My cat is obsessed with the air vent

Animals can be fun to own and even helpful at times.

They can also be destructive and hard to handle.

My cat, Mr. Mickey is all of those things. He loves to cuddle on my lap at night and can seem like a perfect little angel at times, then there is the other side of him that makes me want to scream. When I am at work during the day he tends to get himself into trouble. He knocks things off shelves, spills his water bowl, and has even uprooted several of my houseplants. The other thing he does, even when I am home is lay directly on top of the air vent for the HVAC system. I am sure he enjoys the cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter but it causes a serious build up of pet hair in the vent. Each week I have to unscrew the cover and vacuum out the inside in order to prevent the hair from being blown around the room. I even tried blocking it off with a small table but he managed to push that out of the way and settle himself right back in. I can’t put any sort of permanent cover on it or put a big piece of furniture on top of it as that would defeat the purpose of having it. If I shut that one down I am sure he will just find another one that will work for him. Maybe I should try putting him in a crate like many dog owners do. I could put a fan next to it to keep a breeze blowing on him and maybe that would save my house from destruction.

 

 

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Attic ventilation without any fuel source

Our detached garage has a huge attic space that we never use. The reason for this is the fact that it has no insulation and we worry that the heat that builds up in that space will ruin many of our belongings. We decided to try and fix that but have run into a lot of issues. The first, and most important is that the town will not issue a permit to add additional wiring because the service to the house is already overloaded. We would have to pay the power company to come and increase the wiring and the load in order to qualify. My husband wants to do this but I don’t see the sense for that. There are a few other options I want to consider. The first would be solar panels for the top of the garage. This seems like the most viable solution to the problem but it would mean cutting down the old growth trees that shade the building. My husband has been researching heat driven fans that could provide ventilation and not require any fuel source at all. We have one of these that sits on top of the woodstove in the winter but I have never seen one that can be used in this manner. The way the one we use to circulate the heat in the winter works when the top of the stove reaches eighty degrees. The heat generated starts the small motor like device which turns the fan. A heat generated vent would work in a similar manner. When the temperature in the attic space reached a specific degree it would start the fan blades going and it would draw out the heated air. I like this idea because I could keep the trees, we wouldn’t even need a permit, and we could use the much needed storage area.

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Should I get this AC service plan?

Being a grown adult human being is a harder job than I had envisioned.

As a teenager I watched my parents go through the motions and thought, yeah that looks easy.

You buy groceries, you go to work in the morning, you pay bills once a month, didn’t really look that hard to me. It turns out that only with a lot of experience do you make it look that easy, and it never stops being stressful. Now I’m worried about taxes, zoning ordnances, insurance and all this other boring stuff I had never imagined before. Take my HVAC system for example, a problem I thought was a very simple one to fix. When the air conditioner breaks, you have to get it fixed, so I make the call to the dealership. They send an A/C tech out to inspect my gear, and he gives me a cost estimate on repairs that was quite frankly shocking. After seeing the look on my face, he tells me about an annual HVAC service plan they offer. For the same price as the repairs he can also sign me up for the HVAC plan which will cover all future repairs and service calls. This puts me in a weird grown up situation, where I have to consider paying the HVAC guy even more money, to save myself future money. I called my dad and asked him what he thought I should do, and he just laughed and said “not so easy, is it son?” So this HVAC problem is mine alone to deal with.

 

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The importance of the SEER rating

When I need to get a new car, I always do a lot of research to determine what the best investment of my money will be.

A huge purchase is not the same as going to the store for new clothes, it has to be approached differently.

Big purchases are the ones that not only cost a lot up front, but will continue to require money throughout their lifetime. Since I have to pay for gas, any car I get should get great mileage to save on my future costs. When it comes to something like an air conditioning system, you will have to pay for upkeep as well as the utilities to power it. Thankfully the industry has been using SEER ratings to determine how efficient an HVAC system will be. A SEER rating means the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it measures the cooling output of your system, and divided by the energy it takes to run it. That’s a fancy way of saying it tells you the mileage of your HVAC system, and how cost-effectively it can chill your home over the hottest days of summer. A lower SEER rating will translate to higher utility bills for a warmer house. SEER ratings can go as high as 25, but even the smaller A/C models with a 14 or 15 rating are still very efficient. When I got my HVAC system replaced, and the old one removed, the workers estimated that the old system had a rating of maybe 7 or 8, and the new one is 21.

 

 

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My kids are driving me crazy complaining about our air conditioning

Sometimes my kids can drive me absolutely crazy.

They are always complaining about something, whether it’s their dinner, their curfew, or even their cell phones.

I feel like they are just way too entitled and they need to learn a lesson about money and being good stewards. The past few days, the weather has been heating up more and more around here and so the kids have been asking me to turn the thermostat way down. I usually keep our air conditioning set at around seventy degrees, which I think is perfectly fine. But they keep complaining that our house is way too hot and that I need to turn the air conditioning on. And to be perfectly honest, I’m getting pretty sick of hearing about how the A/C needs to be turned back on when it just went off! It’s driving me crazy. I think that they should consider themselves to be pretty lucky to have air conditioning in their house at all. I didn’t have A/C in my house when I was growing up. And when you live in the south the way that we did, the temperatures get really hot really fast. It’s much easier to live where we live now without air conditioning than it was back in the days when we were growing up in the south. When my kids complain about the hot temperatures outside and then want me to turn the A/C up even more, it just makes me want to smack them! Of course I don’t, but it sometimes makes me think that maybe I should stop using our A/C all together.

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We sell so many more snow cones when the air conditioning is out

My daughter and I started a snow cone shop a couple of weeks ago and it’s been really fun so far.

There is a pretty major learning curve when it comes to running a snow cone business, though.

