long-rectangular,some kind of metal wrapping on one side and is paper on the other.which way is it suppose to go in?with the metal side up? (facing into the unit) thanks tomcat and john for your answers..have a good one!!
- Answer:The metal grid should be on the inside as it prevents the paper or other material from coming loose and going inside your fan. Usually there is an arrow on the side showing air flow direction.
Associated Which Way Do Furnace Filters Go Question:Which direction does Rheem / Ruud furnace air filter go ? I see arrows, just not sure which way to put them.?
I know it goes in the direction of air flow, but I am a single mother and I am not quite sure which direction that is. I have a horizontal Ruud / Rheem Furnace Air Handler combo in my attic. The filter compartment is located to the far left of the unit and to the left of it is all of the air duct flow silver stuff. Does the filter arrows point toward the actual unit (right) or toward the air ducts and insulation (left) ? Thanks, I know I sound like an idiot….. In other words do the arrows on the filter point toward the metal Ruud unit or away from the unit? If it were standing vertically instead of horizontally, the air filter would be on the bottom. Since it is laying side-ways, it is to the far left. So away from the unit, or towards it ? I have gotten 2 conflicting answers already. Answer 1 and 3 are opposite ( in my opinion)
- Answer:Either you have the most bizarre filter housing I’ve ever heard of or you can’t describe it properly. A simple rule of thumb is to point the arrow at the air handler itself. If the filter housing is to the left of the unit, make sure the arrows point to the right. ———– Read the edit. The arrows on the filter should definitely point towards the unit, as I’ve already told you.
Associated Which Way Do Furnace Filters Go Question:I took the air filter out of my furnace and didn’t pay attention to the air flow arrows, which way does it go?
back in? Does the air flow into or out of the furnace? Dumb question of the day
- Answer:The air actually flows THOUGH the furnace. The filter is on the intake side. The arrows should point toward the furnace.
Associated Which Way Do Furnace Filters Go Question:Furnace Filter?
I hope I am not sounding to stupid, however, I have just moved into a different house & I need to change the furnace filter. Which way does the arrow on the filter go? Does the pleated side go towards the furnace or away.
- Answer:The arrow indicates the direction of airflow. On the ‘better’ filters, there is metal screening of some type on the back of the filter, helping to increase the filter’s resistance to the force of the air being sucked through it. Not having your filter in front of me, I would say that the pleats face AWAY from the furnace. The filter keeps dust, etc., from being sucked into the motor and dust from being shot back out through the registers/vents.
Associated Which Way Do Furnace Filters Go Question:which way do you put an air filter in a gas furnace. How do u know which way the air flow is going?
- Answer:Point the directional indicator arrow on the filter itself towards the furnace blower motor.
Associated Which Way Do Furnace Filters Go Question:How do you know which way the air flow is to install the filter?
I have a Ruud furnace and don’t know how to install my purafilter-which way should the arrow go? Up or facing down?
- Answer:The arrows should point in the direction of the air flow. If air is drawn through the filter then the arrows should point towards the housing the filter fits into. In most cases the would be up or inward.
Associated Which Way Do Furnace Filters Go Question:Help! Just moved to a second floor condo and have a horrible smell in my ductwork that smells like my neighbor
My condo is on the second floor with a “semi private” basement, meaning i go out my front door to the hall, down steps and then to my basement which is through a locked door. My heating system is loacted inthe basement and my cold air return system is simply in wall with no ductwork, just directed with the studs. My downstairs neighbor smells horrible and it appears that our cold air returns are on the same wall and I beleive are shared. I can smell him in the cold air return and when I turn on my heat his smell pours out of my vents. I have two questions. First, is it legal for a condo in Pennsylvania to share cold air returns? Second, please give me ideas of how to fix this problem!!! Is there something I can install at the furnace to filter out his smell? Also if the cold air return is between the studs, does that mean it should be open all the way to the basement which would allow me to drop my own ductowk in and route it directly to the basement? Please help!!!
- Answer:I don’t think sharing duct work is up to code. Call your city inspector. You could have a dead critter in the duct work too, like a mouse. One mouse can smell up a pretty good area. You can hire duct work cleaners. It is a good idea anyway as it gets rid of the years of accumulation of old dust and mites.
Associated Which Way Do Furnace Filters Go Question:HVAC Guys – replacing fuel oil tank?
I’m replacing my fuel oil tank. It has two 3/8″ lines coming out of the top of tank running to the pump on the furnace. One enters the pump at the bottom of the pump, the other at the side of the pump. Both lines, once removed, appear to go almost all the way to bottom of tank. One must be a supply line to the furnace, is the other also a supply line, or a return? If its a return, how do I determine which is which? There is no external filter to indicate which may be a supply, but I would like to install one while I’m doing the exchange of tanks. Any advise greatly appreciated. Thanks!
- Answer:Yes one is the return. To test the lines pull one of the lines out of the tank and see if it drawls or blows back. When reinstalling the lines keep them about 2″ from the bottom of the tank even if you install a filter.
Associated Which Way Do Furnace Filters Go Question:Landlord issues and I want to move…?
He’s the kind of guy that won’t just accept 30 days notice. He’ll want to come out and inspect every nook and cranny of the house, and talk about why we want to move and tell us what it is we need to do before hand. This is in no way a “fine” house. It’s very old, sinks leak, toilet doesn’t work right, drains don’t go down right….since we moved in. He’s always “gonna” send someone out, but never does. Windows were painted shut when we moved in, there aren’t any screens. But when things go wrong and we absolutely have to break down (which isn’t often) and call him it’s always our fault. If the air goes out it’s because we don’t change the filter enough, if the toilet messes up, our kids did it. Hot water heater started smoking, we must have let water get in the opening. He doesn’t want us running the furnace all the time because if something happens he has to pay to repair it, so we HAVE to plastic the windows on a nights notice. Anyways we’re just really tired of it. Anyways we are on a month to month lease (for the past year) and the landlord has security and last months rent – if we don’t ask for either back and just move one day is there anything he can really do? I’m sure our nosy neighbors will call him when they see the pods dropped off, but if he just comes over (which he will) can we just ask him to leave? I would love to be able to talk with him about it we’ve always had great rental refrences – but it seems out of the question. Am I still obligated to pay rent? Doesn’t him keeping my last qualify? Yes the security is as much as the rent. Yes I am current on the rent – the house minus 2 years normal wear and tear is in the same condition as when we moved in. I wasn’t going to leave and not let him know we moved until he discovered it, (if it happened not to be the exact time we were loading) I was going to call and inform him he was welcome to keep the money he had, and that we had sent the keys to his PO Box. He does have the last months rent – as long as he knew we were gone and was welcome to do as he wanted w/ the house again isn’t that technically my 30 days w/ payment?
- Answer:No You CANNOT turn him away. He has every right to inspect, ask you why your moving and tell you what you need to do to satisfactorily leave his property. That is his right as a landlord and any one that does not do that when a tenant moves out is not very smart. Since you are on a month to month, there is not much he could do if you just split, other than give you a really bad rental reference. If there are any damages above your deposit, then he can sue you for that. Even if you have money paid- it is still wrong and very rude to just split on someone, no matter how much of a jerk they are.