Learning to live with a boiler

When my husband and I went house searching, I fell in love with a gothic house in the historic district.  I really liked the very feel of the neighborhood, and the intricate architecture of the house.  I appreciated the history, the hardwood floors, high ceilings, and tall windows.  I was very into the house until I found that it did not have forced air heating and cooling.  The house is nearly two hundred years old, and when it was built, there was no such thing as ductwork.  The walls are not a standard width and cannot accommodate ductwork.  In order to install a forced air HVAC system, the walls would need to be completely torn down and rebuilt.  The project would be messy, costly, and destroy the historical accuracy of the house.  I figured I could probably learn to live with portable, window air conditioners in the summer.  Where we live, the summer season doesn’t last very long, and it is usually not all that hot.  Our winter’s are a different story though.  I was skeptical that the very old boiler in the house would provide appropriate heat. I had no experience with a boiler or baseboard heating, and expected to be uncomfortable and cold all winter long.  After five years in the house, I have not regretted coming here, and I have come to appreciate the boiler system.  It is wonderfully clean, very silent, and it provides a very gentle type of heat.  Despite the high ceilings and numerous windows, the boiler maintains consistent and ideal temperature, no matter how cold it gets outside.  It is also very energy efficient, ensuring that my heating bills do not get out of hand.  

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Cranking up the cool air

I think running is one of the worst things you can do. I hate running so bad but I believe that means it is the best workout. Always the best exercises are the ones you do not want to do. I now run everyday to keep in shape. I like to run barefoot so what I do is run around my property. I run for about forty minutes, and then go inside to do my ab workout. I like the inside portion since my air conditioner is on. The cooling system helps out my body temperature. I get so hot and sweaty after a run. Especially when I stop running, the sweat just pours off my body. I at least get a slight cool down when I do abs. The cooling system does its job and lowers my body temperature. I then can do abs much longer and continue on my workout. After I finish then I just relax by the A/C for a bit. I do this so I am not too sweaty. I used to just hop in the shower and then come right out. Then I noticed I would still be hot and sweat through my clothes. It was awful getting cleaned, and then immediately getting gross. Now I stand by the air conditioner to cool myself down before I get cleaned. I get cold then I can shower and actually stay clean. I love that my air conditioner helps out for the ab workout and for my cool down. The cooling system makes my running a lot better.

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Why I installed a new thermostat

For the past five years, I have been renting a home from a nice couple. It was their first home but they moved out and put it up for rent once they started a family of their own because they knew that they were going to need much more space. So, I have been renting the home for quite some time. The first day we met when I viewed the home, we really hit it off. We have been good friends ever since. Friends or not, though, they are a bit intrusive. I get that it is their home and even that we are friends, but their flagrant disregard for privacy can be a bit annoying. It first started when they decided to upgrade the bathrooms without telling me. I got home from work one day and found them chipping away at the tile floor. It was messy and kind of an inconvenience. I let it go, thinking that it was a one-time occurrence. However, just a few weeks later, they arrived early in the morning on a weekend to put up a brand new fence in the backyard. I was okay with that, but they did not even tell me. Most recently, I returned from a weekend getaway and came home to them installing a different thermostat on the wall. Do not get me wrong – I was happy to be getting a new thermostat. It was a smart thermostat, a total upgrade, one that would let me use my smartphone to control the temperature of the house. I love my new smart thermostat and am grateful for it. Still, I love privacy even more and wish that they would, at the very least, give me a heads up.

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HVAC is a thriving business

If I was young and looking for a lucrative career, I would get into the heating and air conditioning business, or better known as HVAC. Just think about it, every home or building you enter has an AC or heating system in it. That means an HVAC technician was needed to install a centralized heating and air conditioning unit in that structure. And even after the temperature control system was installed, a technician is required to come out on occasion to maintain and repair the system. Also, HVAC is a industry wherein an individual can start his or her own company. It can be as simple as taking a course to get certified in HVAC installation and repair, and then you can purchase a work van and some tools and you can start your own heating and air conditioning business. I kind of like the idea of being in a business where you can put a smile on people’s faces as well. Just think about it, when it gets hot and your A/C goes out, you have a big grin on your face when the HVAC technician shows up at your house to fix the problem. Also, you don’t have to work in an office if you are in the heating and cooling business. I guess the downside might be that you have to crawl around in a hot attic to install and repair air ducts on occasion, but I think that would be overshadowed by being able to be your own boss and not have to work in an office.

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I don’t like how this thermostat is set

I’ve never had central air conditioning before, so my new apartment feels like sort of a luxury. Along with central air conditioning, I have central heating for when it gets chilly outside. The thermostat is really easy to use, and I can give the thermostat different settings for different times throughout the day. Central air conditioning is a wonderful change from what I had growing up. My parents never installed a central HVAC system, so if we wanted cold air during hot, humid summer temperatures, we either used a box fan or a window air conditioner. The box fans didn’t do too much to cool down the house, and only seemed to circulate hot air. Even though the window air conditioner did emit a lot of cold air, it really only produced enough air conditioning for one room at a time. We had one air conditioner downstairs and one upstairs, and neither of them were strong enough to cool down an entire floor. Most days, we ended up crowding around the air conditioner for hours at a time, just to feel a little bit of relief from those severely hot temperatures. Now that I have my own apartment with central air conditioning, I’m amazed at how easy it is to provide temperature control to an entire apartment. Air vents are in every room, and the air conditioner will periodically turn on and send cooled air through the ductwork and out through the air vents. Within moments, my entire apartment is perfectly and evenly cooled down. The same process will happen during the winter, except instead of the air conditioner, of course I’ll be using the heater. Having a central HVAC system makes it incredibly easy to control heating and cooling throughout my entire apartment.

