We waited nearly twenty years to build our dream home. We managed to save every possible penny, and carefully determined each feature of our new dwelling. We wanted to get every detail perfect, and were unwilling to sacrifice quality in the interest of savings. When we decided to get a geothermal heating and cooling system, we recognized that it would be much more expensive to purchase and install compared to a conventional system. Digging up the garden soil to bury the loop system is a big and expensive project. Ultimately, however, spending more was definitely the best option. Our geothermal system provides reduced utility bills and several annual maintenance costs. We could actually bundle the cost of our geothermal system into our monthly mortgage payment for preferential financing. We also invested in a connection between the geothermal heat pump and our water heater tank, so that heat faraway from our home during the cooling cycle is deposited straight into the water heater. This provides us with virtually free domestic hot water. We will also recover our investment over the extended lifespan of the geothermal system. The heat pump is installed inside the house, protected from weather, and should last well beyond twenty years. The underground loop system must provide dependable operation for upwards of fifty years. Plus, we aren’t paying for a separate furnace, air conditioner, and hot water heater. The single geothermal unit requires very little maintenance beyond filter changes in addition to periodic inspection. Along with most of the many financial benefits, geothermal systems are both suitable for the environment and exceptionally safe to function. Because the unit does not necessarily burn fossil fuels, there ‘s no threat of flames, fumes, or carbon monoxide.
Working from my home makes it hard to not co-mingle the storage space at my house with the office space at my house. After accidentally mixing up accounting and tax receipts and my accounting files for the third time this year, I decided it was time to get a storage unit. There is a place near my house and PO BOX store with which has climate controlled units. I prepaid for a full year and got a unit large enough to hold on to my file cabinet and quite a few boxes. I chose a climate controlled space with the humidity in my state. It can cause the papers and files to moisten and dissolve. I especially love that the units are carpeted, additionally having heating and air conditioning. If I must store anything of value inside unit, I can put it on the floor without worry that it will get dirty or scratched up. 1 day last week, I had to enter the storage unit and try to look for some paperwork. I was so comfortable in there, due to the HVAC system these people use, I felt like I was a student in a small office and not a storage unit. I was there for a couple of hours looking through the archive cabinet and boxes. The air conditioning system made my day so comfortable, I almost didn’t want to leave. I have heard about people living in climate controlled storage units. Now I see how they manage. I considered making it into an office but it might turn off my clients.
Placing my 21 month old baby in a daycare was one of many hard decisions I have been required to make for him so far. I hate leaving him alone for an incredible number of hours each day, but it is a necessity so that I can work. The other day, I picked him up after I left work and found the daycare center to be incredibly cold. It was unseasonably cold outside they probably didn’t expect it as a result that time of year, but they must know how to adjust the thermostat. It felt like it was 31 degrees in there. If that it was that cold when I dropped him off every day, I would have bundled him up in a coat and scarf. The poor little boy had a runny nose and sniffles! He was not alone, either. I wonder if they would have had the heat on a high setting if it have been 85 degrees outside. Ideally, the staff would adjust the thermostat frequently every day as needed. I asked the director for the temperature issue and they informed me that the programmable thermostat was busted. I gladly suggested the HVAC company we use at home and the heating and air conditioning service company they use at my workplace. Either of them would be willing to come out and fix their particular thermostat and service their HVAC system. The director called in both the companies and requested quotes. The next day, one of the choices arrived and got the thermostat, HVAC system, and remote controls working in no time.
I am a wedding and event photographer, so I am constantly running around the party to capture the perfect shot at these key events. The weather in my region of the country is pretty warm all year long so outdoor weddings, charity events, and big parties are a natural. Most of these weddings and events come about in the outdoor courtyards of hotels or convention centers. I am a sucker for the natural lighting and pleasant, pretty backgrounds this provides. They will make great photographs later. It is usually really nice to run inside and cool down in-between shots and snapshot sets. In this area of the country, central air conditioning and a well-serviced HVAC system is a must for comfort eight to ten months of the year. Unless the attire is very formal, this is a good way to stay fresh and cool over the event time. However, if I am in a black tux or suit, there isn’t an HVAC system sufficient to cool me off. 80 degrees outside in the black suit or tuxedo feels like 200 degrees and does not get easily remedied by way of a little cool air. I once worked a morning wedding on the beach in Summer. It was so hot, I secretly hoped for rain and they would cancel it or at the very least move it indoors. I would prefer to be wet from rain as compared to from sweat. I think it’d smell better too. Regardless, the feeling of stepping inside cool air – even for some short minutes – on a steamy day is quite refreshing. That blast of cold air conditioning, after being inside the heat of the sun, is awesome.
I’m a sucker for turning on my central heating with the cold winter months. The house gets and stays so excellently cozy and warm. I can even go from room to room and enjoy that they are likely all the same temperature. Precisely what I don’t like, however, is the burning smell it produces the first time I use it each year should the weather finally get cold enough. It has the aroma of burning dust. I know there is usually several months worth of dust in the heating coils by the time we are able to use it each year inside the winter. I used to spray the filters with lavender oil or vanilla oil each winter season before inserting them into the device and turning on the HVAC system’s heat setting. I read somewhere this can actually be a fire risk, depending on the version of oil I may have implemented. My HVAC service repair guy explained about scented filters and safe scented inserts which might freshen the air in my home in addition to covering up that burning dust and hair smell. He also cleaned the coils really well while he was in there. Then I had him install a programmable thermostat with handheld control from my smartphone, and we set up a regular appointment for service every half a year so the HVAC unit will likely then continue to run efficiently. I also bought a year’s supply of scented filters and scented inserts in order that my home will always smell nice and the air will be fresh together with clean. It is so nice having a good HVAC service and repair company within my reach.
