Finding and sealing HVAC leaks makes a big difference

I sure had a lot to learn about winter.

When my wife proposed the move to the north, she warned me about the winter. She is actually from up here and knew what she was getting into. Not me, I was born, raised and until recently lived all of my life in the south. I didn’t even really know what an HVAC furnace heating method even was. That is how ignorant I was when I moved up here. But the promotion that my wife took was really important to her and we had to make a five year commitment. I figured I could handle any sort of winter for five years. After my first one, I’m not quite as confident. However, I sure learned a lot about what not to do when it comes to staying warm during a tough winter season. And it’s a long season that really has to be prepared for. We bought a house that was older but had a new HVAC unit. I figured I’d just turn up the heat to deal with the cold. But having a tight house makes that a viable proposition. I did not have one of those. A neighbor helped me toward the end of winter to change that. We used an instant read temperature gun to find all the spots that were leaking out HVAC treated air. There were a lot. But I was able to get them all sealed or reinsulated within a few weeks. I couldn’t believe what a difference it made. So maybe next year, I’ll actually be a bit more prepared for winter and that will help me get through it much more comfortably.



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Allergy season to be much more manageable this year

I love the winter where I live. And that’s not because I’m big into skiing or hockey or anything like that. I love the winter where I live because the weather is great and it’s a respite from the heat. See, where I live the heat and humidity is the big deal. The HVAC comes on in March and doesn’t stop until at least November. So, the winter is a time that I cherish. Looking out my window, I can see that the winter is coming to a close. The trees are budding out and things are getting ready to get green. With that comes plenty of pollen. And that generally means that I’m going to suffer through a few months with allergies. Normally, I can deal with it by using over the counter meds. However, the older I get the more I have had to end up at the doctor’s office for allergy help. This year, while I will still stick with the allergy meds, I won’t be suffering with allergies from the pollen while inside my house. This is due to the fact that I purchased a whole house air purifier. The HVAC tech was here not too long ago to install it. The thing is relatively small and fits right inside the air handler unit of the HVAC. This thing actually destroys the DNA of the pollen with high intensity UV light. That means that any pollen that gets inside the house will no longer be a threat to my allergies. I’m looking forward to at least having refuge inside my house during allergy season.

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Old house getting more updated form of HVAC

I moved from the north to the south not too long ago.

This wasn’t something that we had actually planned.

My wife just came home one day and told me she had been offered a nice promotion that came with a transfer. Initially, I was not all that excited about picking up and moving from the place we had known all our lives. Yet, the idea of not having brutal winters and paying outlandish HVAC bills was also quite attractive to my way of thinking. Winter was just wearing me out a little bit more with each passing season. So the idea of not having to worry whether the furnace was going to make it through the winter was also attractive. We ended up buying an older home in a neighborhood we really liked. Part of the final negotiations was that we would accept a reduced price if we were willing to replace the HVAC. Normally, that is something I would have jumped at. However, this was not quite as straight forward as all that. The house was older and the HVAC system, including the air ducts, would need to be replaced. That was not only going to be expensive but quite the undertaking as many of the air ducts weren’t easy to access. I ended up solving this HVAC problem by using ductless HVAC throughout the house instead. Not only do I save due to better efficiency, the installation was so easy and quick. That is the kind of situation that I can really embrace. With the money we saved on using the ductless HVAC, we came out way ahead on the final sale price of the house.

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Going for more efficiency with HVAC replacement

Sometimes, it’s just the right time to change things up a bit. For me, that is a mouthful. I am the sort who really likes to have things stay just as they are with very little variations if possible. Keeping my routine helps me to face things that none of us can control. There is just something about living within a structure that gives aid when things do get crazy. Having spent the last year inside the HVAC comfort and security of my home was anything but routine. It hasn’t been a comfortable year to say the least. And yet, I have managed. Mostly because I have been able to simply adapt my routine. However, I am doing something a bit out of the norm when it comes to replacing the HVAC. We bought this house over 20 years ago and when we did, we replaced the HVAC. Now, it has come time for that HVAC to be replaced. But the air ducts are well over 40 years old and will have to be replaced. So instead of doing that automatically so I could stick with the central air method, I considered an alternative. Once I learned about the benefits of having ductless HVAC, I realized that this was a very viable option. In fact, that is what we ended up going with. Instead of the central air system, we now have a series of ductless units. They are more efficient and allow us to more closely customize our heating & cooling comfort. Doing what wasn’t the normal thing to do has actually been a very beneficial thing. Sometimes, you just gotta change it up.
Whole home air purification

