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by jwasilko
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacuum recommendations
Replies: 58
Views: 3489

Re: Vacuum recommendations

I've had a Miele Red Star since the 90s. It just keeps working. Miele is different in that they make nearly everything (all the parts) themselves, in one factory in Germany. They build for a long lifespan (typically 20-30 years), while other manufacturers target a much shorter lifespan. Their stuff ...
by jwasilko
Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas furnace with heat pump - most cost efficient?
Replies: 27
Views: 1015

Re: Gas furnace with heat pump - most cost efficient?

Yanks49 wrote:
Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:28 pm
BeerTooth wrote:
Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:16 pm
if you post your rates, it's easy to calculate instead of guessing
Sorry, electric rate for generation is .0489/kwh looks like total rate is about .11/kwh
natural gas looks like about .5/therm plus customer charge @ $17/mo
Post your heat pump's COP and we'll have everything we need.
by jwasilko
Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas furnace with heat pump - most cost efficient?
Replies: 27
Views: 1015

Re: Gas furnace with heat pump - most cost efficient?

If you know your fuel costs and your Heat Pump's COP at 17F and 47F, this spreadsheet can show you where the economic balance point is:

http://www.rses.org/asset.aspx?AssetId=2091

If you can't figure it out, you can post the COP and fuel cost data and I can do it....
by jwasilko
Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone switch from oil to propane?
Replies: 30
Views: 1445

Re: Anyone switch from oil to propane?

Propane is usually the most expensive way to heat. What are your electric rates? You might find the cheapest solution to be a heat pump, either ground-source or air-source. We have natural gas, and just installed heat pumps from Mitsubishi to replace our failing AC units. We kept our natural gas boi...
by jwasilko
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Goodbye Sheet Music, hello tablet
Replies: 9
Views: 1059

Re: Goodbye Sheet Music, hello tablet

Another vote for ForScore. https://forscore.co/

Great software and at $10 a deal....
by jwasilko
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad air- purchase from Apple store of Costco?
Replies: 15
Views: 2405

Re: iPad air- purchase from Apple store of Costco?

Apple's refurbs can be a real steal. Often they are just customer returns. I bought a ipad pro refurb a year ago and it was immaculate. All refurbished iPad models come with a new battery, new outer shell, are backed by a one-year warranty, have free delivery and returns, and also include: Full func...
by jwasilko
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cloud Backup solutions for 2019?
Replies: 21
Views: 1211

Re: Cloud Backup solutions for 2019?

2nd for Backblaze. We use it on 3 devices. I've needed to do partial restores and it worked well.
by jwasilko
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas Boiler - which brands? Cost?
Replies: 7
Views: 528

Re: Gas Boiler - which brands? Cost?

We converted from Oil to gas with our gas utility. It's been good. Is your utility providing any subsidized equipment? Ours (National Grid) did. Ideally you would get a new load calculation done. Many contractors will just look at your existing equipment and then just put in the same size. That's ba...
by jwasilko
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil to natural gas conversion anyone?
Replies: 43
Views: 2311

Re: Oil to natural gas conversion anyone?

We are in MA and converted from Oil to Natural gas 7 years ago when we bought our house. We're really happy we did it as natural gas is nearly the cheapest way to heat a house. Heat pumps can be cheaper, though. We're now looking at refreshing our AC since one of the two is leaking refrigerant. As p...
by jwasilko
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of mini split installation? [Ductless Air Conditioning/ Heat]
Replies: 36
Views: 3436

Re: Cost of mini split installation?

Now I guess it comes down to whether we want to use Samsung or Mitsubishi. People keep saying Mitsubishi is the best, but I can't find the objective evidence to back that up. The Samsung mini splits look a bit more modern. I think the Mitsubishi has a slightly longer warranty (10 vs 12 years). Dan:...
by jwasilko
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of mini split installation? [Ductless Air Conditioning/ Heat]
Replies: 36
Views: 3436

Re: Cost of mini split installation?

Also, https://hvac-talk.com is a good resource, though you can't talk about pricing there.
by jwasilko
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of mini split installation? [Ductless Air Conditioning/ Heat]
Replies: 36
Views: 3436

Re: Cost of mini split installation?

