Browse Month: February 2018

The sidewalks are actually heated

My husband and I just decided to upgrade our heating system in our home and since we are in the middle of a huge renovation to our home it seemed like the perfect time.  We had our local HVAC technician come out to the house to discuss our options with us.  I was already very interested in learning more about heated floors, so when he came out to the house I asked him about them.  He explained all the benefits of radiant heating.  He said that not only could in your home under your floors but it can also be installed outside too!!  We were completely shocked we would never have thought about installing a heating system for our driveway or walkway.  However, after listening to him it makes a lot of sense, by having the radiant heating installed under our walkway and driveway it would melt the snow and ice.  This would create a much safer walking surface up to our house for us, guest and even our small children who think it’s always a race to see who can get inside first.  Since part of our renovation was redo our walkway up to our front door we decided that we would go ahead and have radiant heating installed throughout the home, underneath our patio, and also our walkway up to the front door.  If we love the radiant heating as much as we expect we will then next year we will have it installed in our driveway too!  We just love the idea of not having to mess with an ice rink for a patio, walkway or driveway.

radiant heater 

My furnace is efficient

Lately I have been on this huge money saving kick.  With twins on the way I can’t help but want to save money where we can.  We have upgraded all of our appliance to energy star appliances, well actually this is something we have been working towards for a few years now but we just replaced our last non energy star appliance.  My husband has replace all of our windows with bran new ones that are double paned to help keep the cold out.  He is currently working on replacing the doors in our home to help keep out any and all drafts.  When it comes to the doors I am actually the hold out at the moment because I am having trouble decided on a style that I like.  I have also done a lot of research online to find other ways we can save on our energy bill.  I was surprised to find that just by regularly cleaning my furnace that will also help to lower our monthly energy bills.  Apparently, dirt and dust are two of the biggest enemies when it comes to our heating systems.  By having a filthy heating system you run the risk of having your furnace overheat, and also it can also cause the furnace to waste fuel.  After reading all of this I was feeling pretty grossed out so I decided to call my local HVAC company to have them send out a technician who would be able to clean out my furnace properly.  In my research I learned that the motor, blower and filter system all need to be cleaned in order to lower energy costs.  I did not want to mess with my furnace and potentially break something so I called out a professional.  I also asked if my HVAC technician would be able to professionally clean all of my duct work.  After all what is the point in only cleaning half way?

HVAC service 

Apologizing for my mistake

Last month I was sick for a little over a week with what I thought was the flu.  After I had been sick for five days and was showing no signs of improvement I decided that it was time to schedule an appointment with my doctor to get checked out to make sure everything was fine.  My doctor insured me that it was in fact the flu and this year the flu is lingering longer and she assured me that I would start to feel better soon.  Until then she gave me the instructions to get plenty of rest, and drink lots of fluids, you know that typical doctor speech.  Two days after my appointment with my doctor I was actually feeling worse, I was dizzy, my stomach was so queasy, I could barely make it to the door when I heard the doorbell ring.  When I answered the door I saw that my HVAC technician was standing there,  I had completely forgotten that I had scheduled an appointment with my local HVAC company to have a technician come out to give my HVAC system an inspection and a tuneup.  I apologized to the HVAC technician for forgetting the appointment and I quickly gave him the explanation of my current battle with the flu.  The HVAC technician gave me a suspicious look as he asked for directions to my HVAC system, after telling him where it was he left me alone for a while as he tended to my HVAC system.  When he came back into the room he announced that he didn’t think I had the flu at all but he thought I had Carbon monoxide poisoning instead.  He explained that he had found a small hole while he was inspecting my HVAC system and it was leaking carbon monoxide into the air!  He repaired the leak and after I was again checked out by a healthcare professional I was able to return home and I was feeling better within a few days!

