Cool humidifier

When my husband and I bought our first son home from the hospital, we were terrified! We had been parents for just over 48 hours, and the hospital actually trusted us to care for this little helpless being? It was a wild thought at the time, but thankfully we found our grips fairly quickly. Now, life as a parent just seems right – sleep exhaustion and all! Of course, part of the fun of being a new parent is dealing with your baby catching a cold for the first time. That will test your patience more than anything ever has in your life! I remember feeling so bad for the little guy, and learning that one of the best things you can do for them at that point is invest in a cool humidifier. I never knew that such a thing existed until I was a parent, but a cool humidifier is just what it sounds like – it’s a device that adds humidity to the air, but without using hot water. I remember my mom using one in my room when I was a kid, but it was always so hot! This however made it so the humidity was introduced as a cool mist, which helped our baby breathe more easily at night. Plus, having a cold made it where our little one couldn’t sleep very well, so the humidifier helped to cool his skin and make him more comfortable so he could sleep. Like I said – being a new parent is flat-out terrifying, but with the proper tools, you’ll make it through just fine.

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First phase of rebuilding

Shortly after a massive hurricane wiped our home and most of the surrounding neighborhood off of the town map, my husband and I were now up to our eyeballs in post-disaster planning. We had to somehow work with a general contractor to have a new house built, while coordinating our own lodging with a hotel and making sure that our insurance company would cover the bill. Eventually we got in the swing of things, and figured out how to handle the situation little by little. Once we found a contractor, we could begin rebuilding our home. One thing that distracted us from the stress of the situation was picking out a new heating and air conditioning system, which was more fun than we expected. There were a ton of options on the market – so many, in fact, that we had to work with another heating and air conditioning contractor and specialist just to help us decide on what was best! For heating our new home, there was the conventional electric or gas furnace, and there were more radiant heating options like a radiator or boiler system. There was even a heating system that used radiant heated floors, which would heat the house slowly but much more evenly. While that was fun to try and decide on, we wound up going with the radiant heated floors. They sounded the most cost effective, and would be a pleasure to walk on and feel the warmth under our feet!

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The old man and the A/C

What amazes me about senior living is that there’s always someone saying that things aren’t good enough for them. Don’t get me wrong – there’s plenty of things that I don’t like about nursing homes, from the often bland meals to the boring events. However, there’s also some things that I’m pretty envious of. I would love to live in a quiet facility like this, and have my own room equipped with all the things I would need to get through the day like access to the internet, a TV, a laptop – and of course, my own thermostat to keep the room as warm or cool as I want! That’s the great thing at this facility; every single room has its own thermostat for controlling the temperature inside that room. One tenant might prefer being warmer than usual, and have the heating system running to keep their room toasty. One room over, another tenant can’t stand the heat and loves feeling cool. That gentleman can run the air conditioning system for the facilities using his zone control thermostat, and have his room just as cool as he likes. I don’t have anything like that at my apartment – in fact, I don’t even have a digital thermostat! I still have one of those old manual dial thermostats that have to be arbitrarily twisted around until you find a temperature setting you like. I’m telling you, these people have it made living here!

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Cleaning my A/C unit was a bad idea

When people search online to find “do it yourself” articles that focus on home and appliance repair, people often bite off more than they can chew. I’m just as guilty of it as everyone else, and heaven knows I’ve made my share of big mistakes just to try and repair something myself. That’s the thing, though – you have to know when to choose your battles, and when to leave the fighting to someone who can handle it. In this case, the “fighting” was my effort to clean and repair my home’s outdoor air conditioning unit. The first thing I did was cut power to the unit of course, but then I opened up the machine and started scrubbing away at the coils with just a damp sponge. Coils and fins for the air conditioning unit are pretty fragile and easy to warp or even break, but I was too pig-headed to think about that! Instead, I managed to snap several fins off of the front of the air conditioning unit, and warp a couple coils out of place. Ever since I did that, my air conditioning system has been acting more and more out of character, and struggling to keep my house cool in the process. Honestly, I’m thinking I just need to call a heating and A/C professional repair technician to come and perform the necessary repairs on my outdoor A/C unit. If it isn’t fixed before summer, I’m going to spend the entire month of June, July and August with no clothes on and standing in front of a circular fan.

