My son learns how to install a thermostat from watching it happen

My son has always had the mind of a tinkerer. From an early age, he wanted to know how everything worked in the house. By age six, he already figured out how to take apart the remote control to the TV, and put it back together seamlessly! In no time, he was outside with me as I tuned up my pickup truck, watching as I replaced spark plugs or changed the air filter for the truck. I never saw him any more excited than when he watched me make improvements to our home’s heating and air conditioning system. One of the harder projects I pursued with our home’s heating and air conditioning system came with upgrading our thermostat, and yet he watched me through that whole ordeal as well! We used to have a dial thermostat that seemed to be off by a few degrees, and eventually we grew sick of constantly fiddling with it to get an indoor temperature and air quality that we liked. After a neighbor of mine suggested switching to a smart thermostat, I did some research on how to install it, and it seemed pretty straightforward! The only thing that stumped me for a brief while was getting the electrical wires connected to the new thermostat through a base plate. Once I figured out where the wires connected on the new smart thermostat, I was able to finish the installation and test it out. The smart thermostat connected to my home’s wireless network, and I could adjust the temperature using an app on my phone within five minutes! My son and I were amazed to see the improvement in our indoor air quality, but I was more amazed that he followed the entire installation. I think he could install a smart thermostat faster than I could by now.

Father in-law and his new HVAC toys

Visiting loved ones in a town several hours from home? That is definitely my idea of a vacation. While other parents might gasp at the idea of driving six hours across the state, I welcome it with open arms! Of course, that isn’t simply due to me having a great relationship with the family of my wife. My father in-law also happens to have the most comfortable house I have ever stayed in! For one, the heating and air conditioning system in this man’s house is unbeatable. When we visit over the summer, the high-powered central air conditioning system will keep us all cool. The winter is the real beauty though, as my father in-law invested in radiant floor heating for the entire house! On top of that, he had zone control thermostats in each room of the house. If I find the heat to be overwhelming, I can simply adjust the thermostat for my room and watch the temperature drop just as planned. Sure, the guest bedroom has a king-size bed, and my wife and I can stretch out and get some sleep. Still, even a luxurious bedroom suite like this would be nothing if not for the excellent heating and air conditioning system. When we came down to visit for the holidays, I made a point to ask my father in-law about what prompted him to upgrade the HVAC system. Apparently, I sweat far more that I realize, so part of his motivation was to make sure everyone was comfortable in his house. I’m just glad he made the improvements when he did.

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Radiant flooring is a good replacement for old radiators –

When my husband and I bought our home, it was already equipped with a boiler heating system.  The boiler was connected to large, ugly radiators. Since we were already tearing out the floors of the home, we decided to replace the radiators with radiant flooring.  Hydronic floor heating circulates hot water through a series of pipes under the floors. The US Department of Energy lists hydronic radiant floors as the most affordable heating system to install.  One of the main benefits of heated floors is the opportunity to set up zones with individual thermostats in each room. We can now personalize temperature settings and avoid heating empty rooms. Plus, the radiant floors minimize dust and allergens, which are always a problem with a forced air system.  There’s never a bunch of dust and particulate blowing around the house. Another advantage is that the system is entirely concealed under the floor, taking up no square footage. There’s nothing to take away from the decor of the home and no vents to arrange furniture around. The radiant floors have also made a huge difference in our monthly utility bills.  Compared to a conventional forced air furnace, radiant floor heating saves up to forty percent on energy costs. There’s no ductwork wasting energy, no drafts and no cold surfaces stealing body heat. We’re able to set a lower thermostat setting and yet feel completely comfortable. The heat is spread across the floor, into every corner, and it rises very gradually.  There’s no drafts, no on and off blasts of hot air, and unlike most heating systems, radiant heating is wonderfully quiet. It doesn’t negatively affect humidity levels, so there’s no dry air causing chapped lips, frizzy hair or static shock.

