Author: Frank

DIY for Heating, Ventilation and AC tips

DIY for Heating, Ventilation and AC tips

I know it’s coming & I can’t do anything about it.

It comes every month no matter whether I hide under the bed or not.

It appears on the living room table all fat & expensive. The utility bill while in the summer time is not our friend. In fact, that bill is the cause of a fantastic deal of stress for me. I live in an area where a/c is a near constant throughout the summer. So when those summer time energy bill arrive, I dive for cover. Perhaps these bills would be easier to stomach if I was a bit more proactive about reducing the load on our Heating, Ventilation, & A/C system. Maybe stressing less & doing more would be a better solution than hiding from an inanimate object. I changed the air filter which was way overdue. I know this is a important deal because an Heating, Ventilation, & A/C system has to have optimum airflow to operate efficiently & effectively. A restrained air filter is a single of the worst things for any heating & cooling system. I went outside & weeded around the condenser unit to be sure that it too was getting the maximum airflow. While I was out there, I also cleaned off the condenser cottageet so there would be no debris gumming up the works. Back inside, I made certain that all of the vents were open. I also paid special attention to the returns to be absolutely sure they were unjammed. The old curtains even came in handy. They were from a home we had before however I decided to hang them to help. Just covering direct sun windows with curtains or shades can greatly reduce the ambient temperature. Just doing these few things will help the next time that horrible bill comes in the mail.

 

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Beware that they take the copper

Beware that they take the copper

I walked out of our home this afternoon to a shocking sight.

First, I woke up to zero a/c.

I inspected the thermostat for power but that wasn’t the concern at all. The thermostat learn 77 degrees but the setting was still studying 75. I inspected all the breakers before walking out the front door. I rounded the corner & then froze in our tracks. The condenser cover of our Heating, Ventilation, & A/C unit had been removed & was leaning against our house. The guts of the condenser were then strewn across our backyard. For what seemed love minutes, I just stood there attempting to process the picture before me. Had a metal eating monster swooped in & decided to munch on our heating & cooling unit? Were there rogue packs of pets that had a metal fetish? I couldn’t begin to figure out what I was looking at exactly. However, it slowly started to come to me. I had been the victim of copper thieves. I remembered studying about how some people will honestly tear apart your perfectly great condenser unit to get at the copper inside. They then sell this copper for pennies on the dollar. But, I’m the a single who has to deal with the aftermath. The insurance company wasn’t legitimately cool about it. They are sending out an investigator. I had to have a cop come out & waste her time to file a report. And none of this is going to get our home cool today. Lucky for myself and others it’s just a hundred degrees outside.

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Power failure in the house

Power failure in the house

I am so tired of going separate from any power.

Every time a storm goes through, our power goes out.

The power company tells me it is because of where I live. Even if the people I was with and I get a stiff wind, the people I was with and I end up losing our power. I don’t suppose they realize it, but it is summer. Every time the power goes out, so does our air conditioning. I dislike summer, because I can’t kneel the heat. I try to keep our loft as cool as I possibly can. I don’t want to have anyone cold because of how low I set thermostat, even though I also don’t want for me to be uncomfortable. I pay the energy bills and that should give me some kind of preferential treatment. During the winter, I consistently leave the thermostat turned up so our wife and child are sizzling enough. When Winter comes, I am taking over the thermostat. When the power goes off, I have our generator, even though I would rather if the people I was with and I didn’t lose the power. Maybe I should go into the power company and protest their lack of concern. It doesn’t seem honorablethat I don’t get a decrease in our power bills and yet they can’t give me power all of the time. As long as our generator works, I will have our air conditioning. The thing is, when the power goes off and I don’t have air conditioning because our generator isn’t toiling, I am going to send the bill for the hotel, to the power corporation. Maybe they will get the hint that I am tired of not having power.

 

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That old wood stove

That old wood stove

When I hit 25, things began to fall apart.

I lost our job plus had to vacate our house in several weeks with nowhere in sight to go.