HVAC tune-up 

This is a great system

Last month was our first truly cold spell in our new home.  We had subzero temperatures that lasted for three weeks.  I can honestly tell you that by the end of week one I was contemplating hibernating for the rest of the winter.  I am truly not made for such cold temperatures.  Anyways, when our monthly heat bill came out my husband and I noticed that it was way higher than our normal heating bills.  We knew we had to take a closer look at our home for drafts as a way to help save on our energy bill.  My husband repaired the drafts coming through some of the windows.  When it came to fixing the drafting coming from our doors he decided to put on a rubber door sweep to help keep out the cold winter air.  As he was doing all of this I have to admit that I was very skeptical because I really didn’t think his repairs would do much to help our energy bill.  He proved me wrong though.   When our next cold front moved in bringing more sub zero temperatures I noticed that in general our house felt warmer, and it seemed to stay warmer longer.  I very interested to see what our energy bill will be this month, I just have this gut feeling that it will be lower than our last bill.  If you need a good tip on how to help lower your energy bills, start with dealing with any drafty windows and doors, it really does make a huge difference.

HVAC equipment 

Warming up

My husband grew up in a large family.  Holidays can be a little crazy when everyone gets together.  They start talking about childhood memories and the one story that always comes up is about playing outside in the winter. They lived on seventeen acres of land and there were a lot of steep hills in parts, This made for great sledding.  He used to tell me about the snow forts that they had to defend with snowball fights and the huge snowmen they would build. One of his most comforting memories as a child was coming inside frozen from being outside so long, he was usually soaked through his gloves and snow pants.  There was almost always snow inside his boots.  After he managed to take off off his snowy wet things he would immediately run to the nearest heating vent in addition to stand on it.  He loved sitting on the forced air heating vents, it was the quickest way for him to warm up.  There is just something comforting and amazing about being able to stand in one spot and have this warm air embrace you.  After he had warmed up completely he would then place our boots, hat, and gloves all on the heating vent to help them dry.  As an added bonus they were also toasty warm when he went to put them on next, and who doesn’t appreciate that feeling?  Now that he is an adult and he went to buy his own house, he was very selective about they type of furnace he wanted. He  only wanted to have a forced air furnace, and wouldn’t accept anything else.  It took a lot longer than expected but he did eventually find a perfect house that had forced air heating with nice substantial vents.  To this day he still stands on them.

 

I have some very good memories

Did you ever see the show from the 70’s called Eight is Enough?  Well, I lived it!  I grew up in a large family, and when we were younger we would spend hours outside playing especially in the Winter.  We lived on several acres of land & there was a lot of steep hill, This made for great sledding and even cross country skiing. We would also build tunnels & forts under the snow.  Our front yard looked like a winter war zone with snowball fighting forts and such all over it.  One of my most comforting memories as a child was coming inside, frozen from being outside so long, and being soaked through my gloves & snow pants.  There was almost always snow inside my boots.  After I managed to take off off all of my soaked layers I would immediately run to the nearest floor vent for the HVAC system. It was great having a forced air system because we would just sit on the vent and let the warm air rush over us.  We had frosty fingers, toes, and noses but in no time we were warmed through and through. After I had warmed up completely I would then place my boots, hat, & gloves all on the heating vent to help them dry. It is strange the memories that end up changing your life in one way or another.  When I became an adult and went to buy my own home I was very selective about they type of heating system I wanted.  I only wanted to have a forced air gas furnace, I wouldn’t accept anything else.  It took a lot longer than expected but I did eventually find a perfect home that had forced air heating with nice large vents.  To this day I still rest on them.

