When to leave for the south

I can’t decide when to go back down south for the winter.

Right now I am in the north due to my parents and some upcoming concerts.

My last concert is at the end of October. So I could easily hop on a plane and enjoy the southern warmth. Rather than freezing during a cold, northern fall, I could enjoy southern heat and maybe even turn on my cooling system. The weather is what is really tempting me. However, my boyfriend is coming up north for a visit in early November. So what do I do? I either spend two weeks not seeing him, and then go up north to only see him for a week, or I spend three weeks not seeing and then leave with him. It makes sense to wait for him to come to the north, but I don’t know how long I can take the cold. I don’t want to run my heating system unless I absolutely have to. Right now the weather toys between mid to lower 60s. Once the weather lowers into the 50s, I might need to up my thermostat a bit. Ideally I would like to never run my heater and just go down south. When I come back to the north, I arrive in the spring. With this plan I never should need HVAC equipment in the north. The cold is quite fierce now though. In a few weeks it might be cold enough to warrant heating. So if I stay, that plan is going to fail. I will end up paying an energy bill right before I leave for the south.

 

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Every Christmas gift has gotten ruined

I have started my Christmas shopping already and I am nearly done.

  • The problem is that every gift I have done has been ruined.

I bought my boyfriend a surprise trip to the big city. We are going to see a few shows, look at the Christmas tree lights and big department store holiday displays. My boyfriend wanted to know our flights back home. So he looked into my email and then saw my whole itinerary for him. Now that big surprise was ruined. I then bought concert tickets for my parents. They saw the tickets sitting in my mail pile. I have been slowly losing the spirit of Christmas now. The last big gift I have is that I want to get a ductless mini split for my boyfriend’s working space in the garage. Right now the garage has no heating and cooling. He has trouble doing projects year around because of the lack of climate control. A ductless mini split provides both heating and air and would not affect the rest of the house due to no attached ductwork. I would get him his very own thermostat to completely control the machine right from his smartphone. It is going to be such a good gift. I really don’t want this HVAC present getting ruined though. I already have the device bought and paid for. I need to get it installed right before Christmas and not have my boyfriend see it. I am thinking with my luck, there is no way that is going to happen.
HVAC duct

I can’t handle the smell in the house

I walked into my home the other day and the smell almost made me gag. I couldn’t remember there being a smell in my home when I left for work that morning, but it was there when I got home. I went through the house and opened all of the doors and windows and turned on every fan, hoping to push the odor out of the house. I was going to do everything I could to rid my home of this stench. When the odor persisted, I knew I had to do something more. I called the HVAC company and I told them what was going on. They asked if I could hold out until morning and I told them I wasn’t about to stay in the house for any more time than was necessary. I knew I was going to be sick if I had to be here much longer. They told me they would be at the house by eight in the morning, and I told them I would be going to a hotel for the night. When I got into the hotel, I took one long gulp of clean air. The air conditioning was running and it was cool and comfortable. I was wishing I were home where I had good air conditioning and a home that didn’t stink. When I got home the next morning, the HVAC tech was waiting for me and he had equipment with him, so he could clean the ductwork. He said that it smelled like something had crawled into the ductwork and died and he was going to clean the ductwork to get rid of anything that was in there

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I need to have my ductwork cleaned and sanitized

Not too long ago, I had to call the HVAC company.

I had a lot of dust coming from my air vents and it was causing me to do some coughing and sneezing.

My allergies were acting up so badly that I was having a difficult time breathing. When the HVAC company showed, they told me that I needed to have my ductwork cleaned and then they would inspect the furnace. Two days later, the professional ductwork cleaners were at my house. It took them awhile to clean and sanitize the ductwork but it made a huge difference in how I was breathing. The HVAC company then came in and inspected my furnace. They told me that the furnace was in good condition but I needed some work done. They did a good cleaning on the furnace and then they fixed a few small repairs that they came across. When they were done with the furnace, they told me I had to start changing my air filter more often. They also suggested that if my allergies were still acting up now that the ductwork was cleaned, I needed to consider having an air purification system installed. The air purifier was installed right into the HVAC system and he said it would clear the air of allergens, dust, mold and mildew. I have decided that even if my allergies are improved after a time, I may decide to have an air purification system installed into my HVAC system. I don’t think that I could ever do too much when it comes to keeping me healthy.

 

HVAC professional

Emergency Heating Repair call met my husband

I’m one of those people who used to be stressed out about everything in life.

I was so worried about controlling and predicting what was going to happen that I was in a panic constantly.

It seemed like every day there was some unexpected catastrophe that would completely throw off all of my plans. In reality, I let my own emotional responses get the best of me a lot of the time. I let small molehills turn into mountains, and my penchant for being stressed out would quickly take over. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been working hard on trying to reduce my personal stress levels and dramatic responses. Thank God, because things haven’t gotten any easier. A few years ago, when I first started this difficult internal work, I remember a day that everything was going wrong. When I got home, I was unhappy to find that my central heating system had also gone wrong. The forced air furnace wouldn’t power up, and the thermostat was desperately trying to run the normal heating program. The indoor air temperature was already hovering around 55 degrees, so I was getting nervous about my pipes freezing. Even with all of my space heaters plugged in, I didn’t think the indoor air temperature was warm enough to prevent disaster. I calmly got online and started researching the most highly reviewed HVAC companies in the area. Thank God I kept my head on straight and didn’t get overly stressed in this heating disaster. Because I logically searched for the best available ventilation specialist instead of getting overstressed and desperate, I wound up a meeting my future husband that night when a handsome HVAC technician arrived at the door.

