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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    Shit I'd better check mine. I only have one but still.
    Draws 100w, not charging, nothing plugged in. I’m guessing it’s constantly working the battery to extend its life. I typically replace battery every 5-7 years which is way better than modern UPS’s.

    These are old ass UPS’s, vintage 10-15 years old, clearly not designed to be efficient but works awesome in brownouts and power outages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage2 View Post
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    Draws 100w, not charging, nothing plugged in. I’m guessing it’s constantly working the battery to extend its life. I typically replace battery every 5-7 years which is way better than modern UPS’s.

    These are old ass UPS’s, vintage 10-15 years old, clearly not designed to be efficient but works awesome in brownouts and power outages.
    And they're cheap protection as well and for the cost of 100W of electricity, they're still worth it.l
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    Quote Originally Posted by speedog View Post
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    And they're cheap protection as well and for the cost of 100W of electricity, they're still worth it.l
    I have one, and I obviously bought it for a reason, but I've always struggled to quantify the value. How many incidents of damage can be directly attributed to power issues?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    I have one, and I obviously bought it for a reason, but I've always struggled to quantify the value. How many incidents of damage can be directly attributed to power issues?
    Brownouts used to be the biggest issue when it comes to damage but modern electronics are designed to work over a larger range of voltages, so it can handle brownouts much better than vintage equipment.

    I don't have UPS's for damage protection, otherwise I would've spec'd much smaller units. My UPS's are there to keep shit running for extended periods of time when there are power problems. The power's been really reliable the last 5 or so years, this was the first year I noticed the UPS's actually kicking in when we had a large # of spikes and brownouts during one of the big storms.
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    Is this a "new" neighbourhood thing? I can't even rememberremember the last time power was out at my house for longer than 5 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tik-Tok View Post
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    Is this a "new" neighbourhood thing? I can't even rememberremember the last time power was out at my house for longer than 5 minutes.
    Yea, when I first moved in (2001) I would have 2-3 power outages a year. I'd say I'm down to 1 power outage every 5 years now. Brownouts are the bigger problem, there are light ones that I barely even notice, but can hear the UPS kicking in through the house.

    So my anecdotal evidence of 1, yes it's a new neighborhood problem haha.
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    We average 339 kwh over the last 4 months.
    2 adults, 1600 sq ft bungalow, all LED lights, AC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sabad66 View Post
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    I run my fan 24/7 in the summer (recommendation from my A/C installer) ...
    Why is that recommended? Just curious.
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    915 kWh between Apr 25 and May 26 at $0.064162/kWh (ATCO variable)... peaks at around 1100 kWh in the winter and lows of just under 600 kWh if we are on vacation.
    House is 2-storey around 2100 sq.ft. plus basement. 2 adults 1 kid. 90% LED lights, electric water heater and a/c. I don't like wasting power. I imagine if I don't turn off lights that other people leave on, it would be another 300 kWh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chester View Post
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    Why is that recommended? Just curious.
    i have an original furnace (including fan) from 1989, so its very inefficient and can't be controlled from the thermostat like modern units. The way it's controlled is there is some sort of device that sits on the furnace flame (the name escapes me now), so when the furnace fires up it heats the device which triggers the fan to run.

    With AC, there wouldn't be any heat to trigger it to turn on, so instead of installing a relay to trigger it during the call for a/c, easier to just have it running all the time via the manual switch. The other drawback with a relay that turns it on during a/c is that there would be constant on/off, which on an old fan like mine actually is worse for power usage (big power spike to rev up the motor from standstill). On modern units they are much more efficient so they can handle consistent on/off.

    All that said, running a fan 24/7 just evens out the temperature throughout the zone. So even if I didn't have a/c, it would help to keep the air moving and consistent temps across all rooms in the zone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabad66 View Post
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    All that said, running a fan 24/7 just evens out the temperature throughout the zone. So even if I didn't have a/c, it would help to keep the air moving and consistent temps across all rooms in the zone.
    Yup. I posted some before and after data of me running fan 24/7 here: https://forums.beyond.ca/threads/410...04#post4790204

    Basement temps equalized much closer to the other floors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage2 View Post
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    Yup. I posted some before and after data of me running fan 24/7 here: https://forums.beyond.ca/threads/410...04#post4790204

    Basement temps equalized much closer to the other floors.
    Also recommended in super efficient "tight houses" to keep humidity from condensing in the windows in winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePenIsMightier View Post
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    Also recommended in super efficient "tight houses" to keep humidity from condensing in the windows in winter.
    I have one of those "tight houses" which needs to hrv and fan to be on 24/7.

    Swapped the new Mars ECM in and have the continuous speed tap hooked up.
    Now I'm running 85watts continuous instead of 615watts. Much quieter now and I'm hoping to see similar temp equalization as before. Calculating at least $45 savings a month.
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    I averaged for the last year, 2300 sq.foot house, 2 adults 1 toddler.
    431 kwh

    High being 540 low at 338

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