I need a quieter furnace

I am debating getting a new furnace because of our cat. Most people roll their eyeah or think I am being ridiculous. My animal is just as part of the beach beach house as I am, genuinely more. He sleeps more than 8 hours a day in the house. He prefers chilling in the living room, eating snacks & sleeping on beds too. The concern is that our animal hates our furnace. When the furnace turns on he immediately runs away. The sound of it scares him. The furnace is super loud when it clicks on & operates. It can wake me up out of a dead sleep & honestly, I don’t entirely adore it either. I checked the year on our heating equipment & it is 17 years old. A gas furnace can live from 15 to 30 years old. So I could have a long lifespan ahead of me if I am careful. I am not going to be though. I have already started researching new furnaces. I do not adore how it operates or how loud it is. I also don’t adore the ductwork with the furnace. It makes no sense having every room the saem temperature. I hardly use the office & I only want quality heating when I sleep at evening & for our cat. I am looking at possibly getting heated flooring. This furnace is totally silent in operation & doesn’t waste energy rising to the ceiling. Rather than forced air, it is electric being gentle underneath your feet. I bet our animal would adore to kneel on a heated tile.

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Getting it all prepared for our mother in law

My mother in law is coming at the end of this week as well as I am getting frantic preparing for her.

I wasn’t expecting his either which aromas.

My hubby just informed myself and others as well as now I am rushing to get the house prepared. I am in the middle of a bathroom remodel. I don’t want his mother to come as well as only have 1 working bathroom. It would be nice to at least get the toilet as well as shower ready to use. Another task I need to do is get the guestroom prepared. My hubby as well as I just moved. The guest room needs to be totally cleaned top to bottom. I want to paint the walls, get current sheets, pillows as well as a comforter. I also would adore a current section rug as well as switch plates in there. Those little touches will make it so much better, then lastly, I want to call for Heating as well as Air Conditioning repair before he arrives. My hubby’s mother is nuts about AC, then he is constantly increasing the thermostat settings as well as forcing the cold air in the house. I remember it from our last visit being a pain. I don’t even think if our current house’s AC method is up to his standards. I would feel awful if the AC method didn’t turn on or quit while he was here. So I need a Heating as well as Air Conditioning professional to do some cleaning, tightening as well as assuring myself and others that everything will work to the level I need it too. That genuinely is an unnecessary thing, servicing the cooling system unit, and however, I think I will feel better knowing I inspected off every box.
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Trying to reduce our energy bills

My home energy bills have always been quite high, however recently I observed that they just skyrocketed… I started getting proactive about lowering the energy use, but first, I decided to update all the windows in the house! My old windows were not officially sealed as well as caulked around, however new windows made sure none of our treated air was leaving as well as none of the gross outdoor air was coming in.

Next, I made sure I had enough insulation around our baseboards as well as door frames; Another step was calling for ductwork sealing.

A lot of people end up paying high energy bills because of a tiny crack along the seam in their ductwork. A small crack allows lots of air to travel outside. The Heating as well as Air Conditioning method is basically useless then. The Heating as well as Air Conditioning can run as well as run, however never achieve the temperature on the thermostat. That means you get higher energy, more of a opportunity for repairs as well as a reduced Heating as well as Air Conditioning lifespan. After all of those things are done I made sure to have the Heating as well as Air Conditioning professional do a repair appointment while he was there. A dirty heating as well as cooling unit runs sluggishly as well as not as effective. It is exhausting for the indoor air pollen levels too. Moving parts are lubricated, bolts are tightened as well as things adore the air filter are updated with a cleaner model. I don’t think which of these things I did was the magic fix. It doesn’t matter though. I now have a good energy bill as well as the house feels adore the right temperature for once. It was worth doing all that work.