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Suffering through the heat

Living in a warmer climate means that people are able to spend much more time outside. Even at night, temperatures can remain in the nineties, so outdoor activities are extended after dark. It seems as if every city park is always full, and there is a pool on every corner. Every single restaurant has to have an outdoor patio, too. I grew up in a chilly climate, and only a handful of restaurants had outdoor seating. Summer temperatures were so short, and there were only a few months out of the year that had nice enough weather for a patio. Since moving to a warmer climate, I’ve had to get used to eating outdoors. I would prefer to sit inside with air conditioning, but all of my friends love being outside. I suffer through it, but I feel like I spend half the time daydreaming about fans and air conditioners, instead of being engaged in conversation! I guess I haven’t completely adjusted to the heat yet, because my friends don’t seem to be bothered by a lack of air conditioning. They might just be used to the high heat and humidity, where I am still adjusting. I can feel sweat pouring down my face, but they never seem to sweat at all. It would be nice if a restaurant could offer air conditioning on their outdoor patios, but I guess that would be a waste of energy. Still, I know that HVAC technology is always advancing, and most new units are incredibly energy efficient. Hopefully one day I will be able to find a restaurant with air conditioning both inside and outside. With a little bit of air conditioning, I could comfortably enjoy both my meal and the sunshine!climate-control

HVAC in my cab

Anybody who lives in the deep south will tell you that the summers here can get very oppressive. The temperatures are crazy hot, probably the hottest in the country, and the humidity comes into play big time as well. It almost seems funny that human beings would choose to live in this kind of environment, when there are so many other, more temperate places to enjoy. It would almost be like choosing to live on a big chunk of ice floating way up north, just the other extreme. Regardless, here I am, I love it, and I never want to leave. My job, delivering supplies to local construction and contracting sites, is only possible thanks to the HVAC system inside the truck cab. We do a lot of heavy lifting outside and we rarely have shade to work in. So the air conditioner in the truck is always our saving grace. Aside from simply counter-acting the insane heat that we deal with, the A/C also helps keep our bottled water chilled while it is in the truck. I have been on the job for about four years now and the climate control never fails to revitalize me after a tough job. One of my coworkers however, told me that a year before I joined, the air conditioning in his truck quit working one day. They did not have time to take it in and have it looked at, so they ducked into air conditioned stores and restaurants whenever they had a spare five minutes. That must have been a rough day.

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This dry air hurts

Just two years back, I decided to spend the Easter holidays with some family plus friends up north. This would be our first time in the northern location, plus our first Easter holiday ever. I live in the southern section of the US, so I had never spent much time in cold weather or snow. I was actually real happy to see some of the family that I hadn’t seen in quite awhile. When I first arrived, the temperature was well below 40 degrees, plus many of the streets of the town were still a bit snowy. My aunt picked myself up at the airport plus both of us actually slowly made our way to her home. I loved seeing all the snow, plus she told me that there would be more coming the next few days. I was thrilled when both of us arrived to her hot cozy house where she had hot cider plus hot chocolate waiting. Many friends plus family were there too, plus both of us had an enjoyable reunion until the next day. The next day, I awoke plus instantly noticed our lips were chapped plus our skin was dry plus itchy. I took a shower plus applied some thick lotion plus chapstick. As the day went on, I had to keep reapplying lotion plus I couldn’t seem to find relief from the dry air. What they needed was to call a HVAC contractor and have him install a humidifier in there heating and air conditioning system.heating-equipment

It’s far too dry in this room

Just last year, I decided to spend our Halloween holidays with some family plus friends up north. This would be our first time in the location, plus our first spooky Halloween ever. I live in the southern part of the US, so I had never spent much time in chilly weather or fall. I was easily excited to see some of the family that I hadn’t seen in quite some time. When I first arrived, the temperature was well below 30 degrees, plus many of the streets of the neighborhood were covered in frost. My cousin picked me up at the airport plus both of us easily made our way to her home. I loved seeing all the frost, plus she told me there would be snow coming in the next few days. I was glad when both of us arrived to her warm cozy condo where she had warm cider plus warm chocolate waiting. Many friends plus family were there too, plus both of us had a wonderful reunion until the night. I awoke plus instantly noticed my lips were chapped plus the skin was dry plus itchy. I took a shower plus applied some thick cream plus chapstick. As the day went on, I had to keep reapplying cream plus I couldn’t seem to find relief from the dry air. When the group left for the day, I instantly noticed the comfort of their home. It was warm plus the air was too dry. I asked my cousin about it when they came back, she told me they had to get a humidifier within their HVAC system this year. heating-and-air-system

We need a humidifier

Not too long ago, I decided to spend our Thanksgiving holidays with some family and friends up north. This would be our first time in the northern location, and our first Thanksgiving ever. I live in the southern section of the US, so I had never spent much time in cold weather or snow. I was absolutely happy to see some of our family that I hadn’t seen in quite some time. When I first got there, the temperature was well below 10 degrees, and many of the streets of the town were covered in snow. My aunt got me from the airport that day and we drove real slow home. I loved seeing all the snow, and my aunt told that there would be more coming the next few days. I was ecstatic when the two of us arrived to the sizzling and cozy house where she had sizzling cider and sizzling chocolate waiting. Many friends and family were there too, and the two of us had a good reunion until absolutely later that evening. The next afternoon, I awoke and instantly noticed that I was sore in the throat and had skin issues. I took a shower and applied some thick lotion and drank tea. As the day went on, I had to keep reapplying lotion and I couldn’t seem to find relief from the dry air. What my family needed to do was have a humidifier within their home and call their Heating and A/C company the year before I came over.

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