It is so hard to tell family members or friends exactly how you feel without hurting their feelings. I am a bit of an introvert. So when one of my friends ask if I would like to go out later for drinks, the first thing that pops in my mind is how I can say no. The trouble is, you can only say no so many times before they get suspicious of you. Therefore, you must come up with an excuse right on the spot. Another thing I feel awkward about is receiving bad gifts from family members. I am really bad at faking a smile, so if I do not care for something it is really difficult for me to hide it. Finally, I have trouble refusing help from family and friends as well. When my grandpa offered to install my new heater a few months back, I just let him do it instead of saying it was already taken care of. Now, I am seeing the effects of letting him do this. It was an awful decision because the HVAC technician would have done a much better job and I wouldn’t be dealing with all of the problems in front of me right now. The heater installation would have been done right in the first place. If I ever get offered a proposition like this again, I will surely turn it down because it is just not worth it to go through all of this trouble. My HVAC equipment is expensive and I want it to be treated properly.
How long does it take you to get stuff done? Are you a fast learner and worker or are you on the slower side? I consider myself to be a problem solver, but I know it takes me a little longer than most to devise a plan and execute it. That is just the way that I am. So when things break down in my life, my first instinct is to often roll up my sleeves and get to work. If the car breaks down, I feel like I can fix it. If the kitchen sink is leaking a bit, I am confident I can eventually figure out the cause. That is the problem, though. I need these things to be fixed quickly and effectively. Sometimes, I don’t feel like putting in a ton of time. I ran into this issue this past summer with the HVAC unit in my house. I probably could have figured out how to fix the darn thing, but I knew an HVAC technician could do it more easily. While I try to save money anywhere I can, this is not an area I feel comfortable doing so. I just needed to find the the right guy to do the job the right way. I asked around town and my colleagues at work to see if they knew anyone. I eventually found the right man for the job and he was a very kind individual. I now know where to turn should my heater or air conditioner ever decide to break down like that again.
As a new homeowner, I finally have the flexibility and control to do whatever I want to do with my home. It is a liberating but intimidating feeling; on the one hand, you have so much that you can do but on the other hand, you have to do it all by yourself. I spend a great deal of time researching how to optimize my residence for both comfort and aesthetics. My wife has let me make all of the major decisions and she mentioned that she likes seeing me tap into my creativity, with our new home. The most important addition that I decided on was having heated floors installed in all bathrooms, in the house. This was an easy decision, especially after talking to my HVAC provider. He mentioned that it is one of the most comforting additions to build into your home. I have had too many showers that ended with the cold feeling of stepping on cold tile. I once stayed in a hotel with heated bathroom floors and I have to honestly say that it changed the way I felt during my stay at the hotel. Since I have already installed a fantastic heating and cooling system, I think that adding some heated flooring would be the best next step for taking my home to the next level of comfort. I heard from a HVAC technician that it is also a relatively easy installation process which is very reassuring, to me. There is nothing more frustrating than having an addition take too much time and money.
Making a new room and messing with the walls in a house is a lot easier aboveground than it is in the basement. You always hear about people renovating their house and getting rid of a wall or two in the kitchen to achieve that open layout. They can also put up new walls in different places if that helps the overall layout as well. However, very few people try to partition off parts of their basement to create separate rooms. That is exactly what I did last year. I basically built a small home gym in the corner of my basement. I had drywall form an enclosed space down there. After that, I hired an HVAC company in town to help me extend the air ducts into this space. This was a fairly minor procedure because the ductwork ran right by it anyway. Once everything was all set, I moved in my weights and cardio equipment. Since then, I have been using my furnace to heat just this little room while I exercise. I have lost a ton of weight since that time and even started seeing some muscular definition come in for the first time ever. While I am putting in all the hard work, I believe my home’s heating equipment deserves some credit for my body transformation. Without it, I would not be able to burn calories as quickly as I do right now. I thought about joining a real gym the other day, but as long as my HVAC equipment keeps my basement comfortable I will continue to exercise down there.
Have you ever really messed up your laundry? I know I was really bad at it in college when I first started washing and drying my own clothes. Sometimes I would accidentally wash a white piece of clothing with a bright red tee shirt. That never ended well. Other times, I would forget to put the dryer sheet in with my clothes and everything would come out with static. That was the worst. Finally, I remember a few times when it seemed like my clothes were taking forever to dry and it was because the filters was clogged with lint and other debris. That would frustrate me so much. Speaking of clogged filters, I experienced this same thing with our home’s HVAC equipment the other day. While a dryer is used several times per week in our house, the heating and cooling equipment is sometimes forgotten about. Even when we need it, it’s not like I have to go down to the basement and mess with the furnace directly. We can simply turn the knob on the thermostat in the living room. Because the HVAC units are often out of sight and out of mind, homeowners like me forget to replace the air filters which is really bad. Not only is it killing your indoor air quality, but it is also slowly killing the life of your system. You ought to pull out those air filters every month and either wash or replace them. If you see too much dust in them, that means you need a new filter.