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Heating system in school is degrading air quality and making students sick –

I am very unhappy with the heating system in the local middle school.  My son is in third grade, and the heating system negatively impacts his health.  Because he has asthma and allergies, my son is far more sensitive to overly dry air and airborne contaminants.  He frequently misses days of school because of severe symptoms. He often comes home from school in the middle of the day because he’s not feeling well.  I blame the ancient heating system. In the area where we live, the weather is cold and snowy for most of the year. Plus, there are state regulation which require the school to start up the heating system on a specific date.  It doesn’t matter if the weather is warm and sunny, the heater is blasting overheated, dirty air into the classrooms. The heating system is at least twenty-five years old, and I’m amazed it’s able to meet safety codes. The heater is definitely costing the taxpayers a fortune in monthly energy bills.  The classrooms located the closest to the heating unit are always unbearably hot, and the teachers frequently open the windows. The classrooms situated the furthest from the heating system are always chilly. The kids are forced to wear their coats all day to keep warm. I’ve done some research and our school’s absenteeism for students and faculty is far higher than it should be.   The school nurse agrees with me that degraded indoor air quality is making our students and teachers sick. Although we’ve continually complained to the school board, no one seems interested in purchasing a new heating system. Everyone is far too busy spending money on new scoreboards, artificial turf and bleachers for the football field.

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Nobody will repair the heater

It has been snowing at my house since early July.  It’s now the beginning of December & the frigid weather shows no signs of letting up.  I’m forced to shovel a path to my mailbox & brush snow off my car every single day. There’s such a big & heavy buildup of snow, I’m worried the kids’ trampoline is going to collapse.  Shoveling the snow off a trampoline is nearly impossible. Every week, I bundle up, go outside & knock the enormous icicles off the edge of the roof. I’m sure there’s going to be quite a bit of disfigure because of the extreme weather.  Plus, it arrived so hastily, there was no time to prepare. I never had the option to have my furnace professionally inspected. The heating plan is really not running at its best. It’s also increasing in performance, gradually putting out less heat, while the operational sounds get louder.  I’ve called & attempted to schedule a repair, however all of the local Heating & Air Conditioning companies are severely busy. Plus, I can’t simply take a day off from task to meet a serviceman. I need a weekend appointment, which is nearly impossible to come by. I’m now forced to wait various weeks for a repair.  I’ve set the temperature control as low as all of us can tolerate it, hoping to minimize strain on the gas furnace. With outdoor hot & cold temperatures down to eighteen degrees, all of us can’t get by without heat. If the furnace fails, I’m not sure what we’ll do. I have a couple of electric space heaters, however they won’t be sufficient to heat the house.  

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Struggling with the oil furnace repair

It has been snowing at my lake house since early November.  It’s now the start of December & the freezing weather shows no signs of letting up.  I’m forced to shovel a path to my mailbox & brush snow off my vehicle every single day.  There’s such a large & heavy buildup of snow, I’m concerned the kids’ trampoline is going to collapse.  Shoveling the snow off a trampoline is nearly impossible. Every week, I bundle up, go outside & knock the enormous icicles off the edge of the roof.  I’m sure there’s going to be quite a bit of injure because of the drastic weather. Plus, it arrived so quickly, there was no time to prepare. I never had the opportunity to have my oil furnace professionally inspected.  The heating idea is really not running at its best. It’s also increasing in performance, gradually putting out less heat, while the operational sounds get louder. I’ve called & attempted to schedule a repair, but all of the local HVAC dealers are severely busy.  Plus, I can’t simply take a day off from job to meet a worker. I need a weekend appointment, which is nearly impossible to come by. I’m now forced to wait several weeks for a repair. I’ve set the control component as low as both of us can tolerate it, hoping to minimize strain on the oil furnace.  With outdoor temperatures down to eighteen degrees, both of us can’t get by without heat. If the oil furnace fails, I’m not sure what we’ll do. I have a couple of electric area heaters, but they won’t be satisfactory to heat the house.

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Can’t get that heater repair

It has been snowing at our apartment since early September.  It’s now the beginning of December and the chilly weather shows no signs of letting up.  I’m forced to shovel a path to our mailbox and brush snow off our automobile every single day.  There’s such a large and heavy buildup of snow, I’m upset the boys’ trampoline is going to collapse.  Shoveling the snow off a trampoline is nearly impossible. Every week, I bundle up, go outside and knock the enormous icicles off the edge of the roof.  I’m sure there’s going to be quite a bit of injure because of the serious weather. Plus, it arrived so quickly, there was no time to prepare. I never had the option to have our furnace professionally inspected.  The gas furnace is easily not running at its best. It’s also decreasing in performance, gradually putting out less heat, while the operational sounds get louder. I’ve called and attempted to schedule a repair, however all of the local Heating and A/C corporations are severely busy.  Plus, I can’t simply take a day off from work to meet a serviceman. I need a weekend appointment, which is nearly impossible to come by. I’m now forced to wait several weeks for a repair. I’ve set the temperature control as low as every one of us can tolerate it, hoping to minimize strain on the gas furnace.  With outdoor temperatures down to eighteen degrees, every one of us can’t get by separate from heat. If the furnace fails, I’m not sure what we’ll do. I have a couple of electric section heaters, however they won’t be satisfactory to heat the house.

