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Many furnaces are replaced that don’t need to be. Why would a deceiving heating contractor condemn a perfectly good furnace? Either to make money or their service technician wasn’t trained properly to fix it.
Many of these furnaces could have been inexpensively fixed compared to the price of a new furnace. The reasons to get your furnace replaced may be: it has a cracked heat exchanger, it is old and inefficient or it’s too expensive to repair. If the repair man tells you that there is a crack in the heat exchanger, ask to see it.
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The FFAD7033Ris an energy star rated dehumidifier with a manufacturer specified maximum power draw of 74watts. The previous model, the FAD704DWD, has the exact same manufacturer specified maximum power draw of 74watts. To better compare the power draw of these two units and also to better compare the power draw of all of the 70 pint dehumidifiers we tested, we conducted our own in house energy efficiency test. We set the test environment to approximately 50% relative humidity for each test and measured the power draw for each dehumidifier we tested under these conditions. What would our own tests show? Not surprisingly, both Frigidaire units also drew exactly the same amount of power in our in house energy efficiency test. The measured power draw for each unit was 63watts at 50% relative humidity.
Compared to other 70 pint dehumidifiers we tested, this measured power draw of 63watts is slightly above average, as ten out of the sixteen 70 pint units we tested had a measured power draw of 620 watts or less. Five units had a measured power draw of only 590 watts and the most energy efficient 70 pint dehumidifier we tested, the RCA RDH705, was measured to draw only 57watts of power.
Power Draw Vs Moisture Removal Rate In Determining Energy Efficiency
Manufacturer Specified Power Draw Vs Real World Power Draw
While the changes in design we discussed above (side exhaust vs top exhaust and back intake vs front intake) are good for noise output they do make moisture removal more challenging. Again, the previous model FAD704DWD pulls in air through the front of the unit which means that if you have it located close to the wall it will pull in air from the center of the room. The FFAD7033Rpulls in air from the back of the unit which means that if you have it close to the wall it will pull in air between itself and the wall, which is obviously much less optimal for efficient moisture removal in any particular room. To maximize moisture removal efficiency we suggest that you either place the FFAD7033Rin the center of the room (for severe humidity problems) or orient it so that the front of the unit is towards the wall and the back of the unit is facing the center of the room.
The FFAD7033Rplaced second (out of sixteen 70 pint dehumidifiers we tested) in our 90% to 40% test and first (again out of sixteen) in our 80% to 50% test. It dehumidified our 50 sq ft test environment from 90% relative humidity down to 40% RH in under minutes, accomplishing the feat in minutes, 4seconds. Only the Honeywell DH70W did so faster (minutes, 2seconds). Compare this result to the 1minutes, 1seconds it took the FAD704DWD (which placed 10th) in the same test.
The FFAD7033Rdehumidified the same room from 80% RH down to 50% RH in minutes, 4seconds. Compare this result to the minutes, 2seconds it took the FAD704DWD.
Why then do we test hygrometer accuracy to begin with? We test hygrometer accuracy only because it indicates the quality of the built-in hygrometer which can be indicative of other internal parts used in manufacturing any particular dehumidifier. There may also be some consumers who value hygrometer accuracy and want to be sure that if they set their dehumidifier to 40% RH that the room will actually reach 40% RH.
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B&W’s “turnover” approach mounts a fifth-wheel (sliding or fixed) or gooseneck to the same under-bed point, leaving the bed completely clear when neither is needed (have a friend or hoist since fifth-wheels approach 300 pounds). Fixed and sliding fifth-wheels are also available to fit The Big Three puck systems.
B&W Tow & Stow
B&W’s Tow & Stow line is available for 2- and 2.5-inch receivers in multiple ball sizes or with drop-down pintle shown open. This allows 1inches of vertical adjustment, up to 16,000-pound trailer weight, and protected hardware when not towing, all with no loss of departure angle.
From the go-big-or-go-home school, BulletProof offers this 3–6-inch drop solid USA “military-grade” steel ball mount rated for 30,000 pounds. Other hardware covers 2-, 2.5-, and 3-inch shanks, drops to 1inches, and pintle and shackle attachments.
