It was the hottest night!

I wasn’t surprised when my air conditioner shut down on the hottest night of the year. It was the middle of July, and the temperature outside was in the nineties. My air conditioner shut down at two o’clock in the morning and my house grew sticky and uncomfortable in no time. There was no way I was falling back asleep, but I didn’t want to pay the overtime charge for the HVAC technician. Since it was a Sunday, I couldn’t call for an appointment until Monday morning at the earliest. I contacted four different companies, and I couldn’t get an appointment until four days later. Because of the heat wave, everybody’s air conditioners were shutting down and having problems. All of the HVAC contractors were busy with repair. Those four days were terrible and long with no air conditioning. When the technician finally did show to inspect my system, he chuckled and said it was simply an issue with dust accumulation inside of my system. If I had periodically cleaned out my system, it would have never shut down. The HVAC contractor told me I should enroll in the regular maintenance program. The HVAC company would send a professional every spring to clean and troubleshoot the system. It would operate more efficiently and last longer. I’d also get priority service, which means no more waiting around four days without air conditioning. It sounded like a good deal, so I signed up for the program right then and there.

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Why is the heater not working?

On Friday night, my friend Amy and I went out. We spent the evening drinking margaritas and dancing at a variety of local clubs. When I headed home, it was three o’clock in the morning, and I was feeling very sloppy. Since it is January, the outside temperature has been right around twenty degrees, and there’s several feet of snow on the ground. Although I took a taxi home, I was freezing cold when I stepped foot into my house. I immediately noticed that the house was not warm and comfortable. I could see my breath, and the furnace was not working at all. I was wasn’t in any condition to diagnose what was wrong with my furnace. I was shivering, starving, and close to passing out. I had difficulty locating the numbers to my local pizza shop and my regular HVAC contractor. We first ordered a pizza, then called the HVAC contractor.They sent the technician right over. I was saved by the 24/7 Emergency Service. The technician arrived before the pizza and was able to get the job done. It was a quite embarrassing when he learnt out that I had actually toggled the thermostat down while we were out that night. I own a smart thermostat, and I’d changed the thermostat from my mobile. I had no memory of this, but was relieved the heater still worked. The technician adjusted the thermostat, and the central heat started right up. In just a few minutes, my house was warm and comfortable, and my pizza arrived. To make it up to him, I offered some pizza to the HVAC technician.

 

My home is really frigid

My friend moved into a rental home closer to me. It’s a small, Cape Cod style house in the Midwest! It is adorable. After she got settled into her new home, she invited me to stay with her for a few days. The weekend I arrived, it was chilly outside. My friend said she finally had to turn on her furnace because she was freezing. When I took my bags to the guest room, it felt like there was no heat. I was cold! After I placed my bags down on the floor, I looked around for the heating register. It was underneath the dresser. As I went out to the living room, I noticed the heating register inside my room wasn’t the only one covered by her furniture. My friend apologized for the chill and commented that she didn’t understand why it was so cold when the thermostat up high. I asked if she noticed most of her heating registers were covered by furniture. She hadn’t noticed and moved the furniture from several of the blocked registers. I asked when did she change the furnace air filter and she admitted it hadn’t been done. We went to change her air filter, noting it was full of dust, dog’s fur and debris. I asked if she had called to request a HVAC specialist come to the house to clean and inspect the HVAC unit and ensure the HVAC unit was functioning properly. She admitted she hadn’t done that either so we called a local HVAC business. They sent someone out that afternoon to do the cleaning and inspection. After HVAC specialist arrived, he cleaned her HVAC unit and helped move furniture from the registers. Soon, my friend’s house was cozy. She even had to lower the temperature on her thermostat!

