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    Into the low 30's F tonight (near 0 C) so I turned off the heat pump (fan on for circulation) and lit a fire in the wood stove. Now it is plenty hot everywhere. May need to open a window.
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    What do you prefer: a furnace or a radiator?
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    I will most likely give my preference to radiators, as they are much more convenient, in my opinion. Since I come home late at night, I have to heat the furnace and wait for the house to warm up while coming straight to a warm house with radiators. When I was renovating my apartment, I also decided to upgrade the radiators. I used check these radiators, with the help of which I was able to find the option I was interested in.
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  4. Currently this voting can provide different results, first in Eu there is madness about Green Energy (whatever it means), coal and wood are banned and cursed way to generate heat, we also have due postcovid economy and resent war between Russia and Ukraine insane increase in energy prices - NG was raised from 250$ to around 3000$ per 1000 cubic meters in last two months, prices of electricity also going up yet mad people from EU push for renewable energy sources despite they are unable to provide stable energy supplies... i see future for most of Europeans in gray and cold way... but this is when ideology is placed higher than people life... (above remarks are based on fact that whole EU has less than 20% responsibility for eventual anthropogenic climate change).

    As i'm currently building home then i can say that my home will use floor heating (foundation plate will be used as heated floor and heat accumulator - there is already over 1.5km of heating pipes there) with recuperation system (air ventilation with wasted heat recovery) and my two heat sources will be air heat pump and additional, second heat source will be fireplace with some warm air distribution system, also i have ground heat exchange so in summer period i will be able to cool incoming air and recover such heat later in colder days. My goal in near future is to install PV system, in future also small wind turbine and perhaps some electrical energy storage. Incoming years will be very tough for people living on the northern hemisphere...
    Unless some miracle happen we will be sent to middle ages by ecofascist's...
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    and wood are banned and cursed way to generate heat
    Yes funny that, Great Britain is currently burning "biomass" to produce 1.7gw or 6.7% of their total power consumption. The Germans, biomass 4gw!
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    Originally Posted by pristick View Post
    What do you prefer: a furnace or a radiator?
    I have a boiler and hot water heat, so radiators are the only choice. The only downside is that there is no ductwork to add air conditioning.
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  7. Originally Posted by usually_quiet View Post
    Originally Posted by pristick View Post
    What do you prefer: a furnace or a radiator?
    I have a boiler and hot water heat, so radiators are the only choice. The only downside is that there is no ductwork to add air conditioning.
    We have the same kind of set up, an older smaller house with no ductwork and a hot water heater and steam boiler.
    We had a mini-split HVAC system put in. One outside unit and two indoor "heads/controllers." They run a 3" amibilical from the outside unit to the two inside units through the wall. It uses a compressor for AC and a heat pump for heat.
    This gives us very efficient AC and heat. It works well in our house. Has been very reliable and has come down in prioce a great deal since we had ours done in 2007.

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  8. In Canada, there are rebates to encourage switching to zero-carbon space heating. So we switched, replacing our ancient gas furnace with a "cold-climate" heat pump. The rebates covered half the total cost, the house is much more comfortable, and now we will have cooling in the summer in case we get a repeat of last year's "heat dome" that pushed temperatures into the low forties.
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  9. Originally Posted by Alwyn View Post
    and wood are banned and cursed way to generate heat
    Yes funny that, Great Britain is currently burning "biomass" to produce 1.7gw or 6.7% of their total power consumption. The Germans, biomass 4gw!
    Technically coal, gas and oil are biomass - issue is as always in law and ideology... Wood will be banned for private heat generation usage - due generated particles and so called low emission - same for coal...
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    I may not have much experience with video streaming, etc., but I have been using forums since before they were forums in the old dial-in BBS days, and I just have one little bitty question... Starting with post #33, that and all subsequent posts are dated on or after 14th March, 2022, which vBulletin says is 4524 days old. (All previous posts were from 2009.) And my question is This. How can that be, when the number of days between 14th March 2022 and today is only about 22 days? Depending on where and when you start and stop counting the days, of course.

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    I live in the hills outside of a coastal town in northern California, where it is typically cool about 60F / 16.55C to 70F / 21.11C in the summer to 40F / 4.44C to 20F / 6.66C in the winter. I usually say that we have two seasons, summer and wetter, due to how dry it gets in the summer and how much rain and fog we get in the winter. But the last few years it's been a lot warmer all year round. This past summer it actually got hot, for us anyway. It actually got up to 80F / 26.66C. On the other side, that last winter we hardly got any rain and it rarely got below 40F / 4.44C. As such we didn't use our gas wall heater or throw any logs on the fire for heat. That saved me a little money but it's also a warning it might get hot again this summer, and that means we have to be on fire watch all the time. I always make the joke "That's the price we pay to live in paradise.", but when it comes to fire season, I have to remember the small town named Paradise, California that was almost completely burned to the ground in 2018, and several other places recently... And that we could be next.
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