I argue over temperature control

I love my children, but sometimes their constant complaining can make it difficult to be around them! I have three children, and it seems as though they make it a point to have three wildly different opinions about every little thing. They can never agree on what to eat, what movie to watch, or even what thermostat setting we should use. My oldest child loves having the thermostat set to a chilly 68 degrees, because she prefers to wear heavy clothing and relax underneath a mountain of blankets. The middle child hates having the air conditioner on, and would prefer to keep the thermostat set to 78 degrees, even during the summer! Of course, my youngest child doesn’t seem to like any thermostat setting, and seems to simply enjoy arguing with the other two children. My husband and I have gotten pretty good at ignoring their arguments over thermostat settings, but last weekend, we had a really difficult time. It rained all day on Saturday, so the kids were stuck in the house. Instead of playing together nicely, or watching a few movies together without bothering each other, they decided to argue about temperature control! The rain had increased the humidity, so the air conditioner was running. Of course, the three of them could not agree on how much air conditioning was needed to keep everyone comfortable. After about ten minutes, I felt like I had no choice but to send them to their rooms for the rest of the afternoon! I love my kids, but it’s amazing how much they will complain about the thermostat settings!

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A big problem with my heater

In my kitchen, I rely on a tiny, ventless heater. It runs on gas and is very effective for heating just a single room. It only struggles as soon as the outside temperature drops below freezing. Unfortunately, the winter weather in my area is especially brutal, and it sometimes dips well below zero. The ventless heater is just a single stage unit, which means the appliance blasts the heat at maximum potential until it reaches the correct thermostat setting. The heater then shuts down completely. When the temperature within the kitchen drops, the heater begins again. The constant cycling on and off can create some uncomfortable temps swings. This past week, we’ve received some really horrible weather. That heater was operating nonstop, and I pointed out that the red warning light has been blinking. This light normally indicates that the air filters need be cleaned. When the light is normally blinking, the heater runs and runs. It will not stop running, and there is a danger in it overheating. I made sure to carefully clean the air filters, but the warning equipment and lights continued to blink. I was worried that there seemed to be a substantial problem with my heater. I certainly could not go without the heater when the weather is usually so exceptionally cold. I really didn’t want to call an HVAC contractor and pay money for a repair. I was suspicious that there was a draft, causing cold air to blow over the sensor for the thermostat. After inspecting the area near the heater, I found cold air coming in from the gas pipe. I stuffed insulation around the hole, and this solved the issue.

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Wearing clothes to stay warm

In the area where I live, we typically begin using the furnace sometime in October. Our fall season gets really chilly, and is often very wet. Even if the sun warms things up in the day, the nights can be superbly cold. We’ve already gotten several inches of snow throughout the end of October. The worst months of the year are definitely January, Feb, and March. The temperature crumbles well below zero, it usually snows, and the wind is usually brutal. There is no choice but to try and keep the furnace running all day and and night. This year, however, we ended up being extremely lucky and enjoyed an unusually mild fall season. We could actually got by without turning to the furnace until the end of December. We didn’t even have snow around the Christmas holidays. Right around the beginning few days of the year, however, the weather soon began to get very ugly. The temperature abruptly plummeted, and everyday, we accumulated large quantities of snow. Suddenly, we were using the furnace at its maximum capacity, and it couldn’t keep up with demand. No matter how high I cranked the thermostat, my house felt way too cold. Despite wearing multiple layers of clothes, fuzzy socks, together with slippers, I was constantly shivering. Most of the time, I kept a blanket twisted around me. I have done everything I am able to seal my house, and yet there were drafts and cold spots in each and every room. My monthly energy fees were especially costly, and there has been no end to this cold in sight. The local schools were frequently closed, and virtually any time outside was downright dangerous. It was a very long and tricky winter.