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Ski trip with a radiant heater

Last winter, we took a trip to the mountains to do some skiing. At the end of January, it was extremely cold and we saw a lot of additional snowfall. Conditions were perfect for skiing and my family was really stoked to hit the slopes.  Although I profess to love skiing for their sakes, I don’t really like it.  I’d rather be inside, close to a heat source, where it’s nice and warm.  I love to cuddle up in a fuzzy blanket, sip a hot cup of tea, watch a movie.  I actually never wanted to leave our rental cabin because it had an incredible heating system. It also had gorgeous hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and no sign of any supply vents.  At first, I couldn’t see where the heat would come from.  When I turned up the thermostat, I felt heat beneath my feet.  Then I realized that the whole cabin was outfitted with radiant flooring.  Although the outside temperature was below freezing,  I went barefoot in the cabin and was totally warm.  I thought it was great that the heating system was entirely hidden under the floor, so it didn’t take up any interior room.  Plus, it was silent, and every inch of the floor was the same perfect temperature.  We experienced no hot or cold spots, no uncomfortable blasts of air, and no temperature stratification.  The majority of the warmth stayed close to the floor, with some of it rising slowly upward.  I set the thermostat quite low and because of this radiant flooring, stay wonderfully comfortable.  I stayed inside the cabin all week, comfy and cozy and did very little skiing.

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I’d like temperature control in my office

I work from home and have a small room which I use as my office. I typically spend about eight to ten hours in and around my office, at least five days each week. I have done a far better use of this space and made it as comfortable as possible. I have an antique wooden desk that found at an estate sale and it refinished. I invested in a leather, swivel chair that allows me to get great results for an extended period without the need of back or neck pain. A major problem for me was heat control. Although my home is heated and cooled with a central HVAC system, there are no supply vents inside my home office. Extending the ductwork to incorporate my workspace would have been a very costly, messy, and laborious course of action. I was reluctant to rip down walls and invest such a large amount of money. Because I live in the area with four distinct changing seasons and severe weather, I needed some kind of heating and cooling. I tried getting by with electric space heaters inside during the winter and box fans inside during the summer. I hated having extensions cords stretched across the floor and the sound of the fans. These units were not very cash effective. I was often distracted and unproductive due to the discomfort of the temperature. I simply don’t get a lot done when I’m either shivering or sweating. I called an area HVAC contractor for suggestions, and he immediately recommended a ductless small split HVAC unit. The indoor unit is mounted up on top of the wall, and is connected to the outdoor unit that using a conduit. It is a warm pump, so it provides each of those heating and cooling attributes and maintains the ideal temperature month in month out.heater

Air purifier for my son

Andy, my son has severe issues with allergies.  He struggles with the symptoms all year round, no matter what the weather is.  During the spring, because of the excessive pollen, he often has to stay inside.  Summer humidity creates mold and mildew, which also exacerbates his allergies. He copes with headaches, congestion and breathing trouble. It impacts everything in his life.  Medication does help, but not enough. Andy spends most of his time in the house, so we have to create a healthy, clean environment for him.  Everything has to be just right, including temperature, indoor air quality and relative humidity. All of these factors made a huge impact on Andy’s quality of life. I work closely with an HVAC contractor to make improvements to our heating and cooling systems. We add various air quality accessories to the systems. We live in a part of the country with short summers, but I have still invested in an up-to-the-minute central cooling system. This great air conditioner lets me close windows, thereby limited the amount of dust and pollen that comes into the house. The unit circulates and filters the air, thereby keeping it fresher, cleaner, and at the perfect temperature.  My furnace has a  variable-speed technology, which stops sudden blasts of air that may introduce dust and allergens.  Additionally, I have  invested in a dehumidifier. This helps to regulate moisture levels during the summer months.  It also stops the growth of allergy-causing bacteria, such as mold and mildew.  An air purifier cleans the air about eight times per hour, and captures airborne pathogens and allergens.  I decided to enroll in a maintenance contract with my local HVAC company. This entitles me to twice yearly visits from a technician to clean and inspect all of our heating and cooling units. The technician removes any contaminants within the systems and makes sure that all components are working their best.   

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This is why I put a ductless heat pump in

I have made the decision to turn a room of the house into an art studio, I wanted to do some major renovation. I chose to remodel the back porch with the number of windows and usage of sunlight. It was the perfect location for me personally to sketch and paint. Before we could set up my studio, I wanted to replace the old windows by using Energy Star rated windows. I added insulation to the walls, and updated the electric wires to incorporate more power outlets and business expense the lighting. The biggest concern for one’s studio was choosing a heating and cooling unit. Where I live, we would experience four distinctive seasons, with severe temperature fluctuations. In the winter weather, the temperature frequently drops effectively below freezing. In the summertime, the temperature can climb within the triple digits and the moisture is overwhelming. Since I had to be comfortable in my studio anytime, I was looking for an HVAC system that would handle all types of weather. I did not have a king’s ransom to spend on HVAC, along with the installation space was limited. My HVAC contractor recommended a ductless heat pump due to the compact size, versatility, and strength efficiency. The ductless heat spew combines heating and cooling into one item, mounts on the wall, and costs very little to operate. The HVAC contractor could install the heat pump within a few hours, and there was no major mess. It operates from an invisible remote, which makes increasing and decreasing the temperature simple and effortless. I am very happy with the results of the heat push, and I couldn’t be happier with my cutting edge studio.