The universal frame hardly exists below Class IV trucks, but the Draw-Tite Multi-Fit receiver does work on many pickups and SUVs. Rated up to 6,000 pounds weight-carrying and 10,000 weight-distributing, it’s powdercoated and has a limited lifetime warranty.
The Hensley Arrow hitch, for trailers 6,000-14,000 pounds (use Hensley Cub for 2,000-6,000), uses a unique design to eliminate trailer sway rather than limit it by friction—no side-to-side motion is applied to the tow ball—for improved driving dynamics and safety. Return within 60 days if you don’t like it.
Tekonsha Prodigy P2
The Poffers proportional electric (and electric-over-hydrualic) braking for up to four axles. It features numerous mounting options, quick-disconnect, continual diagnostic checks, and a “boost” function to apply more initial braking action with heavier trailers.
Ultra-Tow Cargo Carrier
This tube steel rack from Ultra-Tow carries up to 500 pounds on its 60×20-inch deck with 6-inch walls, enough for a 50-gallon cooler full of water or anything that won’t fit, or you don’t want, inside. It folds upwards to extend less than a foot behind your truck when not needed.
Alloy Cycle Rack
When you haven’t got room in your short bed for another bike or a regular rack won’t handle your e-bike, Ultra-Tow’s aluminum motorcycle rack will carry a 400-pound bike, loaded easily with included ramp and weighing in around 50 pounds.
The Longhaul rack carries up to four bikes and incorporates Yakima’s ZipStrips, antisway cradles, folding arms, and same-key system, but it’s built to take the added abuse of being mounted on an RV with long overhang, all tested to 1.times their normal standard.
This ’14WD-only Super Duty 4-link air system from Kelderman includes all the hardware necessary to convert to adjustable rear air suspension, capable of dropping 3.5-inches for easier hitching or tailgate loading. Pair it with an optional control system and it will automatically level the truck regardless of load.
Regardless of spring material the shock controls it and the RS9000XL varies control across nine settings for better ride and control whether you’re towing a heavy load at speed or empty walking across moguls and want the best softness and flexibility.
Timbren Trailer Suspension
Timbren’s “Axle-Less” rubber-spring suspension is rated at 2,000 pounds (per pair/one “axle”), offers 1.62inches of compression travel and comes with a 4-inch lift spindle to fit wider, and has taller tires and mounting flange for various braking options.
ATS Stage II Ram 68RFE
The Stage II six-speed automatic transmission, for two- or four-wheel drive, is designed for towing and up to 600 hp, with a “Five-Star” torque converter rated for 2500 lb-ft input. It uses reinforced hubs, shafts, planetary assembly, case, and clutch packs; deep pan, and a valve body that safely adds and controls line pressure. Limited 5-year/500,000-mile warranty.
This kit gives fingertip lever shifting (using factory shift arms) and full manual control for 6.0 Power Stroke and ’01-’0Duramax. Designed to be equally useful towing or doing dyno runs, the Ford kit uses the VVT for exhaust brake function with up to 70 psi backpressure, much like later 6.Power Stroke.
BD 2Low Unloc
The 2Low Unloc system is basically an electric version of manual-locking hubs for a 4WD, allowing low-range reduction without driveline binding. Better throttle modulation and greater available torque make an easier job of low-speed maneuvering on inclines and controlling axle wrap while backing your large trailer.
BD ATF Cooler
The BD transmission fluid cooler uses the same extruded bar design as their charge air coolers, with 200 passages for heat transfer rated at 33,930 Btu/hr. Furnace brazed rails handle 300 psi, 5/8-inch ports accept 5/16-, 3/8-, and 5/8-inch line, and the 800-cfm fan comes prewired with a loomed harness.
Bullet Proof Diesel Cooler
Recently announced for ’08-’Ford 6.pickups is this oil cooler relocation system from Bullet Proof Diesel. Designed, manufactured and tested in-house, this system moves the cooler from engine valley to firewall and uses a spin-on oil filter.