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So happy for the heated flooring

You know, it’s amazing to myself and others how so several people will turn the other cheek when it comes to the notion of replacing their entire oil furnace, and yes, I think that it can be a lengthy process if you are talking about switching from a gas-powered heating proposal to 1 that uses electricity, but that’s a small price to pay for the savings you could have if you switch systems! I think I was pretty apprehensive a few years back, but I was planning to switch my heating proposal over from a radiator to radiant radiant heated floors, then getting rid of the radiator was the straightforward part, as installing the radiant radiant heated floors began with laying down pipes to carry hot water from the boiler, but these pipes had to make a zig-zagging line across the floors of the house, plus then this heat-conducting material was laid down over plus between the pipes; Finally, the fake wood floor would be laid down over the pipes plus other material. This was the key to making sure the heating proposal worked as intended, as the heat from the hot water pipes would rise up from the floor, and it was a long month for me, as I insisted on handling all of the task on my own; Hey, this was displayed as a “do it yourself” project! Anyway, once I had the radiant radiant heated floors connected to the thermostat, I turned them on for the first time. It was incredible! There wasn’t a single freezing spot in the house, plus the radiant radiant heated floors used hardly any energy to run compared to my old boiler system. I’m beyond excited with my radiant radiant heated floors!

So glad I have heated floors

You know, it’s amazing to myself and others how so many people will turn the other cheek when it comes to the notion of replacing their entire oil furnace… Yes, I think that it can be a lengthy process if you are talking about switching from a gas-powered heating method to 1 that uses electricity, however that’s a small price to pay for the savings you could have if you switch systems! I think I was pretty apprehensive a few years back, even though I was planning to switch our heating method over from a radiator to radiant radiant heated floors, but getting rid of the radiator was the easy part, as installing the radiant radiant heated floors began with sitting down pipes to carry tepid water from the boiler. These pipes had to make a zig-zagging line across the floors of the house, and then this heat-conducting material was laid down over and between the pipes… Finally, the fake wood floor would be laid down over the pipes and other material. This was the key to making sure the heating method worked as intended, as the heat from the tepid water pipes would rise up from the floor. It was a long week for me, as I insisted on handling all of the task on our own; Hey, this was flaunted as a “do it yourself” project! Anyway, once I had the radiant radiant heated floors connected to the thermostat, I turned them on for the first time. It was incredible! There wasn’t a single frigid spot in the house, and the radiant radiant heated floors used hardly any energy to run compared to our aged boiler system. I’m beyond thrilled with our radiant radiant heated floors!

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The satisfaction of heated flooring

You know, it’s amazing to me how so several people will turn the other cheek when it comes to the notion of replacing their entire oil furnace. Yes, I suppose that it can be a lengthy process if you are talking about switching from a gas-powered oil furnace to one that uses electricity, but that’s a small price to pay for the savings you could have if you switch systems! I suppose I was pretty apprehensive a few years back, but I was planning to switch my oil furnace over from a radiator to radiant radiant floors! Getting rid of the radiator was the easy part, as installing the radiant radiant floors began with sitting down pipes to carry tepid water from the boiler… These pipes had to make a zig-zagging line across the floors of the house, and then this heat-conducting material was laid down over and between the pipes; Finally, the fake wood floor would be laid down over the pipes and other material. This was the key to making sure the oil furnace worked as intended, as the heat from the tepid water pipes would rise up from the floor! It was a long month for me, as I insisted on handling all of the task on my own! Hey, this was flaunted as a “do it yourself” project! Anyway, once I had the radiant radiant floors connected to the temperature control, I turned them on for the first time. It was incredible! There wasn’t a single frigid spot in the house, and the radiant radiant floors used hardly any energy to run compared to my aged boiler system. I’m beyond glad with my radiant radiant floors!

