A couple summers back I was on a big time trip out in the east. I had been out to the east before, but never past the warmer mountain spans. This trip took myself and others all the way to the waterfront. The small town I was in was neat in addition to I could hear the ocean from our hotel space. There were a couple 100 acres of land nearby in addition to the smell of trees in addition to rich earth just hung in the air as the tell-tale sign of a farmer’s paradies. It had become 1 of our number 1 sites our contractor travels have taken me. One idea that I noticed that struck myself and others as odd, there was no cooling plan in the hotel I was hanging out in. I asked the person at the front desk about it in addition to she said that was typical for sites in that area! Most of the places to stay around don’t have an Heating in addition to A/C system. The air stays kind of pleasant most of the year so it isn’t used a lot. My room did have a small gas furnace in it as the mornings tended to be slightly frosty! Born in addition to growing up in the western part of the country, this was a new concept to me. Our mornings are humid in addition to hotter in the summertime in addition to Heating in addition to A/C systems are in just about every home there.
A month ago, I had a bad experience while at the mall. It was really the most horrible experiences that I have ever gone through in a public place. The day started out well, with my partner and I going out to a nice meal before hitting a few shop. The two of us saved the grocery shopping until the finale, so the two of us wouldn’t have cold food laying in the car for too long. It took us almost around 1 hour before our cart was full to overflowing and after that I went to check out. Up until that point, the morning had been nice, but just as the two of us get to the front of the line, there was an electrical outage and the register and the Heating and Air Conditioning idea both went off. Within a few moments the two of us could know the place had started warming up all around us, and my partner started getting hot. The two of us waited patiently for the cashier’s tool to come back to life, however the lack of AC was shocking to our system. I said I was sorry to the clerk and said the two of us would return another day when the a/c was back to going. Then things got even more horrible, when she told us the power outage had locked down the store. In addition to no temperature control, the doors were bolted shut and the two of us could not get out!
I don’t mean to seem like a bad country song, although I grew up on a ranch and the two of us were very poor. I was one of those kids that often did not go to school to go labor in the fields with my Dad. This isn’t a sob story, not at all, because I actually remember our youth very fondly. I liked working with my own body more than hanging out in a desk anyway, so working with Dad in the crops never bothered myself one tiny bit. Our whole ranch home did lack a lot of things that other boys my own age thought were normal, like cable television or any kind of television at all. The two of us never had any style of a/c until I was 11, when my dad bought house a discarded bin from the dump; Dad told me that if I wanted to have a/c, then I better learn how to repair this one. So, I spent a few months laboring over that icky, beat up old cooling system unit, which was actually a few years older than I was. Through trial and error, and even more bad moves, I finally got that a/c to turn on again. I happily put it in the main window of our living room, so dad and I could both feel the cold air, and it made myself and my dad proud. A couple months later dad brought another broken cooling system component home, also from the trash bin too. Dad said that if I wanted to make some extra money, repairing the a/c would do it for me.
Ever since I moved up north, I’ve grown to loathe the Wintertime while appreciating the heat. We’re just now getting a heatwave this weekend. All the people I talk with are whining on social media they’re going to melt because they don’t have an AC. I’ve been having great fun mocking them with numerous gifs of sun tanning plus swimming. And that’s what I’m going to do all weekend long. I have plans for going over to my friend’s place plus swim in the pool with her. Then I want to go to my favorite local lake to take a nice, long swim to the island in the middle. The time in between, I’m just going to relax plus read. I appreciate the hot weather, it’s finally hot enough for swimming every day without worrying that the water will be too cold. Even when I had to toil in my hot office today, I didn’t feel overheated at all. I just keep my wonderful tower fan on for me and my cat–though the cat needs it more than I do. I also try to remember to drink plenty of water. I avoid the stove whenever possible, I’ve been microwaving leftovers. But, I have all the fixings I need to create some entirely nice sandwiches for dinner. My housemates may complain they need a house with a full Heating & Air Conditioning system–air conditioner included–but I don’t have a problem coping with the rising temperatures. It’s not even reaching into the triple digits this weekend! I’ve never owned an air conditioner this far north, plus I never will. Now, further south is another story.
There are several benefits to being in groups, clubs and generally having a variety of interests. I join every type of club I can find that relates to some interest or need of mine. I wanted inspiration with meal preparation & healthy eating so I joined a Green Bean club. Every evening after work, every one of us meet at a chef’s place to prepare our meals together to then cook at home. My usual preparation for dinner is ordering food in a brown or pale white paper bag. I very much needed the support of these people in the Green Bean club to improve my health. The most recent group I joined is the Reach One Teach One Group. This group has saved us a lot of money on my heating & a/c maintenance bill. The members of this group are comprised of professionals in several unusual fields including IT & heating & cooling dealers. If one of the members needs assistance like I have with my gas furnace, I would ask a single member who is a heating & a/c supplier to teach and then assist me with the repair. In exchange, I will assist him when he needs it. My field of knowledge is as an artist. This program is quite helpful for those minor heating & a/c repairs that are a bit too advanced for the average homeowner but doesn’t quite make enough economic sense to call a professional heating & a/c maintenance dealer. This time, the pilot light on my gas furnace just would not stay lit for any more than a few seconds. The heating & cooling specialist showed me how to problem shoot this and then execute the repair. Now if it were to happen again, I might be able to fix it myself.