Centerforce Twin Disc
For ’05.5-and-up Ram diesels, this Centerforce twin-disc clutch is rated for 1700 lb-ft of torque and said to offer quiet and smooth operation. It includes pre-bled hydraulics, billet steel flywheel, damped dual-disc assembly, centrifugal-weight pressure plate, and ARP fasteners.
DiabloSport’s tuner is back in Predator II form for gas and diesel, for power/economy programming, USB updating, data logging, user adjustable shifting/tire size/gearing, DTC reading/clearing, and a blank “Pro” version for custom tuning.
Energy Master Set
This Energy Suspension Hyper-Flex master set for all ’07-’GM HD 4WD pickups includes bushings for front control arm, antiroll bar mount and end-link, front diff, and torsion bar crossmember, rear spring and shackle, and cab body mounts. This should improve alignment, handling, and towing stability.
Jet Performance Products
Jet throttle bodies are a direct replacement—no fiddling with electronic calibrations—and are designed to increase airflow. They’re available for most popular gasoline pickups and SUVs (the part shown is for the ’05-’1Dodge/Ram 5.7L Hemi V-8).
From the original O-ring sealed, magnetized, dipstick, serviceable finned cover and pan builder shown is the prototype for 201Super Duty 350/450 rear ends. Covers and auto trans pans are available for most pickups, and there’s an engine oil pan for the 6.Power Stroke.
In ratings from 2,500 to 18,000 pounds (9,000 shown) use a patented cone brake structure to keep all brake heat outside the drum and promote longevity. Other features include a pull-and-turn T-handle clutch, three-stage planetary gearing, and a remote with LED overheating indicators.
Warn Trailer Winch
Warn’s 4000DC 1.9hp motor and 176:gear reduction peak at 4,000-pounds first-wrap pulling capacity…and the roller fairlead is standard. If that’s not enough to drag your broken buggy on the trailer, use all 4feet of the wire cable and a shackle. Includes 6-gauge wiring and 12-foot-lead remote.
Baja Flush Mounts
Baja Designs’ angled flush-mount Squadron series (1800-lumne Sport, 4900 Pro) go on any flat surface, angled downward from above, sideways for hitch or low-headroom doors, or upward for ambient reflection, O-ring sealed to the mounting surface.
Rigid D-SS flood
A compact flood light like this Rigid D-SS flood could go anywhere from underneath your buggy to see what you’re hung up on to the pickup bed for easier trailer loading. A 2.3-amp draw allows field repairs well into the night, it may out-live your truck, and with the amber or red lens cover could double as rear dust or snow lamp leaving the playgrounds.
Four indoor units to choose from
If you are interested in a single-zone ductless minisplit system from Mitsubishi that is designed for cold climates, there are four wall-mounted indoor units to choose from: the MSZ-FH09NA, the MSZ-FH12NA, the MSZ-FH15NA, and the MSZ-FH18NA.
The small indoor unit is the MSZ-FH09NA. This indoor unit should be paired with the MUZ-FH09NA outdoor unit. The “9” in the model number is a hint at the unit’s cooling capacity, which is 9,000 Btu/h. (The cooling capacity range is 1,700 to 12,000 Btu/h.) Its SEER (SEER) The efficiency of central air conditioners is rated by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER rating of a unit, the more energy efficient it is. The SEER rating is Btu of cooling output during a typical hot season divided by the total electric energy in watt-hours to run the unit. For residential air conditioners, the federal minimum is 1SEER. For an Energy Star unit, 1SEER. Manufacturers sell 18-20 SEER units, but they are expensive. rating for cooling is 30.5.
At an outdoor temperature of 5°F, the unit has a heating capacity of 10,900 Btu/h. At -13°F, the heating capacity drops to 6,75Btu/h. The HSPF at an outdoor temperature of 47°F is 13.Btu/h/W.
At an outdoor temperature of 5°F, the COP of this equipment varies from 2.3to 3.13.