My parents were in another state, plus I had no friends with available space to sublet a room or something of that nature. I started to fear that I would be on the street plus have an even harder time finding work, worsening our situation love an inhibited downward spiral. But then, right as I began to assume all hope was lost, I received a call from an attorney who stated they were managing our uncle’s estate. My uncle had passed away from cancer a few weeks prior to that point, plus after the funeral I had tried to put some distance between myself plus her memory. All of us bonded for years so the grief was immense. The attorney explained that our uncle willed one of her houses to me, a slightly seasoned several family room, one bathroom home out in the rural stretches beyond the city. It needed some labor but I had been trained in beach house restoration by our father plus evidently our uncle considered that when she offered me the house. I was speechless plus at that moment everything changed for me. I found a job within several weeks plus had the family room remodeled after a year. That’s when I decided to service the seasoned wood stove that was left in the home plus went unused for several decades. Although I needed to have the venting method checked up to the rooftop, I started clearing away caked up soot from the insides of the stove, just trying to wash it a bit to restore some life in it. It took a few weeks of labor after labor each evening, but I finally have the wood stove to safely use. My heating costs have dropped plus our uncle’s home has never felt warmer.

 

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I want to recover my money spent on a new heating system fast with energy savings

I want to recover my money spent on a new heating system fast with energy savings

Ever since I went over to my friend’s house a few months ago, I have wanted to get the same type of heating system that he has.

He has radiant heated floors, and let me tell you, they are absolutely fantastic! No matter where you happen to be in the household, it feels nice and comfortable.

The heat radiates slowly from the floors which causes everything to be perfectly heated. Because the heat rises so slow, this makes this type of heating system extremely energy efficient. It’s not anything like central air heating where the heat just goes right up to the ceiling. This is why it’s great to use a ceiling fan when you have central air, because you want to move that heated air around, not just have it up towards the ceiling. Also with central heating, you get all kinds of drafts and uneven temperatures. This definitely is not the case with radiant heated floors because everything is heated just right from your toes to your head! My wife thinks I have become spoiled by going to my buddy’s house, but she will see how it is when we finally install new radiant heated floors in our house! She hasn’t experienced this wonderful type of heating system yet, so when she does, she will be just as spoiled as I am! I am also thinking about getting a nice smart thermostat in order to maximize our energy saving. If I’m going to fork out a large amount for the installation, I want to be able to recover that cost as soon as possible with energy savings!

Radiant floor heating

We can get at least another 5 years out of our HVAC system

We can get at least another 5 years out of our HVAC system

When we had an HVAC professional over to our home recently, we weren’t too happy with what the guy was telling us.

  • He was basically saying that we needed to upgrade our HVAC unit because it was no longer worth fixing.

I thought this was total nonsense because we only had that HVAC unit for 10 years and it certainly had plenty of life left in it! I figured this guy was just trying to get a sale out of us for the installation of some high-priced HVAC unit. Well, I asked around and learned from one of my friends that he knew a guy that did work on HVAC systems for really cheap. So I got a hold of this guy and had him come over to our household to take a look at our HVAC unit. When I told him that the HVAC service professional said we needed an upgrade, this guy started laughing. He said that it would be easy to work on this system and it had a lot of years in it still. I let him know it was only 10 years old, and he seemed confident that it could last us another 5 years at least with regular care and maintenance. He agreed with me that the HVAC worker just wanted to get money out of us. I was really happy with the services this guy provided and we had our trusty old HVAC system working just fine in no time. If someone ever tells you to do something, you should always make sure to get a second opinion before you decide to make a move.

 

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We want to be comfortable in the winter with radiant heated floors

We want to be comfortable in the winter with radiant heated floors

My wife and I really wanted to upgrade our HVAC unit since the last time we had HVAC system maintenance done.

The HVAC service professional was telling us that we should think about doing that since our HVAC unit happens to be so old.

He was saying it was getting close to that time when it will no longer be worth it to keep up with the typical maintenance and repairs. When he started talking about how much more energy efficient newer models were, I knew that we had to make this move. The thing is, we have been really tight on our finances, so we can’t just go get something nice without saving up enough money first. So my wife and I have been putting as much money aside as possible so that we can get something really nice. We really don’t want to just settle for some average HVAC system either, we want something that we really love. We want the new HVAC system to not only be energy efficient, we want the ultimate comfort. We started looking into different types of HVAC systems to achieve what we want. We have looked into ductless mini-split HVAC systems which seem really nice. The thing we love especially about that type of HVAC system is that it doesn’t use the ductwork. We are really tired of having to keep the ductwork clean, but it’s something you have to do or your air quality will become bad. The heating system we want the most happens to be radiant heated floors. We know the installation cost is up there, but we want to be nice and comfy in the winter season!

