I am truly burning up

It must be purely psychological when you wake up to 52 degrees in the summer and you feel chilly.  That same temperature in the spring is warm and welcoming. I believe that is because now we know that winter is on its way.  Freezing cold weather, ice everywhere and the central heating is on non-stop. The heating must be on in the winter, or we would freeze to death.  We don’t trivialize winter. Where I am at, winters are serious with the below freezing temperatures and the constant heat needed. That’s why I’ve already scheduled my HVAC tune-up.  I skipped the A/C tune-up after winter break so I just did not use my air conditioner that much. However, I cannot skip out on the tune-up for the heating side of my HVAC system. If my heating unit were to fail me, my family could be left in danger.  Of course we have several portable heaters and a fireplace, so we could get by without central heating for a few hours until an HVAC repair was conducted. However, I do not like leaving things like my heating to chance, so the HVAC tune-up will be performed in a few days.  That way when I turn the switch to use my heating, the heated air will flow properly from the air vents all through my house. Keeping all of us warm in our northern winter. It could be worse. We could be in the deep south without a working air conditioning system. Since I’m used to the northern cold, I think a summer in the south without A/C could be worse.

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I need to diagnose the problem

It was always our dream to open a small bakery in our hometown.  It took myself and others quite a few years to complete our education & save up enough currency to transfer forward with our plan.  I first purchased an older brick building on Main Street, which offered plenty of parking. I was cheerful that the building features the original hardwood floors, big front windows, pendant lighting & exposed ductwork along the ceiling.  I made sure to have an inspector verify the condition of the plumbing, wiring, heating & cooling before investing in the building. Once the sale was complete, I began renovations. I am fortunate that our father & brother are seriously handy & were willing to help.  Both of us sanded down & refinished the hardwood floors, upgraded the vanity & toilet in the bathroom, & installed commercial grade ovens, coolers & sinks. I purchased vintage-style display cases & bistro tables & chairs. The whole project was completed within about many weeks in the Spring.  The weather was nice & cool, & all of us were able to leave the doors & windows open for ventilation rather than run either the heating or cooling system. Right before our grand opening, however, the weather warmed up & I turned the temperature control down. The air conditioning rattled, wheezed & spewed dust everywhere.  Since our knowledge doesn’t include air conditioning repair, I instantly contacted an Heating & A/C professional. He determined that there was an drastic buildup of contaminants within the ductwork & air conditioning. This malfunction was caused because all of us had failed to cover the registers & vents while in our renovation projects.  I was relieved that professional cleaning solved the problem.

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We feel the cold weather around the corner

It was typically my dream to open a small bakery in my hometown.  It took myself and others quite a few years to complete my education and save up enough money to transport forward with my plan.  I first obtained an older brick building on Main Street, which gave plenty of parking. I was blissful that the building features the original hardwood floors, big front windows, pendant lighting and exposed ductwork along the ceiling.  I made sure to have an inspector verify the condition of the plumbing, wiring, heating and cooling before investing in the building. Once the sale was complete, I began renovations. I am fortunate that my father and sibling are seriously handy and were willing to help.  All of us sanded down and refinished the hardwood floors, upgraded the vanity and toilet in the bathroom, and installed commercial grade ovens, coolers and sinks. I obtained vintage-style display cases and bistro tables and chairs. The whole project was completed within about many weeks in the Spring.  The weather was nice and cool, and every one of us were able to leave the doors and windows open for ventilation rather than run either the heating or cooling system. Right before my grand opening, however, the weather warmed up and I turned the thermostat down. The air conditioner rattled, wheezed and spewed dust everywhere.  Since my knowledge doesn’t include air conditioner repair, I instantly contacted an Heating, Ventilation, and A/C professional. She determined that there was an drastic buildup of contaminants within the ductwork and air conditioner. This malfunction was caused because every one of us had failed to cover the registers and vents while in our renovation projects.  I was relieved that professional cleaning solved the problem.

