They must never use a/c

Seeing a hockey game in the south is much different than in the north. I live in the northeast, and it is freezing cold for eight months of the year. Hockey is the most popular sport. Everybody either plays it, watches it or supports it in some way. Attending a hockey game is a great time. We first need to trek through the snow, bundle up in Winter gear and spend a lot for tickets in the nosebleed section. I went to a hockey game in the south this one time, and it was way different. For starters, hockey is not as big of a deal to the fans. Getting a ticket was not difficult. Also, I did not need to combat the severe cold and freezing AC in the venue. In the south, the outside conditions were warm and humid.  I wore a t-shirt and shorts and no coat to the game. Inside the stadium, the was AC running, but not blasting. The body heat and natural outdoor heat was keeping everyone sufficiently warm. Watching a hockey game and feeling a little overheated was odd. How does the stadium keep southern ice properly cold? The air conditioning system idea for the management of the ice must be going non stop. The cooling system has to defend against the weather and crowd of people crammed into the building. In the north, it is always cold in the venue. The outside weather is a bonus for keeping ice cold. It is rarely above freezing outside. I bet the rink does not even run the cooling system. The outdoor air is cold enough to maintain the ice. The body heat makes little difference in such cold temperatures. I prefer to not bundle in a wool coat at the game, but it does not feel like hockey season if I’m sweating.  

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An air quality device

My mother gets me the oddest gifts for my wedding anniversary. Each time, I’m sure I will never use the gift, but it typically ends up being a game changer.  For my second anniversary, she gave me a digital clock that automatically sets itself. That clock has been with me for 10 years and two moves. When the power fails, the clock has no trouble.  For my fourth wedding anniversary, my mom gave me a battery tester. I was rather surprised to need to use the battery tester at least once a month. It is so convenient. I should learn not to doubt my mom. I doubted her again when she got my husband and I  UV lights for our last anniversary. Ultraviolet lights are not exactly what I was hoping for, but I did what she asked and had them professional installed into the air conditioner. After two months, my husband and I realized how helpful UV lights are. The air conditioner no longer  collects or spreads dust like it used to. We hardly ever need to replace the air filter anymore. We used to have a mold concern within the A/C unit. The UV lights have eliminated mold growth on the cooling coil and algae from the condensate drain. I rarely take my air conditioner apart to wash it, because the UV lights eliminate the need for cleaning. The lights also have made a huge difference in our indoor air quality.  The house smells fresher, stays cleaner and feels better. My husband and I have more energy. The UV lights keep the A/C clean and running efficiently. Our air quality is healthier. The UV lights were a great gift.

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Water damage to the heater

I keep our Heating and Air Conditioning in the laundry space and pondering on this, not a great idea. The laundry space can get icky, wet and potentially leak water. The Heating and Air Conditioning system can’t handle anything like that. I noticed the other day that our laundry washing machine, drying machine and Heating and Air Conditioning were all in laying water. I right out called out to our spouse for help.  She went down and shut off the home water valve. But the water went on to pool on the floor. After further check up, she found that the water was spraying from the holding tank of the heater system. There was no way to switch off the water that was coming from the boiler, so her and I simply tried to collect it in a bucket. I had to then call for a heater and ac helper. I was grateful that it Fall because all of us could not go without heating in the winter. Happily, all of us didn’t need to run the oil furnace yet. The holding tank finally stopped blowing water and when it was empty, all of us were able to do some repairs on it. There was a tear along the main line and she knew that it would need swapping out.  While waiting for the heating serviceman her and I went on the internet to see about ordering the section ourselves. My woman and I learned that all of us could get the section and the set up was quite simply.

