Efficiency is Important

I love the springtime for a lot of reasons. The spring is such a beautiful time of year. The flowers are blooming, and the winter’s chill is gone. Springtime is truly a beautiful season. There are so many things about spring that I love. During the spring, we have to do several things around the house. We do spring cleaning, and we schedule a tune-up with the HVAC service. Tune-ups for the HVAC system are usually really easy. They send a technician out to do some regular and routine maintenance. They make sure our heater and especially our air conditioner is ready for the coming season. I am grateful for this service because it ensures that our heater and air conditioner run more efficiently, saving us money through the year. One weird thing about springtime is the back and forth between the AC and the heater. Sometimes the nights are cold, so the heater comes on. Most of the time it is hot enough during the spring for the air conditioner to run. The back and forth of the heater and air conditioner sometimes leaves our house feeling a little uncomfortable when it gets to the in between point. I love this time of year though because the weather means my heater and air conditioner run less than summer and winter. This means my power bills are less expensive. I love paying less for my electricity because my heater and air conditioner are running less than some seasons.

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Taking heating seriously

I did another major lapse in writing. I really shouldn’t. Writing helps me figure things out and sift through my bag of rocks. When it’s just me I feel like there are so many thoughts in my head I’m ready for it to explode. We’ve done our best to keep busy. We wrote and recorded a new record. Heard some of the demos. They sound great. Our next tour is going to be farther north of here, like really far north, and during the winter. The silver lining is that there, they take heating seriously. There, you need a working furnace and a good heat pump. I remember when I was a kid, sitting in the basement by the furnace just to mellow out. My dad was an HVAC repair technician so we had the best HVAC system we could afford. Every fall, he would inspect the furnace to make sure it was working in preparation for the winter. The last time we did a northern tour, most of the places we stayed at had decent heating systems. HVAC is a big business there, so a lot of the places had smart thermostats and kept up with their furnace repair and service. The places that didn’t either had furnaces that needed to be replaced or died because they didn’t get their furnaces inspected by a licensed HVAC technician, if at all. The people at this one house we stayed at had no idea you had to have the furnace inspected. HVAC maintenance isn’t that hard. So I’m looking forward to this tour. It’ll be freezing in the van, but heated at the venues and wherever we crash.

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Trip with no AC

A few years ago, I went on a spoken word poetry tour with two of my friends who are also poets. This wasn’t our first tour together, so we had it down to a science: Where we were stopping, how much we were paying for food, what we would and wouldn’t do to avoid taking up too much time. It was simple. We’d go to a venue, hang out with some of the poets, perform or compete in a poetry slam, sell some CDs, and leave. We’d usually pile into a motel or drive through the night, depending on how far we were going. We started off on a lengthy drive and then all of a sudden, the air conditioner went out. We were on a time crunch and couldn’t afford to stop and get the cooling system fixed, so we figured we’d bite our lips and deal. It was during the spring, but it was exceptionally hot. We tried to distract ourselves with conversation, but it always came back to how hot we were. We would pass by motels that advertised air conditioning and it took all we had not to pull over. Finally, we got to where we needed to be. Rather than go to the venue, we found a mini hotel nearby. We walked in and felt the cold air in the air conditioned lobby and all just stopped. It was about a minute past check in, so we ordered a room, went in, turned down the thermostat and just sat there in the air conditioning. We had the time. We went to where the slam was and in that air-conditioned club, did our best and won.

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Church Heater Broken

Sometimes I really hate leaving the house during winter. I am not a fan of winter in the best of times. Once I get cold it makes me feel like I will never get warm again. I hate being cold, especially when there is no easy way to warm up. Thankfully the wintertime, is usually not too bad where I live. Most of the time I can come and go as I want to with only a jacket or a sweater. Last year, I had one day where I really regretted not wearing my coat when I left the house. We went to church and when we got there I could not get warm. The heater was working, but it was not blowing enough air to really heat up the building. If you stood on a chair and put your hand right next to the vent, the air was heated. It was not distributing enough of the slightly warm air to heat the whole building though. It was terribly cold. By the time we left our Bible Study room to go to the main building it was really cold in there. The building was bigger with a higher ceiling so the little bit of heat that  there was stayed way up at the top of the ceiling. We had an extra short church service that day. The next time we went to church I made sure to wear my coat. I thankfully did not need it that week because the HVAC service had come out during the week. The HVAC service found the problems with the heater. They quickly and inexpensively fixed the heater’s issue. I was so glad to be warm at church.

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All tile floors should be heated floors

Anytime I see tiles in a home I always think they should be heated floors. Tile floors are easy to install, clean and look real nice in a home. However, tile floors absorb the heat and cold. In the summer tile can get real warm when the natural sunlight comes in through the windows. In the winters the tiles easily get cool. I hate standing on cold tiles in the winter. I do not think there is any person who enjoys cold feet. Installing radiant flooring in tile floors is so easy as well. All the HVAC technician does for electric floor heating is put electric mats under the tiles. The mats have electric lines that keep the floors warm. There is also a hydronic heating option. This combines a boiler with the heated floors. It is a way better method to heating the floors too. The boiler lasts a lot longer and also heats better. The boiler heats water that goes in piping that is within the floorboards. Tile is easy to put the piping in. The HVAC contractor rips out the tiles and can easily set up the piping. So if it is such an easy process, why would you not get heated floors? Also heated floors heat better than a furnace or an electric heater. The heat stays at the floor levels and does not go towards your ceilings. No heated air is wasted. Also the ambient heat is absorbed into all furniture that touches it. Your furniture also is naturally being heated as well with this system. No hot and cold spots and a more efficient heating system comes with the heated floors.

