Want this house!

Well, when we found it, it looked like everyone forgot the AC unit was ever even there.

Here we go again. I’m sure everyone is sick and tired of hearing about it, but I’m equally sick and tired of looking! That’s why I will continue to talk about my adventures in real estate hunting until I’ve either had my fill, or I’ve successfully attained that dream house! For months I’ve been anxiously browsing every home listing in our area and price range – and that task is exhausting. It’s so competitive around here that you really have to be diligent. We haven’t had a ton of luck finding that one property that just WOWs us, especially in our limited price range… until today. We just saw my literal dream home, and I want it bad. The only problem is, the old house definitely needs a major HVAC overhaul, and it’s going to cost us. When we were wrapping up inside the space, suddenly we realized that we had not seen the furnace or air conditioning unit anywhere. There was cool air passing through the air vents, so the AC was definitely working. The AC clearly had to be hidden around the side of the house, where the cooling system could be camouflaged. Well, when we found it, it looked like everyone forgot the AC unit was ever even there. I’ve literally never seen such an ancient air conditioner in my entire life. This AC was a wide and long rectangle, in an awkward pastel salmon color. I honestly wouldn’t have even recognized that it was AC equipment, if it wasn’t right where you’d expect to find a cooling system attached! The old thing must be at least 30 years old, and begging for replacement. Now that we’ve found the best house in the area, we just need to consider what it will cost to remove the AC fossil from the property and install modern cooling.

 

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Space heater for the clubhouse

When I was fourteen, my friends and I found an old shack behind our house.

It was about 300 yards from our house, deep in the wooded area of the forest.

My friends and I spent the whole summer cleaning up the place, so we could call it our own fort. No one but us knew it existed, which made it even more cooler. When my parents asked where we were headed all day, we told them we were building a fort in the woods. This old shack was pretty large in size, with two rooms and a dilapidated roof. There were cracks in the ceiling, where we could see the tree branches overhead. We found some old tarps in the junkyard, and fixed up the roof and the floors. When the weather started to get colder, we were cold without a heater. There was no way to heat our new clubhouse, and it was downright freezing inside. We used an old tire rim to build a wood fireplace in the middle of the living room area. My Dad saw the smoke in the woods and decided to check it out. He found us and our clubhouse. He was really impressed with our find and our craftsmanship. My Dad had some old extension cords in the garage. He hooked them up to each other, to form one very long cord. He went to the hardware store and bought us a small space heater for the clubhouse. My Dad told us to use the space heater instead of making a fire. He was worried about our safety. The small space heater wasn’t much bigger than my Xbox, but it really heated the area nicely.

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The kids had to go to school after all

I couldn’t believe how cold it became overnight during the past evening.

The temperatures dropped to around negative 20 degrees fahrenheit! I guess for some people, that’s nothing.

Me on the other hand, I came from a warm climate where we hardly ever had to use the heating system. It never snowed, but there was a rare moment once when we did get hail for a brief period of time. That was one of the few occasions when we ever had to turn on the heating system. Well, having moved to a new location, I thought it would be easy to adjust. It has been difficult though! I had to get used to the fact that we need multiple sources of heating in the home. Now we have multiple area heating devices, a gas furnace, and a couple of fireplaces. We even have one electric fireplace that we use in the bedroom. Well, with it being so cold, I ended up asking my wife if the kids should even be going to the bus stop. It was negative 8 degrees around this time, and she agreed that it was just too cold. Even when I went outside, I was freezing my butt off and I couldn’t deal with such cold weather. It’s just something that I never experienced where I come from. When the sun came up, things started to warm up and we were finally out of the negative temperatures. Unfortunately, the kids were all fighting and raising a ruckus, so my wife said, “That’s it, all of you are going to school right now!” I went out to the van to turn it on and put the heating system on so they would be comfortable on their ride to school.

