Finding a way to offset the heat of the kiln

My husband made his name in the art community as a sculptor.

At first he did big showcase pieces, but over time as he refined his craft he focused on smaller object.

Little pieces he could make entirely in his home studio, and fire in his hand-made kiln out back. This is where he really shined the brightest, and also what brought him the most personal satisfaction. After the car accident he was very weak for a long time, and just lacked the strength to work. This in turn wounded his confidence and lust for life. He is getting stronger now, but is still greatly affected by heating and humidity. This is a tough blow, seeing as how he works with a kiln and previously was used to high levels of heating on a regular basis. If that was no longer going to work for him, then I needed to find a strong, effective means of cooling down his studio. Finding an air conditioner strong enough to offset all that heat was going to be a tough one. I called out a ventilation expert to see what he could recommend, and he gave us some good ideas on diverting and dispersing the heat from the kiln. With some new exhaust vents and ductwork we could channel most of the heat up and away, and then put in a high powered air conditioner on the other side of the studio. Combined with the air vents, the new directional air conditioner would cool down most of the studio so my husband could work.

 

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Living in my sweet RV

I think my wanderlust started in my childhood, when my folks lived on the road for most of what I can remember.

For a while they drifted around in a van following the Grateful Dead, which will tell you how old I am! After that I’m not sure why they did it, maybe they had warrants on them, maybe they just didn’t want to settle down anywhere.

In any event, I never lived anywhere outside of that van for more than a few days, and I’m still the same way today. I don’t have an old VW van though, I have a sleek RV with cable tv, a shower, and air conditioning. The RV and in particular its air conditioning system, is so nice I don’t see what else a house could offer me. During the days I rarely even use the climate control, I prefer to drive like my folks did with all the windows fully open and the winds of the road flooding the interior. That is only for while driving, however, because when it is time to park I always shut up the windows and crank the AC down to the coldest setting. Over the years I have even become rather adept at troubleshooting my HVAC equipment in the vehicle. Without a regular place to live I of course don’t have a regular HVAC tech who I can trust to fix my stuff, so I learned to fix it myself. I have found that a lot of standard, weekly upkeep on the HVAC equipment will keep it running well for a long time.

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Cutting Down My HVAC Use By Duct Sealing

My central heating and air conditioning system gets quite a work out in the Summer.

The air conditioning seems to never shut off because it is so hot where I live.

The strange thing is, as hot as it is, i’ve asked others in my area about their air conditioning, and they said that their central air conditioning system does get a break here and there. That is when I found out that I had a problem. It seemed there was some air getting out through my ductwork, and the answer to this was to have the air ducts sealed! With duct sealing everything, it will keep the cool air going around my house, and the air conditioning will actually reach the temperature set on the thermostat. I made a call to my heating and air conditioning business in town to set up an HVAC repair appointment for the duct sealing. I am lucky to have one of their yearly HVAC service plans, so I actually do not have to pay for the duct sealing. I pay a fee of two hundred dollars a year for this service, and I have to tell you, it has saved me a lot of money! This duct sealing job that I have to get done now would have costed me close to that yearly fee. So, you do the math! I had the heating and cooling workman out about a day later to do the ductwork sealing. And as of today, my thermostat reads what it should, and my air conditioning actually gets a break here and there!

 

 

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Watching The News Gave Me Wonderful Information On Energy Savings Tips

They said that central heating and air conditioning systems were the main cause of ultra high electric bills, and that there was a few ways around this

I really hate watching the evening news. I have no interest in it, do not care what is going on most of the time and it flat out depresses me! They never have anything positive to say these days. So why bother with it? Well, I was over a friend’s house and they had the news on, and for once, I have to say they actually said something non-depressing and actually useful! They did a whole story on energy savings in the country, and with it, came a ton of energy savings tips. The energy savings tips they gave were some things I already knew about, like not leaving lights on when you don’t need them and not running the television set if you’re not watching it. But the energy savings tips that really got my attention were related to the use of heating and cooling products. They said that central heating and air conditioning systems were the main cause of ultra high electric bills, and that there was a few ways around this. One energy savings tip they gave for HVAC use was to buy a few space heaters for the Winter instead of using the heating. That one was really a shock! I never knew that space heaters did not use a ton of energy! The other was suggesting buying a few ductless mini split air conditioning systems to cut use of your central air conditioning system in the Summer. Another energy saver I didn’t know about! Well, thanks to this news story, I know what i’m going to be buying very soon!

