Finding an apartment in my budget

I have just recently moved out on my own, without my parents here by my side. The process has been hard and not easy to adjust to. However, I am lucky that I have my high school best friend by my side to be my guiding light. By a good stroke of luck, we got accepted into the same college for this coming fall. The college is a local community college, and we chose to go because we got scholarships. This way, we will be in less debt, and we will be able to choose any four year school that we want when we have to transfer in two years. The hardest part about going to a community college, is that there are no dorms. So now my friend and I are left with the haste of trying to search for the right apartment in this area. We are only 18, we have never been apartment shopping in our entire lives. But, our parents said that this is our responsibility so I suppose that we will learn quickly. We made a list of our must haves, including air conditioning. However on our third day of apartment hunting we realized that apartments with air conditioning were ten times as expensive as any other apartment on the area. So, despite our need for a great cooling system, we realized we were going to have to suck it up and be hot for a few months of the year. Not having an air conditioning system is not a total deal breaker. We will get over it soon.

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Law school problems

I grew up wanting to be a veterinarian just like my father. I would always admire how smart and knowledgeable my dad was, and how hard he had worked to get to where he is today. However my veterinary dreams came to an end after I sat in on a couple of my dad’s surgeries on the neighborhood felines. Turns out that I don’t handle the sight of blood very well. So I knew that I needed to choose a different career path. I knew I wanted to help people so I decided that I would go to undergrad for political science and then go to law school to become an attorney. I was happy with my choice. Now that I’m in law school I have been spending ten hours every day in the library. I have noticed that the library is always very cold. I freeze every single day in that place. I finally got the nerve to ask the front desk worker weather or not they had heat in the building. They told me that the heat had been broken for weeks and they were having a technician come fix the heater soon. I’m glad that I asked if the heat was going to be turned on because now I know the time frame which it will be fixed finally. Studying in a cold library with a broken heater just is not ideal.

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Portable A/C units

I am getting married this coming August and I am so excited!! I have found the most perfect man to spend the rest of my life with. I am having the wedding of my dreams, it is going to be perfect and just like I have always imagined. I have my dress, bridesmaids dresses, flowers, photographer all picked out.  I have a lot checked off my list.  One thing I keep going back to is the venue.  I am so nervous because it is in a barn and it does not have air conditioning.  I think that we will be comfortable with all the big barn doors and windows open, but that is only if there is a breeze that day.  My fiance brought up a cool point the other day, he suggested we contact a HVAC company to discuss any portable air conditioning options they may have. My ideal situation would be to have a nice breeze for some fresh air but also some portable air conditioners to keep us cool.  I know this sounds pricey but I want only the best for my big day.  The HVAC company told me that this was doable and that they could provide us with three air conditioning units for that day.  They would arrive the morning of the wedding and turn them on.  This way the barn would be cooled down by the time we arrived.  I knew my soon to be husband was so smart! I am so glad that we won’t all be sweating bullets while I get married. The HVAC issue was really holding me back, but now I feel great.

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Air purification

I have always been a bit of a purist when it comes to most aspects of my life. For a long time after college I was living “off the grid”, just me and my two dogs. We had well water and no electric service running to the house, so the county considered it to be a garage and this exempted me from the usual taxes that one has to pay on a house. Eventually though, I was sick of the winters. It was just too rough living the simple life, so secluded from the rest of society. I had my gardens but they only produced crops in the summer and fall, so the rest of the year wasn’t as enjoyable. The fireplace worked as a way to heat the building, but only to a liveable level. It produced sufficient heating so that nothing was freezing, but 58 degrees was probably the warmest temperature the fireplace could provide. So a year ago, I decided to suck it up and rent out an apartment with a furnace for the winter. We were so comfortable though that we decided to stick with this fancy climate controlled abode. Then in the spring my allergies started acting up like never before. “Get an air purifier!” My buddy enthusiastically suggested. Of course I was hesitant, since an air purifier really goes against my simple living mentality. Sensing my wariness, he offered to let me borrow his air purifier for a while. I’m glad he did because I’ve never breathed more easily at home. The air quality in my apartment has been improved tenfold.

some songwriting revelations

I have been writing and recording my own songs for over a decade now and have found it to be the most therapeutic thing I can do. It is an eye opening process in so many ways. I usually write about whatever is troubling me. I know that a song is finished when I have a new sense of perspective on whatever the matter at hand is. So in a way, it helps me understand my situation better but it also allows me to become aware of things that I never would have noticed or thought of otherwise. In a more literal sense, it has also helped me become aware of the fact that my HVAC system had something wrong with it. The thing is, I’m only able to write when the indoor air quality at my house is tolerable. One day I was getting so frustrated when I noticed the air conditioning wasn’t working properly. That’s why I was having a hard time writing! Though the A/C was clearly on (I could hear it humming) there wasn’t much cool air to speak of. The thermostat was set to 68, so it should have been much cooler. Not knowing much about HVAC systems myself, I called my friend, who is a lot more handy than I am, and he came to check out the air conditioner. After about 20 minutes of tinkering, he said it seemed like the main air conditioner unit was overheating and it seemed like the culprit was an overstuffed air filter. Good thing my songwriting tipped me off or else my A/C may have blown up!

