I do have a radon removal plan

One of the things that I never honestly thought about when we were buying our new beach house a few years ago is radon! I don’t think if you’ve ever even heard of radon before – it’s this odorless, colorless gas that comes from the ground plus it can get into your beach house plus cause all kinds of physical concerns if left untreated. It’s a naturally occurring gas that is radioactive, plus so it can cause lung cancer! Pretty horrifying, right? It comes from the natural breakdown of something called Uranium that’s found in rocks plus soil plus it can make its way into the air you breathe inside your home. It gets there through cracks plus holes plus other ways that it can find through your home’s walls, floors, plus foundations, radon is honestly horrifying when you assume about it, because it can be there for years plus you would never even think it. Radon is the third leading cause of lung cancer here in our country, third only to smoking. And you think how awful smoking is for you! After I found out about all of the dangers of radon, I had radon testing done in our home, but luckily, the radon levels in our basement were non-existent plus so we didn’t have to have a radon removal plan installed… But since radon can appeach at any time, I’m planning to do radon testing at least twice a year from now on! When something is that dangerous, I just don’t assume it’s worth the risk to leave it uninspected! Do you?

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I ran the right tests

One of the things that I never absolutely thought about when the two of us were buying our beach house a few years ago is radon, and i don’t know if you’ve ever even heard of radon before – it’s this odorless, pale white gas that comes from the ground plus it can get into your home plus cause all kinds of physical problems if left untreated. It’s a naturally occurring gas that is radioactive, plus so it can cause lung cancer! Pretty frightening, right? It comes from the natural breakdown of something called Uranium that’s found in rocks plus soil plus it can make its way into the air you breathe inside your home. It gets there through cracks plus holes plus other ways that it can find through your home’s walls, floors, plus foundations, radon is legitimately frightening when you think about it, because it can be there for years plus you would never even know it. Radon is the hour leading cause of lung cancer here in our country, hour only to smoking, then and you know how bad smoking is for you! After I found out about all of the dangers of radon, I had radon testing done in our home. Luckily, the radon levels in our basement were non-existent plus so the two of us didn’t have to have a radon removal method installed, but since radon can appear at any time, I’m planning to do radon testing at least twice a year from now on! When something is that dangerous, I just don’t think it’s worth the risk to leave it untested! Do you?

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Big time a/c going on

I got up super early this day to go to the gym before it got too crowded like it always does. It was freezing this day, too, so I had to turn the heating on when I was on the road to the gym. By the time I got there, the heating in my car was going pretty well, so I went ahead and cranked the car thermostat back down to normal. I didn’t want to get blasted with heating from the air vents when I got back from an intense cycling session! I’d be sizzling-hot when I got back in the car after I finished in the gym. Anyway, I went inside and the A/C was blasting in the lobby of the gym, which took me off-guard. It wasn’t sizzling outside or anything, and if anything the heater should’ve been running. I don’t know who’s in charge of the Heating and Air Conditioning system in the gym, but I know they’re wasting a ton of electricity! When I got inside the gym and started my cycling session, there was cold air from the a/c blowing through the air vents and into the weight training area. In the cardio room and the cycle room I was in, they had space heaters running at high outputs to quickly heat the rooms up. I was confused, and I couldn’t figure out if they realized that part of the gym was being air conditioned while the other was being heated. It was the weirdest thing! I know they need to call the local Heating and Air Conditioning company to come out and do a diagnostic report, as they will be upset to know how much energy is wasted every day by running two separate climate control devices simultaneously! Besides, people come to the gym to sweat – why should any part of the gym be kept unreasonably cold?

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That was pretty frustrating

I recently decided to change to a new Primary Care Provider.  My doctor that I have seen from years is getting older and I wanted to find a new one before he decided to retire.  This way it would allow me to meet with a few and find a doctor that I was comfortable with. I received paperwork in the mail to fill out ahead of my first appointment to save time upon arrival.  My sister was at the house when it came and as I was filling them out, the subject of family medical history came up. This was always a tough subject because we really don’t have a lot of the information.  Our family has never really been close and worse yet, our dad left when we were young so we don’t even have information on him. Things like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are important to know about but we have no clue. We have tried to find this information but due to privacy acts, such as HIPAA, this information is protected so if we don’t have the person’s permission, we are not allowed to know anything about their health history. I understand why this is so important and want my own information protected too.  For this reason, I make sure to list my own family members on all of my HIPAA permission forms. This includes my children as well because if for some reason they need this information some day they can access it easily. As for myself, I just have to mark it as “unknown” and hope for the best. So far there have not been any major issues and I hope it stays that way.

