An awesome decision

My fiance and I are in the process of making plans to have our dream house built.  He and I have everything planned out to the last detail. My fiance and I have decided to  have dark hardwood floors throughout the home, a grand master bedroom suite, granite countertops in the kitchen and the exterior of the house will be a stucco style.  The only thing the two of us cannot seem to agree on is the heating system. My fiance wants to have heated flooring installed throughout the house because he is worried that his tender feet will get cold while he is wearing his socks and slippers.  I on the other hand want heated flooring in the bathrooms and kitchen only and forced air heating throughout the rest of the house with the air vents on the floor. I have a big furry chow chow dog who is the most spoiled animal ever and she easily enjoys lounging like a princess on the forced air vents in our current house and I would dislike it if she was no longer able to have that luxury.  For her to not be able to lay on the heat vents would ruin those cold winter afternoons for her. Also, if the two of us no longer had the forced air heating vents on the floor then our big furry chow chow would not get as much exercise. Whenever she hears the heating unit kick on she will wake out of a dead sleep to run clumsily to the closest heating vent. I have even witnessed her on occasion stop eating to run to 1 of the heat vents!  This in itself is a miracle, in our opinion. When she is relaxing and all sprawled out on these heating vents with the warm air blowing up on her, she just looks so satisfied and relaxed.

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The HVAC system with a mind of its own

Always be wary of technology that doesn’t want to cooperate with you. Like the Terminator movies, technology doesn’t always work in our favor, and you want to be cautious about avoiding potentially dangerous situations with electronic appliances. I may sound like your typical technophobe, but I have justifications for my paranoia. It all stems from…

The old CD-ROM collection that taught me to fix my own appliances

You know how there’s all those old CD-ROM games and videos at the library? Buried in a bin somewhere in the back, these old discs are relics of the past that have little to no place in any classroom today. Technology today is far more immerse and hands-on, rendering the old ways obsolete… or so…

New SUV

Not too long ago, my good buddy purchased a new SUV. It was a really nice ride I must say. He even hooked up a gaming console inside of it so his kids could play their games when he was driving. I thought that was pretty neat, but something I noticed when I was riding…

2 furnaces

The other day I was talking with one of my friends and he was telling me that he was working a lot of overtime recently because he needed to pay to have his 2 furnaces replaced.  When I asked him why he had two heating systems he told me that his house has one furnace…

A better home

Our boiler system is undoubtedly the least efficient way of heating possible, as my home is two stories with a basement where the boiler system is setup. In my first floor living room there is a large metal grate. The premise is that the boiler system will turn on to provide heating in the winter.…

The air is damp

My roommate, Bruce, is a total bum and slob, so this drives me crazy.  Bruce is self employed so he is typically stays around the apartment. I’ve never watch him do any work.  He seems to simply lounge on the couch, watching movies drinking beer and eating popcorn. He leaves dirty dishes and clothes all…

Deep into the storm

                                            My gas gas furnace is set up on the wall, and it basically looks like a bunch of piping having a knob on the side. It looks bizarre and not terribly comfortable, but our dog enjoys it. If I am not keeping an eye on him, our dog will jump on top of the…

That is amazing

                                            I am in the process of getting a college degree, and to do so I have to do a combination of online and in person classes. Online classes are so much better for me though. I can still work at my normal times and then do school afterwards. I get the online work done…

No a/c needed

My chums plus I have this inside running joke that’s been going for over a decade now. It started with us wasting time at a strip mall, wasting time during Summer getaway. We were going to be going into twelfth grade in the local school that year, however both of us still acted similar to…

We should put an air purifier in

I continually worry over the integrity of air quality in my home.  I realize that there are sources of contamination in every room. Carpets, furniture, rugs, pesticides, cleaning products, cooking, humidity and temperature fluctuations can result in health hazards.  I have taken every possible precaution to improve the cleanliness of my home. I vacuum several…

Boyfriend worried about phantom electric-can’t leave AC plugged in

My boyfriend Marco is literally one of the cheapest people in the world. He has money, he just saves it. Every nickel and dime is accounted for. We can’t leave anything plugged into the wall for fear of phantom electric. This is the theory that a little bit of electric is being pulled out while…

Fan speeds

When I first started up our central cooling unit this year, the air coming from the vents was super musty.  I should have right away called for professional service. Unfortunately, between work and household stuff, I was severely stressed at that time of year.  Plus, our budget was a bit tight, and I was hoping…

I’m confused

When planning family vacations I’m constantly  conscious of the fact that my siblings are picky when it comes to their environment.   Two of my siblings insist on keeping the A/C running at full speed, so when we rent a vacation property this is something I have to keep in mind. I am the polar opposite…

Working hours

After university graduation party, I moved away to a large town.  I spent a few weeks interviewing for career options and eventually, I landed the perfect task at a enjoyable university.  Next, I spent a few months searching for the right apartment. It was a tedious procedure, but, luckily, I had my dad there to…

