My parents have a vacation condo. To get away from work and stress, I stayed at their condo for a week. The condo was really nice, clean and cute. The issue is that my parents have all smart technology installed. My parents have a nest camera and smart thermostat all hooked together. Typically the camera would be set outside of the condo to monitor if anyone comes in. Then the smart thermostat is controlled by your phone inside of the home. You can decide if you want heating or cooling. Well my parents are not at their condo enough. So they decided to put the camera inside of the house to see burglars. Well they did not tell me where the camera was. So I know I am constantly moving in front of the camera alerting my parents what I am doing. They love this, and I hate it. I don’t like that they know where I am 24/7. Also my parents run the smart thermostats from their computers. So I can’t even change the heating or air conditioning. I actually have to call my parents and ask for more or less cooling. They forbade me from manually adjusting the climate control. Apparently the thermostat is set to a specific temperature control program. They don’t want me to change it accidentally or make a new program. So they felt it was better for them to do it for me. Was that horrible? Yes it was. It was especially horrible when my father would not turn on AC for me since it was not an energy efficient temperature according to the thermostat.
Tommy and I recently moved into a house of our own. We are renting it out, which is better than owning. The main reason I say this is because Tommy and I have realized that we are not handy. Anytime something goes wrong in our apartment, we have to call someone. Tommy and I are totally helpless. For example, we have a boiler unit in our home. The boiler literally does everything for the house. First, the boiler is the main heating system in the house. It provides heating for every area and surface in the house. Second, the boiler also is hooked up to our hot water tank. So the boiler serves as a water heater simultaneously. Third, we were told that the boiler could be hooked to piping in the floors to created heated floors. Tommy and I are very interested in that. Well the heated floors had to wait because the boiler died on us. Again, so glad we are renting rather than owning the house just the two us. The boiler just turned off and would not turn on. My boyfriend and I messed around with the boiler for a long time before we finally gave in and called the landlord. The landlord messed with the boiler for only 30 minutes and got it up and running again. If Tommy and I were on our own, we definitely would have called a HVAC business and been charged a ton for this. So maybe it is good that there are still people looking out for the two of us. We are still sort of helpless.
My girlfriend Jenny and I just moved into a new apartment down south. Jenny and I are originally from the upper north, so a lot of things are different. The climate is totally different in the south. It is the middle of Winter and Jenny and I want to wear shorts everyday. Also the way businesses are run is completely different. If you want pizza delivered, dry cleaning done or a HVAC repair, you are waiting awhile. The people here are not in a hurry. The most different is probably apartment HVAC. Jenny and I moved into a rental house that uses a heat pump system. I had heard of a heat pump before but never actually had seen one. The reason is that a heat pump could not be used in the north. A heat pump works with using heated energy in your air quality inside and outside. In the Summer, the heat energy inside your home is taken by the indoor unit and pushed outside to the outdoor unit. In the Winter the heat energy outside is then pushed inside. It is cleaner, fresher and way cheaper to have climate control. But in the north, there would be no heat energy in the Winter. The heat pump needs temperatures above 40 degrees to work. Also the northern summers are so humid. Even taking away the heat energy would not help much for cooling. I have heard that heat pumps are great for down south. So Jenny and I are skeptical if it actually will work well, but we are willing to try it out.
My kitchen heater has lately been giving us issues. The heating system is a weird one. It is really great at heating, then it just stops. The heater every now and then requires air filter changes. The air filter is thankfully a washable air filter. I take it out and then clean it. Then I start up the heater once more and it works. But, I can only clean the air filter so many times before that does not fix the issue. You see the heating system says it wants an air filter change. Then it keeps begging and begging me to do it. Even taking out the filter after that does not fix the issue. I then know what is the next step. I have to go out to the garage, get the air compressor, the extension cord and then clean the heater. If I don’t, the heating system will ask for a filter change and keep working. The heating system is clogged with dust, that is the problem. If you allow a heater to work clogged with dust, it could overheat and start on fire. The heating system has no self preservation, so I have to turn it off. The air compressor comes in handy because it literally blows the dust out of the unit. It is a really long, tedious and gross process though. Dust goes everywhere and I have to take the heater completely apart. Once a year I know I have to do this job and I dread it all year long. I wish I did not have to do it.
I am probably not the best poster child for professional office etiquette. It’s not that I’m rude or disruptive to my peers, so much as I have trouble sitting still for 8 hours at a time every day. I’m quite anxious and active by nature, and staring at arduous computer work gets to me after a few hours at my desk. I start to get a little jittery and begin to fidget with things around my work station, often tapping my feet and jittering my legs under my desk as I organize my papers. These behaviors can be somewhat regulated on my part, but the one affliction I can’t overcome is my predisposition to being freezing cold. See, spending so much time completely stationary in the chilly air conditioned office is a bit too much for me. I tend to catch a chill around 11am every day, and the low thermostat settings keep me in a frozen state. I try my best not to complain, so I keep several sweatshirts in my desk, but they can’t compete with the low indoor air temperature and powerful air conditioning unit that services our building. When I reach full temperature desperation I know that my fidgeting gets out of control and I start to annoy my neighbors with all my shivering and hand rubbing. I’ve tried to explain that the air conditioning is out of hand for my personal comfort, but no one believes me. I wish we could just compromise on the indoor air quality so I could quit getting dirty looks from everyone.