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The heating is pumped to full power

My daughter began to have her own opinions about things practically on her thirteenth birthday. Like any teenager, she isn’t afraid to tell everyone else her opinions – especially if no one asked! Once upon a time, my daughter was a quiet and polite young woman, but now she’s become rather assertive and outspoken. She doesn’t mind telling you what she thinks, or what she thinks of you. I admire her moxie, except for when our heating and a/c system feels the impact of her behavior. She seems to believe that due to her “adult” age, she’s allowed to fiddle with our digital thermostat to her heart’s content. This is not the case, obviously – but if she’s cold, the oil furnace gets turned up to full blast. Or if she’s hot, she will turn the temperature on the thermostat down to near freezing until she’s cooled off. She understands what those numbers mean on the thermostat, but has no respect for the machinery! She’s over there pushing buttons and tapping the digital thermostat screen all the time, and it’s driving me nuts. My husband explained that the smart thermostat system is meant to be automated – raising and lowering the temperature all the time manually is not a nice idea, since the thermostat has a programmed system based on use. She “understood” and left the conversation at that, but the next day I caught her increasing the temperature to 85 degrees in the house! I told her that I’m going to have to password protect out thermostat if she doesn’t cut it out. The smart thermostats do come with a locking feature, after all!

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Ductwork cleaning and rats

I have learned a bunch of things during my years on the job. First of all, never task faster than you have to if you are on the clock, and take your sweet time, as rushing causes mistakes and doesn’t get you paid any more money. Secondly, be punctual no matter what it is you are doing. For work, for university, for a date, for a motion picture, just consistently be on time and your life will be more enjoyable. Third, you’ve got to know when to keep your mouth shut. Sometimes you really need to speak up, other times you need to stay quiet. One of our typical Heating and A/C customers called us up asking for an HVAC machine inspection, however he wouldn’t say why. I went out to his residence, took care of his furnace, his water heater, and his air conditioner machine, and they all worked great. He then asked myself and others to take a look at his air duct and see if there were any problems with that. It turns out he wanted to find out if there were rats in his air ducts. It didn’t take myself and others very long to find overwhelming evidence of little critters running around in massive numbers through his Heating and A/C ducts. If I told him this news, he was going to ask myself and others to scrub out the air duct and get rid of the nasty little critters, something that I simply wasn’t going to do. Instead of telling him that his air ducts were easily infested, I told him I wasn’t really sure, and gave him the number of an animal control guy I know. I seriously only do Heating and A/C machines, I don’t do rats.

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Hopeful the HVAC is in good condition

I really wish I was the type of person who could block out the mean comments of others. I am not morbidly obese, but I am totally heavy, plus I am fully aware that I need to lose weight. Well, when I went to the local gym a few weeks ago I was seriously shocked at the amount of fat shaming comments I heard people whispering. They seem to feel the gym is only for charming people, plus people like me, people who certainly need the gym, should not ugly the locale up. I wanted to get in their faces plus yell at them, but I left. Now I am putting together a decent home gym, complete with its own little Heating, Ventilation, plus A/C machine. I figure I will get my revenge by getting into awesome shape! On my one trip to the local gym, I did notice how frosty they kept the temperature control system there… One of the trainers explained to me that cooling the locale off helped people from overheating during an intense workout, but another benefit was the exceptional indoor air quality, which always smelled perfectly clean plus fresh even when I was surrounded by a ton of sweaty people. I got a little ductless mini split AC machine for my home gym, so I can have full control of the temperature plus air quality for my workouts. Now that I have everything set up, plus the Heating, Ventilation, plus A/C machine is finally working great, I can finally start the challenging part — exercising every day plus easily losing the weight. I hope this air conditioning machine really helps me, so I can go back to the gym plus rub it in their faces altogether!

