He kept it alive forever

He kept it alive forever

My dad is a freak about repair as well as routine upkeep.

He is the sort of guy who fills out warranty cards for every last thing he buys.

He is the guy who cleans up the family room as soon as he finishes dinner, every single time . I don’t mean any of this is a drawback, it’s just amazing to myself and others because I am 100% not similar to that at all. He takes immaculate care of his car, his shrubbery, as well as his home, as well as I know he is consistently busy with some chore or another. Because of this, the things he sincerely owns last for a ridiculous amount of time. His a/c is the same 1 he still had when I was a kid, which makes it well over 20 years old. This is unheard of for an a/c of that time period! I asked him exactly how he did it, as well as he said that he only turned on the A/C a few times a year, which would be either on a brutally sizzling day or if he had a supplier coming over. He could go for months at time without touching the thermostat, which is silly to me! On top of that, he told me he had the entire proposal checked as well as tested by an expert Heating as well as Air Conditioning tech once a year, even if he didn’t need it.. He told myself and others he didn’t use it enough to warrant buying a new a/c if this 1 ever broke, so he wanted to make sure it lasted the rest of his life.

Cooling install

We can’t replace the thing

We can’t replace the thing

Thursdays are for errands in my household, as well as I am pretty religious about that. I work long hours during the week, as well as I sincerely don’t want to have to drive around doing stuff when I clock out for the day. How unsafe. All of my yearly errands are done over the weekend, otherwise they wait patiently until the following weekend. Last weekend presented a bit of a challenge, completely due to something that couldn’t wait. I ended up wasting most of my day chasing down 1 stupid thing, so when I found it I purchased a case of them when I got them in my sight. Who knew air filters would be so hard to find? I suppose in this case it is actually special as well as hard to find an air filter, but still I wasn’t aware that this could be a potential problem. The Heating as well as Air Conditioning proposal I have is about 20 years old, as well as was made by a supplier that no longer exists. That HVAC supplier also made their own air filters, so they built their components to only use those amazingly high cost custom made filters. Since that supplier is gone, no 1 is making those air filters commercially any longer, so I had to hustle. Thankfully I managed to find another brand to cram it into the Heating as well as Air Conditioning system. Like I said, I finally purchased a whole case of these air filters, so I should be wonderful for the next year or so. After that, it should be about time to substitute for a new Heating as well as Air Conditioning proposal anyway, so I’ll just cross that bridge when I come to it.

 

 

furnace/heater

I’ve saved them before

I’ve saved them before

I would about once every year or several I find someone on the mountain who doesn’t know how to start a fire as well as can’t use the fireplace to even heat up the cottage

Just because I am a hermit as well as live alone in the woods on the side of a mountain doesn’t mean I do not care for people. I don’t like people in my home, this is true, however in general I like people, it’s just that I can easily live separate from dealing with them. That said, if I know someone needs help, or is in danger, I will do whatever I can to help them. Because of this, as well as our remote mountain location, I easily have saved the lives of more than a few lost hikers as well as campers over the past 20 years. No one has the right heating when they come up here, because no one ever believes just how dangerously cold it can get. There are a handful of other cottages in this same little area, as well as they all have a fireplace however no electricity or heating in them at all. Usually the local deputy will let myself and others know if there are normal people staying around here, so I can check on them as well as make sure they have some sort of heating if the weather gets too bad. I would about once every year or several I find someone on the mountain who doesn’t know how to start a fire as well as can’t use the fireplace to even heat up the cottage. I am regularly patient, showing them how to start one so that they can provide their own heating after I leave. I know for a fact this has easily saved a life or several, as well as I even get cards from some of those people to this afternoon, however you should never be so reliant on modern heating systems that you can’t even start your own fire