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Keeping my furnace on

As i live in the northeastern the main country, and winter is this longest season. We enjoy on a brief autumn season before the winter sets in. It is not unusual to have freezing temperatures as soon as September, and several feet of snow by center of October. We can expect the cold and snow to hold around until early April, and have absolutely often dealt with snow on Easter Sunday. For those long months, there is rarely a glimpse for the sun, and we are forced to settle mainly indoors. Because of the following, it is essential to come with an effective heating system. In the house, I have a forced oxygen furnace installed. Although my furnace is twelve yr old, it still operates reliably. I know that for the reason that I schedule yearly maintenance with the HVAC professional. I schedule a service call after the wedding of August, and a credentialed HVAC technician inspects and cleans the heating unit. He removes any buildup of dust or debris inside equipment, promoting maximum airflow. This permits the furnace to achieve maximum energy efficiency and helps protect indoor air quality. Wash, properly operating equipment is less likely to introduce contaminants straight into my breathing air, overheat, or suffer from wear and tear. The technician also verifies the integrity of all components to ensure safe and additionally dependable operation. The completion from annual upkeep restores my heater to peak condition, preventing downright costly breakdowns, and minimizing monthly jogging costs. I can expect my heating system to go longer and know that when winter season arrives, my furnace will keep the house nice and warm.

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Air conditioner in my room blew

As i was a kid, my family unit had two portable air conditioners. Every season, I couldn’t stand the idea of installing the air conditioners in my house. One was always put in my bedroom window. Because of this unfortunate event, I had to rearrange my bed and dresser, and it made the room feel very small and uncomfortable. An air conditioner was extremely noisy and made sleeping in my room all but impossible. I had to sleep in my winter snow pants because my room was so terribly cold. If the air conditioner was plugged in, it was running in high speed and kept my bedroom at about sixty degrees. The only way to get the temperature down was to unplug the machine and let the room warm up. Since the air conditioner was meant to cool the many bedrooms, I had to leave my door open always with a supreme lack of privacy. Plus, the air conditioner leaked profusely, so I needed to always keep a bucket right under it. I often forget to drain the stupid bucket, and my carpet would get soaking wet. Then my room would set out to stink like mold. Because from my childhood experience with air conditioning, I never wanted to have a cooling system installed in my own home. I resisted for as long as i possibly could but my husband and my kids begged and pleaded till I finally gave in to them. I was amazed at how much progress has been made in the design and the operation of modern air conditioners. These systems now offer some awesome features dealing with temperature, fan speed, and humidity levels. They are extremely quiet and give wonderful comfort without costing an arm and a leg to operate.

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Thermostat use in the office

I couldn’t wait to wear a suit and tie to work every day. Some people don’t like having to wear a suit as they feel uncomfortable. My group of people is the exact opposite. I feel lucky when I know I am looking good. How do i achieve this, you ask? It’s simple, really. I buy expensive suits and get a suit guy to alter them to adjust to my body type. This makes me appear sexier and sometimes even better at my job. Just ask my dog. When I got hired at my current job, I was impressed to see that the dress code was all business attire for both males and females. I was going to have the opportunity to wear a suit every workday. However, this impressed feeling slowly took a turn to sadness when I realized that my office was extremely sweltering. It was like the air conditioner wasn’t even running. I asked my boss what the matter was and he responded by telling me who was just how the office’s HVAC equipment was installed and they had tried to remediate the HVAC before. I was SO MAD. How did they expect me to perform my job in a three-piece suit when it was over 80 degrees in my office? I eventually got the building technician to set the issue straight and now I am a lot more cool throughout the day. I have no clue what would have happened if I would have had to keep this job and the heating and cooling equipment issue never got solved. I would have had hot and sweaty workdays every day of my life.

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