The medium-sized indoor unit is the MSZ-FH12NA. This unit is paired with the MUZ-FH12NA outdoor unit. Its cooling capacity rating is 12,000 Btu/h. (The cooling capacity range is 2,500 to 13,600 Btu/h.) It is rated at 26.SEER
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is the total cooling output (in BTU) of an air conditioner or heat pump during its normal annual usage period divided by its total energy input (in Watt-hours) during the same period. The units of SEER are Btu/W·h. SEER measures how efficiently a residential central cooling system operates over an entire cooling season. The relationship between SEER and EER depends on location, because equipment performance varies with climate factors like air temperature and humidity..
At an outdoor temperature of 5°F, the unit has a heating capacity of 13,600 Btu/h. At -13°F, the heating capacity drops to 8,43Btu/h. The HSPF at an outdoor temperature of 47°F is 12.Btu/h/W.
At an outdoor temperature of 5°F, the COP of this equipment varies from 2.2to 2.83.
The large indoor unit is the MSZ-FH15NA. This unit is paired with the MUZ-FH15NA outdoor unit. Its cooling capacity rating is 15,000 Btu/h. (The cooling capacity range is 6,450 to 19,000 Btu/h.) It is rated at 2SEER.
At an outdoor temperature of 5°F, the unit has a heating capacity of 18,000 Btu/h. At -13°F, the heating capacity drops to 11,160 Btu/h. The HSPF at an outdoor temperature of 47°F is 12.0 Btu/h/W.
At an outdoor temperature of 5°F, the COP of this equipment varies from 1.7to 2.61.
The extra-large indoor unit is the MSZ-FH18NA. The unit is paired with the MUZ-FH18NA outdoor unit. Its cooling capacity rating is 17,200 Btu/h. (The cooling capacity range is 6,450 to 21,000 Btu/h.) It is rated at 2SEER.
At an outdoor temperature of 5°F, the unit has a heating capacity of 20,300 Btu/h. At -13°F, the heating capacity drops to 12,580 Btu/h. The HSPF at an outdoor temperature of 47°F is 12.0 Btu/h/W.
At an outdoor temperature of 5°F, the COP of this equipment varies from 2.0to 2.61.
Why do larger capacity systems have worse SEER ratings and COPs?
I asked Cameron Vreeland, Mitsubishi’s manager for residential and light commercial products, why the SEER rating on Mitsubishi’s larger capacity equipment is worse than the SEER rating of equipment with a smaller cooling capacity.
Vreeland answered, “The 9,000 Btu/h units are the most efficient. The reason has to do with manufacturing techniques, with efficiencies of scale, and the advantages of sharing parts and cabinet sizes. In many cases the same size coil might be used on three different sized units. The coil might be optimized for the 9,000 Btu/h unit, so the larger units are a little less efficient.”
Is there a Mitsubishi ducted system that works in cold climates?
If you want to install a ducted minisplit system in a cold climate, you can. Just make sure that you select a HyperHeat outdoor unit — that is, an outdoor unit designed for cold climates. (Cold weather performance is determined by the outdoor equipment, not the indoor equipment.)
You can’t have a single-zone ducted minisplit system; ducted systems must have at least two zones. Equipment that would work for this application would include the MXZ-2C20NAHZ outdoor unit (a multi-zone HyperHeat condensing unit), paired with an indoor ducted unit like the SEZ-KD09NA or the SEZ-KD12NA. The same outdoor unit is also compatible with any of the three wall-mounted indoor units mentioned above.
Don’t specify a ducted system unless you are prepared to take an efficiency hit. “You might go down from 30.SEER for a ductless unit to 1SEER for a horizontal ducted unit,” Vreeland said. “The increased static pressure accounts for the drop in SEER. You need a much bigger fan for a ducted unit, to move the air through the ductwork. The wall-mounted ductless units and ceiling cassettes have no static pressure to worry about.”
Here is heat output information for the AOU9RLS3H
What if you want to use one Fujitsu outdoor unit for several indoor units?