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Heating a home decent

Many people ponder how to get the most out of their air conditioners. There are many of things that can make your air conditioners more efficient, here are only some options.The first thing you should do is inspect that your air conditioning program is washed, all dirty systems will clog up airflow as well as make your air conditioning program cool more than it has to. Another thing you can do to help out your air conditioning program is make sure it is put in the shade throughout the day; You can set up a little covering or plant shrubs as well as bushes around it. This will prevent the air conditioning program from overheating as well as will be especially helpful on hotter days when it has to work for long parts of time. Many people get that turning down the temperature will cool down their house faster. This is not a fact as well as should be thrown out. The only thing that this will do is add extra cash to your utility bill. When installing a cooling system make sure that it is the proper size for the location it needs to put air to. If it is too sizable for the space you will think when the yearly bill comes around. Make sure that you have the proper size cooling system. Running fans will make the cool air go faster as well as help the cool air spread out through the room. Then this will put less stress on your air conditioning program as well as save you some money. But be sure not to run the fans at top speed if it is humid outside. Low speed fans are better for this kind of situation.

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assisting the AC

Many people wonder how to get the most out of their HVAC devices. There are plenty of things that can make their devices more efficient, here are only a few.The first thing you should do is check that your air conditioner is clean! Dirty systems at the time will clog up airflow as well as make your air conditioner have to cool harder than it has to. Another thing you can do to help out your air conditioner is to ensure it is shaded throughout the day, but you can set up a little hut or plant flowers as well as bushes around it. This will prevent the air conditioner method from overheating as well as will be especially helpful on tepid days when it has to work for long periods of time. Many people know that turning down the temperature will cool down their house faster. This is not true as well as should be disregarded. The only thing that this will do is add extra dollars to your utility bill. When installing an air conditioner ensure that it is the right size for the area it needs to give air to. If it is too big for the area you will think when the daily bill comes around. Ensure that you have the right size air conditioner; Running fans will make the air around in move fast as well as help the cool air spread out through the room. Then this will put less of a strain on your air conditioner method as well as save you some money. But ensure not to run the fans at top speed if it is humid outside. Low speed fans are better for this weather.

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Making the most out of AC

Many people wonder how to get the most out of their air conditioning units. There are plenty of things that can make your air conditioning systems more efficient, here are only a couple.The first thing you should do is look at that your a/c program, make sure it is clean! Dirty systems happen to clog up airflow as well as make your a/c program go harder than it has to. Another thing you can do to help out your a/c program is make sure it is hidden throughout the afternoon. You can set up a little shield or plant trees as well as bushes around it. This will prevent the a/c program from overheating as well as will be especially good on hot afternoons when it has to go for long periods of time. Many people know that turning down the temperature will cool down their condo faster. This is a falsehood as well as should be disregarded. The only thing that this will do is add extra dollars to your utility bill. When installing an a/c make sure that it is the correct size for the area it needs to provide air to. If it is too sizable for the area you will see that when the monthly bill comes around. Make sure that you have the right size a/c, however running fans will make the airflow transfer quicker as well as help the cool air spread out through the room. Then this will put less of a strain on your a/c program as well as save you some money. But be sure not to run the fans at top speed if it is humid outside. Low speed fans are better for these options.

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Helping out the AC

Many people wonder how to get the most out of their cooling systems. There are plenty of things that can make your AC more efficient, here are only a few.The first thing you should do is check that your device, to make sure it is clean. A dirty device might clog up airflow and make your unit work harder than it has to. Another thing you can do to help out your unit is make certain it is shaded throughout the morning, you can set up a little tent or plant trees and bushes around it. This will prevent the device from overheating and will be especially helpful on sizzling mornings when it has to work for long periods of time. Many people assume that turning down the temperature will cool down their house faster. This is a myth and should be disregarded. The only thing that this will do is add extra dollars to your utility bill. When installing a cooling system make certain that it is the proper size for the section it needs to give air to. If it is too large for the section you see it on the biweekly bill when they come around. Make certain that you have the right size cooling system, then running fans will make the airflow move quicker and help the cool air spread out through the room. Then this will put less of a strain on your device and save you some money. But be certain not to run the fans at top speed if it is humid outside. Low speed fans are better for these conditions.

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Getting the most out of your cooling system

Many people wonder how to get the most out of their air conditioning systems. There are plenty of things that can make your air conditioning systems more efficient, here are only a few.The first thing you should do is check that your air conditioning system is clean. Dirty systems may clog up airflow and make your air conditioning system work harder than it has to. Another thing you can do to help out your air conditioning system is make sure it is shaded throughout the day. You can set up a little tent or plant trees and bushes around it. This will prevent the air conditioning system from overheating and will be especially helpful on hot days when it has to work for long periods of time. Many people believe that turning down the temperature will cool down their house faster. This is a myth and should be disregarded. The only thing that this will do is add extra dollars to your utility bill. When installing an air conditioner make sure that it is the right size for the space it needs to provide air to. If it is too big for the space you will know when the monthly bill comes around. Make sure that you have the right size air conditioner. Running fans will make the airflow move quicker and help the cool air spread out through the room. Then this will put less of a strain on your air conditioning system and save you some money. But be sure not to run the fans at top speed if it is humid outside. Low speed fans are better for these conditions.

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