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The heater keeps making sounds

I appreciated school life very much.  It was the best period of time in my entire life.  I spent those years just meeting modern people plus making some lovely memories.  I appreciated all of our classes plus took advantage of every chance that being a school student afforded me.  However, there were some aspects of school that weren’t that lovely. College dorms, for example, are not that comfortable in the slightest.  They are legitimately ancient buildings with a lot of structural problems. Besides the rooms being legitimately miniscule plus having shared washrooms, the buildings also have horrible heating plus cooling machines.  The heating machines barely kept us warm during the evening. My friends plus I struggled at first to adjust to being so ice-cold. All of us ended up buying electric heating blankets to keep us totally warm inside the evening.  It was the only thing that made us actually feel more comfortable on those frigid winter evenings. In the summertime, the group of us legitimately suffered as well because the school dorms did not have any type of cooling machine.  The tiny dorm rooms would get so tepid that the group of us would be perspiring in our sleep. It was close to impossible to get a good evening’s sleep during the summertime months. All of us had to purchase immense fans for our dorms that took up way too much space, but kept us comfortable in the nights.  Those fans were so sizable plus loud, but the group of us were in desperate need. I moved into an off-campus residence as soon as I could. I was so gleeful to be out of those buildings when I graduated. It is one of the only things that I don’t miss about those school days.

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The HVAC is well taken care of

I live in a rather appealing city.  It is always lively plus offers so much to do.  I can particularly go out every weekend plus do something new all of the time.  I honestly love it here! The only thing I don’t love about living at this place is the apartment.  The actual residence is pretty nice plus comfortable. It offers a decent neighborhood view, but it is a particularly old building.  It has been in need of major structural updates for years. The proprietor is way too cheap to take care of this pressing issue. The building is also in need of major heating plus cooling machine replacements.  Last Winter season, I had some problems with our heating machine. I was in bed when I woke up to a freezing apartment. It was so chilly in there that I could see my breath. I immediately called the landlord to make a complaint about the severe lack of heat.  He didn’t answer, so I left a voicemail. The next day, I called him a couple more times. He still didn’t answer. I started to worry that I would be separate from heat for awhile, so I packed a container plus stayed at a friend’s residence for a few weeks. It took three more mornings for the landlord to respond to my messages.  Then another few weeks for a Heating plus A/C machine specialist to take care of the horrible situation. I couldn’t even believe that this landlord would be okay with leaving myself and others separate from heat for such a long period of time. When the lease is up, I am going to find a new residence with a brand new gas furnace. I am going to make sure that I never have to deal with this awful situation again in my life.

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Hopeful the fireplace is alright

I’m getting entirely ready for the Winter weather, so I shall be contacting our heating plus cooling machine professional soon to come out plus perform a needed gas furnace tune-up.  My preferred HVAC specialist was out here roughly 6 months back to make sure that our air conditioning machine was actually working at its best. I have an older HVAC machine, plus I easily believe in HVAC machine preventive service, along with always switching out our A/C air filter properly.  Because of our HVAC machine preventive service, I am sure that our heating plus cooling machine provider has helped myself and others to lengthen the years of our HVAC machine. Now it is time to get ready for the brutal winter weather by getting a gas furnace tune-up as I do each and every fall.  I also have a window that I need to have resealed, in order to keep the frosty weather out of our residence. Last year I skipped our fireplace cleaning, although I will not this year. I recently cut down a number of trees, so I suppose I will be using the fireplace. Some service is definitely required on the fireplace because I have some pieces that need to be replaced altogether.  It’s an old fireplace, however it has been basically like a superb buddy to myself and others in the Winter months. There is a part of the damper that broke off from the fireplace last year. It needs to be replaced to work well enough to allow myself and others to open plus close the damper to fully utilize our dear sizzling friend. Keeping the damper open is the equivalent of having a window open while in the Winter… it allows toasty air to go right up the chimney, so I need to shut that damper.

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