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    Quote Originally Posted by Stamps6 View Post
    16 this morning in my neck of the Garden State! Oil burner is eating like it’s free. Wen it’s that cold I use about 5 gallons of fuel oil a day. How about some global warming?
    You're a contractor, time to ditch the oil heat.
    Electric utility I worked for out West did a trial test of a new energy efficient heating system for a senior home where they bored holes down to a certain depth and installed piping that also ran into the floor slabs. Since the ground temp is a constant 65 degrees, it helps keep things warm in the winter and is used to cool things down in the summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitasc Shooter View Post
    You're a contractor, time to ditch the oil heat.
    Electric utility I worked for out West did a trial test of a new energy efficient heating system for a senior home where they bored holes down to a certain depth and installed piping that also ran into the floor slabs. Since the ground temp is a constant 65 degrees, it helps keep things warm in the winter and is used to cool things down in the summer.
    That system is called Geo-thermal. It’s very efficient but expensive to install. I’m about a year from getting natural gas which runs about half the cost of oil. My system is 14 years old so not new but definitely not old. The oil burner I replaced was installed in 1957 and was still running well when I changed from steam to hot water baseboard. I guess I’ll be replacing rather than converting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stamps6 View Post
    That system is called Geo-thermal. It’s very efficient but expensive to install. I’m about a year from getting natural gas which runs about half the cost of oil. My system is 14 years old so not new but definitely not old. The oil burner I replaced was installed in 1957 and was still running well when I changed from steam to hot water baseboard. I guess I’ll be replacing rather than converting.
    The geothermal we were doing in NV actually involved subterranean steam pockets; in fact in Reno there is a geothermal powerplant that extracts steam to turn the turbine and then reinjects the water back into the ground to get reheated. The system I described above was simply using the ground as a heat sink or cooling sink - and it worked very well. Minimum extra heat/cooling involved to keep the residents comfortable.
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    Had you considered that since the heat pump heats the INSIDE of your house, the outside temperatrure
    is of little value? The heater is going to trigger from the inside temp of your house, which is usually higher
    than the outside temperature, because of the water heater, lights, appliances, cooking, and the few thousand
    BTUs of heat your body cooks off, every hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yosemite Sam View Post
    Just had a chat with Fridgidaire. They want me to reset it and see if it still doesn't heat. Well, I may not see another 41 degree morning.....ever. The next 10 days doesn't predict lower than 49, after that it will be summer, so....
    You really got it tough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yosemite Sam View Post
    Just had a chat with Fridgidaire. They want me to reset it and see if it still doesn't heat.
    Frigidaire UGH! They make decent products but the customer service/support sucks. They will give you the runaround, and have you "try" everything under the sun before sending out a repairman.
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