Winter can be fun too

I made a decision to surprise my wife out of the blue. She had been working lots of overtime at work, and we hadn’t seen the other person in several weeks. It seemed like a perfect excuse to take off from the house for a few nights. I rented a small cabin part way through the countryside, and I surprised my wife after work. We headed towards the log cabin, and she was very surprised to find I had planned something for her. It started snowing halfway to the destination, and the scenery looked absolutely magical. It was an extremely romantic drive, and we got there before we even thought about the time. The cabin seemed quaint and charming, but was without many modern amenities. I knew that we would be roughing it only a few days, but I also knew we could handle anything. We had a cozy fireplace part way through the living area, and an old space heater in the bedroom. The weather outside was cold within the snow, but there was a good amount of firewood stacked up outside that cabin. I lit a beautiful fire within the fireplace, and we opened the first bottle of champagne. We laughed and talked all night long while stoking the fireplace. It was warm in addition to cozy, and the mood was perfect. We turned on the space heater before we turned into bed that evening, and the bedroom felt so comfortable to sleep in. We had a great weekend together, and I hope we have the chance to do that again soon.

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I’d like to fix the air conditioner

Something is happening in my air conditioner. I knew I should never have avoided scheduling maintenance this past spring, my wife and I had to put tires and brakes on my car, buy a new refrigerator, and pay off the enormous credit card bill. I simply couldn’t find the money to invest in preventative maintenance for an air conditioner. I hoped nature would give us a mild summer and the air conditioner would have the ability to handle the workload, but here we are in the center of the hottest temperatures in recent history. The  thermometer started rising in early April, and it is now staying above ninety degrees. I tried opening windows, but the breeze just doesn’t cooperate, and the humidity is so high you could wear it for a suit. For the first month, the air conditioner worked well and maintained a the home. Last week, I heard a strange grinding noise, and hoped it was dirt on a fan belt, and I just reset the thermostat. This didn’t help so much, and the noise just got louder. This weekend, the air conditioner began to have a death rattle. Although I raised the temperature, the air conditioner was running non stop, and my house is getting hotter. I know that I need to contact the HVAC contractor to have some air conditioner repairs done, but we can’t afford it. Repairs will be a lot more expensive than preventative maintenance and I’ll most likely need to buy a lot of parts for the thing and if I continue to ignore the problem, the air conditioner could stop permanently.

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I can’t believe my air conditioner failed

Last year, we got hit with an unbearable heat wave. The temperature climbed into the triple digits with dangerously high humidity and persisted for weeks. People were being hospitalized with heatstroke and severe sunburn, and it was plainly dangerous to spend time outdoors. I was really for the central air that was installed in my house, and I had it running full power and non stop. When the system began to make a funny noise, I began to worry. I started calling any HVAC contractor I could find to arrange a service call, but the heatwave, had them all booked solid. I could not bribe them to get me an appointment before the following week. I tried keeping the air conditioner at a lower speed, and using it only when it became unbearable, and hoping it would keep working, however the cooling system completely died three day later and wouldn’t start back up. My house quickly overheated, became quite sticky, and very uncomfortable. My family spent a lot of time at the shopping center, the movies, or the library, and anywhere that would supply us with air conditioning. We couldn’t sleep at night, and we ended up a motel. I was so ecstatic when the HVAC contractor arrived to complete the repairs. It only took him a short time to get the cooling equipment running again. He suggested that I purchase a maintenance plan that included regular service every spring and got my air conditioner prepared for any summer workload. Since get a HVAC maintenance agreement, I haven’t had any further trouble with my air conditioner. I’ve also noticed that my utility bills are lower than they were during other summers.