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Really like the idea of heated floors

You know, it’s amazing to me how so many people will turn the other cheek when it comes to the notion of replacing their entire furnace. Yes, I suppose that it can be a lengthy process if you are talking about switching from a gas-powered furnace to one that uses electricity, however that’s a small price to spend money for the savings you could have if you switch systems! I suppose I was pretty apprehensive a few years back, but I was planning to switch my furnace over from a radiator to radiant radiant floors, getting rid of the radiator was the straightforward part, as installing the radiant radiant floors began with sitting down pipes to carry water from the boiler; These pipes had to make a zig-zagging line across the floors of the house, & then this heat-conducting material was laid down over & between the pipes, finally, the fake wood floor would be laid down over the pipes & other material. This was the key to making sure the furnace worked as intended, as the heat from the water pipes would rise up from the floor, and it was a long month for me, as I insisted on handling all of the labor on my own… Hey, this was displayed as a “do it yourself” project! Anyway, once I had the radiant radiant floors connected to the temperature control, I turned them on for the first time. It was incredible! There wasn’t a single cold spot in the house, & the radiant radiant floors used hardly any energy to run compared to my aged boiler system. I’m beyond cheerful with my radiant radiant floors!

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Jump for joy over radiant heated floors

You know, it’s amazing to me how so many people will turn the other cheek when it comes to the notion of replacing their entire heating system. Yes, I know that it can be a lengthy process if you are talking about switching from a gas-powered heating system to one that uses electricity, but that’s a small price to pay for the savings you could have if you switch systems! I know I was pretty apprehensive a few years back, but I was planning to switch my heating system over from a radiator to radiant heated floors. Getting rid of the radiator was the easy part, as installing the radiant heated floors began with laying down pipes to carry hot water from the boiler. These pipes had to make a zig-zagging line across the floors of the house, and then this heat-conducting material was laid down over and between the pipes. Finally, the fake wood floor would be laid down over the pipes and other material. This was the key to making sure the heating system worked as intended, as the heat from the hot water pipes would rise up from the floor. It was a long month for me, as I insisted on handling all of the work on my own. Hey, this was advertised as a “do it yourself” project! Anyway, once I had the radiant heated floors connected to the thermostat, I turned them on for the first time. It was incredible! There wasn’t a single cold spot in the house, and the radiant heated floors used hardly any energy to run compared to my old boiler system. I’m beyond thrilled with my radiant heated floors!

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Was hopeful we had zone control

When I was looking at peculiar apartments to rent, I was sad about the location, cost of the site, and closet space. I wanted covered parking and my own washer and dryer inside of the apartment. I was also hoping for a complex that included an on-site fitness center and swimming pool! After looking at lots of peculiar options, I chose my apartment because of the up-to-date heating and cooling system. I was delighted by the Wi-Fi thermostat installed in each of the rooms. I looked forward to personalizing the temperature in the peculiar rooms. I figured I could save quite a bit of money on utilities by decreasing the thermostats in empty rooms to conserve energy. Although the apartment isn’t immense, I entirely liked the method of being able to cater the comfort to my preference and requirements. I sleep better when the dining room is a bit cooler, despite the fact that I appreciate having a warmer dining room while I’m enjoying television in the night. After I moved in, I was sad that something was wrong with the heating and cooling system, however this was in early September, when the weather was quite warm, but no matter how I adjusted each of the thermostats, the entire apartment was affected. I was using up a tremendous amount of  energy by setting the temperature in the dining room and then decreasing it when I went to bed at night. I finally called the apartment manager and complained… He informed me that all of the thermostats are connected but none of them give independent temperature settings. In other words, I don’t really have zoned control in my up-to-date apartment.