Today I had a test in one of my classes. I was totally prepared for it, and I’m sure I aced it, but there was one thing that was really hard about taking this particular test. The room was freezing! I could barely focus on my test because I was so cold. My pencil was shaking and I couldn’t concentrate at all. My fingers were so cold, they were shrinking instead of swelling from the heat, so I had to take all of my rings off because they were sliding down my fingers and preventing me from writing. I was so angry about this because I knew exactly what I had to know for the test, and I was totally prepared to take it. But when I walked into that room and there was no heat on in the middle of winter, it ruined everything. I was having such a hard time holding onto my pencil that I didn’t even finish the test in time because my fingers were so cold. I had to stay late after I begged my professor, and only reluctantly did she let me stay. I am writing a strongly worded letter to the superiors of the university about this. No HVAC system in a college should be so awful that students can’t even take their tests appropriately or finish on time, even when they are fully prepared. At least my teacher let me stay after, but I am not happy about how distracted I was during the test all on account of a terrible HVAC system.
Just this past year my dad and I got involved in the barbeque business. We knew that we would make some extra cash, and that it would not be that hard for us to do. So far, it has been a couple of hours every weekend, and we make good money from the parties that we work. We like to do anything that pays well, from graduation parties, birthday parties, or just a fun family cookout. Recently we have been working graduation parties since it is graduation party season where we live. Most of the people who hire us are our family friends, which makes our jobs a lot more enjoyable. Barbequing chicken is a fun job, but we get warm out there very easily. The steam and the heat that comes off of the chickens is hardly comparable to the heat of the outdoors this time of year. Plus, it does not help us at all that we barbeque the chickens during the hottest part of the day. But that is just how it is. Luckily, since we have been barbecuing for our friends they have been letting us come into their houses periodically as we cook, so that we can cool off. They all have air conditioned houses so it has been very nice of them to let us enjoy the fresh, cool air of their homes, even though we smell like barbecue sauce and chicken. We try to tell people that if they want us to barbecue for them during the hottest part of the day, that they have to either let us in to enjoy the air conditioning, or they have to provide us with a couple of fans and an extension cord outside.
I live out in the country. My house is surrounded by fields, woods, and a giant pond. I love the peace and quiet, and the privacy. I am relieved that there is no traffic on my road. I am delighted when I look out the window and spot wildlife right in my lawn. My husband and I frequently see deer, turkeys, foxes, and geese. Sometimes, we even name frequent visitors to our yard. The only critters I am not happy about are the mice. It is a constant battle to keep mice out of my house. They are an adorable little animal, but not when they are chewing holes in cereal boxes and leaving turds on my kitchen counter. I feel kind of bad about it, but I have mouse poison all over the place. Because of this, I needed to invest in a ventilation system. The ventilator installed right into my existing HVAC equipment. It works to expel stale indoor air and bring in fresh, clean outside air. It combats excess humidity, and helps to conserve energy. The ventilator also helps with odor. My house frequently smells of dead mouse. They crawl inside my walls, ductwork, or even my oven, and die. I can’t always find them. If they are trapped in the inner workings of the furnace, the stink spreads every time the heat turns on. It is truly intolerable. I’ve tried air fresheners, scented candles, and disinfectant cleaners. If I can’t locate and remove the dead mouse, I can’t get rid of the smell. At least, I can adjust the ventilator to better tackle the stink.
How much do you know about ductless mini split systems? If you’ve never heard of them, you are missing out. They are the greatest invention ever. Ductless mini splits are as wonderful as chocolate cake, as exciting as a David Bowie concert, and as comfortable as a pair of old slippers. They are the best investment you can make for your home. If your have a room that is too hot or too cold, you can fix it with a ductless mini split. If your house doesn’t have a duct system, you can have a state-of-the-art cooling and heating system by installing a mini split. A ductless heat pump offers both heating and cooling capability in one unit. There are two main parts to the system. There is an indoor unit that mounts on the wall, and a unit that sits outside. Both units are lightweight and compact. They connect with a conduit that is installed through a three-inch hole in an outside wall. Your HVAC technician can usually complete installation in a single day. You can have up to eight indoor units for one outdoor unit. Each indoor unit can be independently controlled, so that every room can be adjusted to a different temperature. These systems are super quiet, safe, and are great for improving air quality. They are wonderfully energy efficient, so you’ll probably cut the cost of heating and cooling your home. Most ductless mini splits include a wireless remote control, and some can even be managed by your smartphone. If you’re snuggled in bed, you can adjust temperature without needing to get up. What could be better than that?
Last month was very hectic for me. I was totally overwhelmed with work. I work nine to five from Monday to Friday, and I enjoy having my weekends off. Because I could not complete all of my tasks in the normal workday, there was no way I could relax on the weekend. I was feeling extremely stressed and having trouble sleeping. I decided to head into the office on Saturday morning. I was not happy about setting an alarm, scraping the ice off my car, and driving on snowy roads. When I arrived at work, the parking lot had not been plowed. I had to trudge through a foot of snow, and ended up with wet feet. My office building was completely dark, with all of the doors locked. I was thankful that I had remembered to bring my keys. When I finally got settled at my desk, I couldn’t concentrate because I was shivering. I figured that the heating system had been turned down to conserve energy while the building was unoccupied. I located the thermostat and turned it up. I waited to feel a rush of wonderfully warm air, but nothing happened. I fiddled with the thermostat a while longer, but it was pointless. I emailed my boss, asking if there was some way of getting heat in the office on a Saturday. He responded that there was a problem with the heating system. It was shut down for safety reasons. An HVAC technician was scheduled to work on the equipment later in the day. My boss was hopeful that we would have heat by Monday.