Do you like to go shopping for clothes? Even though I am a woman, and most women enjoy going shopping, I do not like it. In fact, I rarely go shopping for clothes and prefer to buy clothes online. Do you wonder why? It is because I feel the need to try on clothes if I am in the store, and I always get too hot. They never run the air conditioning set with a low enough thermostat setting in those dressing rooms in stores. Sometimes there isn’t even any air conditioning in the dressing rooms! I tried to figure that out one time because there was seemingly no air conditioning in the dressing room but the store itself was plenty cool with its HVAC clearly providing much-needed cool air. After a while, I realized it was because there were no air vents, and therefore no ductwork, connected to the dressing rooms. Can you imagine that? Why in the world would they not run the ductwork and air vents into the dressing rooms? Was it for some cost saving measure? Did the HVAC supplier forget to hook it up? I do not know the reason, but I do know that there is rarely enough a/c in any dressing rooms when I go shopping. Therefore, I prefer to stay in my own living room with nice a/c and buy my clothes online. If they don’t fit me when they arrive, I can just send them back. Some places will even not charge for the return shipping costs, which makes it even easier to stay out of those stores with insufficient HVAC in the dressing rooms.
I have been looking for an affordable home to buy for several months now. The home I decide to buy must be affordable because I do not have a lot of money to put down. The higher the price of the home, the more down payment money is necessary, so I can’t pay too much for the home even if I can afford the payments. Anyway, yesterday I went out with the realtor and I think I have found the home I am going to purchase. It has a pretty low asking price because it needs updates and repairs. It is an older home, almost 100 years old, in fact, and it has a really creepy cellar and furnace in the cellar. I went down the cellar stairs and right away heard weird noises coming from the furnace. That leads me to believe that the furnace will probably have to be replaced, or at the least,, I will have to get a furnace repair done. The first thing to do will be to have the home inspector look at the furnace and give me his opinion. Next, I think the water heater needs to be repaired or replaced as well. I turned on the hot water faucet in the kitchen, and the water never got hot. The water heater may just be shut off while the home is vacant, I don’t know, but the water heater may also be broken. Next, the air conditioners are window unit air conditioners. I am not sure I like that at all, The window a/c units block all the views from the windows, plus window a/c units are kind of old fashioned. We will see what happens!
I am completely frustrated right now, and I don’t know what to do. My HVAC system is having serious problems, and it only seems to happen at night. I have had an HVAC technician to my home on three separate occasions, but I can’t seem to make the problem happened during the day. The HVAC system is making some sort of strange clicking sound at night. I hear it almost every night, and it goes on for several minutes. By the time I have gotten up to grab my phone, the noise stops. After not being able to locate the problem, the HVAC technician asked me to take a sound video. I have had two different HVAC companies to my home, and neither one of them have been able to locate the sound. They asked me if it could be something other than my HVAC system, but I can hear the sound coming from the garage. It is as clear as a bell, and I know I am not crazy. The HVAC system has been making this noise for 2 weeks now and I am utterly frustrated. I have called every service center in the phone book, but no one seems to think that the issue is with my HVAC system. I know that it is still working well, but I would like to be able to locate the source of the odd noises. I’m afraid that my furnace will break down in the middle of the winter, because I ignored a huge problem. Why does everyone think that I am hearing things?
When I finally graduated from high school, I was very excited to move out on my own. My parents had a plethora of rules, and I was ready to be on my own. It took three months to find the perfect apartment, because I could only afford so much. I ended up having to find a roommate, and the two of us split the rent 50/50. Our apartment was located on the seedy side of town, because it was all that we could afford. Even with both of us working full-time, we could only afford a one-bedroom apartment. My roommate slept in the living room and I slept in the bedroom. Our landlord seemed nice, but he was extremely hard to get in touch with. The very first time that the temperature dropped below 40, remind roommate and I had trouble with our heating system. The furnace wouldn’t kick on, until the indoor temperature was 50 degrees. Even though we had the thermostat set to 68 degrees, the furnace wouldn’t budge. My roommate and I spoke to the landlord on several different occasions, and he told us he would have the furnace checked. It wasn’t until December, that the landlord finally fixed the furnace. We had a freak snowstorm, and the furnace stopped working altogether. When my roommate and I woke up in the morning, it was already cold enough to see breath in the air. We called the landlord until he answered, and he contacted the furnace repair service promptly. The landlord had to pay for a brand new furnace, because hours was irreparably broken.
I own a medium sized office building that is located in the downtown part of our city. The building has 12 different offices, and 10 of them are currently rented. Our clients pay a set rate for rent every single month. The rent that they pay includes utilities, water, and leasing fees. Since many of the businesses use different amounts of electricity, I decided to come up with a way to save us money on our utilities. I had a brand new HVAC system installed throughout the building, that has a new smart thermostat feature. The smart thermostat can control all 12 of the individual thermostats for the offices. I have complete control over the thermostat, and therefore, I can set each office individually. I allow my residence to choose the temperature in the office most of the offices are set to 72 degrees in the summertime, and 68 degrees in the winter time. This works out very well, and allows the energy bills to remain reasonable. Ever since I installed the smart thermostat feature, I have been able to shut down the HVAC system at 8 at night. None of the offices are open past 6 p.m., so everyone is usually gone by 8. At 805 precisely, the HVAC system is set to turn off completely. There is no heat or A/C in the building, from 8 at night until 6 in the morning. I can’t believe how much money I have managed to save over the past two months, just by simply shutting off the heat and A/C overnight.