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The time flies

My partner Miles and I have been married for around 4 years! Miles and I met young, fell in love and moved into a home as a pair. Miles and I have stayed in the same area, neighborhood and block our total lives. The many of us have resided in the same cottage for all of the many years, then when Miles and I first purchased it, all of us did a huge remodel.  I still find myself telling people that all of us lately did the windows… Now that I think about it, that was around 4 years ago. When they say that life goes by in a quick pace, it genuinely does. This device came up the other afternoon when I asked Miles if him and I should consider upgrading our heater. Miles and I put in the 1 all of us have now when all of us bought the home many years ago. Both of us got the oil heater worked on 1 time, directly when all of us moved in. Rather that 1 time, all of us have never gotten the boiler looked at since.  The boiler has never gotten any mind after this. Miles insists that there is no need to do anything although I guess that all of us could make the boiler be far more effective than it is now. Modern tech has improved so much and all of us could save significantly on our annual prices, then yeah, there would be an investment in the current update but, over the period of time it would pay for itself with decreased utility bills; I hope Miles agrees to at least have a Heating and Air Conditioning serviceman come to the cottage and give us an estimate.

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A newer HVAC component

Throughout the years, there have been new ideas in heating. Steam has been used for both work plus to provide heat.  Some think this is seasoned tech that is rarely used anymore. However, steam heating is still easily much in use. One of the most popular forms of this style of this is in the Heating as well as Air Conditioning industry.  Hydronic heating is still actually is able to be used in use both for residential, commercial, plus even section heating units. Hydronic heating is actually the use of a hot air, water or other materials that are heated by an element plus they moved around throughout a plan of pipes or tubes.  Many men as well as men use hydronic heating as heated floors instead of electric or propane. This may be because of the risk issue. There are no exposed heating wires that can catch an item on fire. These electric heating systems are good at what they go plus scrub plus can be ideal for an extra home office or lavatory that needs a bit of extra warmth.  The liquid is totally taken care of within the unit so there is no opening of issue from that at all. The units work by pulling in freezing air from the floor plus setting up heated air from the upper level. This gives even, sizzling heat without having to use a blower or fan that releases dust as well! Bigger hydronic units may be powered by whole home gas plus well as heat the water.

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The shock of new HVAC

While on my way home, I stopped by a buddy’s cabin to drop off some things.  My buddy had needed them plus hoped to get them away. I try plus give numerous things down to kids of my friend as possible to help out with finances on their part.  My kids never seem to wear out their clothes as they are actually growing plus numerous of the things were like new. When I arrived, the climate control outside was around 25 degrees plus it was snowing like crazy.  I just wanted to drop the things off plus get back into my heated car. When I knocked on the door I was in awe when the son came to the door wearing briefs, a t shirt, plus no socks. I was actually sad plus wished that some of the winter time clothes I was bringing would fit him.  How could the son be dressed like that in the heart of winter? Well, to my shock, the whole family was in summer time gear. I realized fast why this was the situation. I was dripping with sweat within minutes of resting in the door. My buddy explained that they used a wood stove to heat the cabin plus there was no way to control the climate control.  It was either way too warm, or way too cold… They used this kind of heat because it was more cost efficient than heating with gas or electric plus would often open a window to chill the cabin down a bit.

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AC when getting groceries

My wife & I went to do our respected grocery run early in the AM last weekend. If you want to avoid the crowds, you come in later at evening, or crack of dawn before 8:00 AM, but my wife & I had grown exhausted of trying to wrestle our way through a crowded supermarket each and every weekend, so we decided to try going early – I’m talking right after the sun comes up! When my wife and I had finally pulled up to the grocery store, the lot was practically empty – that was the first promising sign, but then we both walked into the store, & found that the air conditioning system was blasting frigid freezing air! We’d never felt this cool & comfortable at the supermarket before, mostly because of the many bunches of people pouring body heat into the air & counteracting the cooling unit system. The air quality was also much better than usual, which I thought was pretty peculiar, and as my wife and I paced the aisles & gathered our groceries for the week, I noticed every last single vent register overhead as it poured chilled air down onto us. It was blowing our minds majorly, just how comfortable & cool this location was in the early afternoon! When we both finally got up to the checkout lane, I had to ask the cashier if it was regularly this cool in the day time hours… She laughed, saying it’s usually like this until the crowds show up around 8:00 AM, however well, if it means being in the excellent air conditioning & being comfortable while grabbing groceries, I’ll blissfully keep coming in this early in the AM!