Heat pump maintenance

Gauging my trip progress with the thermostat

When I tell people that I am going back home to visit my family, they usually think that I’m talking about hopping on a plane and jetting across the country.

They’re usually pretty shocked when I tell them the reality of my travel plans.

I hate getting on planes more than anything. In fact, I hate the airport experience more so than the actual plane ride. That’s why, I prefer to jump in a car and drive myself back home whenever I need to take the trek. Generally, people are shocked when they begin to understand that I drive for 12 hours alone. I don’t really know what the big deal is, because I’ve been doing it for a while. Frankly, the time goes by quickly if you just don’t look at the clock. My favorite method for gauging where I am in the trip is actually utilizing my on a board thermometer and air temperature control settings. Instead of staring at the clock, I let my indoor and outdoor temperature show me the way. As I start driving north, the onboard thermometer will start declining a few degrees every half hour or so. As the outdoor air temperature declines, I inherently start bumping up the thermostat inside of the car. As I switch from utilizing air conditioning to operating the on-board heating system, I know that I’m making good progress in my trip. By the time I’m an hour or two away from home, the heater will be running at full blast and the outdoor temperature will make me shudder when I read it off the dashboard. That’s when the cold end is in sight and my big trek is almost over.
Energy saving tips

Flipping houses is hard work

My partner and I started working together to flip houses about three years ago, and we have just recently started to really hit our stride.

Teamwork matters, no matter if we are talking about sports, music, or working in a business together.

The longer you spend with someone, learning their cues, the better you can work together for a common goal. For Rex and I, flipping houses started as a good and evolved into something real. It is going so well I have been considering quitting my day job so Rex and I can work on the houses full time. Rex used to be a general contractor with a focus on HVAC systems and ventilation installation. My specialty was investment, I don’t know squat about air conditioners or home repair, I just made the money happen. Working for three years, I have slowly been teaching Rex about fiance, and he has slowly been instructing me in the basics of HVAC work. He doesn’t even intend for me to ever work on an HVAC system, he just feels I should be able to inspect them for major defect. This is an excellent idea, because as the business keeps growing and we get busier, he won’t always be with me to check on the heating and cooling systems. HVAC systems are so complicated that a bad one could make a great house a terrible investment, so it is important we both know as much as possible. I still prefer working with numbers, but I am starting to get the hang of HVAC systems.

ductwork sealing

We got a voice activated thermostat for the RV

My wife and I call this phase of our lives our second honeymoon. It only took us thirty years to redo our first honeymoon, which at the time had seemed pretty great. We are in a much different place in our lives now, having both taken advantage of early retirement. After a few years of careful planning once our youngest child moved out, we were able to retire, cash out our 401k plans, sell out homes, and begin a life of travel. Now we live in a mobile home while we are in the US, and spend about half the years traveling by boat around the rest of the world. Our RV has a state of the art HVAC system, with a voice activated thermostat so I don’t even have to get out of bed to adjust it. You’ve heard of the clapper for turning your lights on and off, well my thermostat will take ten different audible commands. Granted this is a silly luxury, nobody really needs an HVAC system that you can yell at, but I have to admit I love it. If I step out of the shower while the AC vent is blowing right on me, I can turn it off with a single word. In the middle of the night, if we are parked in the desert the temp plummets, I can turn on the heater to the perfect setting with a single command. The irony is that the thermostat was designed for a house, and we use it in an RV where the thermostat is only 5 feet away anyway.

a/c workman

Every Christmas gift has gotten spoiled

I have started my Christmas shopping already plus I am nearly done, then the problem is that every gift I have done has been ruined! I bought my guy a surprise trip to the giant city, but we are going to see a few shows, look at the Christmas tree lights plus giant department store holiday displays; My guy wanted to know our flights back home… So he looked into my email plus then saw my whole itinerary for him, then now that giant surprise was ruined.

I then bought concert tickets for my parents.

They saw the tickets sitting in my mail pile. I have been slowly losing the spirit of Christmas now. The last giant gift I have is that I want to get a ductless mini chop for my guy’s toiling space in the garage… Right now the garage has no heating plus cooling. He has trouble doing projects year around because of the lack of temperature control, and a ductless mini chop provides both heating plus air plus would not affect the rest of the condo due to no affixed HVAC duct. I would get him his honestly own thermostat to completely control the machine right from his smartphone. It is going to be such a unbelievable gift. I certainly don’t want this Heating plus A/C present getting ruined though. I already have the component bought plus paid for. I need to get it installed right before Christmas plus not have my guy see it. I am thinking with my luck, there is no way that is going to happen.

 

Cooling industry

When to go for the south

I can’t decide when to go back down south for the winter.

  • Right now I am in the north due to our parents and some upcoming concerts.

My last concert is at the end of November. So I could certainly hop on a plane and like the southern warmth. Rather than freezing while in a cold, northern fall, I could like southern heat and maybe even turn on our cooling system. The weather is what is entirely tempting me. However, our husbandy is coming up north for a visit in early September. So what do I do? I either spend many weeks not seeing him, and then go up north to only see him for a week, or I spend three weeks not seeing and then leave with him. It makes sense to wait for him to come to the north, but I don’t suppose how long I can take the cold. I don’t want to run our heating system unless I entirely have to. Right now the weather toys between mid to lower 60s. Once the weather lowers into the 50s, I might need to up our thermostat a bit. Ideally I would like to never run our heating system and just go down south. When I come back to the north, I arrive in the Springtime. With this plan I never should need Heating and Air Conditioning unit in the north. The freezing is quite fierce now though. In a few weeks it might be freezing enough to warrant heating. So if I stay, that plan is going to fail. I will end up paying an energy bill right before I leave for the south.

 

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