 

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I seriously think I made a huge mistake by throwing out my old boiler

For the past five years, my wife and I were sharing a lovely little two bedroom house up north.

  • We’ve been working on renovating the house and adding new features to it, including some changes to the house regarding appliances.

One big change we were hung up on for a while was the replacement of our heating system. We’ve had a boiler in the basement for ages, which was heated using an oil heater. While the boiler had been faithfully working for us over the last half-decade, there have been times where it seemed to struggle to keep us warm through the night. Also, it constantly sounds like the boiler is kettling now. If you weren’t aware, “kettling” refers to a furnace that has too many mineral deposits inside it and can’t function properly. It sounds like nothing, but kettling is actually a death sentence for a boiler! Anyway, when I heard that sound, I thought we’d better switch to a new heating system – and fast. We wound up cutting the connections for the boiler, throwing it out, and replacing it with a gas furnace to heat our home. At first, we were surprised by how much warmer the house felt with the gas furnace running! However, things began to change, as we noticed that the heat in the house felt drier to us. We noticed this change and immediately, we began to wonder – what if replacing the boiler was a mistake? Well, the boiler provides a certain amount of humidity as it heats the house, so now we just had dry heat. It was a rough situation, as you might imagine!

 

 

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It’s not always easy trying to live with the minimum

My friends and I love to go on what we call “nature trips”.

Basically, we go out camping, but we try to rely on as few modern supplies as we can.

If it uses GPS, relies on data, or needs a special controller to work, we don’t use it! Instead, we use only “primitive” technology, or stuff that we can make out of spare parts that we might have available. We do this mostly because it’s a fun hobby, but I think it’s also useful for a survival situation! However, I will say that it’s not always easy to live with just minimal equipment or supplies. Plus, our trips are planned and we’re ready to live off of virtually nothing. When it happens in real life, it’s a major hassle! That’s what happened to me the other day, as my home’s heating system broke down without warning. As the electric furnace lay silent in the basement of my home, I had to rely instead on the fireplace I typically kept clean for decorative purposes. With the furnace being down for an indefinite amount of time, there was no telling when it would be ready for use again! I had to make sure the fireplace was even safe to use before I could just throw a log in and hope to get a fire going. Thankfully the fireplace was clear to use, but I only had enough wood to get through a day! I had to leave and grab more firewood, and when I got back home the house was already reaching a freezing temperature. It was a good thing I poured antifreeze in the pipes, or I would’ve been in rough shape. See what I mean? Minimal living only works when you’re ready for it!

 

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Living in our sweet mobile home

I suppose our strolllust started in our childhood, when our folks lived on the road for most of what I can remember! For a while they drifted around in a van following the Grateful Dead, which will tell you how seasoned I am! After that I’m not sure why they did it, maybe they had warrants on them, maybe they just didn’t want to settle down somewhere, in any event, I never lived somewhere outside of that van for more than a few afternoons, and I’m still the same way today.

I don’t have an seasoned VW van though, I have a sleek RV with cable tv, a shower, and , then the RV and in recognizable its system, is so nice I don’t see what else a condo could offer me, and during the afternoons I rarely even use the weather conditions control, I like to drive like our folks did with all the windows fully open and the winds of the road flooding the interior.

That is only for while driving, but, because when it is time to park I regularly shut up the windows and crank the A/C down to the coldest setting; Over the years I have even become rather adept at problemshooting our Heating and Air Conditioning device in the vehicle, but without a respected place to live I of course don’t have a respected Heating and Air Conditioning tech who I can trust to service our stuff, so I l earned to service it myself. I have found that a lot of standard, bi-weekly upkeep on the Heating and Air Conditioning device will keep it running well for a long time.

