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  • rfay
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    Originally posted by inetdog View Post
    A heat pump may come close to natural gas heating, but it will be several times cheaper than propane.
    With heat zones or using mini-splits you can do extremely well.
    Ya it is very nice so far. We decided on ducted mini splits, so its central A/C and Heat. Very nice set up.

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  • inetdog
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    Originally posted by rfay View Post
    Thanks J.P.M! I am glad I waited and went with a high efficency unit! I cant wait to see my winter bill it should be even lower now we dont have to use that gas wall heater any longer!
    A heat pump may come close to natural gas heating, but it will be several times cheaper than propane.
    With heat zones or using mini-splits you can do extremely well.

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  • rfay
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    Originally posted by J.P.M. View Post
    A testimonial and confirmation of what the smart money does: Reduce the electrical load before any solar additions - not after.
    Thanks J.P.M! I am glad I waited and went with a high efficency unit! I cant wait to see my winter bill it should be even lower now we dont have to use that gas wall heater any longer!

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  • J.P.M.
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    Originally posted by rfay View Post
    No decided to wait a month or two after getting the A/C system, new doors and windows installed before making a decision.

    Boy I'm glad I did, my bill last month while running the A/C 24/7 at 76 degrees was $89 bucks... The unit runs more efficent than the 4 box fans I was running in each window and the bill actually went down!!!!!

    Can not say enough great things about Gabrial Carini:http://www.cariniair.com/about-us/ ! He installed an absolute killer A/C system in my 1920s North Park home!

    -Ryan
    A testimonial and confirmation of what the smart money does: Reduce the electrical load before any solar additions - not after.

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  • rfay
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    Originally posted by sensij View Post
    Did you end up pulling the trigger on this?
    No decided to wait a month or two after getting the A/C system, new doors and windows installed before making a decision.

    Boy I'm glad I did, my bill last month while running the A/C 24/7 at 76 degrees was $89 bucks... The unit runs more efficent than the 4 box fans I was running in each window and the bill actually went down!!!!!

    Can not say enough great things about Gabrial Carini:http://www.cariniair.com/about-us/ ! He installed an absolute killer A/C system in my 1920s North Park home!

    -Ryan

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  • sensij
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    Did you end up pulling the trigger on this?

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  • rfay
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    Anyone

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  • rfay
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    Another Estimate

    Hi All,

    Here is my latest estimate. Comes out to about 4.50/watt but it's a pretty small system at 3,180... Thoughts?

    SYSTEM DESIGN, PERMITTING & UTILITY INTERCONNECTION
    System Design - Electrical Plans, Site Plan & Plant Location Drawing Municipal / County Permit Package & Inspection Coordination Utility Interconnect Application and Inspection Coordination Municipal / County Building Permit
    No Special Permit Requirements
    MAJOR SYSTEM COMPONENTS PV Module
    Additional Panels Not Required
    12 Hanwha 265 Watt Panels
    Inverter
    SolarEdge Grid-tie Inverter, 3.0 kW-AC
    12 SolarEdge P300 Optimizers
    Inverter Accessories
    (No Accessory Selected)
    (No Accessory Selected)
    Mounting System
    ProSolar Mounting System & Structural Attachments w/ Tilt-up Kits
    (No Secondary Rack Requirement)
    INSTALLATION LABOR & MATERIALS
    Installation Labor & Project Management
    Installation Materials (wire, hardware, conduit, switches, branch circuit kits, etc.)

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  • rfay
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    Originally posted by thejq View Post
    +1, if you haven't used HELOC, it's probably the best option. It's very flexible that you can pay it off anytime. In the draw period (first 10 yr normally), you only have to pay the interest if cash is tight. Also the interest payment is tax deductible using itemized deduction method.
    Thank you! Does one have better tax deductions than the other. I know HERO is tied to your home and not you specifically also w/ HERO I know that it gets tied directly to your property tax. Anyone have experience with both?

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  • thejq
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    Originally posted by J.P.M. View Post
    My guess is you're better off w/a HELOC, but everyone's sit. is different. A sniff at both might be revealing.
    +1, if you haven't used HELOC, it's probably the best option. It's very flexible that you can pay it off anytime. In the draw period (first 10 yr normally), you only have to pay the interest if cash is tight. Also the interest payment is tax deductible using itemized deduction method.

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  • J.P.M.
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    Originally posted by rfay View Post
    Hey Albert, Jumped up on my roof today to take a few pictures for you. Man it got dirty in a year so that's good to know if I was planning on doing Horizontal mounted panels. https://goo.gl/photos/1XrJbs5RGEL9DDJn6 Ya they seem cheaper than having Duro-Last come back out and make all kinds of punctures in my roof... Just talked with an structural engineer and he informed me that it was not recommended. My house was built in 1928...
    Horizontal roofs are often not strong enough for the added weight of ballasted systems which, in addition to being not part of the initial design, often tend to have the concentrated mass(es) located closer the middle of the roof, making the stresses higher than if located closer to the roof boundaries.

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  • albert436
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    Originally posted by inetdog View Post


    Mine seem to work. Probably another browser-dependent glitch in the system.
    You may have to have javascript enabled to use the smiley array.
    Will give it a try.

    Originally posted by solar pete View Post
    G'Day Albert,

    In Oz we allow about $200 per kilowatt, for angle frame kit and bit of extra labor to install it, so its probably similar or a little bit more in the states, hope thast helps.
    Sounds good, thanks for the info.

    Originally posted by rfay View Post
    Hey Albert,

    Jumped up on my roof today to take a few pictures for you. Man it got dirty in a year so that's good to know if I was planning on doing Horizontal mounted panels.

    https://goo.gl/photos/1XrJbs5RGEL9DDJn6

    Ya they seem cheaper than having Duro-Last come back out and make all kinds of punctures in my roof... Just talked with an structural engineer and he informed me that it was not recommended. My house was built in 1928...
    Quite interesting, considering that your roof is tilted anyway, right? So how will that affect the final angle of mounting ? ? ?

    (Edit -- Oh I see you have answered this last one already.)

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  • J.P.M.
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    Originally posted by rfay View Post
    ON that note, does anyone have an advice or experience with HERO vs. HELOC? Credit score is about 840 FWIW
    My guess is you're better off w/a HELOC, but everyone's sit. is different. A sniff at both might be revealing.

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  • rfay
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    Originally posted by rfay View Post
    Ya the issue is I was hoping to roll all this into my HERO financing so I need to do it all at once... Or depending on what Chase can do a HELOC. I just had the A/C, new windows and doors and hopefully Solar so I can be done with all the 'green' updates
    ON that note, does anyone have an advice or experience with HERO vs. HELOC? Credit score is about 840 FWIW

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  • rfay
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    Originally posted by J.P.M. View Post
    Get a reasonable estimate of your cooling load before you choose and don't oversize the system. Properly sized systems probably produce better comfort by keeping the humidity level down better than oversized systems. Long story. Basically, they do a better job of moisture removal by running longer. Also properly sized systems, will not cycle as much. Probably less wear/tear. Starting up is tougher than running. Finally, smaller systems generally cost less to purchase and operate. Oversizing A/C is not a wise choice. It'll cost more, probably break down sooner and the house will feel "clammy" and be less comfortable.
    Ya the issue is I was hoping to roll all this into my HERO financing so I need to do it all at once... Or depending on what Chase can do a HELOC. I just had the A/C, new windows and doors and hopefully Solar so I can be done with all the 'green' updates

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