First off allow me to say that I've been on most of the pages on this site and that I've learned many things....the furnace I chose after much research is a Shaver. NOW....before anyone goes and bad mouths this furnace and Shaver, let me tell you that I bought this furnace because of the price. Total cost so far is under $7,000.00 which is a helluva lot less than what Central Boiler wanted or Royal American.
Yes, there are things that Shaver could have done better, but I am very much satisfied with this 250 unit. It IS better than the 165 I used to have. The 165 they dropped at my house last December looked like it was put together by a 2 year old. I demanded that Shaver send me a BRAND NEW furnace and one that they would be proud to have in their great room and that their wife would display their fine china in. In the process I also upgraded to the 250.
So Bull, this is what I have, the Shaver 250. Now only upgrade I have made to this is the strap-on Aqua-stat thermostat on my house furnace and I do have an auto damper on its way from Shaver.
I'm not certain what temperature I should place the thermostat at that is in the rear of the furnace. I reside in North East Wisconsin and though it's not really cold yet, soon it will be and I don't want to have to keep opening up the rear of the furnace to re-adjust the temp along with opening the cover on the blower.
So my questions would be the following:
1) what temperature should I set the thermostat in the rear of the furnace?
2) How far do I open the cover on the blower motor? ( I understand that once the auto damper is connected, I no longer have to concern myself with this).
I've read much about folks installing an Aqua-stat on the rear of the furnaces or even going with the Rancho...if this would be an improvement/upgrade from the existing store bought $6.00 thermostat, how do I go about installing it?
I'm so happy that I found this site. I've read many pages and have lots more to go yet...and it truly is a learning experience reading everyone's comments. There is much to be learned here.
I thank whom ever in advance for your suggestions and assistance, BUT please with hold your comments "against" Shaver products....there is a reason for the Shaver furnace and that is for those of us who don't want to spend an arm and a leg on the unit and the installation of said unit. I figure with what I have in my initial out lay, I'll be able to recoup all my investment in 45 years.
I look forward to all responses.