Dealing with the moderate temperatures

My house felt very hot this morning. We have a portable air conditioner inside our bedroom so I never dreamed my house would feel the way that it did. Our daily routine involves opening all the windows after dark to let the cool night air in. We then close up the house every day to keep it cool in the daytime. This technique works great usually. The area we live in is not known for hot and muggy summers. We usually only have 2 or 3 days during the season that reach eighty five. This summer is downright oppressive. Our daytime temperatures are reaching the top 80s to mid 90s. This has been going on for almost all the summer. Even our Memorial Day weekend was in the 90s. Those that have central air conditioning have been using it non-stop. That being said, when I looked at the thermostat this morning the house was still 78 degrees. This meant that the nighttime temperatures hadn’t dropped like they usually do. I am very thankful for our portable air conditioner we have in the bedroom because it we can sleep but would love to have a whole house system. My husband does not want the expense of the installation but I believe that we should at the very least get an estimate. I have heard that the newer systems have become efficient and new technology assists in programming everything for various times of the day. I may just call and schedule the appointment and surprise him. Anything is better than coping with this heat.

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Apparently the south gets hot

My sister was the lucky one who moved away. My whole extended family resides up north and we are all located about  five minutes away from one another. My sister Patty was the first one to be adventurous and move a long ways away.  Patty lives down south now, and it is like another world there. Personally, I believe that she is in the perfect, tropical location. The weather difference between here and there is huge. In the north, where I live, we are required to run our heating systems generally all the time. We end up with feet of snow piled up.  There’s always lots of ice. My sister only has to worry about air conditioning. My family never purchased a cooling unit for our house. It is unbelievable to me that Patty only owns an air conditioner, and she uses it constantly. Her main complaint is that she is too hot just about every single day. I cannot even imagine being too hot in December. Patty says that the temperatures climbs so high outside that conditions can become dangerous. There are days when Patty has to stay inside and run the A/C on max capacity. If she dares to head outside, it is only for a few minutes at a time.  Then she retreats back to the benefit of her cooling system. I have also heard Patty mention that she has sweated through her clothes walking to her car. None of things have ever been an issue for me. I am cold and wear long pants and coats all of the time. The furnace is running all year around, and drying out the air.  I make sure to  start up my cars early, and let it heat up before I go anywhere. We just can’t survive without heat. I cannot even imagine an existence that doesn’t entirely rely on a working heating system.

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Tips for your air filter

Earlier this week I tried to clean my giant house. There are designated days within the year that I try to do this task. Since I have such a chaotic work schedule I never ever have time to thoroughly clean my home. At times I really can’t stand a dirty home but I can’t stand cleaning either. I have finally found a happy medium where I’m able to still live in a sparkling home. I will clean up but I will not go above and beyond in cleaning every last surface before the end of the month. Just earlier this weekend that is exactly what I had done. I scrubbed my floors, all of the rooms, the gutters and also my HVAC system. I had my HVAC technician come do a normal check. The technician will take a peek at all of my ductwork to make sure there are no snags and he cleans them as well. He will look to make sure that the HVAC system isn’t working harder than before. Plus he always replaces the HVAC air filters, he says that the need for changing the HVAC air filtering is what gets those pesky particles from entering the home, and most importantly, it is great in terms of efficiency for the HVAC system. My HVAC technician always tells me how things are going in terms of my heating and cooling units. It’s important as well to track down a really reliable HVAC company who is willing to help you out. Look for reviews and do research and that means you’ll know what kind of HVAC company you are hiring.thermostat

My AC won’t turn off

I was required to travel for my job last June, for just a few days & hardly spent any time in my hotel room. I was only in the hotel room long enough to sleep, but the first night, I didn’t get to sleep much at all. The moment I got settled in the room after dinner, the fire alarm went off. SInce I was on the top floor, I didn’t hesitate before snatching up my phone, briefs case, and wallet.  I rushed down the stairs. During a fire alarm, I quickly discovered, the elevators don’t operate, & it was a long fifteen flights to the lobby & parking lot. It was nearly half an hour before the fire department arrived, and probably another hour before we got the all clear to head back to our rooms. We all were fairly certain there was no fire, but everything had to be reset as the fire department made the appropriate inspection. Apparently, when the fire alarm went off, the hotel’s HVAC  system was as useless as the elevators.  When I finally made it back to my room, it was as hot as a campfire. I turned the thermostat down & tried to get in the shower, only to have the stupid fire alarm go off once again. I called the front desk immediately, assuming it was a second false alarm, but no one answered. I looked outside my door and checked the hallway. There didn’t seem to be anyone else heading to the stairs. I figured it best  to be safe rather than sorry.  made the long trek down again, but by the time I reached the lobby, the staff was already herding everyone back to their rooms & apologizing profusely. I turned the thermostat down all the way, but nothing happened. I sincerely hoped it would come on eventually and finally stepped into the shower.  After my shower, I noticed that the main area hadn’t cooled off even one little bit. I tried calling the front desk for the next half hour, but it was consistently busy.  I think everyone was complaining. Finally, at about four in the morning, the A/C came on.