 

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Finding a way to offset the heat of the potter's wheel

My hubby made his name in the art community as a sculptor! At first he did substantial showcase pieces, however over time as he refined his craft he focused on smaller object, little pieces he could make genuinely in his home studio, as well as fire in his hand-made kiln out back.

This is where he genuinely shined the brightest, as well as also what brought him the most personal satisfaction. After the vehicle accident he was genuinely weak for a long time, as well as just lacked the strength to work. This in turn wounded his confidence as well as lust for life! He is getting stronger now, however is still greatly affected by heating as well as humidity. This is a taxing blow, seeing as how he works with a kiln as well as previously was used to high levels of heating on a typical basis. If that was no longer going to work for him, then both of us needed to find a strong, effective means of cooling down his studio. Finding an air conditioner strong enough to offset all that heat was going to be a taxing 1. I called out a ventilation expert to see what he could recommend, as well as he gave us some fantastic ideas on diverting as well as dispersing the heat from the kiln. With some modern exhaust vents as well as air duct both of us could channel most of the heat up as well as away, as well as then put in a high powered air conditioner on the other side of the studio. Combined with the air vents, the modern directional air conditioner would cool down most of the studio so our hubby could work.

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It’s not consistently easy trying to live with the minimum

My friends and I enjoy to go on what the two of us call “nature trips”, and basically, the two of us go out camping, however the two of us try to rely on as few current supplies as the two of us can, and if it uses GPS, relies on data, or needs a special controller to work, the two of us don’t use it! Instead, the two of us use only “primitive” technology, or stuff that the two of us can make out of spare parts that the two of us might have available, then we do this mostly because it’s a fun hobby, despite the fact that I guess it’s also useful for a survival situation! However, I will say that it’s not consistently easy to live with just minimal component or supplies; Plus, our trips are planned and we’re ready to live off of virtually nothing.

When it happens in real life, it’s a major hassle! That’s what happened to me the other afternoon, as our home’s heating program broke down without warning, then as the electric furnace lay silent in the basement of our home, I had to rely instead on the fireplace I consistently kept scrub for decorative purposes.

With the furnace being down for an indefinite amount of time, there was no telling when it would be ready for use again! I had to make sure the fireplace was even safe to use before I could just throw a log in and hope to get a fire going, but thankfully the fireplace was clear to use, despite the fact that I only had enough wood to get through a afternoon! I had to leave and grab more firewood, and when I got back lake house the lake house was already reaching a freezing temperature. It was a good thing I poured antifreeze in the pipes, or I would’ve been in rough shape; See what I mean? Minimal living only works when you’re ready for it!

 

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Living in our sweet trailer

I feel our wanderlust started in our childhood, when our folks lived on the road for most of what I can remember, but for a while they drifted around in a van following the Grateful Dead, which will tell you how old I am! After that I’m not sure why they did it, maybe they had warrants on them, maybe they just didn’t want to settle down anywhere! In any event, I never lived anywhere outside of that van for more than a few nights, as well as I’m still the same way today. I don’t have an old VW van though, I have a sleek RV with cable tv, a shower, as well as air conditioner, the RV as well as in particular its air conditioner, is so nice I don’t see what else a home could offer me… During the nights I rarely even use the weather conditions control, I prefer to drive enjoy our folks did with all the windows fully open as well as the winds of the road flooding the interior. That is only for while driving, however, because when it is time to park I regularly shut up the windows as well as crank the A/C down to the coldest setting, however over the years I have even become rather adept at complicationshooting our Heating as well as A/C component in the vehicle, and without a typical locale to live I of course don’t have a typical Heating as well as A/C tech who I can trust to maintenance our stuff, so I l received to maintenance it myself. I have found that a lot of standard, weekly upkeep on the Heating as well as A/C component will keep it running well for a long time.

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