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Doing some repairs

It was always my dream to open a small bakery in my hometown.  It took me quite a few years to complete my education and save up enough money to move forward with my plan.  I first purchased an older brick building on Main Street, which offered plenty of parking. I was thrilled that the building features the original hardwood floors, big front windows, pendant lighting and exposed ductwork along the ceiling.  I made sure to have an inspector verify the condition of the plumbing, wiring, heating and cooling before investing in the building. Once the sale was complete, I began renovations. I am fortunate that my father and brother are extremely handy and were willing to help.  We sanded down and refinished the hardwood floors, upgraded the vanity and toilet in the bathroom, and installed commercial grade ovens, coolers and sinks. I purchased vintage-style display cases and bistro tables and chairs. The whole project was completed within about three weeks in the spring.  The weather was nice and cool, and we were able to leave the doors and windows open for ventilation rather than run either the heating or cooling system. Right before my grand opening, however, the weather warmed up and I turned the thermostat down. The air conditioner rattled, wheezed and spewed dust everywhere.  Since my expertise doesn’t include air conditioner repair, I immediately contacted an HVAC professional. He determined that there was an extreme buildup of contaminants within the ductwork and air conditioner. This malfunction was caused because we had failed to cover the registers and vents during our renovation projects.  I was relieved that professional cleaning solved the problem.

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New relationship

There are so many difficult moments when you’re entering a new relationship. Here, you barely know this human being, and suddenly you’re trying to figure out every single thing about them in order to decide if you might be able to enjoy spending time together in another 50 years. No pressure, am I right? I mean, it’s such a strange and unnatural process all around, it’s no wonder every single part of daily life becomes a miniature test. Every second of the day, every micro-decision is somehow related to a larger future together or a horrifying detriment to the entire relationship. It’s overwhelming. Of course it makes sense that even my thermostat would become a miniature test for my new beau. As the outdoor temperature has been fluctuating wildly, the warmth of summer fighting tooth and nail to cling to life as that brisk air of fall begins to swoop in. It’s difficult to know how to set the central air temperature control, and I wanted to see if my guy’s energy-saving instincts were on par with my long-term HVAC expectations. I asked him to please adjust the thermostat one morning, and innocently mumbled what my exact air temperature expectations were. I waited, impatiently lurking as I itched to view his every thermostat adjustment from the shadows. When he finally walked away, looking satisfied with his air temperature adjustments, I snuck up to the air quality control device and anxiously peered at the settings. Thank god, he had done exactly what I had hoped. I knew I could trust my future HVAC equipment with this man.

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DIY air filters

I’ll do just about anything to save a buck, it’s true. I’m a bit of a cheapskate, but it’s because I aim to be financially responsible and independent. I’ve learned to get by doing anything I have to, including taking matters into my own hands at times. That means I have some general handyman and DIY skills, as well as a truly resourceful way of thinking. But even I am no match for my mother’s incredibly cheap lifestyle. Recently, she topped every silly trick I had ever tried to save a few cents when she even skimped on her very own HVAC system! We all know that in order to keep a central heating and cooling system happy and healthy for years of energy efficient usage, and that includes a few simple tasks to be performed every so often. The most inexpensive and straight forward of these tasks is probably changing the air filter. The panel is easily accessible in most heating and cooling systems, and you only have to swap out the old air filter with a brand new one before you are done. Still, my mom found a way to make the process of changing an air filter so difficult and pointless. She decided to save some money by building her own air filter. That’s right, she constructed her very own air filtration device instead of just buying a new air filter at her local walmart or hardware store. It only took her about a week to make it. She is absurd. And very crafty. I have to say, I didn’t want to believe it, but somehow her homemade air filter made the air quality really amazing.

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Central air conditioning tips

You know, I really wish schools and colleges had courses on how to save money as a young adult. There’s so many mistakes I made in my early twenties that I wish I hadn’t made, and so many little steps that I could’ve taken to ensure I was building a real savings for myself. I shouldn’t have went out to eat so often, nor should I have went out drinking with my friends every night in college! There was one week where I had to live off a pack of ramen a day – that’s how poor I was from going and drinking all of my money! Now as a married man and a new father, I don’t have the time to go out drinking with friends, or head out to dinner five nights a week. The money I’m saving from skipping those activities is helping, but I have to be leaner! This week, I started teaching myself some energy-saving tips and practices to keep my power costs low. I only use the light while I’m in a room, rather than leaving lights on all over the house. I also have my home’s central air conditioning set to “fan”, so now it’s not using a ton of energy to circulate cold air! All it does now it circulate air without treating it, which saves a whole boatload of money on my utility bills. Things are going well now, but when the winter comes, it will be more difficult to keep my spending down. I’m thinking about investing in radiant floor heating ahead of time though, as this heating system is easy to install and incredibly cost-efficient! Comprised of pipes that carry hot water through a heat-conducting material, radiant floors work like a radiator would, and disperses heat much more evenly than a radiator could! Radiant floors are incredibly appealing, and they’re not even that expensive to have installed. Like the saying goes, you sometimes have to spend money to save money.

