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  1. Sorry for this late response, Dana - thank you...

    Sorry for this late response, Dana - thank you very much for your help!
  2. Excellent tips, thank you. I'll look into EPS...

    Excellent tips, thank you. I'll look into EPS instead of XPS - I had thought that EPS shouldn't be used underground, that XPS was the only way to go.

    You mention a heat exchanger - why not have...
  3. Thanks for the input! I'm unsure about the...

    Thanks for the input! I'm unsure about the barrier, though. We will need to bring in fill material to bring our elevation up a bit before pouring. In order for a barrier to keep the soil dry, it...
  4. Radiant for new slab_need advice for an easy cheap way to supplement F/A htg in 3 rms

    We are building a two-story home at 4500' elevation in Northern AZ (zone 4 to 5). We'll have a ducted, 6-ton geothermal F/A system, but would like to add comfort to three of the downstairs,...
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    I love the wine cave! We live in a passive solar...

    I love the wine cave! We live in a passive solar house of our design, also with tons of mass (including a small earth-coupled wine room) so, like you, we appreciate mass and nighttime cooling. And...
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    Here's a breakdown for the amount of glass we...

    Here's a breakdown for the amount of glass we have planned: of the entire exterior (vertical) surface of our house, 65% is insulated walls, 28% is insulated-glass windows and 7% is butted-glass...
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    Was your $3000 estimate excluding whatever...

    Was your $3000 estimate excluding whatever controls, pumps, manifolds, check valves, and heater that we'll need? (Shows my ignorance - I'll have to spend some time looking into radiant systems) ...
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    Thanks for the info, and for your vote! Shoot,...

    Thanks for the info, and for your vote! Shoot, just when I was getting radiant out of my mind.... (And here I thought Californians didn't care about heating.) You've probably gathered we have a slab...
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    Dana, our Taco load results are intimidating...

    Dana, our Taco load results are intimidating compared to the numbers you've tossed around: 115KBTU/hr cooling, 109KBTU/hr heating. Despite the ton of detail we put into it, I'm not sure how correct...
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    Excellent summary of singles vs a multi - thanks!...

    Excellent summary of singles vs a multi - thanks! I didn't realize the 3" lines were carrying refrigerant. I'll look into wall vs ceiling mounts and continue on the Taco expedition (am a little...
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    Thanks for the above info, and the really helpful...

    Thanks for the above info, and the really helpful links! BTW, we’ve been working very hard on the Taco load analysis, and still have more to do before we have some numbers that are (hopefully)...
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    Thanks for the great info, Dana! I've downloaded...

    Thanks for the great info, Dana! I've downloaded Taco and will use it instead. I'd say Sedona is more of a zone 4 than 5, since Nebraska, Denver and Chicago are 5's. Sedona is 5-10 degrees warmer...
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    Thanks again, Dana - great stuff, and very clear!...

    Thanks again, Dana - great stuff, and very clear! I've tried to absorb your 8/29 reply. Based on your comments re setups that would work best with certain heating and cooling loads, we're now trying...
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    OUTSTANDING info, Dana, thanks so much! I'll...

    OUTSTANDING info, Dana, thanks so much! I'll re-read tonight, and absorb, and try to figure out some of those things, and terminology, that are confusing. I wonder if you also have knowledge of...
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    Steve

    Dana, thank you, you are a wealth of information! I am jjwest29ís dad, and itís our house heís helping with. I really appreciate your willingness to put down such great advice. Even though the size...
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