Part of an American Dream is homeownership. I absolutely am intrigued by the status is reflected by the home you live in. It’s seem to have regularly been an indicator of both character and status in our culture. What section or neighborhood you live in determines how people perceive you, your economic status and so much else. It is no longer just your shelter or a locale to rest after a long taxing day at work. I had all this on my head when I started beach house hunting. I researched the crime rate for the area, the school districts & property tax rate. There is so much to consider when buying a beach house besides a final cost. Once the beach house is obtained, the job continues with the correct maintenance for the homes essential systems like heating & cooling & plumbing. I wanted to maintain the value of my beach house with as much preventive maintenance and care as is possible. I researched the steps I needed to take in order to keep our heating & air plan functioning at its highest level of efficiency. The most cost effective way to prevent major challenges with the heating & cooling system plan is with a twice yearly tune-up. As a homeowner, I understand that I can also contribute to the prevention of repairs with an easy filter change. During the Summer, I should change the cooling system filter once every month without fail. There are several types of air filters, the type that is usually recommended is the Electrostatic filter. Also, another weekly maintenance chore for optimum heating & cooling system efficiency is to ensure the condenser is clean. The ongoing list of responsibilities for a new homeowner is never ending.
After retiring, my spouse and I decided to relocate to the warmer weather conditions in the Southwestern area of the country. As both of us were home hunting, I paid extra attention to the age and condition of the HVAC system for the home, especially the air conditioning which would be vital all year round! In the desert, it can be very warm while temperatures then drop dramatically in the evening. The apartment we chose had an almost new HVAC system and looked to be well inspected. It gets very warm in the desert of the southwest and during one of the hottest days since we started living there, our air conditioning failed to come on. It hastily became very warm inside the house. I called a local HVAC maintenance company who said they could come out that same day. Unlike the Winters in the northeast, where you could just put on more clothes or huddle under a blanket to stay warm, there was nothing one could do to stay cool without air conditioning! We sat outside in the shade of our back deck until the repairman arrived. He went straight to work on our A/C unit and in no time had determined the issue and had it repaired. I turned the thermostat down to 65 degrees just to get the house cooling as fast as possible. The cool air flowing from all the air vents felt wonderful. We like living in the southwest, however our only suggestion is to find an excellent air conditioning system and have handy an HVAC repair guy whose service is quick and efficient.
My best mate and I decided to try our hands at flipping a house. We knew of a neighborhood auction where abandoned homes were sold off, often for very good prices. The thing that worried us was that the auction only allowed you to see the outside of the house. We were a bit worried about that. So the two of us drove by all the homes on the auction list that we had interest in! The auction itself was stressful, but exhilarating. We purchased our first home to flip for only $10,400. We drove instantly to the house, planning to tour our new purchase, and when we finally opened the front door, all we saw was a large room full of trash. Furniture, papers, and junk scattered all over the home. But the worst thing we discovered was that the house lacked a heating & A/C system. The gas furnace and air conditioning component were completely missing. Someone had stolen them or they were sold off by the previous owner. This was going to be a significant hit to our budget, but what could the two of us do,? An attractive house needs a heating & A/C system. Our first priority was getting the house cleaned out, then the idea was to have a local HVAC business come out to supply us a quote on a new unit. We went with a middle of the road heating/AC system and scheduled the installation. The fresh new units were a good beginning and after a couple months, our first project was completed! The locale looked superb with the staging furniture. On our one sheet print out about the house, we listed the brand new heating & A/C system as a major selling point. Our first flip sold surprisingly quickly and we took the profits and headed to the next neighborhood auction.
It is never a good feeling to have something break; however if something in my house isn’t working right, it drives me crazy. I can’t stop thinking about it! Despite how many times I struggle to find time to easily address the issue. Partly that is because I try to do everything myself. I can repair almost anything, however it just takes me longer. Then recently, my heating and air conditioning system broke down. And for once, the timing was such that I knew for sure I wasn’t going to have enough time to figure out what was wrong, let alone repair the problem. I decided to bite the bullet as well as call a heating and cooling tech to take a look for me, and a neighbor of mine had a referral for me! She had been using the girl for years. I called as well as set up an appointment! When the heating and air conditioning maintenance provider came to my house, she was on time. I was surprised. She abruptly discovered the issue with my heating and cooling system. At the time, work was keeping me tied up even at home; I knew I wouldn’t have time to repair the heating and air conditioning unit. The repair girl even had satisfactory prices! So instead of messing around for a couple days, failing, then calling her back, I decided to have her do the repair right then and there. Then let me tell you, it was money well spent. I didn’t have to do a thing as well as the heating and cooling system was back up and running within a few hours.
In the summer, I don’t care about to having to turn the A/C on at all unless absolutely necessary. Yet my wife loves it to go to bed, even though I don’t care for it anytime. However, our heating and A/C plan has an integrated humidity control and air purification system. Most times I use it because of that. For instance, our neighbor next door loves to stand outside and chain smoke cigarettes starting at about eight o’clock Sunday and Thursday mornings. However now, I get up early, so I’m in bed by then; Even on the weekends, then I do not appreciate trying to go to sleep and having to smell that smoke wafting from her porch. I turn the heating and A/C plan on and close all the windows in the house, and then I fall right asleep. Another time I used it, the street was being paved, and the smell coming off that tar was like nothing I had experienced! That and the noise was awful. I had the A/C running most of the month they were working on the road, so that the smell didn’t enter the house and I didn’t have to hear as much of the loud noise. I guess for me, those instances necessitated the A/C. It certainly has made our life a lot easier over the years. I was against having central A/C in the beginning. I got talked into it for my wife’s sake, even though I didn’t care about to use it much in case she tried to be smug about it. However, it really does jack up our daily bills in the Summer whenever it’s on.