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…

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…