"Also consider that R-410A’s global-warming potential (GWP) is 2,088, and the refrigerant management program of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) defines any refrigerant with a GWP greater than or equal to 150 as a high-GWP refrigerant."
Mark Rose wrote:One idea is to use infrared heat instead of heating the whole space.
But even more clever is to have the infrared heat follow you.
Joshua Myrvaagnes wrote:Another update--now I have moved, and am looking for help with a whole new set of questions.
The building where I live is a 12-unit, brick building. We don't "pay" for heat, the landlord does. But it is resistance base-board heating, our old friend from chapter 1 of this thread.
The Town or maybe the State has a program that subsidizes air-source heat pumps, and the apartments' air conditioner units go right through the wall already, so it would be an easy matter to switch those out for hte air-source heat pumps.
Here are the questions in my mind:
1 --are air source heat pumps actually not going to leak yet another greenhouse or ozone-layer-depleting gas into the atmosphere that will once again be a big problem? is it a net improvement to switch? First it was CFC's, then HCFC's were found to be problematic if I have the right labels, and now it's...is there a really solid reason to trust the current coolant substance?
1 a. --what's the energy- and toxin-footprint of creating the new coolant substance?? (links to threads or websites please).
If there is considerable doubt about air pumps (as there is in my mind at the moment since I haven't found a relevant info source yet), I would like to try to switch to radiant heat.
What about electric floor mats? You can get long ones for hallways, and more squarish ones for special spots such as the floor in front of your couch. They are pretty low wattage, and can be left on for hours.
I am willing to do what I did last winter, and my plants also survived, heat Joshua and not the air. However, my partner is probably not so happy doing the leave-the-air-cold, heat-the-person thing. I can try to get her more radiant heat sources (incandescent bulbs in places she likes to frequent), but I think I'm going to need more than that. Like maybe conductive heated slippers? (In her culture they say to keep your head cool and feet warm.)
Next, I don't have the extra money to pay much for these things myself. I would like to sell the landlord on paying for them--since they (the landlord is really a management company here, I don't have a name or a face to reference) will be saving significant money with us not having our heat on. But I don't know how much. Under the rental agreement, the landlord must provide heat, but we don't see that bill...only the regular electric bill. And I imagine it's probably a collective heat bill that the landlord sees rather than unit-by-unit...
--How would you go about talking to/seizing control of a landlord about this? what are the holes in my case I'm not seeing? what fears will they have (safety, cost, etc.) might I have allay?
(My tactic of last resort is going to be hardball--threaten to crank the resistance baseboard heating up to the maximum setting the thermostat will allow, open the window, and wait till they're interested in having a conversation about homesteading and permaculture...but I doubt I'll sleep better being combative than I would going with the herd-approved solution of doing the violence to the Earth and atmosphere...so I really don't want to get to this point.)
And then there's the rest of the building. I have made some connection with the neighbors, though I wouldn't say we're on close terms yet. I would like to get them on board with this. . .but they are all from much warmer climates than here, and my imagination is that a bunch of people from much warmer climates are going to be skeptical of a person from here telling them things about how to heat their homes...at least I would come across as insensitive. And they are all very busy, working multiple jobs some of them to pay their rent.
3--what could make a really iron-clad request/proposal of the fellow tenants?
Do you think I could negotiate with the landlord to lower the rent if we manage to give them cooperation on the heat?
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