Mourinho might be available, and the chants from the club’s fans during their defeat to Norwich made it clear the Portuguese coach would be a welcome figure in Manchester. But what would he bring?Mourinho isn’t an attacking coach, he falls out often with players that challenge his authority, and his record of promoting youth players is dire. Not to mention his impossible-to-ignore third season syndrome. Is this really the man you want? Van Gaal isn’t a likeable character, with his autocratic style a major turn off at times, but there’s something about him that’s suited to Old Trafford. Maybe it’s his craving for power.For the past few weeks, and for the first time since his arrival, I can almost sympathise with Van Gaal; the chants from United’s own fans since Jose Mourinho’s departure from Chelsea will have even hurt his tough heart. He was right to cut short his latest press conference and to sarcastically wish everyone a Merry Christmas. During and after Manchester United’s defeat to Norwich City, the hashtag #LVGOUT was trending and subsequently various reports have stated the Dutchman is now walking on eggshells as far as his job is concerned.What’s wrong with you?So going out of the Champions League was tough to stomach, the style of play has been dreary, and all in all there has been little to cheer about over the past five months.But, so what? It happens.United are not a club in crisis, they are a club just nine points off top spot and going through a challenging spell, as most do at some stage in a campaign. If you want to know what a crisis really is, head over to Stamford Bridge. 5 5 5 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal 5 5 The former Netherlands manager has been slightly more defensive in his approach, and cries of ‘attack, attack, attack’ may be just; but he cannot be entirely at fault for their performances. The likes of Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial were kicking a ball long before they reached double digits – are United supporters suggesting Van Gaal’s coaching has limited such players to the extent that they have suddenly forgotten where the goal is? Please. The Old Trafford faithful were spoiled under Sir Alex Ferguson, but the simple fact of the matter is that towards the end of the Scot’s reign, their squad was alarmingly average. However, there has been no better manager at getting the best out of even the most ordinary of players and there may never be again.The concern now is that no coach will ever satisfy the club’s supporters; they want picture-perfect success and they are beginning to demand it now.Crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage does hurt, but their exit was far from unpredictable. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City could all have gone out at the same stage this season – a little luck, though, was on their side. And perfection in the Premier League simply isn’t possible, with the billions now being pumped into the top flight equipping those around them with the tools to significantly increase the quality in their respective ranks.It might be a cliché, but anyone really can beat anyone.And this is why the Premier League is the best competition in the world. United’s back-to-back defeats to newly-promoted Bournemouth and the Canaries isn’t good enough, but it’s not the end of the world. With little over a season-and-a-half to run on his contract, why can’t Van Gaal be judged then?This habit of crying out and demanding a manager’s head has to stop; it’s spoiling the rhythm of our beautiful game and is painting a poor – and almost embarrassing – picture of our beloved Premier League. The reality remains that the elusive 21st title could still arrive at the Theatre of Dreams, sooner rather than later.And Van Gaal could be the man to deliver it, even if it isn’t pretty.Leicester City will slip up…right?
Modem and router energy usageOn a totally unrelated topic: lately I’ve tried to identify the electrical loads in our house that use power around the clock.I am reluctant to have anything in the house that uses energy 24/7. With 8,760 hours per year, small usages add up. One such is the exhaust fan on the composting toilet — at about 20 watts it uses 175 kWh/year, or 4% to 5% of our energy usage.Another is the cable modem for internet access we have from Comcast, and the Apple Airport Express wireless router. I’ve been measuring both. The router uses just over 3 1/2 watts, while the modem uses 6 1/2 watts. Together they use 88 kWh/year.I imagine that if we were off-grid, we’d unplug them in the winter when solar power is short. Being grid-tied, we’re just lazy about it.What’s using power 24/7 in your house? GBA Encyclopedia: Ductless Minisplit Heat PumpsJust Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole House Will Minisplits Replace Forced-Air Heating and Cooling Systems?Heating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseNew Englanders Love Heat PumpsReport on Our Ductless Minisplit Heat PumpLoving My MinisplitsTackling the Plug Load ProblemLighting and Phantom Loads I tried an experiment this week during our cold snap. We’ve kept the door closed to the first floor ell (bedroom and bath) and let it run cold, because the Fujitsu wasn’t sized to heat that space too. I opened the door early in the cold snap, and let the heat pump go, leaving it set on 70°F. What I found was that overnight the main space went to 66°F, and the upstairs and back bedroom were 3° to 4°F lower.My calculated heat loss in these conditions is about 24,000 BTU/hour, and the heat pump is rated at about 17,000 BTU/hour at about 10°F. You’d think it would not be able to keep up.My heat loss number may well be too high, and the rated output of the unit may be quite conservative. My system has the temperature sensing built into the wall cassette, so it may be sensing a higher temperature than out in the room. It may make sense in severe weather to set the thermostat up to 72°F instead of our normal 70°F.Unlike a boiler, these variable-speed units taper off the output as the space approaches the setpoint instead of always running at full bore, so that may be a disadvantage of a smart unit — it’s trying to stay at a more efficient operating point instead of making me as comfortable as possible.Anyway, comfort trumped further experimentation and we closed the door again to the ell. Marc Rosenbaum is director of engineering at South Mountain Company on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. He writes a blog called Thriving on Low Carbon. Marc teaches a 10-week online Zero Net Energy Home Design course as part of NESEA’s Building Energy Master Series. You can test drive his class for free. A variable-speed minisplit tapers its output as it nears the setpointOne other thing I wonder about is that even though the room was not at the setpoint it seemed that the unit didn’t run on full output much. RELATED ARTICLES BLOGS BY MARC ROSENBAUM Minisplit Heat Pumps and Zero-Net-Energy HomesPractical Design Advice for Zero-Net-Energy HomesTwo Years With a Minisplit Heat PumpInsulating Window ShadesSelf-Cleaning OvensA Tough Energy Code Is the Worker’s FriendInstalling a Photovoltaic SystemLiving With Point-Source HeatInstalling a Ductless Minisplit SystemSeasonal Changes in Electrical Loads
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