Minimum care on the HVAC

For the longest time, I was a firm believer that all I needed to get through each season was the absolute minimum for essentials. During the summer, I relied on a large oscillating fan to circulate the air in my room, which helped to keep it cool while I had the window open. In comparison, getting through the winter was much more challenging! I relied on an electric space heater to keep me warm during those winter months, and the space heater worked well – too well. On more than one occasion, I woke up in the middle of the night feeling incredibly hot, only to realize the space heater was red-hot and ready to ignite anything that touched it! They’re not the safest method to warm a house or office up, so people often overlook them when trying to heat their homes. I thought those people were foolish, up until the night when I fell asleep too close to the space heater. I woke up smelling something burning, then feeling like my foot was really hot. When I fully came to, I realized that my shoe was on fire! I must’ve put my foot against it in my sleep while napping on the couch. I’d never stripped a shoe off my foot so quickly! After that, I started doing research on a real, permanent heating element to add to the house. While many options were enticing, the winner was definitely radiant floors! They were incredibly easy to comprehend and install, and I was able to enjoy the heat radiating from the floors within a day of starting the installation. The best part of the radiant heating was definitely the cost-efficiency, as the heat is generated by electricity or hot water flowing underneath the floorboards. This was just what I needed: a cost effective, though much safer way to heat my home!

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Fire hazard-air conditioner unit

Here’s a fun fact: One of the most commonly overlooked fire hazards at a house can be found right outside! All it takes is your home’s air conditioning condenser unit – you know, the big metal box with a fan that sits on a concrete slab. This machine requires more care than most ever would consider, as there’s several things to keep in mind regarding how the machine functions. A/C condensers have the thin openings all around the unit to draw outside air into the machine, where the air is condensed, refrigerated and transported in and around the house with the duct system. Now, if the air conditioning condenser is surrounded by grass, bushes, or other large obstacles, there has to be at least two feet of open-air space between the condenser unit and the obstructions. Otherwise, this everyday lawn décor can quickly suffocate the air conditioning condenser and prevent it from pulling enough air in through the system. Usually, the air conditioning condenser will shut down as the compressor will freeze over, but there are times where the unit will keep running without pause. Such a thing happened to me, and it had dire consequences! Worst of all, it happened while I was out getting groceries! I came home from the supermarket with bags of food, only to see the fire department outside my home, hosing off the condenser as it poured smoke into the air. That was the first, last and only time that I let the bushes surrounding the condenser go untamed! Now, I’m vigilant to make sure the condenser has plenty of room to breathe. You might call it being paranoid, but I’d say it’s being on the safe side!

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Decided to be a HVAC specialist

I lived in a quiet, unassuming little house for the first twenty years of my life. Then, on my twenty-first birthday, I reflected on the time that has passed since I graduated from high school, and tried to make a determination for how much I’ve accomplished since then. In three years, I had dropped out of college, quit my job, and resigned to living with my parents as their caretaker. I would run errands for them and handle chores, like weekly cleaning and changing the air filters in their house every month. Basically, I was making sure I didn’t waste any of the good indoor air quality at our house. It was really just a convenient excuse, as I wasn’t willing to admit that I’ve accomplished nothing since high school! I was stuck in the mud so to speak, and it would’ve stayed that way if not for my friend. See, I ran into my best friend from high school, and we talked about how things were going with our lives. He told me that his life was going much like mine – stagnant, until he decided to go through a certification course to be an HVAC specialist! It was so out of left field and unexpected, I almost had to ask him to elaborate. My friend continued to explain how he went through the heating and air conditioning program and had tons of hands-on experience. In the first six months, he learned how to open an air conditioning condenser, disassemble the unit’s internal pieces, and determine the cause of any problem within the condenser itself! That seemed like pretty valuable knowledge, and I continued to listen as my friend carried on about installing ductwork, inspecting ventilation shafts for blockages, cleaning and lubricating the components of a heater or air conditioner, and more. When he finished his little speech, my friend gave me a funny look before saying, “You know, you should look into the program – unless you’re too busy?” I was spurred into action, just like that!

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