I’ve never worked at an establishment that cared less about its employees than my previous place of work. It was a beautiful building with state of the art equipment, but it was truly a spit shined piece of feces if you actually worked there. Everything looked too picture perfect all the time and appearances meant everything to the administration, however, on the inside it was absolutely miserable. For starters, everyone was a gossip and had cruel intentions reminiscent of middle school shenanigans. Also, the administration only gave raises and promotions to the “inner circle” of buddies, while everyone else was underpaid. Lastly, they refused to even foster a comfortable environment, keeping the thermostat set to 62 degrees at all times. Even in the dead of winter the heat seemed to rarely be operating to maintain this low air temperature. However, in the summer they must have used such abundant air conditioning in order to maintain the brutal indoor air conditions. You could feel cold and powerful drafts coming from every direction at once, and there was no escaping from the continual chill that it caused. Almost every employee complained about the ridiculously low thermostat settings, but there was never a resolution from the administration. Instead, we were all forced to wear several extra layers of clothing and even to bring in our own blankets in order to stay warm throughout the day. The air condition and indoor air quality never once improved during my time at that facility, and I certainly don’t miss their corrupt thermostat dictatorship even one bit!
There is no life in the morning before coffee. I got one of those alarm clock programmable coffee makers, so that the pot of java is piping hot and ready to drink down as soon as I get out of bed. It’s not a luxury item, it is very real. I cannot talk to my wife or children, or hear anything they have to say, before that coffee. I am a zombie, shuffling around aimlessly, until that happens. For this reason I always make sure I am the first one up, so I can make myself somewhat human again before anyone else is up and about. I have been thinking about installing some HVAC upgrades lately, for partly the same reason as I drink my coffee. I want to be nice and air conditioned when I drink my coffee. In the winter and fall, I will just stand out on the back porch for that crisp, cooling winter breeze. But the rest of the year it is too hot for that, the cold helps to wake me up, so I need to crank down the air conditioner to help me out. The problem with that is everyone else in the house thinks I set the AC too cold, and they complain. Complaints about climate control are not what I need first thing in the morning. So to make everyone happy I want to have a zone control temperature upgrade to my central HVAC system. That way I can set each room to a different temp on the thermostat and we can all get what we want.
All of my children have recently moved out of the house, and i am kind of devastated. They were the focus of my yearly life and now I hardly know what to do with myself. My wife works all morning long and I no longer have anyone to take care of at home. Perhaps I will get a pet eventually, though I am pretty sure I might be allergic to the flakes that that they send flying through the air when they move. In any case, the primary advantage of the girls no longer living here is that our expenses are noticeably lower. Food, for example, is actually 70% less costly now when the two of us go grocery shopping, just out of sheer volume. Our outdated HVAC systems needed to be replaced a few weeks back. Normally, considering the cost of contemporary climate control systems, both of us would not have been able to make the purchase all at once. Heating and cooling devices have actually gotten much more efficient over the years, but as the thermostats and other computer aspects that go into the equation have gotten more complex, the overall HVAC cost has actually gone up. Luckily though, since the girls are all gone, both of us can now afford the climate control of our exact preference. We’re looking forward to enjoying amazing air quality for years to come. Also, aesthetically, I love how ergonomic and streamlined the new HVAC device is. When you have to look something like that almost every morning, it may as well be sleek and stylish. The thermostat itself looks a little racing stripe from a car.
All of our children have now moved out of the house, and i am completely devastated. They were truly the focus of our everyday life and now I hardly know what to do with myself at all any more. My wife works all afternoon long and I no longer have anyone to take care of any more. Lately I’ve been considering getting a dog eventually, but I am pretty sure I might be allergic to the fuzzies that that they send flying through the air every time they move. In any case, the one advantage of the teenagers no longer living here is that our expenses have gone down. Food for example, is 77% less costly now when we go grocery shopping, just out of sheer volume. Our ancient Heating and Air Conditioning system needed to be replaced a few weeks back… Normally, considering the cost of contemporary temperature control systems, we would not have been able to make the purchase outright, however the heating and cooling devices have gotten much more efficient over the years, however as the thermostats and other techno aspects that go into the equation have gotten more complex, so the overall Heating and Air Conditioning cost has gone up a bit after all. Fortunately, since the teenagers are all gone, we could afford the exact temperature control system of our preference! We’re looking forward to enjoying perfect indoor air quality for years to come… Even aesthetically, I love how ergonomic and streamlined the current Heating and Air Conditioning system is. When you have to look at a device almost every afternoon, it should be stylish. The thermostat itself looks similar to a porthole from a ship.
The last of our children have now moved out of the house, and i am devastated! They were the focus of our weekly life & now I hardly know what to even do with myself. My partner works all the time & I no longer have anyone to take care of. Lately I’ve been thinking perhaps I will get a dog eventually, even though I am I might be allergic to the fuzzies & flakes that that they send flying through the air every time they move. In any case, the 1 major advantage of the kids no longer residing here is that our expenses are so much lower… Food for example, is really 71% less pricey now when both of us go grocery shopping, just out of sheer volume. Our old Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C plan needed to be replaced a few weeks back… Normally, considering the cost of temperature control systems, both of us would not have been able to make the purchase outright. A heating & cooling device has gotten much more efficient over the years, but as the temperature controls & other technological aspects that go into the equation have gotten more complex, the overall Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C costs have gone up a bit too. Luckily though, since the kids are all gone, we could actually afford the temperature control plan of our choosing. We’re looking forward to enjoying perfect indoor air pollen levels for years to come. Even aesthetically, I appreciate how ergonomic & streamlined the new Heating, Ventilation and A/C plan is now. When you have to look anything almost every morning, it may as well be stylish. The temperature control itself looks something similar to a little porthole from a ship.