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Air quality and heating equipment

Not long ago I attended a bridal party at a fancy little boutique restaurant. The wedding was  scheduled for the end of December, so the whole thing has a holiday theme. On the day of the baby shower, the outside temperatures was twelve degrees, the then blowing wind was fridid and it was snowing like crazy. I was not happy scrubbing the snow off my vehicle and scraping the ice from the windshield while wearing a dress and heels. I then had driven over slippery roads, with snow blowing in many different places, and had trouble finding a place to park. I was forced to walk a very long ways in my high heel shoes, on the ice, carrying a substantially sized present. I just about snapped neck, and ended up showing up with wet feet. I was extremely eager to get inside the restaurant and heat myself up. Attempting to set the proper mood, the restaurant had started a fire within the fireplace. That would have ended up being really cozy except that a friend forgot to open the flu. The restaurant had loaded up with smoke and fumes, and it was terrible and awful. Trying to get rid of the smell and smoke, they had the many windows and doors wide open. The air quality quickly became so bad that my eyes began watering heavily, I couldn’t stop coughing, and I got a unpleasant headache. Plus, the restaurant was freezing cold. The heating system couldn’t keep up with the open window and outside air which was twelve degrees. None of us were dressed warm enough. I simply could not wait for that bridal shower to terminate. When I got home, I had to shower because my locks reeked of smoke.

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This installation went very well

My significant other recently bought a ductless mini split for our bedroom, and she expected me to install it. I had never even heard of of a ductless mini split before, and had no idea what I was getting my wife or I into. I did some research and identified that in a ductless mini split you will find a heat pump that doesn’t actually require any air ducts. The unit runs on electricity and operates much like a refrigerator. The system sees ambient warmth in outside surroundings, compresses it, and transfers it inside to warm the surrounding. In the summer, the heat pump reverses operation, extracting heat from indoors and pumping it all outside. A mini split system is made out of two main components; an indoor air handler and an outside compressor. The air handler is actually surprisingly lightweight and very compact, and is mounted at the top of the wall or even flush in the ceiling. It is connected with the outdoor unit by a gateway that houses the refrigerant sections, drain line, and electric line. A three-inch diameter hole in an exterior wall is necessary to accommodate the conduit. Because of the extensive line lengths, the indoor air handler and outdoor compressor are usually located some distance from one another. After reading up on the ductless heat pump operation process, I knew there seems to be no real possibility of me setting it up properly. Instead of trying and failing to do it myself, I made the smart decision and contacted a licensed HVAC professional. I made sure my wife was planning an evening of shopping. Then I scheduled an installation appointment with the HVAC company for that same exact day. The technician arrived directly on time, and had the ductless heat pump installed within hours.

I want some fresh air in here

I work out on a daily basis because fitness is important to me. I am forced to work out indoors usually because the outdoor weather is very harsh. However, I am an avid runner. I invested in a very good quality treadmill so that I’m able to run all year long. This past year the weather just didn’t want to be pleasant. I needed to shut the windows and start up the furnace most days. The rain and cold temperatures made it unbearable to run outside. Even though it was discouraging, I was glad that I had access to my state-of-the-art treadmill. I put a lot of miles on the treadmill between September and July. I was so excited when I could finally shut down the furnace, open the windows, and head outside on a serious run. Running outside did not bring me any sunshine. I had not dressed properly for the weather, so I shivered throughout my entire run. I got chased by a pack of dogs, bit by a mosquito, and stepped in the pothole. The exhaust fumes brought me a headache. The batteries with my MP3 player died, so I had no music. I was thirsty, and desperately needed to use the bathroom. Running on the treadmill can be boring, but I like having control on the temperature. I have a Wi-Fi enabled HVAC system, so I will make changes to temperature and air quality right from my smartphone. I’m able to manage heating, cooling, humidity, supporter speed, and ventilation without interrupting my own workout. I know that my shorts and T-shirt shall be perfect because I decide this climate. Not only am I perfectly comfortable the whole time I’m working out, but I feel safe.