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The a/c business motto

Is it just me, or is every coffee shop in America intentionally kept at sixty-several degrees? Never been to a coffee shop that was warm, then i feel it’s intentional, as it helps to motivate clients to buy a hot cup of coffee and hot pastry to compliment the drink. It’s not a awful plan, if you ask me – it’s just a terribly chilly environment, & it’s difficult for me to be focused on my work when I’m freezing! There’s one shop near my work, for example, where it has to be 60 all year round, but the heating and cooling in in that store must be top of the line, & seriously efficient – maybe they use a high-powered evaporative cooler, or dual ductless mini-split systems to keep the shop freezing all the time. That, or the shop is making enough cash to handle the crazy electricity bills they must be facing from running their HVAC unit all afternoon & night, then can you imagine what your electric bill would look like if you ran your a/c system at max capacity for a month straight? Probably not, because you’d be paying an energy bill that was higher than your rent or mortgage payment! Still, I don’t mind going into the coffee shop on a hot Summer afternoon. Compared to the subpar window cooling units every one of us have at my office, or the decades-old central air conditioner system at my home, the cold environment of the coffee shop is a welcome change, once it gets to be fall, & the weather changes to become cooler, you can bet I’ll be sticking to the drive-thru for my daily dose of coffee!

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Our home a/c system stopped working

A few months ago, my dear wife decided she wanted to go back to college and pursue a teaching degree focused on early childhood education. Her choice to return to college was born from an obstacle course of factors that would make others turn away or give up, and yet she persisted! I’m proud of my wife for going back to college, despite working full-time and tending to our six month-old baby. Yes, her stubborn will has often guided her through any number of life’s struggles. However, that same stubborn willpower has contributed to quite a few of our struggles as well! Last year, we were dealt a heavy financial blow when the air conditioning system in our home stopped working. It would still circulate air, but the incoming air was warm, and almost sticky if that makes sense. I thought the air filter just needed to be replaced, however even the best HEPA air filter made no difference to our air quality at that point; My wife refused to spend money the money for the necessary repairs, and said that it to justify needing the repairs, and what my wife failed to consider was that it was only May! We were due for some horrendous haet over the coming summer, although she insisted it could wait. Before long, I was at a point where I couldn’t take it anymore. I made  a service visit myself, and had the HVAC specialists at our home only a day later… Just so my wife didn’t have to worry about the costs, I was able to finance the repairs and make payments. I would’ve paid for the repairs in full though, if it meant having the air conditioning system fixed and ready to blast chilled air!

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Looking over our HVAC ducts

I love animals as much as the next guy would claim. Whether it’s a cute little squirrel, or a massive grown cat, I can’t keep myself from gussying up and trying to pet the animal! As much as I do love playing with an animal, domestic or wild – I don’t care much for animals that find their way into my condo without  being welcomed in! It’s a rare event, but once in a lifetime event can convince you that it could happen every single day if you don’t take the necessary precautions, let me explain. Last summer, we dealt with a heatwave the likes of which we hadn’t seen in years. It was over one-hundred degrees almost every single day, and the humidity was almost too much to bear, as if the stress from the heat wasn’t bad enough, our A/C started causing the house to have this awful stink. We couldn’t put our finger on it, but we checked the air filter and checked the ductwork from where we could see in. We found nothing that could be causing the air quality to be taking the nosedive that it was taking. Then, we heard it – this distinct skittering sound, like an animal trying to claw out of the ductwork! We promptly shut off the A/C system, and called pest control to come pull the animal out of the ductwork. We then made sure to trap the animal once we located where it was in the ducts,. We were careful not to cut off all airflow to the animal – you don’t want to kill them, just get them out! Once pest control arrived, they were able to retrieve the culprit from the ductwork – the smallest baby squirrel had managed to work their way into the ductwork, likely in an attempt to escape the Summer heat! Poor little guy, I wish I could’ve just taken care of him in the open air of our home!

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