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November 13, 2007


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Programmable thermostats aren't that helpful when one of the family is home during the day. We have one and don't use it.

Also, we have a brand new, high velocity, flexible mini-duct system. No worries about sheet metal bending and cracks causing leaks. (These are like your flexible metal dry vent hose wrapped in insulation).

I have a programmable thermostat that has 4 time settings for each day of the week. It cost us $35 and I'm sure it's paid for itself multiple times in 2 years since we moved in.

It also has a manual override in case someone is home during the day, just a matter of pressing the up or down temperature arrow. There you go Curtis.

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I wish I could take this advice.

About 2/3 of our house is on a slab foundation, so most of our ducts that are leaking are inaccessible. We've been told that we might be able to thread a smaller flexible duct through them, but it's likely that the current ducts are too small to make that feasible.

We do have a programmable thermostat, and it's great - even if some of your family is home all day, it lets you automatically turn the heat down at night and up in the morning without thinking about it. It's easier to get out of bed when you wake up to a nice toasty room.

Anyone know a quick way to locate the leaky ducts? Do you just stand by them and see if you feel hot/cold air coming out?

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