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The AC has never quit

The AC has never quit

My dad is a freak about repair as well as upkeep in his life. He is the sort of guy who fills out warranty cards for everything he buys – who does that. He is the guy who cleans up the family room as soon as he finishes eating, for every single meal. I don’t mean any of this is a downside, it’s just amazing to myself and others because I am just not like that at all. He takes immaculate care of his car, his lawn, as well as his entire home, as well as is always busy with some chore or another. Because of this, the few things he owns last for a ridiculous amount of time. His a/c is the same as when I was a kid, which makes it well over 25 years old. This is more than unheard of for an a/c of that time period! I asked him how he did it, as well as he calmly said that he only turned on the AC a few times a year, either on a super brutally hot afternoon or if he had company coming over. He could go for 5 weeks at time separate from touching the temperature control, which is silly to me! On top of that insanity, he had the entire program evaluated as well as worked on by an HVAC tech three times a year, even if he didn’t need it. The whole program was immaculate from top to bottom. He told myself and others he didn’t use it enough to warrant buying a new a/c if this thing broke, so he wanted to make sure it lasted the rest of his life.

Air conditioning professional

Who knew it was impossible to replace

Who knew it was impossible to replace

Sundays are for errands, as well as I am pretty steadfast about that.

I work long minutes while I was in the week, as well as I don’t want to have to go out and drive around doing stuff when I clock out for the afternoon.

All of our errands are done over the weekend, otherwise they wait until the following weekend to be accomplished. Last weekend presented a bit of a challenge, due to something that couldn’t honestly wait. I ended up wasting most of our Sunday chasing down a single stupid thing that never was found, so when I found it I purchased a case of them. Who knew air filters would be so freaking tough to find? I suppose in this case it is truly special as well as tough to find an air filter, however still I wasn’t aware that was even a problem. The HVAC program I have is about ten years old, as well as was apparently made by a company that no longer exists. That company also made their own HVAC system air filters, so they built their components to only use those custom air filters. Since that company is gone, no one is making those air filters any longer, so I had to hustle. Thankfully I easily managed to find another brand that had almost the exact same measurements, as well as I finally was able to cram it into the HVAC system. That day I purchased a whole case of these air filters, so I should be nice for the next 5 years or so. After that, it may be about time to upgrade to a new HVAC program, so I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Zoned HVAC

You gotta help out too

You gotta help out too

Just because I am a hermit plus living alone on the side of a mountain doesn’t actually mean I don’t like people. I don’t prefer people, true, however in general I prefer to work kindly with people, it’s just that I can definitely live without them. That said, if I suppose that someone needs help, or is in danger, I will of course do whatever I can to help them in any way. Because of this, plus our remote mountain location, I have saved the actual lives of more than a few lost hikers plus campers over the years. No 1 ever has the right heating when they come up here, because no 1 loves just how super dangerously freezing it can get. There are a handful of other cottages in this area, plus I realize that they all have a fireplace however no electricity or heating in them. Usually the nearest local deputy will let me know if there are people staying around here, so I can check on them a few times plus make sure they have heating if the weather gets too bad. I would often find someone who doesn’t suppose how to start a fire plus can’t use the fireplace to properly heat up the cottage. I am always patient, showing them how to do it so that they can eventually provide their own heating after I leave. I suppose for a fact this has saved a human life or more than one, plus I even get Christmas cards from some of those silly people to this really day, but you should never be so reliant on gas heating systems that somehow you can’t even start your own fire

 

oil furnace

The AC system baffles me.

The AC system baffles me.

My brother is a freak about service plus upkeep.

He is the sort of guy who fills out warranty cards for every last thing he buys.

He is the guy who cleans up the family room as soon as he finishes his own eating, every single meal. I don’t mean any of this in a negative way, it’s just amazing to me because I am not similar to that at all. He takes immaculate care of his car, his grass, plus his home, plus is basically always tied up with some chore or another. Because of this, the things he owns often last for a ridiculous amount of time. His air conditioner is the same 1 he had when I was a kid, which makes it well over 35 years old. This is unheard of for an air conditioner of that time period! I once asked him how he did it, plus he said that he only turned on the A/C a few times a year, and that was either on a brutally hot day or if he had contractor coming over. He could go for many weeks at time without touching the control unit, which is absurd to me! On top of that fact, he had the entire system inspected plus ran tests on by an Heating & A/C tech more than once a year, even if he didn’t need it. The whole system was clearly immaculate from top to bottom, plus even the air vents plus HVAC duct was sparkling clean. He wanted to make sure it lasted the rest of his life.