A few weeks ago, I passed out a questionnaire to my students, asking them to list some things that they were thankful for, and to write a paragraph about those things. I got some very interesting contributions, but one of the ones that intrigued me the most was from a shy, serious students who does not speak very often in class. He stated in his paragraph that he was thankful for air conditioning this year. The paragraph explained, in perfectly-expressed, grammatically-correct terms, that he had been without air conditioning for a few months because his parents’ air conditioning unit had died, and they had to save up for the money to replace it. After watching his parents work so hard for the air conditioning unit, and seeing how happy they were, and how he was, to finally get a new air conditioning unit installed, he realized how much he had taken air conditioning for granted in the past. He said that now, he prays to give thanks for his air conditioning everyday, and he is always appreciative of it in the car, in stores, and at school. I was very impressed with his paragraph, but more than that, I was impressed with his character. How many kids his age would have just complained about being without air conditioning and criticized their parents for not getting it back soon enough? Instead, he was just grateful for the hard work and sacrifice that his parents had made to get an air conditioning unit again. I decided to be a little more thankful for air conditioning too!
Rather spontaneously last weekend, my husband and I decided to take a short trip out of town. We had been saving up some money to go on a cruise in December, but we found out that my husband will not be able to take any time off of work in December, not even for Christmas! To console ourselves, we drove to a beach town a few hours away on Friday. We used some of our cruise fund for this trip, although we still have plenty left for whenever we do get to go on our cruise! The mini vacation was just wonderful. We slept in Saturday and Sunday, took long, slow walks everyday, and ate some truly delicious food, including the most amazing deviled crab that I have ever had in my life! On Sunday night, though, the realization sunk in that we were three hours away from home, and we both had to be at work at seven in the morning! The drive back home was so depressing! My husband was so tired that he kept the A/C blasting so that the cold kept him alert! I, of course, had not brought a jacket or blanket with me, so I just had to adjust the vents as far away from me as I could and hope to avoid as much air conditioning as possible. The car ride seemed to take forever. The air conditioning was making me miserable, but I was even more tired than my husband, and I did not want to let him fall asleep at the wheel! We made it home after what seemed like forever, and I was so glad to get out of the air conditioning and into bed!
Yesterday, I was really rushed before I left for work. I had been off for vacation the previous week, so I was out of my routine, and I accidentally slept in several minutes later than normal. I threw everything together: my lunch, my gym bag, and my school bag, then threw my hair in a ponytail, put on foundation and mascara, a simple blouse, pencil skirt, and pointed toe flats, then jumped in my car and left. My normal hour and fifteen minute routine had been crammed into thirty-five minutes, and I knew that I had forgotten something. Ten minutes down the road, I realized that I had not brought my coffee, and that I had not adjusted my thermostat. I like my bedroom to be really cold while I sleep, so I leave my air conditioning blasting at night. I typically set my thermostat to 64 degrees. To compensate for the excessive air conditioning at night, I try to turn my air conditioning up to 80 degrees when I leave for work. Instead, during the hottest portions of the day, my air conditioning would be running constantly. I was very angry with myself, both for forgetting to adjust my thermostat and for not buying the smart thermostat that I saw for sale just last week! If I had a smart thermostat, I could have adjusted my thermostat remotely. Instead, I sat all day at work, knowing that I was basically flushing money down the drain. Yesterday, on my way home, I stopped by a department store and bought a smart thermostat.
Working from home definitely has its pros and cons. I think most people envision working from home as lounging in pajamas all day, eating ice cream and watching television while working on a laptop. While I definitely have been guilty of doing work in my pajamas, working from home is not all that it is cracked up to be. This week, I have had a major issue with working at home: my air conditioning unit died. A few years back, when my air conditioning unit died, it was not a big deal because I had air conditioning at work, and in my gym, and in my car. Now that I am at home for the majority of my day, being without air conditioning is miserable, and trying to focus when there is no air conditioning is even worse. I called my HVAC company right away and asked them to come look at my A/C unit and do an A/C repair or an A/C replacement, but they were unable to come out that day. My appointment with them is set for Friday, so I have to make it one more day. My first plan of attack was to go to a coffee shop for the day to work there, but this was not a good idea for my budget. I spent way too much money everyday on expensive coffee, and it was hard to focus with all of the noise. Yesterday and today, I went to a nearby library to work. This works perfectly! I have air conditioning and solitude, and I think I will make it until tomorrow’s appointment!
Last week, I went to visit our parents. I like to get over to their home once or twice a month just to catch up & have Dunkin Donuts Coffee with them. All of us usually sit on the porch or at the kitchen table. It is so nice to take an hour of our afternoon to simply relax & chat with our parents. However, when I was there last week, I was suddenly interrupted by a immense noise followed by a ton of water dripping from the ceiling. I looked up & instantly thought that the toilet was going to end up in the kitchen if all of us didn’t get the leak fixed. One of our parents’ plumbing pipes burst in the powder room that is right above the kitchen area. All of us scrambled upstairs hoping that the toilet wasn’t going to fall through the ceiling. Luckily, the plumbing business was only a ways down the road & our Mom grew up with the owner, otherwise all of us would have had an immense mess to clear up. The plumbing business showed up & explained to us that the piping had burst for a variety of reasons. They were able to diagnose the issue, get the necessary materials to work on it, & repaired the leak in the toilet piping. I was anxious our parent’s would have to pay a fortune not only for the plumbing work but also for the disfigure. Within no time, though. the water stopped dripping in the kitchen & the plumbing was repaired at no cost to our parents! Now, all of us make sure our parents get their entire plumbing system cleaned & inspected every few months.