The store cooling control

We live in an age of big box stores and ecommerce.  It seemed, to my brother and I, that people just didn’t slow down and enjoy the simple things in life anymore.  For this reason, we decided to open up our own small grocery store this year. We knew that people still valued the charm of local businesses, but, they needed to be reminded how nice it was to have someone know your name when you shopped with them.  We hoped to convert many residents from using other grocery store chains. To set us apart from these giants, we advertised that we would be buying all of our produce from local farmers, and that a portion of our annual proceeds would be given to local community projects. We even offered discounts to nonprofits and schools in order to generate business. We  were so happy the day of our grand opening, thinking of how this new business would change our lives! Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse on that day when the HVAC system decided to stop working. We had only hours before the big event and we certainly needed the place to be comfortable. Not to mention the fact that much of our fresh produce needed a climate controlled setting in order to stay fresh. I tried to stay calm and called the HVAC business that had handled the installation. They were so kind and ready to help, since they knew how much this meant to us. An HVAC serviceman was here in a jiffy, and quickly made the repairs.  The place was perfect when our first customers arrived. Business is good and we really enjoy getting to know members of our community.

air conditioning maintenance

Party with no a/c

Things were strange in the old days; When our parents were growing up, they didn’t have smartphones, streaming films and shows on demand, video games, or any electronic entertainment that children can really be distracted by these days. Instead, they had sources of entertainment that were incredible, however often strange or downright bizarre.  Clowns for…

Essential HVAC

My mother used to provide me with plenty of wisdom growing up, and a piece of that wisdom is “hindsight is twenty twenty”. When you take a look at your past from a present point of view, it becomes more clear. Sometimes the information you need to make a smart decision doesn’t reveal itself until…

I knew that menopause would definitely lead to some changes in my body, although I had no clue how those changes would affect my life altogether! For example, I’ve been getting hot flashes all of the time, as well as they just seem to be getting a great deal worse with age. I’ll be resting…

Cigarettes and IAQ

I grew up in a household of smokers! You have to remember that back then none thought cigarettes were that terrible for you, and hardly anyone knew the term “secondhand smoke.” I lived in a large farmhouse with my Grandparents, parents, two aunts, five cousins, and numerous siblings. Aside from my siblings most people smoked…

My bed frame

About four years ago, my husband Mark and I built a new beach house down south.  We chose an architectural idea which followed a Southwestern look, incorporating archways, stucco, a tiled roof and an inner courtyard.  Mark and I then wanted to continue that same style throughout the interior of the house, but we weren’t…

I’m very mad

I realize that many house projects should be left to the qualified professionals.  I am often inspired to go after do-it-yourself projects. For example, I didn’t learn to knit undoubtedly well.  My mother of course, tired to teach me, my brother and sister. But at the time I was not able bring myself to find…

Strange behavior

Being an homeowner provides various benefits, challenges plus work.  Sometimes it seems that I get more challenges and tasks than benefits.  This was the case last hot season. The troubles were frequent plus ongoing.  It began with problems for our sewer system. The shower started draining very slowly.  At first, it was an infrequent problem…

Mechanics

Preparing a one’s home for Summer and Winter rapidly fluctuating temperatures can make several home concerns very evident.  I began to look for options to improve the effectiveness of the heating and cooling system. So, I hired a quality heating and air specialist to check our gas furnace, a/c and air ducting.  I was surprised…

A free class

    A few months ago, my friends and I were having fun together playing basketball. I was running up to the basket for a layup, jumped up high, and fell wrong on my knee. I heard a popping sound and dropped to the floor like a sack of potatoes. My friends took me to the hospital.…

Stylish a/c

My parents didn’t believe in wasting any money, and their line between spending money and wasting money was very thin. I am the oldest of six kids, and I know the cost of raising us was steep judging by how conscious Mom and Dad were of every penny. We didn’t have much beyond our basic…

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…