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This is how I improved my HVAC unit

I had to travel because of my job last August, just for a few days.  I did not spend much time in my hotel room. I was very just in the room to sleep, but the fourth night on the road, I didn’t get to sleep much at all. As soon as I checked into the room in the evening, the hotel fire alarm went off. Because I was on the twentieth floor, I didn’t delay before grabbing my wallet and rushing down the stairs. During a fire alarm, of course, the elevators were not functioning.  It ended up being a long twenty flights to the lobby and out into the blazing hot parking lot. It was several minutes before the fire department pulled in, and at least another hour before the everyone received the all clear to head back to our rooms. We all assumed there was no fire, but everything had to be reset as the fire department made a thorough inspection. Apparently, when the fire alarm went off, the HVAC unit also was shut down, because when I finally got back to my room, it was as hot as blazes in there. I quickly turned the temperature control down and wanted to get in the shower, only to hear the fire alarm once again. I phoned the front desk, assuming it was another false alarm, but got no answer. I peeked outside my door and didn’t see anyone else heading to the stairs. I decided it was better to play it safe and took the long trip down again. By the time I got to the lobby, the hotel management was already sending everyone back to their rooms and offering apologies. I turned the temperature control down one more time, but nothing happened. I hoped it would turn on eventually and finally stepped in the shower.When I finished showering and stepped out of the washroom, the living area hadn’t cooled off even one little bit. I tried contacting the front desk for the next forty five minutes, but it was busy.  It wasn’t until about 2:00 am that the AC came on.

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I really like this furnace

I had to travel because of my job last July, for just a few days, and hardly spent any time in my hotel rooms. I really only needed the room to sleep, but the third night on the road, I didn’t get to sleep much at all. As soon as I got in the room after dinner, the fire alarm sounded. SInce I was located on the highest floor, I didn’t wait too long to pick up my phone and wallet and head down the stairs. During a fire alarm, of course, the elevators aren’t able to be used, and it was a long fourteen flights to the lobby and parking lot. It was about ten minutes before the fire department arrived, and at least an hour before we got the all clear to head back to our rooms. We all knew there was no risk of fire, however everything had to be checked as the fire department made the appropriate inspection. Apparently, when the fire alarm went off, so the Heating and Air Conditioning system also switched off.  When I finally got back into my room, it was excruciatingly hot. I turned the thermostat unit way down and tried to get in the shower, only to hear the fire alarm go off once again. I called the front desk, figuring it was another false alarm, however nobody answered. I checked the hallway outside my door and didn’t see anyone else heading to the stairs. I decided to be safe and made the trip down all those flights of stairs again. By the time I reached the lobby, the hotel staff was already sending everyone back to their rooms and apologizing for the issue. I turned the thermostat in the room  down again and nothing happened. I figured it would come on eventually and stepped into a cool shower.When I finished and got out of the bathroom, the living area hadn’t cooled down at all. I tried calling the front desk for the next hour, but it was steadily busy.  At around 3:00 am, the AC came back  on.

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Working on my air conditioning system

I had to travel for work last month for several days.  I hardly spent any time in my hotel room at. I was pretty much just there to sleep, but the second night I didn’t get to sleep much at all. As soon as I checked into the room after lunch, the fire alarm went off. SInce I was on the top floor, I didn’t wait long to grab my wallet and phone, and head down the stairs. During a fire alarm, of course, the elevators aren’t operational.  Therefore,it was a long twelve flights of stairs to the lobby and then out into the parking lot. It was several minutes before the fire department showed up, and at least an hour before the it was all clear for everyone to head back to our rooms. Everyone was aware that there was no fire, but everything had to be reset as the fire department made the appropriate safety inspection. Apparently, when the fire alarm went off, the HVAC system also shut down.  When I finally got back to my room, it was as hot as an oven. I turned the thermostat to a much lower setting down and started to get into the shower, when I heard the fire alarm once again. I called the front desk, assuming it was another false alarm, but no one answered my call. I checked outside the door and there was no sign of anyone else heading to the stairs. I decided to play it safe and made the long trip down the stairs again. By the time I reached the lobby, the staff was already telling everyone they could go back to their rooms and apologizing profusely. I once again turned the thermostat all the way down but nothing happened. I assumed it would turn on eventually, and finally stepped in the shower.When I finished showering and stepped out of the bathroom, the main area hadn’t cooled off at all. I called down to the front desk for the next half hour, but it was steadily busy.  Finally, at about 2:00 am, the air conditioner switched on.

