Poisonous gas with heating

My mother is always harping about carbon monoxide poisoning in the home.  She is so convinced that it is prevalent in the Heating and A/C cooling and heating unit that is installed in my home. She contacts me every night, at least once, to see if I am ok and I insist that it is impossible for carbon monoxide poisoning to come from my HVAC system! To ease her worries and eliminate some of the calls, I contacted a Heating and A/C technician to come to the house and do a complete inspection in order to end the carbon monoxide concerns.  Following the inspection, they began asking questions that had me quizzical and concerned.  I never knew you had to have regular maintenance checks so the cooling and heating can function properly? They asked me when, or if, the vents were ever cleaned and if the filters had ever been.  I had no idea, and I couldn’t tell him. When the unit was opened, it was the most gross thing I have ever seen in my life! She asked if the air had been cook, and I thought it had, but I wasn’t sure.  She asked about the energy bills, and said that the cost was far beyond what it should be for an energy efficient system. When she had completed her inspection, and cleaning, I was feeling quite stupid. I thought that I should ask the carbon monoxide question, since she was already there. Thankfully, my mom had been wrong, but I am still deeply grateful for her concern, because I would have never known just how dirty my HVAC system had become.  When I received my next energy bill, I was flabbergasted at the difference, and I took mom out to dinner.

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Carbon Monoxide detectors for HVAC units.

My mother will simply not stop about carbon monoxide poisoning in the home. She is so convinced that I can get it through my HVAC cooling and heating unit I have installed in my cottage. She calls me every night, practically, to ask if I am ok and I keep telling her that it is impossible to get carbon monoxide poisoning through my HVAC cooling system! To put her at ease and stop the phone calls I decided to get a HVAC provider to come out to the house and do a full of assessment in order to put it to rest. They came out rather quickly and started asking questions that really  cooling and heating to work properly? They asked me when the vents and air filters had been cleaned and changed and I couldn’t even tell him. When he opened them up it was the most disgusting thing you ever saw in your life! He asked if I was feeling cool air and I thought I had. He asked what my bills looked like and explained that was really high for an energy efficient system as I had in the home. When all was said and done while I was feeling pretty stupid about the entire cooling maintenance issue, I figured I would ask about the carbon monoxide question seeing as he was there. Thankfully, good old mom was totally wrong, but I am grateful to her for her persistence since I would never had known how messed up my HVAC system was at the time. When my new monthly bill came I was floored by how much lower it was that I decided to take mom out to lunch.

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Tax fail with air conditioning

You wouldn’t even believe my luck over my lifetime. It seems like every time anything can not work for me it does, no matter how hard I make attempts to prevent negative outcomes. It tends to make me truly anxious and sensitive, because it’s as if the world is constantly out for getting me. For one instance, last winter when I had been filing my taxes, I began carefully sorting through old expense receipts when I realized it had gotten far too hot in our house for anyone’s comfort. I examined the thermostat settings and everything looked as if it was in order, but then I realized a furnace wasn’t shutting off after time passed by. I adjusted the temperature settings again in the thermostat, but nothing changed and I continued to hear the heater working overtime more than usual. Ultimately, I figured out how to disable the entire heating unit, but as I got overly anxious for relief from the hot house, I needed to take action. It was getting so bad I actually needed to turn on my AC unit to combat the awful heat. I got it running and walked away for a cold drink of water from our kitchen, and when I returned I found the most depressing sight. My air conditioner had kicked into full power while I was away, and the fan had blown all of my expense receipts across the den. They were scattered everywhere and each piece of my hard work had already been undone. You better believe I was feeling hotter beneath the collar in that moment than when I saw the furnace was running broke, a sad day.