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The oil furnace is done for

Sometimes a quick patch doesn’t repair the problem.

I have been trying to prolong the lifespan of our gas oil furnace for years.

Five years ago our Heating as well as A/C professional told myself and others I should replace our oil furnace. She told myself and others it was old, worn out as well as only going to cost myself and others money, but well what costs myself and others more money is getting a brand new gas furnace! I have put our oil furnace on life support time as well as time again. I know that every fall I need to call for heating service. If I don’t do this step the oil furnace will no way turn on. I need a professional to oil, clean as well as lubricate all moving parts. She needs to encourage the oil furnace to heat just one more year. At the end of the heating season I need to call the Heating as well as A/C professional back. This is usually a double check to make sure something hasn’t gone wrong with the machine, and everytime I have to make some kind of heating system repair, then usually it is something small enjoy the blower or belt system. My Heating as well as A/C professional recently told myself and others that our heat exchanger is totally blown out. I researched how much a new heat exchanger is as well as I found out it is the same as getting a brand new oil furnace. This is the first time I can’t do a heating system maintenance to make the oil furnace live longer. It would be dumb to replace the exchanger. I now am researching new oil oil furnaces as well as dreading the cost. It is going to hurt. I have spent so much on our aged oil furnace, I don’t want to buy a new one.


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I was going for an interview for an Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C task.

I told her she humiliated myself and others in addition to she told myself and others to go back to the bar

Last week, I was getting ready for an interview. I was so excited to go for this interview. I was going to be an Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C specialist. I worked hard to get my Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C certification. I went to school for almost a year, in addition to I studied hard. I genuinely loved reading in addition to I thought I was excited to be an Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C specialist. I was on my way for the interview when I saw my best friend. He talked myself and others into going with him in addition to meeting with another friend. The next thing I knew, I was surrounded by a group of men I hadn’t seen since high school graduation. I only planned on having 1 beer, thinking it would relax myself and others before heading to the interview. The next thing I knew, every one of us were playing darts in addition to pool in addition to I had multiple empty glasses lined up in front of me, in addition to none of them were beer glasses. I knew I couldn’t go to the Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C corporation in this shape. I was already more than one seconds late, in addition to I wasn’t even sure if I should call them. I called my mom who was so angry, she came down to the bar. I was twenty-two years old, but she grabbed myself and others by the ear in addition to yanked myself and others out. All I could hear was the men all yelling in addition to laughing at me. I told her she humiliated myself and others in addition to she told myself and others to go back to the bar. She warned myself and others what would happen if I didn’t go to this Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C corporation for the interview. She said I would be looking for more than a task. I would be looking for a home, in addition to she was serious.


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I hated school, but here I go again.

I hated going to school.

I didn’t adore the structure that went with classroom training.

I didn’t adore the discipline that went with going to school. I thought it should all be done to cater to the student. I refused to learn hard in addition to I passed the tests with grades that were just enough to get myself and others through the classes. I wasn’t stupid, although I didn’t adore comformity. When I graduated, I didn’t have grades that would allow myself and others to get into a superb university. The only thing I was able to do was get a task in a local fast food store, or in a factory. I didn’t want to do either. I wanted to start out making superb money, but all I was able to do was live at home. I couldn’t even keep a lady because of my lack of money. The only thing I could do was sign up for classes at a local technical school. I chose the class that had the least amount of people in addition to would provide myself and others a superb paying task. I thought that going to school would get myself and others a task, regardless of how much work I put into the task. Unblessedly, Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C specialists need to know a lot about their task. Not only was I laboring hard to get my Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C certification, although I was enjoying the training. It wasn’t all laying in class, although I had hands-on training on gas heating systems in addition to air conditioner units. I wished someone had told myself and others about Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C technical training before I got out of high school. I would already be a Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C specialist looking forward to a superb career.


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