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I don’t want dry air

It has taken me about 20 years to complete my vinyl record collection. I feel that there is no comparison to music quality when it comes to LP records. I am a huge fan of classic Soul blues music through the early 1960s to the late 1970s. I’ve hunted down many albums and singles from popular artists in the genre. I have found many collectibles at different places in the state that i live. Some are worth only pennies, even though I would sell them for hundreds if I could. It is important to me to preserve the healthiness of my collection. I have my vinyl albums, along with a good half-dozen vintage record players, stored inside of a temperature controlled room. My forced air HVAC system maintains ideal temperatures constantly. Since I live in a space that gets all four seasons and really extreme weather, having both a heating and cooling system is extremely important. I have invested in a top quality HVAC accessory with variable-speed technology, which makes sure more evenly distributed comfort and additionally avoids harmful temperature swings. My energy bills stay at the minimum cost. Because of the heat and humidity summers, moisture can become a big nag. High humidity levels might cause my records to contort. I need to join my air conditioner with a whole-home dehumidifier to properly get a grip on moisture levels. In the winter weather, with the furnace running for long stretches, I battle the consequences of overly dry air. I’ve installed a steam-style humidifier to introduce necessary moisture preventing my turntables and vinyl albums from drying out and cracking. I appreciate that my HVAC system and quality of air accessories keep me comfortable while I play my albums.

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HVAC settings and some tips

I live in the south, so the weather is constantly hot plus humid. There are only a few weeks in the year when the temperature drops below 50 degrees. This week, is one of those rate weeks. During most nights, the temperature reaches the low eighties. However, the outside weather has been genuinely chilly this week. I absolutely have to wear a jacket when I leave the house! Typically, I turn my air conditioner and fan on before I go to bed. This week has been genuinely different though. I had to turn my heater on. I can’t even remember the last time I needed heat! Last evening, I set my thermostat to 78 degrees, because I was freezing cold and needed to warm up very quickly. I was all snuggled in my bed and felt genuinely toasty. I was sound asleep until about midnight, when I woke up hot. I was so hot that my hair was sticking to my face and my sheets were all wet. I felt absolutely disgusting. I shredded my pajamas as fast as I could, and ran to my thermostat. I right away cut off my heater and layed on top of all my covers, just waiting for my house to cool down. Thankfully, it was so frigid outside that it didn’t take long for my place to cool down. I was able to bundle back up in my blankets and fall asleep for the rest of the evening. When I woke up, I dreaded getting out from under the covers, because I knew it would be freezing.

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I think I may have set the unit a little too high

I live in the south, so the weather is regularly hot and humid. There are only a few weeks during the year when the temperature drops below 50 degrees. This week, is a one of those rare weeks. During most afternoons, the temperature reaches the low eighties. However, the outside weather has been unquestionably cold this week. I definitely have to wear a coat when I leave the house! Typically, I turn my air conditioner and fan on before I go to bed. This week has been unquestionably weird though. I definitely had to turn my heat on. I can’t even remember the last time I needed heat! Last evening, I set my thermostat to 73 degrees, because I was freezing and needed to warm up swiftly. I was all snuggled in my bed and felt unquestionably toasty. I was sound asleep until about midnight, when I woke up hot. I was so hot that my hair was sticking to my face and all of my sheets were wet. I felt absolutely disgusting. I shredded my pajamas as fast as I could and ran to my thermostat. I instantly cut off my heater and layed on top of all my covers, just waiting for my home to cool down. Thankfully, it was so freezing outside that it didn’t take long for my place to cool down. I was able to bundle back up in my blankets and fall asleep for the rest of the evening. When I woke up, I dreaded getting out from under the covers, because I knew it would be freezing.

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I should not have set my thermostat so high

I live in the south, so the weather is constantly hot and humid. There are only a few weeks during the year when the temperature drops below 50 degrees. This week, is one of those rare weeks. During most nights , the temperature reaches the low eighties. However, the outside weather has been exceptionally chilly this week. I have had to wear a jacket when I leave the house! Typically, I turn the air conditioner and fan on before I go to bed. This week has been honestly different though. I have had to turn our heating system on. I can’t even remember the last time I needed heat! Last night, I set our temperature control to 77 degrees, because I was so cold and needed to warm up quickly. I was all snuggled in my bed and felt very toasty. I was sound asleep until about midnight, when I woke up sweaty. I was so hot that my hair was sticking to my face and all the sheets were wet. I felt really disgusting. I shredded my pajamas as fast as I could and ran to the thermostat. I instantly cut off the heating system and layed on top of all the covers, just waiting for my apartment to cool down. Thankfully, it was so cold outside that it didn’t take long for the place to cool down. I was able to bundle back up in the blankets and fall asleep for the rest of the evening. When I woke up, I dreaded getting out from under the covers, because I knew it would be chilly.

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