The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. imatlas

    imatlas Senior member

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    Asbestos heating ducts. Oy vey.
     
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    Our central heat and air is subpar. My brother, who is finishing up his AS in HVAC, noticed that at some point we have a return air duct coming into a supply duct which explains why most of the vents in the house have very low airflow.
     
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    Before he goes ahead and removes it......It could be a design feature by which return air is warming up the cold air intake before it heats the boiler/furnace. I specified to built it this way in my apartment.
     
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    I hate forced air heat.
     
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    otc Senior member

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    I hate electric baseboard heat.

    I'd probably take forced air over anything except in-floor radiant heating. Steam/Hot Water radiators just get in the way and take up too much space...
     
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    Those electric baseboards are super expensive to run.
     
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    I've lived with forced air, water radiators, wood burning stove, and even natural gas and kerosene space heaters but forced air is by far the best for the speed at which it heats. My only hate of forced air is the humidity issue. My house has built in humidifiers so it's not a problem.
     
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    I like my water radiators [​IMG]

    Forced air is indeed the most efficient and cost effective but it ruins the quality of air, furniture and oil paintings.
     
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    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    We have forced air. It's kind of a shame; our house had the plumbing and radiators already in it when we bought it, and all kinds of awesome methods for concealing the radiators. In the living room, they were hidden under built-in benches and in the bottom of the bookshelves, for example. However, it was a steam system, and apparently all the radiators would have had to have been checked and reconfigured for water, and as we were moving walls both upstairs and downstairs, there would have been additional runs to make and radiators to add. The cost of all this was overwhelming considering they were ducting for A/C anyways.

    Beautiful radiator, Medwed.
     
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    I have forced air, I run a humidifier in the winter while the heater's on to mitigate the loss in humidity. I also keep the keep low, and especially low during the day.

    That radiator is awesome.
     
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    Goomba , how is your wooden furniture not moving ? Are you sealing it some special way?

    The radiators are nice , thank you both. Unfortunately they are going to be painted white..:fu:
     
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    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    what? why?
     
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    That is quite a nice radiator. I wouldn't mind radiators like that (or radiators like Douglas mentioned that are well integrated with the room). Mostly though, I don't like that the radiators take up awkward floor space and can leave cold spots if you don't circulate the air somehow. Also, if you are going to air condition, you are already going to have 75% of the forced air system installed.

    FWIW, I find my electric baseboard heat to be very dry...and unlike forced air, I don't have the option of installing a humidifier in the ductwork.
     
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    Painting that radiator is a crime against humanity. A tribunal will be convened at once, and recommendations will be issued forthwith (ie sometime in 2037).

    $650 to remove the asbestos duct, not too bad considering. We're going with a removal specialist, but keeping it off of the building inspector's radar. Having lost my grandfather to lung cancer that probably resulted from asbestos exposure, I don't want our regular contractor fucking around with it.

    New recessed lights in the bedroom: low voltage, regular incandescent, or LED?
     
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    Although I like the idea of them being unpainted and even spot polished for even better look the fact is: they compete with everything in the room. I have 6 of them in 4 rooms and they make rooms too busy . With carpet , parquet floor and furniture it becomes too much. I like them, but I prefer them to make less of a fuss.


    I will surrender to "authoritai", but only if you go under a similar tribunal for the recessed lights.:D
     
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