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HVAC and your home

I had to travel for my job last month for just a few days and hardly spent any time in my hotel room. I was really just there to sleep, but the second night I didn’t get to sleep much at all. As soon as I got in the room after dinner, the fire alarm went off. SInce I was on the highest floor, I didn’t wait too long to grab my wallet and head down the stairs. During a fire alarm, of course, the elevators don’t operate, and it was a long twelve flights to the lobby and parking lot. It was several minutes before the fire department arrived, and at least an hour before we got the all clear to head back to our rooms. We all knew there was no fire, but everything had to be reset as the fire department made the appropriate inspection. Apparently, when the fire alarm went off, so did the HVAC system, because when I finally got back to my room, it was as hot as a sauna. I turned the thermostat down and tried to get in the shower, only to hear the fire alarm once again. I called the front desk, assuming it was another false alarm, but no one answered. I checked outside my door and didn’t see anyone else heading to the stairs. I decided to play it safe and took the long trip down again. By the time I reached the lobby, the staff was already sending everyone back to their rooms and apologizing profusely. I turned the thermostat down again and nothing happened. I assumed it would turn on eventually and stepped in the shower.When I finished and got out of the bathroom, the living area hadn’t cooled off at all. I called the front desk for the next half hour, but it was busy. Finally, at about 2:00 am, the AC came on.

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HVAC and electric issues

Growing up in the south was a place that I loved to call home. There were so many beautiful beaches, golf courses, and the weather was fantastic. In summer months, however, the weather was very hot. As a small child, I’d hold a lemonade stand on the corner of our street in addition to offering the adults to buy refreshing drinks on a scorching hot summer day. Business was wonderful at this stand though. The south is the best place to get a little kid to hold a good lemonade stand I always say. My dad’s best friend was the greatest customer I had. She’d always walk over to my lemonade stand with a huge smile asking for a nice cup of my most famous lemonade. One day she came over to my own home covered in sweat. She explained to my parents that her air conditioning was not working all of a sudden. With temperatures soaring over 100 degrees, it was not safe to reside in her home without cold air conditioning. We called an HVAC technician looking at her heating and cooling equipment as soon as possible. In the meantime, my best customer and her three dogs moved into this cool home until the technician could fix her air conditioning finally. Her dogs were sick a result of the excess time spent in the miserably hot home. The vet blamed the broken air conditioning system to the dog’s illness. After a week, the technician repaired her HVAC equipment and she could get back to a standard live. I had never really appreciated cool air conditioning around my southern home until then. People need more than just lemonade to stay cool on these summer days!

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The dust is always a problem

I used to believe air quality was more of a suggestion than anything else. People say you should carefully think about your air quality. I  want to lump it in with things like flossing. Absolutely, you should floss daily but nobody does it. You really should turn off your electronics just to save on electricity. You also really should not wear tennis shoes more than a year. We all do these things though, and there are no major repercussions. Recently I found out that the quality of indoor air is not in the category of simple advice. You really need to concentrate on the humidity of the air in your home. My air quality was bad to say the least. I had really dry and dusty air. I never considered that  it might affect me though. I came to the understanding this winter that my face got really dry and my skin developed rashes. Also I had to put on chapstick  every night for my lips. Even the lining of my nose got very dry and I was getting frequent nosebleeds. I assumed eventually that it was  my furnace that was affecting the air. Your HVAC device naturally dries out the air in your home. It is not like I’m able to turn off my heater inside in the winter. I just decided to live with the dry and dusty air. Then I noticed sometimes I was getting shocks and then my wood furniture started to crack. I thought my house was coming apart until I did a little research. My dry air could be fixed by a humidifier. The moisture in the air will help my health issues. In addition, in the event the dust stays in your air, it might ruin your heating and cooling unit.

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