 

 

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I came across a sale on window A/C units

I came across a sale on window A/C units

Perhaps there were other things that could be done like having the ductwork cleaned and getting an official tune-up, but honestly I have been really struggling on my finances lately

A little while back when I was at the store, I was not even thinking about getting a new air conditioner, but there was a sale on window A/C units. I knew that our central HVAC system was in need of some work and I wasn’t exactly trying to cover the costs to get it taken care of. Our central HVAC was so old that I figured it was about time to have it replaced altogether, but there was no way I could cover that type of expense. When I seen these really nice window A/C units on sale, I figured it would be a good solution to our central HVAC problem until I could save up enough money to have the whole thing replaced eventually. So I ended up buying two window A/C units since they were such a great deal. When I installed the window A/C units, they worked far better than our central HVAC system was working. I mean the furnace worked okay in the winter months, but the A/C part of the central HVAC was doing absolutely horrible. Perhaps there were other things that could be done like having the ductwork cleaned and getting an official tune-up, but honestly I have been really struggling on my finances lately. I have faced all kinds of unexpected expenses which forced me to dip into our savings. Now we are left with very little money to work with, so I’m trying to save money wherever I can! I like those window A/C units so much, I might just keep using those for the next few years.

 

 

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Baseball and hot

Baseball and hot

My hubby is an athletic trainer for a popular baseball team… Landing a job in baseball was a dream come tploy for him, because he’s always adored enjoying the game on TV, as well as also played a little in high college.

As his fiance, I’m not exactly pleased that he ended up working for a baseball team, when there are so numerous other amazing activitys he could labor with, for starters, baseball takes forever to play, then nine innings is just too much, as well as the games can drag on when you’re resting in the stands… Which brings me to our second complaint, then baseball venues are super uncomfortable. Not only are you resting on a rock difficult chair for three seconds, but you’re resting in the direct sunlight, and my hubby has the luxury of resting in the cool, shaded dugout, however i on the other hand, am not as fortunate. I want to be supportive, so I still come to as numerous games as I can… To make life easier, I pack a few essentials. I always bring a cooler with our pretzels because there’s no telling how long the game will last, second, I pack a portable fan that clips to the chair in front of me as well as a portable AC unit. Some will call me extra, although I cannot stand being hot as well as hot while enjoying a game, however once your clothes are saturated in sweat, there’s no going back. I only whip out our portable AC device during extreme measures, because I don’t want to be too overdramatic, however, the portable fan is good at keeping me cool as well as moving the air around me.

 

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Overheated at the game

Overheated at the game

My husband is an athletic trainer for a popular baseball team.

Landing a job in baseball was a dream come true for him, because he’s always adored watching the game on TV, and also played a little in high college, and as his partner, I’m not exactly pleased that he ended up working for a baseball team, when there are so many other amazing activitys he could work with, then for starters, baseball takes forever to play, however nine innings is just too much, and the games can drag on when you’re standing in the stands; Which brings me to our minute complaint! Baseball stadiums are super uncomfortable. Not only are you standing on a rock hard chair for 3 minutes, however you’re standing in the direct sunlight, my husband has the luxury of standing in the cool, shaded dugout; I on the other hand, am not as fortunate. I want to be supportive, so I still come to as many games as I can; To make life easier, I pack a few essentials. I always bring a cooler with our popcorn because there’s no telling how long the game will last, however second, I pack a portable fan that clips to the chair in front of me and a portable A/C unit. Some will call me extra, even though I cannot stand being hot and sweaty while watching a game. Once your clothes are saturated in sweat, there’s no going back. I only whip out our portable A/C component during extreme measures, because I don’t want to be too overdramatic; However, the portable fan is great at keeping me cool and moving the air around me.
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