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Reading with cold hands-need a heater

When my kids were little, I would read them lots of story books. I really wanted to someday writer my own children’s books. Well, that day has come. I am officially a published author of children’s books. The work was not easy – many sleepless nights slaving away at the computer. I love what I am doing but it is hard work. I have a home office, but unfortunately it is not the most comfortable place to work all the time. There is no ductwork leading into my office.  When wintertime arrives, my fingers begin to stiffen from the cold and I find I spend more time editing, than writing.  In the summer, the heat is unbearable in the afternoon. There are no trees outside above the house to provide some shade. My wife suggests that I get a window air conditioner for that room. I resisted for a long time because I was afraid to run up the energy bill. Now that I work on children’s books full time, I think it’s time to invest in that A/C.  Otherwise, sweat forms on my face and my fingers make my keyboard wet. It’s kinda gross. So I bought a new window A/C and had it put into the window. I use it all afternoon and it really helps me be more productive. We just got our energy bill for the month and it only went up about $15. I am very pleased with the decision. I feel a little spoiled with my own office and my own personal air conditioner, but if I can do what I love, then my wife and my kids are happy. If everyone is happy, then I am happy too.

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Reading with bad heating

I constantly read books to our children when they were growing up.  I built up a yearning to want to write these books on my own someday. My someday has come. I am happy to say I have now published 4 children’s books plus have sent 1 out for consideration of featured animation.  I spend pretty much the whole day at the computer now. My wife doesn’t love it but she knows that I love my job and that it makes me happy so she let’s be me. Sometimes I work all through the night and don’t even realize what time it is until I hear her waking up at sunrise. Unfortunately, I think I need a new place for an office.  There is no HVAC duct leading into our office. In the winter, it gets too cold to type on the computer. I just sit there and shiver. In the Summer, as the heat plus humidity increase, our small office room swelters as there is nothing to shade that part of the house. I planted a tree nearby, but it’s not growing fast enough. I sweat so much without a proper cooling system and it’s hard to type.  For now, I have a small space heater under my desk. My wife is thinking I should buy a portable A/C before I go and spend so much money on a new office.  I told her I’d give the portable air conditioner a try for now. I just got signed up for another book and I have a feeling I’ll be working a lot in the near future. I will certainly need some sort of powerful cooling system to get me through the long hot days in my tiny office.

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Heating for my reading habits

I constantly read novels to my children when they were growing up.  I built up a yearning to want to write someday.  My someday has come & I have now published numerous kid’s books & have sent one out for consideration of featured animation.  I am at my computer for hours on end, & I have even had my husband wake up & say it was time for bed because the sun was coming up.  I easily adore what I am doing.  I have found, however, that I need to find a new area for my office.  There is no HVAC duct leading into my office.  When Wintertime roars in, my fingers begin to stiffen & I find I spend more time editing, than writing.  In the summer season, as the heat & humidity hover around the triple digit line, my small office room gets too hot to survive in.  Sweat forms on my face & my fingers are like they are slipping from the keys.  I wish I were more savvy with computers, because then we could use voice recognition & I could talk while my computer typed.  For now, I have a small portable A/C that I set underneath my desk. It puts out enough cool air, that I can make it through even the hottest of days without sitting and sweating at my desk. I think it will do for now, but someday I’d like to build an extension to the house for my office with it’s own connection to the central air conditioning and heating. Then I can also have enough space to put up book shelves with all the books I’ve written too.

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Needing heating for reading

I always read books to our children when they were growing up.  I built up a yearning to want to write someday.  My someday has come and I have now published various children’s books and have sent 1 out for consideration of displayed animation. I am always on the computer and my wife has to remind me it is time for bed. I sometimes stay up all night writing and animating. I really love what I am doing for a living. I have found, however, that I need to find a better place for an office.  There is no air duct leading into our office.  When wintertime begins, my fingers begin to stiffen and I find I spend more time editing, than writing.  In the warm season, as the heat and humidity increases dramatically, the small office room swelters.  The air conditioner cannot keep up with the afternoon sun.  I wish I were more savvy with PCs, because then I could use voice recognition and I could talk while our PC typed.  For now, I have a small heating system that I set underneath the desk so my toes stay nice and warm.  My wife bought a tiny little portable air conditioner for me recently.  It may be a small air conditioner, however it is a powerful air conditioner and it gets the job done. I’ve found that my productivity has increased a lot ever since we got the space heater and the portable air conditioner. However, our energy bills have skyrocketed. I think it might be a better idea to move my office somewhere else.

