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I live in the northeastern part of the country, along one of the Great Lakes and very close to the Canadian Border.

Our area is commonly referred to as the “Snow Belt.” Our winter weather hangs around for more than half the year.

Our weather forecasts commonly include terms such as lake-effect snow, blizzard conditions, white-outs, freezing rain and dangerous wind chills. We expect temperatures below freezing the majority of the time and aren’t surprised by sub zero conditions. The severe winter weather causes a great deal of work and expense. The cost of heating adds up to about 50% of the household energy usage. A very powerful, reliable and energy efficient heating system is a necessity. I am fortunate that my home is equipped with a boiler. Because of very few moving parts, the boiler doesn’t need much maintenance and is unlikely to have any problems. As a hydronic system, the boiler uses water to convey heat energy throughout the house. Water heats up faster and retains heat longer than air. It avoids drafts, temperature stratification and the introduction of air contaminants, such as dust, mold spores and bacteria. The boiler operates silently and links to a series of pipes concealed beneath the floor. Radiant heated floors provide an especially even and gentle comfort. One of the best features of the boiler is that it also powers an outdoor snowmelt system. Just like inside, we have a network of pipes hidden beneath the pavement of the driveway and walkways. The snowmelt system activates automatically in response to temperature drop and moisture, heating up and melting away snow and ice.

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A combination of heating and cooling equipment

My house is very old, extremely big and lacks conventional ductwork.

With a wide range of severe weather, heating is essential and cooling is helpful.

We manage temperature control with an assortment of different equipment. Upstairs, where the bedrooms are located, we have a gas heater that is more than 50 years old. The heater receives absolutely no maintenance, handles the demands of the entire second story and has never required a repair. Rather than a thermostat, there is a dial that is part of the burner assembly that allows us to adjust operation from low to high. In the summer, we rely on window air conditioners to keep the bedrooms cool. Although I am not happy about carrying the cooling units up and down the attic stairs every spring and fall, they are fairly compact and do a decent job of providing comfort. Each family member is able to customize the temperature of their bedroom to their personal preference. The window air conditioners were a much smaller investment than any type of centralized cooling and didn’t cost all that much to operate. In our living room, we have a gas fireplace. The fireplace is a focal point of the room and has the appearance of a wood-burning fire. Instead of chopping and hauling wood, we enjoy adjustment by way of a cordless remote. The tap of a button starts up the heater, raises or lowers room temperature and adjusts fan speed. Despite winter temperatures down to twenty below zero, the gas fireplace is able to keep the living room nice and warm. The kitchen has always been a challenge to heat and cool. We’ve tried a pellet stove and a ventless natural gas heater, but weren’t happy with either option. Just over a year ago, I invested into a ductless heat pump that runs on electricity and offers both heating and cooling capacity.

 

 

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No temperature control in the lanai

My health and fitness is extremely important to me.

I am very conscientious about what I eat as well as hydration and sleep habits.

I workout for approximately an hour everyday. I prefer to complete my exercises first thing in the morning, but this isn’t always possible. My workout area is the lanai built across the back of my house. It’s very helpful that the lanai features a concrete floor, eight-foot ceilings and plenty of square footage to accommodate a wide variety of exercises. For the most part, I appreciate that the entire back wall is constructed of screens. I have a beautiful view of the lake behind my house and enjoy a steady influx of fresh air. The weather in my local area is typically quite mild, making the lanai an ideal workout space. However, in the middle of the summer, when the temperature soars into the high nineties with excessive humidity, I would really like to have access to air conditioning. I plug in several box fans and attempt to workout early in the morning, prior to the heat of the day. I still feel sluggish and drip with sweat. In the peak of winter, the temperature sometimes drops into the low forties. While I bundle up in layers of clothes, it’s difficult to warm up my muscles. I worry about injury and find it difficult to get a worthwhile workout. Because of the screens, there’s simply no way to heat or cool the space. Space heaters help a little but take up valuable square footage. I am unwilling to seal up the lanai for the sake of temperature control.
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When the earth started to shake, I knew the HVAC unit was coming down

A couple of days ago, there was a 6.4 earthquake about an hour away from my hometown.