This is amazing

I’ve recently been pondering doing my oldest passion in life; creating arts & crafts os a career, i never really thought I could absolutely make money doing something that I’ve always wanted to do, however, I’ve turned a new leaf. I am going to stop being scared of potentially failing and decided to jump headfirst…

Cooling coils

I work as a part-time teacher for a karate studio, the couple who runs the studio rents the area from another owner. The studio is actually in a basement in the grocery store in our neighborhood.  It functions particularly well though. The basement is regularly clean and cool for the summer season. The owners never…

Loud operation

I have always felt moved to bake, and for the past many years I’ve gotten asked to deliver cookies, cakes and many treats for birthday parties, retirements, showers and all sorts of good times.  What started as just a fun activity has gradually blossomed into a small business. Although I still do everything out of…

This does a lot

We’re only weeks away from closing, and we had the inspection on our new “dream home”.  It isn’t really our dream home, but it can be, and it’s affordable. So now it’s time to meet with the Heating and Air Conditioning provider to install our new air conditioner and heating system.  A brand new Heating…

Cats love this

This last year, I moved into a new beach unit complex, and the owner of the complex really looked like a decent and nice guy, however I could guess that he was kinda greedy. All of the appliances, including the heater, water heater, and the a/c  in the beach house were astonishingly cheap brands that…

Wrestling matches

My childhood is filled with so multiple positive memories… I am the oldest of six children, so growing up was a chaotic, joyous time. I had so many brothers and sister, I had friends right from the beginning.  My siblings could always make myself and my parents laugh; the Wintertime memories were the happiest. Every…

Winter was exceptionally hostile this year, which is saying a lot for a southern town. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure someone from the north would have seen the weather as a nice relief, but the weather we had was way outside the realm of our usual winter conditions. All through March the weather didn’t…

It is what it is

I watched this show recently about extremely wealthy individuals & how they spend their money on their own properties! The best part was this gentleman that purchased a property in California that desired to have a secret tunnel to a hidden room that he could smoke his cigars in. His fiance & him didn’t want…

A scrub brush

I dislike mice with an absolute passion, and mice don’t do anything other than cause more tasks for me… I swear they commit suicide just to make my life more awful. The mice adore killing themselves in my ductwork. They crawl in the ductworks, chew around a bit, plus then die in there. Then I…

Overuse of air conditioner in grocery store in the middle of summer –

I absolutely hate spending time and money on grocery shopping.  I tend to wait until my family is running low on everything before I make the trip.  This past week, the refrigerator was nearly empty, and we were completely out of toothpaste, deodorant, and toilet paper.  With no choice, I made the twenty minute drive…

Trimming expenses and realizing the majority of my paycheck is spent on the furnace –

I recently made a conscious effort to trim down my household expenses.  I became much more careful about planning my grocery list and made sure to take advantage of coupons and deals.  I shut off the lights every time I left a room and shortened the duration of my showers. I eliminated my occasional shopping…

I hope this stops

Our street is pretty short. We have block parties often, just to check in on each other. Recently, we all gathered together to discuss some Energy Conservation Tips that could help us all out. We’re all adamant about preserving our natural earth in this time of temperature change.The weather around here has been extraordinarily strange…

Dual heat pumps

We purchased a very large home a few years ago, imagining all of the benefits of having so much space. Of course the storage space and closets were important to me, considering all of my clothes, shoes, and belongings. We also planned on having lots of social gatherings in our large home. We weren’t so…

Ideal a/c system

One of my college professors recently assigned a project which required us to research how to make a house more energy efficient. I learned some interesting things. Some options made perfect sense.  I knew that turning off lights when not in use, air drying laundry rather than relying on the dryer,and switching traditional light bulbs…

Using a catalytic, clean-burning stove at the cabin in the woods

My friends and I are big fans of outdoor adventures. The aesthetic appeal of spending time in the wilderness, observing nature – that’s what makes us love our weekend trips to the woods, either up north or further south. On occasion, we take longer vacations that require extensive planning. On these trips, we spent an…

Walking A/C

My dad used to work as a carpenter when I was growing up. He used to build houses for a living, but when I was about twelve years old, he decided to pursue his dream of becoming an HVAC maintenance professional. One of my favorite stories that he always tells about a job he was…

Area influence

Everyone knows the United States has many different climates. In the really hot climates your air conditioner will have to work harder just to keep your house cool. This causes strain on the AC unit. Each HVAC system comes with a guide of temperature recommendations to help keep your AC working efficiently. However, some climates…

Updated HVAC device

When my hubby & I first purchased our modern residence, we spent a great deal of time updating the place.  It was an incredibly old, historic mansion located downtown. It had a great history & had lovely, detailed architecture all throughout the residence.  Because of the house’s age, it required a few structural replaces. My…