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This is the time of year where you need an air conditioner

Earlier this year, I experienced my first HVAC head scratcher. I am a first time property owner and had recently bought my house, and thought I was really lucky to have found a home with HVAC intact. I had no idea what types of maintenance problems the HVAC system would likely have, or whatever kind of maintenance I should do to it, or if there was a maintenance plan or company to do it. I guess I just assumed that the previous owner would have maintained the heating and cooling system, and I didn’t even consider the care for a home HVAC unit.  I was in the dark when it came to adequate HVAC, and I began to shudder when I thought about what a good HVAC system maintenance was  and what could happen if it wasn’t done. So, for lack of better terms, I never even looked under the hood of the heating and cooling unit before I bought the house.  Now for my head scratcher; it was the coldest part of winter when I realized I had no heat spewing forth from my vents, I mean zip, nada.  Before I went to bed, I know I set the thermostat, but it was like an icicle when I awoke.  I thought maybe the thermostat was stuck or even worse, broken.  I soon realized that it wasn’t the thermostat, but the heater itself.  I called a HVAC specialist who instructed me on a simple fix that I don’t care to want to do again any time soon and I got an appointment for servicing and plan to set up a service agreement for future maintenance on my home heating and cooling system.

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The HVAC system is making weird noises

At first I unsure as to what was occurring, but the racket coming from the ducts overhead was not the same sound that the ductwork made before. I didn’t really pay it any mind, but I just continued wash. It is sleeting outside, and I was puttering around, doing some busy work indoors. The odds sounds from the ducts had gravitated to the vents and was getting louder.  I wondered if a call to my HVAC contractor was in order. I decided again to ignore it, and went back to rearranging my shoe closet. I hadn’t done anything to my HVAC system for over ten years, would it really fail me now? As I began to clean my cupboards, my mind was constantly meandering back to the subject of my HVAC unit no longer working.  Eventually it became all I could think of. If my HVAC system were completely broken, I would be living without heat. That would mean a long and painful winter to bear. With that thought paramount in my mind, I found my local HVAC techs phone number. I called and told them about the noises I was hearing, and I hesitantly asked them if it could be the HVAC system by any chance. The answer validated my biggest fear. They said that the sounds being emitted from my ducts and vents were warning signs of my heating and cooling system about to die, if I had not heard them.  There may have been no fix for the unit had I not been home to catch it when it started.

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We all like the thermostat

A couple of weeks ago I went on this short weekend road trip with 4 of my best friends – yes, it was quite a cramped car ride. We resided in a hotel near the final destination, close enough to travel in between the two without having to be directly on campus. The conference was starting Saturday morning and we arrived in time for the good night’s sleep, checking into the hotel room around 9pm. It was March, so we all had reasonable expectations for weather misbehaving, but what we didn’t count on was the horrific quality in-unit heating and cooling system! Upon entering our room we turned together in shock, “Why is would it be 30 degrees in here!? ” My partner and I asked, decidedly outraged at the possible lack of heat. The little HVAC machine under our window appeared practicable, yet even at its highest setting it was barely making a sound. We decided make sure that it was working in every capacity, and even tried switching to air conditioning mode; this definitely worked, but also exasperated our cooling situation quickly. Stumped, I called down to the desk to ask for a fresh room with a more well-performing HVAC and we were soon swapped onto another floor. You can visualize our disgust when this room felt even cooler! The furnace was chugging along at full power for hours, without heating the room temperature more than a couple of degrees. We tried to deal with it, but ultimately left early and stayed in a further hotel. To our previous hotel, I urge you to get a better HVAC technician and perhaps a new furnace service entirely!residential comfort

It’s far too hot in here

I was so happy when my partner suggested a lovely anniversary dinner a couple of weeks ago at the newest hot spot in town. We had reservations for over a week and I had been looking forward to trying one of the speciality dishes I read about on the menu. I bought a new outfit just for the occasion and couldn’t wait to show it off.  When we arrived at the restaurant, we were seated where there was a great view overlooking the vineyards nearby. While taking in the breathtaking views, I suddenly became aware of how hot it was in the restaurant. I noticed my partner had taken from her jacket and I shed my cardigan. Glancing around, I saw the thermostat near to the entrance to the restaurant. While I was glad it wasn’t mounted right next to the kitchen entrance, potentially freezing everyone out by engaging the air conditioning, having a location right by the entrance was just as bad. It was picking up cold air every time the door opened, making the thermostat think the restaurant was too cold. I wondered if the hostess could block off the thermostat with something to help you protect it from the constant rush of cold air. I have often wondered who decides the layout of HVAC systems in restaurants. It is unfair to make customers suffer from extreme indoor temperatures when they are paying for a good meal. Perhaps I will suggest to the manager that they should contact an HVAC company to relocate the thermostat to your more ideal setting. Although food was exquisite, the atmosphere left something to be desired. Maybe we will consider it again in the summer when we can sit out on the patio.