  • I didn’t feel the Earth moving, but my mom said she felt something in her house.

Earthquakes are not uncommon in this area. They occur frequently, but they are usually very small and often go unrecognized. A three or four is very difficult to notice, but a 6.4 will shake the whole town. I was surprised that I did not feel anything at all. Yesterday, I was working on an HVAC installation job. I was installing a ductless heating and air conditioning unit in a garage for one of my customers. The installation job was going very well and I wasn’t having any uncommon problems. I expected to finish with the ductless heating and air conditioning system in record time. I left a customer’s house for a couple of minutes, so I could grab a wrench and a pair of pliers from my truck. While I was walking outside, I felt the ground start to shake. I immediately knew there was an earthquake and I ran back to the garage. The HVAC unit was not fully attached to the wall. When the earth started to shake, I knew the HVAC unit was coming down. As soon as I ran into the garage, the Earth really began to shake. The shaking lasted for 10 or 15 seconds. I kept my hands on the heating and air conditioning unit so it would not fall to the ground. Earthquakes can be serious and sometimes deadly, but this one turned out to be no big deal.

 

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Covering the windows with blankets helped a little

During the summer months, it is very difficult to keep my house cool.

One of the reasons is due to all of the windows in my home.

I specifically bought this house because I loved all of the natural sunlight. The front of the house has Windows that face the street in every room. I also have a large sunroom that faces the backyard. The sunroom is covered with Windows instead of walls. During the summer months, the temperatures can reach as high as one hundred degrees. The humidity is a problem as well. It makes the warm air heavy and thick. Last year, my wife and I spent a fortune to cool the house. Our AC ran continuously without much break. We did our best to keep the house cool and comfortable. We found some online tips to help us cool the house. One of those tips was to cover all of the windows with blankets. If the blankets were thick and heavy, they would naturally block out a lot of the sun rays and Heat. My wife and I did not want to spend $600 on the electric bill, so we were willing to try just about anything. We gathered all of the extra blankets from the linen closets and the bedrooms and we started hanging blankets on the windows in the front of the house. Even though it looked horrible, the blankets helped the indoor temperatures. Without the extra sunlight coming into the house, the AC unit actually shut off a couple of times. Our bills were lower and the house was more comfortable.

 

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My AC wouldn't get cold no matter what I tried

I have an AC unit in my office and I am the only person with access to the machine.

  • When I was promoted to the head of sales, I was offered the office in the corner on the third floor.

My only request for the office was an AC unit of my own. The corner offices have two large windows and they are impossible to keep warm or cool. I knew summer would be the biggest hurdle to cross, so I told my boss that I would take the job if I could have an AC unit in my office. The boss contacted a company to install a ductless AC unit. The ductless AC unit is on the west side of the office and the air blows in the direction of my desk. Last week I had a ton of problems with the ductless AC unit. It would not get cold no matter what I tried. I tried resetting the Machine by turning it on and then off again. That did not help. I tried turning the AC unit from cool two off and then on again. That did not help either. I was beginning to lose faith that I would be able to solve the problem on my own. I contacted the office manager and I asked her to contact the maintenance shop. Unfortunately, the maintenance shop would not touch the ductless AC unit since it was installed by a professional company. The maintenance director told me to contact a professional repair service if I wanted the repairs done properly.