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Can’t believe one of the window installers hopped on the outdoor condenser unit

This guy was swearing like crazy with my kids around and I kept having to tell him to please refrain from that language at my house

I was actually proud of myself after I installed a ductless mini split on my own. I didn’t need help from anybody; no friends, no HVAC experts. Of course, I’m no certified technician, but I kind of felt like it afterwards. I even had friends of mine asking if I could install ductless mini splits in their homes. I laughed and said I’d rather not because it wasn’t the easiest thing to do to be honest. I was very nervous about the electrical connections and I’m not sure if my heart could deal with another installation anytime soon. Well, when I decided to get quotes for new windows in my house, I wasn’t very pleased with the first couple of quotes. That was until I found a company with great reviews and giving me prices that seemed unbelievable. Of course I went with this company after they promised quality windows for a fair price. These windows would help with our energy bills immensely in the peak heating and cooling seasons. Well, the main installer was a nice guy and he did good work. His worker on the other hand had some issues. This guy was swearing like crazy with my kids around and I kept having to tell him to please refrain from that language at my house. When I saw him jump on my condenser unit to install a window, I asked him why in the world he didn’t just use a ladder? He didn’t have a good reason, but I gave him a piece of my mind. You don’t just mess with people’s property like that, ya know? The other guy apologized and even provided us with a discount on the window installation for the trouble.
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I promised my wife we’d get a nice cooling system

This new HVAC company was selling ductless mini split air conditioners for a very solid price! They were cheaper than anything else I could find and they were on sale for a limited time.

I promised my wife that we would have a nice cooling system installed in the spring season after we had radiant heated floors installed the previous year. Oh man, I can’t tell you how wonderful those radiant heated floors are, they are a dream come true! Together, we have managed to save a lot, but I still was looking for the best deals on heat and AC products. Even the radiant heated flooring installation was 20% off which was fantastic! We saved so much money, I told my wife she could go on a shopping spree for new clothes and shoes. She had the best of times with her friends as she just enjoys shopping that much. I know it was difficult for her to save so much money, but she did a wonderful job. Well, when we finally got to the spring season, I was asking around about different cooling systems. I wanted to find something that was on sale. Then a friend called me up and said finally, the sale I was looking for had arrived. This new HVAC company was selling ductless mini split air conditioners for a very solid price! They were cheaper than anything else I could find and they were on sale for a limited time. So I quickly reached out to the HVAC company to make arrangements for a new cooling system. The new cooling system we ended up getting was extremely fancy. We now have 5 different zones in our home so we can have customized cooling in all the different locations. The cooling system is extremely energy efficient and completely comfortable!

 

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Unpredictable heating

I am able to set the temperature a little more reasonably & provide my oil furnace a chop when I can

Our weather has been unpredictable this winter, then because of the ups & downs in temperature, I have been sick most of the time! I also have no clue how to set my HVAC system, but thank goodness I have a smart thermostat & can change the temperature no matter where I am. I leave my lake house at 7 am & the temperature is in the 40s. Occasionally it stays chilly all afternoon & I am thrilled I have the heating plan running for my cat. Occasionally it warms up into the 69s & I want to turn off my furnace. There is no reason to crank the oil furnace when it is tepid outside, then everyday varies too. It isn’t like I get a month of hot weather & a month of cold. Everyday is so extremely different. I did a load of laundry where I have shorts & a tank top in the same scrub cycle as my thick workout pants & sweatshirt, and how insane is that? I am uneasy about my furnace, and can it absolutely handle being told to turn on & off so often? What about the nights it just keeps heating 24/7 when it does not need to? The addition of the smart thermostat absolutely has helped. I am able to set the temperature a little more reasonably & provide my oil furnace a chop when I can. I am just praying that the heating plan can last through the winter. Then in the Spring I will provide it the care about & care that it needs.
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Unpredictable heating

Our weather has been unpredictable this winter, however because of the ups as well as downs in temperature, I have been sick most of the time, however i also have no clue how to set our Heating as well as Air Conditioning system, but thank goodness I have a smart control component as well as can change the temperature no matter where I am.

I leave our apartment at 7 am as well as the temperature is in the 40s, however sometimes it stays cold all day as well as I am thrilled I have the oil furnace running for our cat.

