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Month: July 2016 (page 1 of 22)

Needing a new heater

My family and I put a pool in our backyard a few years ago, and we were very excited to have a fun place for the summer. We have family and friends that visit often, and we knew we’d all enjoy it together with barbecues and small get togethers. Our climate tends to be on the cold side, so we discovered quickly that the swimming pool water was often too cold to enjoy in the beginning of summer. Though we would try to enjoy it anyway, it was sometimes just too painful to enter. We knew that there had to be an answer, and started asking around about the best way to heat it. We gathered our suggestions and then called an HVAC technician to provide some advice and estimates. What he suggested was nothing less than amazing. There is a system which attaches to the air conditioner and the pool pump and uses the wasted heat from the AC to warm the pool water. In essence, it basically heats the pool for free. There is no wasted energy, no additional costs, and the most important thing, no more turning blue while trying to swim. We had thought about solar heating or just installing a pool heater until we learned about this system which is called a heat recovery system. Since it’s recovering heat that is already there and not producing heat, the cost to run it is pennies. We were very quickly sold on the idea, and the installation was quick and unobtrusive. What a difference the heat recovery system has made for us. Our pool is comfortable from day one of the summer, and all through the season.

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Fans in the movie theater

Going to the movies has been an awesome way for me and my friends to hangout. We’ve snuck foot long subs in, in one of the girls’ purses. We’ve found ourselves laughing through a bunch of scary movies. Especially lately there seems to have been a lot of snoozer movies that are kind of easy to pick on because they’re trying too hard. The movies near me have gotten so expensive but they’re so nice and my friends always want to go, so I spend a fortune on a ticket and movie theater food. One of the things I dislike however is that I have to bring a sweater into movie theaters when they’re extremely air conditioned. Often times, especially during big movie premieres at certain theaters, they’ll turn the AC up because of how many people are going to be inside of the theater. I get that they’re trying to make people feel comfortable, and relaxed. But, no one is going to bring a blanket into a place like this to battle the a/c temperatures. I guess it is hard too because you have people of all different sizes and such that have different body temperatures and layers that keep them cool or warm. Most of the time now I feel so fortunate when I remember to bring a sweater because the AC often times will distract me from the movie that I’m paying a lot to watch. This might be payback for laughing so much during horror films though. Regardless, I might need to start sneaking blankets into certain theaters with intense AC systems.

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Finding out more about HVAC equipment

I think once you reach a certain age, romance dies. I am now in my late twenties, and the romance in my life is no more. I no longer want to date the bad boy with a leather jacket who rides a motorcycle. Honestly I will take a decent looking guy with a solid job. I recently had to call my heating and cooling professional to come in and look at my furnace. The HVAC technician was about my grandfather’s age. He had been serviced and provided heating maintenance longer than I had been alive. He charmed me though the moment he walked in the door. I loved that he showed up on time. Do you know how many men have been late to a date of mine? He also took off his shoes so he did not track mud in the house. Then he got right to work and starting looking at my furnace. The issue was that my heating system needed a small part replaced. The technician fixed up my furnace in no time. He was quick and super efficient. I also enjoyed our conversation we had while he worked. Honestly it is better to have a man who has a job and is nice to you. I no longer care if the guy has abs and the perfect hair. I do not care if I am all that romantically attracted to him. I find it way more impressive that my older HVAC technician could handle my heating system so fast. He obviously is a caring individual and would be good to me. I should really ask out the old man.

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Polluted air quality

Is your heating system or cooling system the dirtier unit? I can’t decide which one of my units is the grosser one. The heater in your home collects more dust than the air conditioner. Dust frequently will build up in the heater and cause problems. The dust will cause it to overheat and breakdown as well. Cleaning out the furnace filter only does so much. There is actually dust inside the system that needs to be removed by a HVAC contractor. Also rust frequently will be in a furnace. The rust gathers on the heat exchanger and damages it. Dust and rust also will ruin your air quality in the home. Both a heating and cooling system can use ductwork. Now HVAC air ducts are a perfect place for gross debris to be in. The outdoor ventilation will frequently get blocked by trees, sticks and plants. Also it is not uncommon for small animals to crawl into the ventilation. Most people in the off seasons will close off the vents so this does not happen. The indoor vents, just like your heater, collects mass amounts of dust and pet dander. The cooling system gets mold though. The cooling coil on the air conditioner will frequently have mold and mildew growing on it. The condensate drain is the perfect breeding ground for algae as well. All sorts of bacteria love this type of device. Which dirty unit do you want contaminated your home? Can you really clean it to the point where it does not pollute your air quality?

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Why a ductless mini split works

I have never seen a ductless mini split air conditioner, but I want one. There seems to be so many benefits to this type of cooling system. Most A/C units use ductwork to transfer the cooled air in your home. The ductwork is difficult to install and a pain to maintain. The installation requires a HVAC technician to walk through your home tearing down walls and ceilings. The dust then is spreading and living in your home. Do you have asthma or allergies? The dust will greatly affect you after the installation. Also the ductwork does not easily fit into your walls. The piping sometimes has twists and turns in it. When the ductwork is not in a straight line, it is more likely to crack. Cracked and bent ductwork releases air outside. So the air conditioning you are paying for is cooling your backyard. That is why going ductless is better. You never lose any energy and you do not have to waste time cleaning out the ductwork. The ductless mini split is a simple wall mounted unit. You drill a few holes, and then feed copper wires and refrigerant tubes to the outdoor air compressor. It is simple to install and even better to work then afterward. You do not lose energy and the mini split system is way less invasive inside of your home. Also if you add more than one indoor air handler, you can do zone control cooling. There just are too many benefits to ignore and not get this system.