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Children’s books-needing a small heater

I always read books to my children when they were growing up.  I built up a yearning to want to write someday.  My someday has come and I have now published four children’s books and have sent one out for consideration of featured animation.  I sit at my computer for hours, and I have even had my husband wake up and tell me it was time for bed because the sun was coming up.  I really love what I am doing.  I have found, however, that I need to find a new place for my office.  There is no ductwork leading into my office.  When winter roars in, my fingers begin to stiffen and I find I spend more time editing, than writing.  In the summer, as the heat and humidity hover around the triple digit line, my small office room swelters.  Sweat forms on my face and my fingers feel like they are slipping from the keys.  I wish I were more savvy with computers, because then I could use voice recognition and I could talk while my computer typed.  For now, I have a small space heater that I set underneath my desk and my toes stay nice and warm.  The door stays open and steals some of the heat that is going into my bedroom.  Last summer my husband bought me a tiny little portable air conditioning.  It put out enough cool air, that I changed my shorts and tee for long pants and a light sweater.  It may be a small air conditioner, but it is a powerful air conditioner.’

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He took a look at the heater

I love the Easter holiday. For as far back as I can remember, my mother and I got together, two weeks before Easter, and to make our fresh cream eggs. We make vanilla, peanut butter, chocolate, maple, and coconut cream. This coming year we made over twenty dozens of eggs, and several dozen chocolate confections, which would all get toward the Easter Egg Hunt, that was held the Monday before Easter. Once the eggs are formed, we let them dry in a cool place for a couple from days, before they are dipped in chocolate. Our usually cool room or space, was suddenly one of the warmest in our home. For that matter, our entire house was getting extremely hot. It was already in the sixties outside, so I couldn’t figure out why the heat was going. I told my husband and he went to the furnace room, to inspect the boiler, and luckily the threshold opened away from him. Steam blew the doorway shut, but it could have been completely him that had got the blast of steam. I contacted the HVAC representative who sent an HVAC technician over. A few minutes later, he had nothing but bad news for us. There was a large crack in the middle of the water pan where the water was heated. Apparently, heat had built up and the water was in a steam stage, and seeping out from the crack. The furnace was there when we purchased the house, and that was almost thirty years ago. He said we needed a new furnace because ours was so old, it wasn’t worth repairing.

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The office climate

Gather a bunch of people together in a small office space and they will come up with things to argue about. For me, it’s noisy co workers who annoy me the most.  I hate it when they chitchat with their neighbors, talk to themselves, or hum along with their music. In my office, there are people who are always too hot, who fight with the people who are always too cold. Some say they feel lethargic when the office is overheated.  The others argue that their fingers are so cold that they can’t properly type.  This disagreement is ongoing and turned into a major issue just recently.  One woman was dripping sweat in her spaghetti-strap dresses while several others were bundled up in jackets.  They all took turns getting up and adjusting the thermostat when they were not comfortable.  The indoor climate fluctuated from sizzling to freezing at various times during the day. Our boss considered putting a locking box over the thermostat, but eventually he hired  an HVAC specialist to determine why the air conditioning equipment worked so unevenly.  He had the air conditioning equipment serviced and  it then worked more efficiently.  A few of the vents were relocated to prevent the air from blasting too much onto anyone in particular. This has improved the situation. The employees are now concentrating more on their jobs than  on the heating system or air conditioning unit. Since our HVAC provider came in and tuned and adjusted the  air conditioning unit, I won’t say everybody is in complete agreement, but the temperature is much more moderate than it was. Most of us have a light jacket handy, and we can put it on or take it off, depending on indoor temperature.   

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