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The river was getting higher and higher

I called the customer, who called the sheriff and they still refused to let me enter the area until the next day when the water receded

A few days ago, the weather forecaster told us to expect rain on the weekend. A little rain didn’t worry me at all. I didn’t pay much attention to the forecast after that. If I had, I would have known to expect thunderstorms and flooding all weekend. Saturday was a tough day, because of the rain and the storms. I was scheduled to complete an HVAC installation job and it was dark and gloomy outside. I had the equipment delivered to the house earlier that morning, and I arrived to start working around 9am. It was pouring with lots of thunder and lightning. The river around the corner was getting higher and higher all day. At lunchtime, I decided to leave the property so I could go to the gas station for a couple of gatorades and hot dogs. I was gone for thirty minutes. When I tried to come back into the neighborhood, the police stopped me and told me that the roads were closed because of flooding. I was supposed to finish the HVAC installation. I told the cops that I was working on an AC repair job, but they wouldn’t let me go through the roadblock. I called the customer, who called the sheriff and they still refused to let me enter the area until the next day when the water receded. I know the customer was aggravated and angry, and I wasn’t particularly happy about the situation either. If I hadn’t left for lunch, they never would have made me leave the property in the middle of the HVAC installation job.

 

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Owning a house takes a lot work

We moved into a new city that is quiet and filled with trees and birds. I usually kneel out back in the afternoon and drink a cup of coffee and listen to the birds sing. It’s both fantastic and good and I entirely look forward to it each afternoon. I like to put some coconut oil in my coffee to give it a little fat instead of using milk. I’ve become lactose intolerant in our years and I am supposed to stay away from milk and dairy products for the sake of our lady. We sleep in separate bedrooms but even still. We have a new friend now who happens to be an HVAC contractor so this is superb news seeing that our a/c device is on the brink of collapsing. He told us that anytime we needed help he would be glad to help us out. I told him that we have a heat pump in need of maintenance and our hybrid furnace seems to be now working poorly. He is going to come by and take a look at it later in the week and possibly fix it on the spot, that would be awesome. He also said that he does other condo services and works on air quality systems and knows a lot about them. This is a blessing because we have been looking for an official a/c dealer who could help us out whenever we have a problem with our cooling system or heating system in the house. Owning a house takes a lot of work but it’s worth it in the long run.

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Our neighbor is a A/C specialist and is helping us with our HVAC device

We moved into a new city that is quiet and filled with trees and birds.

I usually rest out back in the morning and drink a cup of coffee and listen to the birds sing.

It’s both great and great and I easily look forward to it each morning. I like to put some coconut oil in my coffee to give it a little fat instead of using milk. I’ve become lactose intolerant in my years and assume to stay away from milk and dairy products for the sake of my lady. We sleep in separate bedrooms but even still. We have a new neighbor now who happens to be an A/C supplier so this is good news seeing that our A/C component is on the brink of collapsing. He told us that anytime we needed help he would be blissful to help us out. I told him that we have a heat pump in need of repair and our hybrid heating method seems to be working poorly now. He is going to come by and take a look at it later in the month and possibly fix it on the spot, that would be awesome. He also said that he does other house services and works on air quality systems and knows a lot about them. This is a blessing because we have been looking for a correct A/C supplier who could help us out whenever we have a problem with our A/C or furnace in the house. Owning a house takes a lot of work but it’s worth it in the long run.

 

 

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Our neighbor is an air conditioning contractor

We moved into a new neighborhood that is quiet and filled with trees and birds.

I usually rest out back in the afternoon and drink a cup of coffee and listen to the birds sing.

It’s both great and enjoyable and I legitimately look forward to it each afternoon. I like to put some coconut oil in my coffee to give it a little fat instead of using milk. I’ve become lactose intolerant in my years and try to stay away from milk and dairy products for the sake of my boyfriend. We sleep in separate rooms but even still. We have a new neighbor now who happens to be an air conditioner company so this is enjoyable news seeing that our a/c component is on the brink of collapsing. He told us that anytime we needed help he would be glad to help us out. I told him that we have a heat pump in need of service and our hybrid heating plan seems to be legitimately working poorly. He is going to come by and take a look at it later in the week and possibly fix it on the spot, that would be awesome. He also said that he does other home services and works on air quality systems and knows a lot about them. This is a blessing because the two of us have been looking for an a/c company who could help us out whenever we have a problem with our air conditioner or oil furnace in the house. Owning a home takes a lot of work but it’s worth it in the long run.
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