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Living with mom and dad

I have been living in the same house with my parents for thirty years now. I know it’s strange that I was raised here and never really moved out, but I enjoy living here. My mother is getting older and she needs all the help she can get throughout the day. My father, on the other hand, is probably my best friend in the world. We’re always hanging out and working on projects together. Also, my job is just down the road, so what would be the sense in moving out? Most likely the new apartment would be farther from my job. Just one easy example of this arrangement being advantageous is just recently, when my parents were taking out their old furnace and having it replaced with a new one. This thing was a monster. The HVAC supplier team was scheduled to arrive at 11am for the installation, so we had to get the old furnace out by then. If I hadn’t been there, there is no way my father would have been able to lug the heater out all on his own. So he probably would have had to pay the extra charge for the HVAC installation team to remove and dispose of the old one. Luckily though, I was there, and we hauled that furnace beast out together. It took us almost an hour of strategic maneuvers to make room for the new heater. Once the installation squad arrived, I could tell that they were hoping the old furnace was still in place so that they could cash in on their removal service. No such luck.

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HVAC for the gardener

About two years ago, my husband and I moved into our current house. We loved the idea of moving outside of town. We wanted to have more space; not just in the sense of a larger yard, but also living farther away from our neighbors. Privacy, peace, and quiet was what we were going for. So when we came across this house for sale, it seemed perfect. It was originally a big old farm and less than a year after moving in, I started to get a strange sense of duty, like I had to at least plant a vegetable garden. The first spring of planting was fun but as the temperatures rose, it got more challenging. Luckily, our HVAC system is perfect for cooling me down after a long afternoon of gardening. The air conditioner was the only thing that was keeping me going through those long hot days. All of the heating and cooling equipment was actually replaced and upgraded shortly before we moved in. Thermostats are in each area of the house for  separate programming and operation. This HVAC zone control feature makes all the difference. Since my husband works out of his office, his A/C preference is to set it to where there is just a bit of cooling. But when I come in from the garden, I need the air conditioner to be going full blast. In this scenario, I can set the thermostat in the living room as cold as I want it, while my husband can have a mild setting for the A/C in his office.

Being a professional

Growing up, my favorite subject in school was art, and my favorite pastimes included painting, drawing, and using clay to create little sculptures and things. From very early on in my life, art had been a significant aspect of my life and it was always something I wanted to do with my life. Fast forward to present day and you’ll find me as an art student in university, working on gaining my degree. Not only have I appreciated traditional art, but I have also learned and become proficient in digital art and media. This, as well as traditional art, obviously takes up a lot of time, usually in big chunks of work time, sometimes just sitting down and doing a whole project all at once. Since my focus is in digital art, about seventy five percent of my work is done inside.Since I sit inside so much and for so long, I decided it was pretty vital for me to invest in getting a decent heating and cooling system so that I can stay comfortable. Not only did I have the entire heating and cooling system in my house completely remodeled and reinstalled, but I also spent a decent chunk of money in buying space heaters, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, and coolers. Somebody may think that that is a lot of money to be spending on heating and cooling equipment, but it is all worth it to me. I just want to make sure that I am as comfortable as possible, because otherwise my work will not turn out as nicely as I wish it to.

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Storing books

Lots of people have been saying that reading is quickly becoming a dying skill. Well, I don’t think I can believe this in the slightest. I mean, reading is and always will be a basic skill that we need to survive and communicate with others, as well as use for recreational purposes. A lot of things require you to read, so it isn’t like reading could ever completely die out. I will admit that physical copies of books have become less popular since the creation of ebooks and other similar methods, since those are a lot more convenient and accessible. I, however, will always be someone who loves the classic, physical book. In fact, I’ve kept basically every book I’ve ever read, and I protect them in a special, temperature-controlled room. I spent a lot of money not just on the books over the years, but the heating and cooling system to protect them. Climate control is pretty important for books. You can’t have just a furnace or other heater because the books will become too hot, and, conversely, a cooling unit will not be very beneficial to them, either. I asked my HVAC provider about it a while back before I had the new system installed and he luckily knew quite a bit on protecting books with HVAC. It made me very relieved when I learned that, because it would mean that I would have an HVAC technician doing work and he actually understood the reasons and everything behind it. Now there’s a field where writing will always be necessary!

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Outdoor air conditioning

When I purchased my home years ago I knew it had to have air conditioning. I wanted one of those large units that could cool the whole home. These outdoor units are much more efficient than having multiple window air conditioners. It also looks nicer when there aren’t window air conditioners all around the house. Instead you just have to worry about one air conditioner that can be hidden by bushes. I am very happy with my air conditioner so far. I get it serviced every year by the HVAC company that installed it. They come check the belts, fans, and other moving parts. Thanks to them my air conditioner has cooled our house every summer. This summer, however, I will not be able to enjoy my air conditioner. When the HVAC technician came to service my unit he discovered a surprise. He found that a bird had made a nest inside the air conditioner. Apparently there was a spot that the bird could get under the metal covering. The bird had laid eggs already too. Unfortunately if we turn the air conditioner on it will disturb the nest full of eggs. I do not feel comfortable trying to move the nest either; I don’t want to hurt the baby birds. This means that we cannot turn on the air conditioner until all the birds have hatched and flown away. Hopefully it is a cool spring and the house won’t be too uncomfortable. It will be worth it, though, to know the little birds grow up safe and sound.

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