We had never really thought much about the logistics of keeping our ice super cold all the time. Sure, we knew that we needed to have freezers for the ice, especially in the warmer temperatures during the summertime. But what we hadn’t thought about was having to be in an air conditioned area to serve our snow cones. See, we use shaved ice instead of chipped ice, and so our snow cones melt much faster than the other kind. If we are serving outdoors in an area without any air conditioning, our ice melts so much faster that it’s not even funny. Last weekend we did a graduation party inside of a big gymnasium and they had the air conditioning cranked up full blast. I think the temperature inside the building was probably around 65 degrees or so. They weren’t messing around with their guests getting overheated! They really made sure to keep their guests nice and comfortable during the graduation party. It made the snow cone business much easier, to be honest. We didn’t have to worry about our ice melting super quickly as we were serving people. But this week we had another event outside in the hot temperatures. Our ice melted so quickly that we nearly ran out before everyone got served! I much prefer catering to places that let us work in the air conditioning.

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Good advice from the retired HVAC salesman

On the weekends, I do a lot of community service help at our local church.

You meet all kinds of interesting people doing the same thing.

Everyone is a bunch of caring individuals, which makes us all like one big happy family. One person there is a retired HVAC salesman. Even though he has not ever done any heating and air conditioning repair, or knows a whole lot about heating and air conditioning repair, he does know a lot about thermostats, as that’s mostly what he used to sell in his whole career of selling heating and cooling products. This was very helpful to me recently when I had an issue with my wireless thermostat. The wireless thermostat was flashing a message on the digital display saying low battery. I wasn’t sure what was going on, because I rent my house, and I never had a wireless thermostat before. I was afraid to take it off the wall and look at the batteries, thinking it was going to be some kind of special battery that may have been attached to the wall! That’s when I told the retired HVAC salesman about my concern and asked him if he knew anything about wireless thermostats and how to change the batteries. He told me that it will come right off the wall and not harm anything, and that the batteries were just your basic double A batteries that you would put in a portable radio. I couldn’t believe it was something that simple! Just goes to show you that i’m not very smart in the tech department.

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Thank heavens for power generators

One of the worst things that could happen when you live in a very hot area like I do, is for the power to go out in the middle of summer, and the central HVAC system to go out with it! This can cause a lot of problems.

Not only the fact that you will spend a fortune on hotel stays that time of year to escape it, but it can also be deadly to some.

That’s how bad the heat is here! Because of this fact, I took some good safety measures in investing in one of those power generators like the hotels have. I have to say, it cost me near a fortune, and my credit is a little less than great because of it. But, it was well worth the credit sacrifice! My power generator has got me through a few of these power failures during storms, and kept both me and my family safe in the perfect air conditioning of our central HVAC system. When the power goes out, all I need to do is go out back to turn on the power generator, and then everything comes back on as if nothing ever happened…including the central HVAC system. My neighbors have noticed this. They always are asking me how I managed to get power when everyone else has theirs out, and then I show them my power generator. A few times, I have even let the neighbors and their kids spend the night in hot summers when the power has gone out. It saves them hundreds of bucks on hotel stays. I guess I am just a nice person like that.
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Attic ventilation without any power source

Our detached garage has a big attic space that the two of us never use.

The reason for this is the fact that it has no insulation as well as the two of us worry that the heat that builds up in that space will ruin many of our belongings.

The two of us decided to try as well as fix that however have run into a lot of concerns. The first, as well as most crucial is that the neighborhood will not issue a permit to add additional wiring because the service to the house is already overloaded. The two of us would have to pay the power supplier to come as well as increase the wiring as well as the load in order to qualify. My wife wants to do this however I don’t see the sense for that. There are a few other chances I want to consider. The first would be solar panels for the top of the garage. This seems appreciate the most viable solution to the concern however it would mean splitting down the aged growth trees that shade the building. My wife has been researching heat driven fans that could supply ventilation as well as not require any fuel source at all. The two of us have 1 of these that sits on top of the woodstove in the Winter time however I have never seen 1 that can be used in this manner. The way the 1 the two of us use to circulate the heat in the Winter time works when the top of the stove reaches eighty degrees. The heat generated starts the small motor appreciate machine which turns the fan. A heat generated vent would work in a similar manner. When the temperature in the attic space reached a identifiable degree it would start the fan blades going as well as it would draw out the heated air, and i appreciate this idea because I could keep the trees, the two of us wouldn’t even need a permit, as well as the two of us could use the much needed storage area.

 

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The cooling service plan?

They send an a/c tech out to inspect our gear, and he gives me a cost quote on repairs that was quite frankly shocking.

Being a grown adult human being is a harder task than I had envisioned. As a teenager I watched our parents go through the motions and thought, yeah that looks simple, but you buy groceries, you go to work in the morning, you spend our money bills once a week, didn’t actually look that strenuous to me. It turns out that only with a lot of experience do you make it look that simple, and it never stops being stressful, however now I’m sad about taxes, zoning ordnances, insurance and all this other boring stuff I had never imagined before. Take our Heating and Air Conditioning proposal for example, a concern I thought was a actually simple 1 to fix. When the a/c breaks, you have to get it fixed, so I make the call to the dealership. They send an a/c tech out to inspect our gear, and he gives me a cost quote on repairs that was quite frankly shocking. After seeing the look on our face, he tells me about an annual Heating and Air Conditioning service plan they offer! For the same price as the repairs he can also sign me up for the Heating and Air Conditioning plan which will cover all future repairs and service calls. This puts me in a odd grown up situation, where I have to consider paying the Heating and Air Conditioning guy even more currency, to save myself future currency. I called our dad and asked him what he thought I should do, and he just laughed and said “not so simple, is it son?” So this Heating and Air Conditioning concern is mine alone to deal with.

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