In my area of the country, it is the season when the daily weather changes several times each week. Sometimes it changes several times on the same day. Yesterday, it was 32 degrees when I left the home for work. By the time I went for lunch, it was in the middle to high 60s. Throughout the day, it changed and by the time I left for the drive home, the outside temperature was in the low forties. I stopped by the market en route to my home to pick up some food for supper. By the time I positioned myself in the store, it was within the high thirties again. I would say that I am truly very thankful for any central heating and air conditioning inside my office building, in the marketplace, and at home and also I am glad I have heated seats inside my car, but the real issue is my wardrobe. The trunk of my car seems as if it has become a Lost and Found. It’s full of the coat, hat and scarf needed through the morning cold, the gloves I shed at lunch, and a light jacket I needed after that. By the end of a week, my car begins to look more like a thrift store when compared to a simple mode of transportation. I actually enjoy the cold weather, but I like the fresh HVAC system in my dwelling more. I had it installed some years ago. The timing was fantastic. That Winter, we had a significant snow blizzard and the outside temperature dropped to 15 degrees. My condo was still extremely toasty and warm.
This time of year is a crazy time for us. It is Christmas time, and we are an company that works on public social policy for the Catholic Church in our area. You would think that we would be closed during this of year, but we will not be. When the office was opened in 1969, and ever since then, the office closed for about a couple weeks between Christmas Eve and New Year’s. That is, until 2014. In 2014, we got a new boss after our old boss retired. The first major change the new man made was to eliminate closing the office at Christmas time. It is ridiculous, I think, because It looks like we spend more money running the lights and the HVAC system than we save. Our building is three stories and each story is one HVAC zone control area. That means if anyone is working on any floor, we need a HVAC system to be running on that floor. That is the case today; almost everyone used some vacation time to stay home with their families. There are only three people here today. I am on the second floor, so I have the air conditioner cooling the full second story just for me. A colleague is working over the third floor and she is running the air conditioner just for herself. And our second-in-command was in his office on the first floor, so he surely running the air conditioning there. None of the lot can accomplish anything because almost no one is here, and we’re using the air conditioning all day. I think it is a ridiculous decision to stay open these two weeks. The use of the HVAC system alone will do reason to close.
When I was a young man, I had no idea how the house was kept warm during the winter and cool during the summer. We lived in the northeast, and as far as I know, we did not have any sort of air conditioner. I’m sure we must have had a furnace, though, since it would snow heavily every winter. Now that I’m all grown up and moved to the southeast, I am more mindful of the responsibilities of home property. One example of those responsibilities is indoor air quality. Another is trying to bring down any costs while maintaining that indoor quality of air. Very soon, I will be replacing the HVAC system of my house. I have a modest, small home with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, so I don’t need a huge HVAC system. I will be calling in an HVAC company to help me determine what’s best for me, my home, and my spending habits. I would like to just flat out buy the foremost energy efficient air conditioner and heater out there, but I doubt this to be possible with my budget. The thing I need to do is to determine how much energy I personally use and how much it would likely cost to upgrade the HVAC system and the amount of energy I am likely to save each month with the new HVAC. Since I am only 1 person, my heating and cooling requirements are not as large as those of a family.
Everyone knows by now that the costliest part of your monthly electric bill is the heating and cooling system. Usually the home heating system. Here in the south we don’t usually use our heaters as much or as frequently, but when we do, we are able to expect to see a sharp increase in our utility bills. It doesn’t need to be that way, however. You can save money as a result of helping your furnace relax a tad and have some time off of instead of working all night and day. Set your thermostat as low as you possibly can and use sweats and quilts to help you stay warm. Change the air filter monthly so it doesn’t force your furnace to battle dust and clutter. Don’t rely on the vent fans the kitchen and bathrooms too much. A lot of people pay little attention to those fans since they think it’s not expensive to run a small fan. True, the fan itself isn’t all that costly. However, those exhaust fans can easily take the heat that your furnace just provided and very quickly send it outdoors. Once that icky smell you need to remove is gone, turn off the exhaust fan. Your heater will thank you. Also, an old method that hardly anyone does anymore is open the curtains. Find the south side of your house and open the drapes and blinds on those windows. You may use the sun to help your heater out. The opposite is true during the summer, of course. In summer keep those window coverings closed and open the ones on the north side of the house.
Most people are not very happy when the the utility bill arrives month after month. We want to have the best indoor air quality, but it can be a financial burden when we see with what it costs to own our heating and cooling systems. It is never a bad idea to try some energy saving tips, especially in the winter. The primary consumer of energy in most American homes is the HVAC system, but there are some simple and effective ways to save money on your heater bill this winter. First, start in the fall and make a call to your local HVAC company to arrange an HVAC system inspection. The HVAC technician will come out and inspect the furnace and all of the heater’s components. Whatever needs to be repaired or replaced can be before it becomes an emergency. Second, set your thermostat low. Some homeowners tend to set the thermostat at 78 or higher, but that is really unnecessary and uses a lot of energy. Be willing to wear a sweater in your living room and use blankets while you sleep. Also, be sure to start a bitter winter with a fresh air filter and change the air filter each month to keep your furnace from working too hard to keep your home warm. Third, check around your windows and doors. Do you feel a draft? Even when they are closed, your doors and windows may leak heat to the outside. This, too, means your furnace will use more energy to keep the house warm. Get several draft protectors or do some caulking as needed.