Hi Dan: We're sort of in the same boat as one of our AC units is leaking (at the air handler coil) and we're looking at replacing both the 1st floor and 2nd floor system. We've got quotes for Mitsubishi, and have a friend that works for them that suggested we talk to NETR in Andover ( https://www.ne...
by jwasilko
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Massachusetts Auto Insurance "Safety Insurance"
Replies: 17
Views: 1009

Re: Massachusetts Auto Insurance "Safety Insurance"

Are you sure the Geico quote is for a full year? They often quote 6-month prices. And as you're seeing, the MA insurance market is weird. It's highly regulated, so many of the 'big' players don't write policies here. We're with Safety for our RV/Race car hauler. Never had a claim, so can't comment o...
by jwasilko
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contact lens solution
Replies: 20
Views: 1363

Re: Contact lens solution

Back when I used to wear 2 week lenses, my doctor was a huge proponent of the hydrogen peroxide/catalyst system. He said that studies showed that it was much more effective than the older systems. I tended to only get 10-11 days out of a set of 2 week lenses before they became uncomfortable. I ran t...
by jwasilko
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Etrade rollovers and etrade ETFs
Replies: 11
Views: 543

Re: Etrade rollovers and etrade ETFs

Etrade can be set for dividend reinvestment on ETFs.
by jwasilko
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are Password Managers Really Necessary?
Replies: 200
Views: 17240

Re: Are Password Managers Really Necessary?

The only secure way is to store passwords is in your head. Period. And the way you do it with multiple sites is by creating a unique phrase for each site with what is called a “cipher”. A single code word only you know. That code is your core to which you build your unique password by adding someth...
by jwasilko
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Global Entry Application turnaround times?
Replies: 35
Views: 4533

Re: Global Entry Application turnaround times?

I was conditionally approved in less than a week. I've got an interview scheduled for 2 weeks out.
by jwasilko
Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: question regarding bank cd deals
Replies: 10
Views: 927

Re: question regarding bank cd deals

Penfed allows you to specify what happens at the end of the term when you set up the CD. Interest can be paid into the CD or another account as well.
by jwasilko
Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses
Replies: 1973
Views: 336639

Re: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses

Recent offer from Etrade (better than what's on the web site) You are now enrolled in the TF60D_2500CFC_IRA promotion. Here is how it works: Deposit or Transfer Receive $1MM $2,500 60 Days of commission free trades $500K - $999,999 $1,500 60 Days of commission free trades $250K - $499,999 $1,000 60 ...
by jwasilko
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: kicking MS managed account (401k) to the curb, do I keep any stocks?
Replies: 2
Views: 385

kicking MS managed account (401k) to the curb, do I keep any stocks?

Emergency funds: all set Debt: $90k mortgage on $750k house with less than 5 years to go Tax Filing Status: Married Filing Jointly Tax Rate: 33% Federal, 5.1% State (in 2017 tax year). 24% in 2018 tax year. State of Residence: MA Age: 50 Desired Asset allocation: 80% stocks / 20% bonds Desired Inte...
by jwasilko
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: starting HDHP and HSA mid-year
Replies: 11
Views: 888

Re: starting HDHP and HSA mid-year

We get health care through my spouse right now. She has a comprehensive plan through her current employer, but will be starting a new job later this year (Sept? Oct?). At that time, we plan to switch to an HDHP so that we will qualify for an HSA. Will we be able to contribute the full amount to the...
by jwasilko
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: HSA to Fidelity, now where to park the funds?
Replies: 19
Views: 2769

Re: HSA to Fidelity, now where to park the funds?

Check the mega Fidelity HSA thread.

I think people have avoided the $25 fee by writing a check from HSAbank to Fidelity, and then closing the HSAbank account.
by jwasilko
Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Competitor to Ally? intrx.net offering 2.91%
Replies: 13
Views: 2126

Re: Competitor to Ally? intrx.net offering 2.91%

[Post removed by admin LadyGeek] No. I've been a long-time anonymous reader and finally got around to making an account to contribute, and eventually ask for some advice on 401k consolidations when I get some time to put together a well-formatted post (according to https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/A...
by jwasilko
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Competitor to Ally? intrx.net offering 2.91%
Replies: 13
Views: 2126

Competitor to Ally? intrx.net offering 2.91%

Just saw this on facebook....

https://www.intrx.net/

They claim they'll be offering 2.91-2.95% savings accounts.

I searched and haven't seen a mention here before. They're in beta/soft launch mode and taking names for a waitlist.
by jwasilko
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would a heat pump or gas furnace help?
Replies: 19
Views: 1673

Re: Would a heat pump or gas furnace help?

We've got 2 zones of hydro-air fed by a high-efficiency condensing boiler. Our fan coils (made by Heat Controller) have a freeze protection mode where they will call for heat when the fan coil is less than 42degF. One is in an un-conditioned attic and we've never had an issue. Perhaps your HVAC guy ...