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Struggling with gas heater service

It has been snowing at our condo since early September.  It’s now the beginning of December plus the chilly weather shows no signs of letting up.  I’m forced to shovel a path to our mailbox plus brush snow off our car every single day. There’s such a giant plus heavy buildup of snow, I’m worried the youngsters’ trampoline is going to collapse.  Shoveling the snow off a trampoline is nearly impossible. Every week, I bundle up, go outside plus knock the enormous icicles off the edge of the roof. I’m sure there’s going to be quite a bit of damage because of the severe weather.  Plus, it arrived so abruptly, there was no time to prepare. I never had the opportunity to have our gas furnace professionally ran tests on. The heating method is legitimately not running at its best. It’s also decreasing in performance, gradually putting out less heat, while the operational sounds get louder.  I’ve called plus attempted to schedule a repair, however all of the local Heating as well as A/C businesses are drastically busy. Plus, I can’t simply take a day off from toil to meet a professional. I need a weekend appointment, which is nearly impossible to come by. I’m now forced to wait multiple weeks for a repair.  I’ve set the thermostat as low as every one of us can tolerate it, hoping to minimize strain on the heating system. With outdoor hot plus cold temperatures down to eighteen degrees, every one of us can’t get by without heat. If the gas furnace fails, I’m not sure what we’ll do. I have a couple of electric space heaters, however they won’t be adequate to heat the house.  

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Having some problems with my furnace and struggling to get a repair –

It has been snowing at my house since early September.  It’s now the beginning of January and the cold weather shows no signs of letting up.  I’m forced to shovel a path to my mailbox and brush snow off my car every single day. There’s such a large and heavy buildup of snow, I’m worried the kids’ trampoline is going to collapse.  Shoveling the snow off a trampoline is nearly impossible. Every week, I bundle up, go outside and knock the enormous icicles off the edge of the roof. I’m sure there’s going to be quite a bit of damage because of the severe weather.  Plus, it arrived so quickly, there was no time to prepare. I never had the opportunity to have my furnace professionally serviced. The heating system is definitely not running at its best. It’s also decreasing in performance, gradually putting out less heat, while the operational sounds get louder.  I’ve called and attempted to schedule a repair, but all of the local HVAC contractors are extremely busy. Plus, I can’t simply take a day off from work to meet a technician. I need a weekend appointment, which is nearly impossible to come by. I’m now forced to wait several weeks for a repair. I’ve set the thermostat as low as we can tolerate it, hoping to minimize strain on the heating system.  With outdoor temperatures down to eighteen degrees, we can’t get by without heat. If the furnace fails, I’m not sure what we’ll do. I have a couple of electric space heaters, but they won’t be sufficient to heat the house.

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Need to get a better heater

When we first purchased our home in an old town in the town where we live, I was certainly excited about it, then i had constantly wanted to live in an old, century home. I guess love older homes have so much character and they’re just so much more fun to live in. All of us were warned by our realtor that we would easily need to put in a new heating and cooling system proposal in the home and easily even a new ventilation system, but we didn’t heed her warnings. All of us were young and in care about and buying our first house! So of course the need for heating and cooling system was basically the last thing on our radar when we signed the final papers for buying the house. I know that was sometime at the end of summer season when the temperatures were basically perfect. It wasn’t quite warm enough for you to need to turn on the cooling system, but it wasn’t nearly freezing enough for you to turn on the oil furnace, either, but so we lived in blissful ignorance of our exhausting Heating as well as A/C proposal for a unbelievable several months before we realized that we were in for a problemsome time! When the weather finally did turn freezing and the temperature outside started dropping, we chose to go to the temperature control and turned the seasoned old oil oil furnace on, and the only thing that happened was that the oil furnace let out a loud bang and then black smoke started drifting through the heating vents into the rest of the house. All of us knew then that we should have listened to our realtor!