My HVAC equipment stinks

After moving from a European country to a very cold Northern state, I could not understand the reason that people in this part of the world spend so much cash and energy on heating. Where by I live, radiant heating is used by almost everyone. The homes within my country almost always come prepared with heated floors to counter the frosty temperatures outside. Plus, the radiant flooring is actually super energy efficient, without consuming your natural resources or putting out any toxic air into our local weather systems. Meaning radiant heat leaves the community intact for the next generation and where I arrive from, that is important to us. Then I arrived at this strange land, to find electric heaters, central heating, furnaces and boilers are the norm. Occasionally I find a home with the fireplace roaring. I want the sound of a crackling fire place, but I really could do without worrying about the extremely noisy central heating unit I’ve got in my new home right now. Every time the unit kicks on during sleeping hours, I wake up startled. It looks like the fan blades are rusted because the HVAC equipment squeaks when the equipment shuts on and again when it reduces the temperature and shuts off. I miss out on the quiet, invisible comfort with radiant flooring that I used to have. And after having a panic attack from my first utility bill not long ago, I miss the low heating bills I would once get, too. I have been given the name of a recommended heating repair company, in hopes they can silent my HVAC system better. They will be sending a heating professional out a few weeks. I suppose till then, I will just need to deal with a noisy heater.

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Thermostat control when pregnant

My fiancé Tara is seven months pregnant. It’s my responsibility to keep her happy and healthy. I’ve purchased her prenatal vitamins and all the food she’s been craving. But I also have her eating lots of fruits and vegetables. I make sure she does her daily exercises, and I’m always monitoring her temperature. If you’ve never dealt with a pregnant woman, you have no idea how important it is to regulate their heating and cooling. Tara is never satisfied with the temperature of our house. If I have the AC on, she tells me how cold and miserable she is. But when I bump up the heater, she complains about being sweaty. It’s very difficult to maintain the perfect temperature, so I talked to my HVAC provider about keeping her comfortable. I had find a way to stop the yelling. My HVAC provider told me to buy a smart thermostat. This allows my fiancé to regulate the temperature from the convenience of her phone. Instead of having me alter the temperature, she can do it herself.  Since then, she’s stopped yelling at me whenever she feels sweaty or cold. An HVAC business could have charged me 500 dollars for the smart thermostat, and I still would have bought it. Pregnant women are scary when they’re angry, so you end up spending however much it takes to keep them happy.

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Why is our home so secluded

I have heard a couple of theories on using AC or heat when there’s a space in a home not being used. Some people have said keeping the door shut will decrease the usage, and others have said keeping the doorway open will allow the temperature of the house to be more even and an HVAC unit to be more cost-effective. Since I now have two bedrooms at my home that are empty, I decided that it was time to consult an experienced HVAC technician. I am really only using about a third of my home and not in any position to move to a smaller place, but would love to lower the cost of heating and cooling. I called an HVAC service number to provide some maintenance on my system and to suggest some cost saving measures too. The HVAC tech checked both the indoor and outdoor units, ductwork in addition to vents. Everything was in sound condition, except my air filter, which unfortunately needed replacing. He had a filter with him, and suggested I change mine no less than every two months, perhaps a few extra times in the coolest and warmest months. When I asked him about the empty room theories, he suggested closing the door. He said closing off both rooms might lead to problems because the air flow in the ducts remains the same whether it’s being used or not. Since some of the air is not flowing through the rooms, the excess may cause holes in ducts, the coils to freeze and even major damage. The HVAC unit was meant to work for the complete house, so restricting it too much can cause more damage compared to the little savings each month, and that would be more than it’s worth. I followed his recommendations and saw a drop in the cost of my monthly energy bill.

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Castles with good HVAC?

I need to visit someplace new on my next vacation. I have no interest in visiting another state, since I’ve been to almost all of them from north to south. I’ve also been on more caribbean vacations than I can count. It’s time to explore new cultures where I can hear different languages and try new foods. I have decided to fly overseas to a country with fascinating architecture. They  have some excellent museums where I can learn about art history, but my group is more interested in their gorgeous castles. A couple of these castles are renting rooms out to tourists. Wouldn’t that make a great trip? Hotels are fine, but it’s more interesting to spend the night in a castle. My only concern is their HVAC system, or lack thereof. I wouldn’t make sense for them to tear a castle apart in order to have ductwork. After all, this would ruin the historical appeal of the castle’s structure. So if there aren’t any HVAC ducts to circulate heating and cold air, do they have some kind of ductless HVAC equipment? I think they would need a ductless mini split system to have any kind of hearing or air conditioning. Naturally, my business is worried that it will be too cold throughout the night. This would be horrible since the location is known for its frigid weather. I refuse to spring for a castle if this means I’ll freeze to death. I need to know if they have space heaters before I book my flight.

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I enjoy reading

As a small child, I spent lots of my summer days at that library. I really loved reading the books and watching motion pictures, but I especially loved that the library had cold air conditioning. I didn’t have any air conditioning at my own home, because we were farmers with no real money. The best we had in that house, was a small fan within the living room window. I really enjoyed sitting with the librarian, because it was cold, and there was a lot to learn and see. The library was located about four blocks near my home, and that was a straightforward walk for me in at anytime. I read every book I could find, and most people there knew me by name. I started working at the library when I turned fourteen. That was the age for working when I went to school. I worked five days every week at the library, and I was there during a lot of my free time too. I can’t imagine how different my life might be if I had air conditioning inside my home. I spent all those days looking at books and learning about science, just because the house felt like an oven from time to time. I still enjoy sitting in front of the air conditioner, while reading an excellent mystery novel. Since I have three kids in which are all teenagers, I get far less time to spend at this library. But that’s a positive thing since we have a great cooling system in our home.

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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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