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Air conditioning equipment

I need to go to the bank but I have been procrastinating. I have well over two thousand dollars in cash just sitting in a drawer. For my work I cash a check at one bank and then get the cash. My real bank then needs to cash to put it into my account. The issue is my bank is about twenty minutes away. I do not want to drive all that way to put money in my account. So instead I have been just acting like a poor person when I am not. The whole bank experience is not fun. I will have to on a beautiful day outside get in my car. Instead of enjoying sunshine, I will have to turn on the A/C. Then when I arrive to the bank I will have to wait in line for a five minute transaction. I hate the temperature and smell of the building. It always seems dusty to me. I bet the bank’s HVAC unit is clogged with dust. I feel like the dust is circulating in the air and making poor indoor air quality. Also the thermostat must be set into the negatives. It is always freezing cold in there. So not only I am waiting around, but I am uncomfortable. On a hot summer day I will need to remember a jacket because of the bank. What is the deal with that? It sounds so awful that I can’t make myself do it. I do not want to be in air conditioning, poor air quality and waste all that time. Instead I will just pay for everything with cash.

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the office temperature

I just started a new job on Monday. It is an office job in the city and I was extremely nervous but also excited. It was 88 degrees that morning and only going to get warmer, so I decided to wear a dress. Professional, yet cute, I figured this was much better than wearing a pantsuit on my first day.  When I got to the office, everyone was dressed professionally like me, but they had on jackets and pants and … blankets? I realized it was very cold in there but I was nervous and sweating so it didn’t make too much of a difference to me. As my co-worker, Ashley, was showing me around, I asked her why people had blankets and were dressed like it was winter. She told me that the air conditioning is excessive and it usually will be about 60 degrees in the office, sometimes even colder. Since it is a massive building, they do not have control over the thermostat so they have to deal with it in certain ways. She advised wearing lots of layers – due to the fact that outside was brutally hot and you don’t want to overheat but the inside was very cold so you wanted to be comfortable in any situation. One girl even had a heater under her desk! I hate being hot so I was okay with it being cool but it was crazy to me that they had no control over their HVAC unit. That makes finding an outfit every day even trickier than I had originally planned.

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HVAC maintenance is always smart

If you have ever owned an HVAC system, you would know how nice they are to have. They really make your house a whole different world. You can set the temperature of your home with just the press of a button. I wish we could have control over the weather like that. My house is always comfortable for me. It is not always easy to take care of it though. This is especially true when you have a breakdown you are not expecting at all. It really puts a damper on your day. An HVAC technician can usually fix the problem pretty easily. Sometimes the problems are not that easy to fix though. I try to prevent any breakdowns from happening with a regular maintenance plan. My HVAc company provides a maintenance plan so that I can get two tune ups a year and schedule these tune ups way in advance. I do not even ever have to think about them. This way I do not forget. They just come to the house and do what they need to do. They makes sure the system is clean. This is nice because I also do not want excess dust and dirt flying around my home. They look for the defective parts as well. The defective parts are the parts that might cause the system to have a breakdown. If you catch these parts before they completely fail, There is a better chance the system will not breakdown. This is the best case scenario because you never want to go without using your HVAC system.

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Cooking in the summer

I have been trying to cook more since I have been living on my own. I cooked here and there when I lived with my parents, but during my college years, I was unable to continue cooking because I lived in a dorm. Now, I have a little bit more time, so I bought a new cook book and started cooking through it. I used my boyfriend as a guinea pig for all the new recipes. The first month, I made all sorts of things: fried chicken, cake donuts, stir fry, sushi, chicken parmesan, spaghetti, lamb chops, curried chicken, beef stew, and so many other things! I cooked for probably two or three hours every single day! I was not working as much, so I actually had time. It was awesome, and I (and my boyfriend) enjoyed it very much! There was, however, an unexpected side effect, which I realized whenever my utility bill came in. While I was cooking away, my poor HVAC unit was having to work overtime to keep my house as cool as my thermostat dictated. The bill was almost one hundred dollars more than the previous month’s bill! I was completely flummoxed! I could not believe that I had not thought of how much extra air conditioning I was using by running my oven and stove for so long everyday! I decided that next month I would try a lot more recipes that did not use the oven quite as much. I am enjoying cooking too much to quit completely just because of how expensive air conditioning is! My HVAC unit is just going to have to get used to working a bit of overtime!

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Hide and seek

My favorite game of all time to play is hide and go seek. It is so fun just hiding and trying so hard not to get caught. I love to get creative and to hide in such a way that nobody can find me. I love to play it now with my kids and I am always hiding to where they cannot find me and it is so hard not to laugh as they are walking so close to me, but yet still cannot see me for the life of them. Just the other day I told them the very room I was going to be hiding in and they went in there and they still could not find me. I like to think that I am the master of hide and go seek. Sometimes we like to hide in the closet that houses our HVAC unit. It is a very small space, but we just open the door and squeeze in there and nobody tends to look in there and it is almost a guaranteed way to make it safe to base. While hiding in there not too long ago though I had the idea that maybe it is not the safest place for us to be hiding. One thing is that I do not want anyone to mess up the HVAC unit because then we will not be able to use it and we would have to pay an HVAC technician to come and fix it and that would not be fun. Also it is not the safest place to hide and HVAC machines are very complex and dangerous and could do a lot of harm if improperly handled. So it came down to it that I told everyone that we were not allowed to hide in there anymore. That is alright by me though because I have plenty of other places to hide out.

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