If you want to connect a single outdoor unit to several indoor units — in other words, create a multi-split system — you have to specify a multi-zone outdoor unit and set up at least two indoor zones. Once you do that, you can connect two or more ductless indoor units, or a ducted indoor unit and one or more ductless indoor units, to the multi-zone outdoor unit.
If you buy the correct outdoor unit, this type of multi-zone system can operate down to an outdoor temperature of -15°F. There are two multi-zone outdoor units suitable for cold climates: the AOU18RLXFZH (rated at 18,000 Btu/h) and the AOU24RLXFZH (rated at 24,000 Btu/h).
There is no way to have two indoor units and one outdoor unit on a single zone.
There are three available ducted indoor units: small (the ARU9RLF), medium (the ARU12RLF), and large (the ARU18RLF). All of these units require the installation of a multi-zone outdoor unit. There is no way to set up a ducted system on a single zone; if you want a ducted system, the minimum number of zones is two.
We need a new rating system
It’s fairly easy to compare the efficiencies of different furnace brands: all you need to do is compare the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) Widely-used measure of the fuel efficiency of a heating system that accounts for start-up, cool-down, and other operating losses that occur during real-life operation. AFUE is always lower than combustion efficiency. Furnaces sold in the United States must have a minimum AFUE of 78%. High ratings indicate more efficient equipment.
Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. Widely-used measure of the fuel efficiency of a heating system that accounts for start-up, cool-down, and other operating losses that occur during real-life operation. AFUE is always lower than combustion efficiency. Furnaces sold in the United States must have a minimum AFUE of 78%. High ratings indicate more efficient equipment.
Unfortunately, there is no useful rating system for comparing the efficiency of today’s minisplit air-source heat pumps — those that feature modulating outputs based on inverter
Device for converting direct-current (DC) electricity into the alternating-current (AC) form required for most home uses; necessary if home-generated electricity is to be fed into the electric grid through net-metering arrangements. technology. Existing rating systems like HSPF and SEER aren’t appropriate for this type of equipment.
Dave Lis from the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships gave a presentation on this topic at the Better Buildings by Design conference on February 4, 2015, in Burlington, Vermont. “We need better metrics to differentiate equipment that operates at low temperatures — an improved cold-climate metric,” Lis said. “HSPF was developed for heat-pump operation in more moderate climates. The metric assumes that at 30°F or below, the system switches to electric resistance. HSPF tells us nothing about performance at outdoor temperatures lower than 17°F.”
Vreeland agrees. “HSPF and SEER and EER have been around for a while now, but these ratings are not the best way to look at our equipment,” Vreeland said. “These ratings look at fixed temperatures and fixed capacities. But our equipment can modulate, effectively changing the capacity of the unit, and that improves efficiency.”
Base of the hot tub
The moisture issue is solved by any vapor barrier on the base and the really important issue for controlling moisture is the base you put the tub on, make sure there is good drainage under the spa. Vermin on the other hand generally get in through the corners at either the bottom where it joins the base or the top where it meets the shell.
All you care about here is that there is a vapor barrier, and ideally, you will put a patio stone or similar base that drains well under the spa.
Some Manufacturers put super heavy-grade bases under their spa but the truth is there is little or no real value here.
The tubs with crazy moulded bases fall into one of two groups:
Crazy super hi-end spas that have every conceivable upgrade and you are paying the crazy Hi-end prices.
Do not buy into that crazy pitch that you can put your tub on any flat level surface without the proper ground prep. It will not hurt the hot tub, but the ground will not settle evenly and in a couple years, you will have to lift your tub and do it properly.
On modern spas, the frame is just there to hold the skirt on, again all but the cheapest end of the market makes self-supporting shells now which simply means the shell can hold the water without support from a frame.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Furnace Accessories wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Furnace Accessories
- №1 — Williams Furnace Company 2303 Blower Accessory
- №2 — AFB Platinum MERV 13 15x20x1 Pleated AC Furnace Air Filter. Pack of 4 Filters. 100% produced in the USA.
- №3 — Marley CFWFRO Qmark Electric Counterflow Wall Furnace Accessories