Sometimes it warms up into the 69s as well as I want to turn off our oil furnace. There is no reason to crank the heating system when it is overheated outside… Everyday varies too. It isn’t prefer I get a week of warm weather as well as a week of cold. Everyday is so drastically different. I did a load of laundry where I have shorts as well as a tank top in the same wash cycle as our thick workout pants as well as sweatshirt… How ridiculous is that? I am upset about our oil furnace, and can it actually handle being told to turn on as well as off so often? What about the days it just keeps heating 24/7 when it doesn’t need to? The addition of the smart control component actually has helped. I am able to set the temperature a little more reasonably as well as deliver our heating system a break when I can. I am just praying that the oil furnace can last through the winter. Then in the Spring I will deliver it the prefer as well as care that it needs.

 

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Unpredictable heating

Our weather has been unpredictable this winter! Because of the ups as well as downs in temperature, I have been sick most of the time, and i also have no clue how to set our HVAC system. Thank goodness I have a smart control component as well as can change the temperature no matter where I am. I leave our lake house at 7 am as well as the temperature is in the 40s, however periodically it stays frigid all day as well as I am happy I have the heating program running for our cat. Periodically it warms up into the 70s as well as I want to turn off our gas furnace. There is no reason to crank the heating system when it is hot outside… Everyday varies too. It isn’t love I get a month of hot weather as well as a month of cold. Everyday is so seriously different. I did a load of laundry where I have shorts as well as a tank top in the same wash cycle as our thick workout pants as well as sweatshirt. How deranged is that? I am distraught about our gas furnace, then can it absolutely handle being told to turn on as well as off so often? What about the days it just keeps heating 24/7 when it does not need to? The addition of the smart control component absolutely has helped. I am able to set the temperature a little more reasonably as well as supply our heating system a break when I can. I am just praying that the heating program can last through the winter. Then in the Spring I will supply it the like as well as care that it needs.

 

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Heater Dries out my Sinuses and Skin

Years ago I went to the Western portion of the country, and they can’t be more different than where I’m from, which is the southeast.

Here in the south east, we have hot and humid weather almost all year long.

Because I am in the northern part of the state, we do sometimes have a real winter. This year is one of the years that we really do have a noticeable winter. Generally speaking, I do not like to use the heater. Forced air heating tends to dry out my sinuses and skin and make life generally uncomfortable for me, so if I can get away with not turning my heater on, I leave it off. When I use the heater, it reminds me of my trip out west where the air is so dry all the time. I think whoever makes hand lotion probably makes a fortune in that part of the country. Anyway, I would rather be a little chilly than have the heater going and drying out my skin. This year though, I have had no choice. It is so cold outside that I really must use my heating system. The furnace is generally more expensive to use than the AC. I’m not exactly sure why that is, to tell the truth but I do think it is true. I do say that it is best to set your thermostat as low as you can stand it so that the heating doesn’t come on as frequently. That’s what I do anyway. Right now my thermostat is set on 66 so that I don’t have to feel the heater coming on quite so frequently.

 

 

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The HVAC system is a great way to escape bad weather

One of the things I love about my heating and AC system is that I can very easily escape bad weather.

Just the other day I had been looking forward to going outside that Saturday.

I do a lot of jogging because I try to stay in shape and be healthy. In my opinion, health is the best wealth, so staying active and eating a healthy diet is very important to me. However, oftentimes, my plans do not align with that of the weather. As a matter of fact, because I live in a tropical region we are frequently having heavy rainstorms. This is especially true during the summer months, in between the scorching heat and the constant rain I was having a hard time finding any time to actually get some exercise. Thankfully, ever since I have switched to exercising in my home I do not have to worry about the weather anymore. I do still like to jog outside from time to time so I can get some air. But that all changed after I purchased a treadmill. It is wonderful for me to be able to get the exercises I need without having to worry about the weather. I really do have the perfect setup, my treadmill is placed directly underneath the vent of my air conditioning system. This is the best place for it because I was out of doubt to always end up being hot and sweaty by the time I’m done with my exercise and there is nothing better than sitting back and relaxing under the cool air of your air conditioning system after you have been working out for an hour. Just today as I got done with my runs, I sat under the AC enjoying the air and I looked over at my window and saw it was pouring down outside. Normally I would never have been able to exercise but now thanks to my HVAC system and my treadmill I can.

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