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Why won’t my air conditioning turn on?

Growing up, my family lived on a very restrained budget. There were five children in my family, and we were always looking for new ways to cut expenses. As such, we never go to go on vacations, to the movies, or even out to dinner. It made sense for us to wear second-hand clothing, cut dozens of coupons, and we kids all got jobs as soon as we were old enough. I didn’t mind making those sacrifices. I hated that the house was constantly way too hot or cold. During winter, my parents insisted on turning down the thermostat as low as we could tolerate it. In fact, they refused to use the furnace at all unless it was completely necessary. When we complained, mom and dad would insist we put on many extra layers of clothing. I distinctly remember walking around many days wrapped up in a blanket, just looking to stay warm. I will never forget my eldest brother, Danny, cranking up the thermostat anytime my parents weren’t attending to it; he was always caught and grounded. In the summer, we endured high heat and humidity. We never once had air conditioning in the house, and our parents refused purchasing portable air conditioners. Even worse, we were only allowed to use electric fans for a few hours at night, just before bed. My brothers and sisters would make friends with the kids around the neighborhood who had air conditioning. Hilariously, we used to set up playdates just to exploit their cooling systems. A few times, my mom and dad inquired as to why we never brought any neighborhood kids to our house; well, there was not a chance they wanted to hang out shivering or sweating at our house!smart thermostat

I’m happy about our geothermal options

The most beneficial means of heating and cooling a home is surely a geothermal heat pump. A geothermal pump combines cooling and heating capacity into one system, and will cut your bills by around 50 percent. You can heat and cool your home for right around a dollar a day, as well as the geoexchange system that can supplement your water heater. It will potential lower your annual water heating costs by 30 percent. The geothermal heat pump requires only a small amount of energy to move the heat out of the ground and into the home. These systems produce 4 units of energy for every 1 unit needed to power the system. This is virtually quadruple the energy produced by conventional HVAC methods. Not only does a geothermal system help you save money, but they are very eco-friendly. These innovating heating and cooling units are the most environmentally friendly option suggested by the Environmental Protection Agency. Installing a single geothermal heat pump is roughly the same as planting 750 trees or taking two vehicles off the road. A geothermal system takes full advantage of the free energy source found in your own backyard. It eliminates the combustion process so there is absolutely no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or formaldehyde to be worried about. The system does not emit any greenhouse gasses, which covers the ozone layer. Plus, without the need of combustion process, a geothermal system is quite safe to operate. The installation of a geothermal heat pump will increase your efficiency while also enhancing the value of your house. Although this type of HVAC system is quite expensive to install, it is actually worth it.

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I don’t really like air conditioning

Perhaps it was eventually hubris that brought me to the present place. Perhaps it was too much pride, which I have heard comes with one’s unfortunate failures. And quite a fall it had been. Here is where it all began. I was too ambitious with putting in my new HVAC system to my house. I had just purchased it from my local HVAC provider, and was too eager to install it. They provided me with a user manual and instructions, but I was too excited to slow down my mind’s pace and read the actual words found on the page. And I was of course too excited to consider waiting for an installation service to get my HVAC system installed.  That would have been the right thing to do. Certainly no, I wanted to feel the refreshing air conditioning on my skin the same day. It would have be perfect for the heat that day. However, I was too impatient, and I just intuited my way within the assembly and started unraveling every one of the parts that came with my brand new HVAC system. I put this new unit together too hastily, and I didn’t pay attention as I connected the actual heating and cooling system hookups provided on the side of my dwelling. What ended up happening was the fall, which I had to deal with due to the overconfidence problems I have. As soon as I fired my new machine up, there was a loud explosion, and smoke started to come up from the top of the HVAC system. Then I knew that I was in trouble. Next time, that is, if there is a next time, I know that patience is key. .

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