Smart HVAC

Climate control really should be a basic human right!

Climate control really should be a basic human right!

I went to a beach house one time, after surfing all day long with my ex – girlfriend.

  • And what I found, when I got there, was that it was a dirty mess of a hut, quite literally speaking —- the towels were missing from each and every single one of the racks ; the toilets were reeking of urine and fungus smells, not to mention a few other odors I will not dare to mention here ; and the windows were cracked shut so that they could not be opened…

sealed, so to speak. ONE thing, on the other hand, that I DID note, was that the air conditioner was doing its job as it ought, and the attendant there told me that it was turned on just a minute ago and that the smells would soon become a thing of the past. I was told that an HVAC attendant just installed and serviced the unit shortly before I arrived, and that the beach hut’s service team would be arriving shortly to re – stock everything and apply some Febreze. So all in all, in those few moments I waited, the air conditioning inside served as my little square of heaven. I propped my face right up to it, and didn’t feel the heat from outside or the smell from within, any longer. That air conditioner saved me and gave some bliss to my soul for those few short minutes, and the rest of the day was a walk in paradise, literally speaking… I hope you get my drift, he heh.

 

Air conditioning technician

I am always tinkering with the HVAC system

I am always tinkering with the HVAC system

I once took a nice, long road trip drive all the way down to a warmer climate.

And heck, it sure was a blast.

I went through so many weather changes, from cold to hot, to eventually warm, just like I like it. I travelled to many states, came back, and then did it all over again. Money was no object at the time, so to speak, and I had all the time in the world with my new fiancé. It was a special little drive, one that neither her nor I will ever stop thinking about (even now, many years later). But ONE particular moment, along the way, which we DID hope to forget, but still can not, he he heh, would be that time our heating and cooling system in our hotel room failed to operate — literally, after a couple of minutes of turning the cooling on, the whole thing turned off on itself and would not run again. You could see the power button no longer operating, and nothing we tried to do, this time around, actually seemed to work. We knew that the hotel would likely have to call in an HVAC tech to come in and take a look, which might, in turn, hamper our schedule and comfort. But we also know that the sooner we let the hotel know of this HVAC unit issue, the sooner they would get a tech out here to make a diagnosis on it. Aside from that little air conditioner hiccup, the rest of the trip was like a cool breeze on a hot day….just perfect.

 

Heating industry

Ductless mini split for the shed

Ductless mini split for the shed

I would additionally want to get him a smart thermostat so that he could run his HVAC settings all from his phone

For my husband’s birthday I am going to get him a ductless mini split. My husband spends a lot of time in his outdoor shed. He loves doing woodworking and other projects. All of his tools and manly garbage is in the outdoor shed. He even has a gross recliner and crappy TV in there. The only thing missing is HVAC control. My husband spent tons of money to get a little sink and toilet added to a corner of his space. He has electricity. He just needs to have heating and cooling. The summertime is probably the roughest. In the winter he can make due with a single space heater if he keeps moving. In the summer my husband wants to do lots of projects but can’t make himself. He says the heat is too much and doesn’t want to be in a sweltering space. A ductless mini split provides both heating and cooling in a single unit. It also won’t take any space at all. The indoor air handler mounts on an exterior wall with the thermostat out of the way. The outdoor air compressor can be set up behind his shed and not be an eyesore. I would additionally want to get him a smart thermostat so that he could run his HVAC settings all from his phone. That way the HVAC doesn’t always need to be on and wasting money. When my husband decides to do a project in the summer, he can pre-cool the space down without having to go in the shed. I think it is going to be an amazing gift.

 

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