Can the Trane without AC be used to circulate household air with the right
Looking for an answer to this question before I talk to a dealer about
bigger options. We had a high efficiency XV90 installed last year after
getting a few quotes on different units. Our house is older and suffers from
high humidity downstairs(basement) and I want to circulate the air around
the house. As we live in Edmonton Canada, we dont feel the need for AC, in
fact, if we could balance the cool downstairs with the warmer upstairs, it
would be close to ideal. This could be done by a manual blower switch on my
Can the Trane be run in blower mode only using the proper thermostat or do
we need some type of AC/Air filtration unit? The contractor said that we
didnt need a new thermostat as we had a digital one but over the past year,
we have found out that its a single stage that doesnt properly control the
fiurnace( No variable speed. 2 stage works on furnace internal 5 minute
default. So much for top of the line!! I suspect the contractor said it
would work fine to keep this cost down and get the install.)
Thanks for the advice
Thermostat is a Hunter Energy Monitor 5+2 Programmable. It has 2 manual
switches: Fan/auto and AC/Off/Heat. Dont see a model. I`ve played with the
settings/switches and dont see any air flow from the furnace which doesn`t
seem to be running.
As for dealing with the company that installed the system, I think they`re a
bunch of idiots. Funny thing is I used Home Depot`s company to get good
service instead of the mediocre service I got.
The question of wiring comes to mind. I only have 2 (B&W) wires for the
T/Stat to furnace. I would expect more to control multiple functions right?
Lastly is there a suggestion on T/Stat models? Should I go with the Trane
models? I`ve picked up several models in the $100 and less range but they
didnt cut it for the 2 stage.
The XL800 mentions having a "circulate "mode.
Thanks for the answers.
Two wires? Whoever installed it, they are NOT GOOD! No wonder it does
not work, Can you run extra wires(at least 5, 6 more) or is there some
unused wires already in place. Worst case, you can use wireless
thermostat or there is something called Fast-stat.
Yea 2 wires. It was the existing setup for the T/Stat and my old 1960`s
furnace. One of the reasons I`m not too happy with the install. It`s not
wrong but certainly not right. I`ll have too run some wiring I guess along
with a new T/Stat. Can the wireless or FastStat be two stage variable?
Hunter makes great ceiling fans, but their thermostats suck....kind of like
going to Waffle House to get a steak. Get a thermostat that will support 2
stage equipment, and run at least 18/5 control wire from the stat to the
furnace. OR you can fall the boneheads out that installed the furnace and
make them finish the job.
I'd call the original installer back and let them finish it properly.
And give them a heck for not doing it right first time.
And Hunter thermostat is known for poor quality. For good robust
thermostat, I like Honeywell Vision Pro 8000.
18/5 wire and a Honeywell Vision Pro 8000.Thanks guys. It`s difficult to
find out about the 2 stage variable heat functions of a T/Stat in the store
so when I ask about cooling I get some great looks.
As for the boneheads, I gave up. I had them out to correct three problems
BUT the T/stat wasnt in the contract. Neither was a condensate pump so they
just started to put a plastic line down on my concrete floor to the drain
about 6 feet away right through my laundry room high traffic area. $150
extra for the pump! So much for going with a reputable dealer.
An XV model has a variable speed DC voltage blower motor that will run
(factory default) 50% cfm of the A/C cooling cfm speed that the PC board dip
switches are set at.
NOW for layman's terms....turn the t-stat switch the says "FAN" AUTO-ON to
ON...meaning the fan will run continuously at the 50% cfm of the cooling set
FOR EXAMPLE: if you have a 30,000 BTU A/C system, the dip switches must
likely are set at 400 cfm per ton, this equals out to 1000 cfm cooling mode,
so when the fan is on the "ON" position it will deliver 500 cfm.
NOW if that is not enough air flow there can be adjustments made to the PC
board ....it can be set at 40% or 80% or 100% air flow of the cooling set
FOR HUMIDITY control, the cfm can be set lower or a humidistat added to the
NOW, I hope this answers your questions, since your HVAC tech or company can
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