zone control 

I’m a family man

My sibling had to be taken to the doctor’s office recently and it was very sudden.  She wasn’t feeling very well for some time. So the people I was with and I figured she could easily really benefit from seeing the family physician. That afternoon we all went to the family doctor in town who we’d been visiting for years. We’d been fortunate recently as the people I was with and I hadn’t had any need to visit the doctor for quite some time as we had been well. It wasn’t that much of a surprise when the people I was with and I decided to go inside to find the location was completely renovated so beautifully. The waiting area was completely redone plus built for maximum comfort instead of just a few chairs set up in multiple sections of the room and a couple of magazines. It even all smelled new!  Now it was attractively designed with a massive TV in the middle to keep from getting bored. There was also a big table with tons of multiple magazines for people to peruse through. The only thing I was actually confused on was this big decoration on the wall right inside of the waiting area. It emitted an attractive orange light plus it seemed to be more than just decoration somehow. I went to ask the front end secretary exactly what it was. She replied that it was actually a whole-new home air purifier and air filter system. With how so many people are coming and going through this building, this updated whole-new home air purifier helps out a great deal. It actually made sense plus now that I was thinking about it, I remember notice on the wall the last time I was here about the upcoming renovations going on. There was to be an advanced system as a home air purifier plan plus a number of additional Heating plus A/C improvements for the improvement of the quality of breathing air for the staff plus patients. The renovations turned out amazing and they have noticed how people are so much happier with the office now.

more about heating 

This is what’s important in life

I like to think that I enjoy only the finer things in life. There are several things in life you simply cannot put a price on. One of the primary examples of this is having a close, loving relationship with your friends and family. Once upon a time in my life I couldn’t appreciate this. I was simply too invested in my own business and everything I had going in my life. I considered my own everyday doings was simply too important for maintaining a close relation with my friends and family. I figured I was much too busy to call my mother and father every week. If any of us needed something, we’d just call each other and notify them of what was happening. What a mistake this was. It’s absolutely important to maintain a close relation with these individuals, especially your parents. One day they will be gone and you will wish you had taken the time to be close with them while they’re here. Another massively important aspect of life is your comfort and health. Being comfortable and healthy are two pivotal elements of being happy. I, myself, love to stay up to date with regular air conditioning and heating tune-ups. It’s important for me to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. These aspects of being comfortable are also important because they bleed over into your health too! Without proper heating and air conditioning through the various seasons, you can get very ill and your health will deteriorate as a result. That’s why I always keep up to date with my heating and air conditioning.

HVAC provider 

A family physician

My sister had to be taken to the doctor’s office recently. She wasn’t feeling well so we figured she could definitely stand to benefit from seeing a physician. We went to the family doctor in town who we’d been visiting for years. We’d been fortunate recently as we hadn’t had any need to visit the doctor for quite some time. It wasn’t that much of a surprise when we went inside to find the place was completely renovated. The waiting area was completely redone and built for maximum comfort instead of just a few chairs set up in various sections of the room. Now it was beautifully designed with a big TV. There was also a large table with tons of various magazines for people to peruse through. The only thing I was really confused on was the this giant decoration on the wall right inside the waiting area. It emitted a beautiful blue light and it seemed to be more than just decoration somehow. I went to ask the front end secretary exactly what it was. She replied that it was actually an air purifier. With how many people coming and going through this building, an air purifier helps substantially. It actually made sense and now that I was thinking about it, I remember notice on the wall the last time I was here about the upcoming renovations. There was to be an advanced air purifier system and a number of additional HVAC improvements for the improvement of the quality of life for the staff and patients. The renovations turned out amazing!

HVAC warranty 

I’m sure of this decision

I always gave my sibling a difficult time for the redundant habits he had formed over the years as we were growing up, he was such a character. Whenever I visited his house, it was kind of uncomfortably cold in his house that I didn’t like going there. When I brought it up, he always said it was to save money on the utility bills plus if I wanted to stay as warm as I wanted that I should dress appropriately. I couldn’t understand his reasoning at that time. But at that time, I still lived with my parents plus didn’t have to pay any bills or be responsible for heat. Then I moved into my own home after I got out of school and had begin to pay my own way. When I got my first large energy bill for the month, I was shocked and worried. Suddenly it dawned on myself and others why my sibling was the way he was. I just thought he was a weirdo but it was certainly so he didn’t have to pay an arm plus a leg on his heating plus cooling bills each month that went by. Later that day I called him to apologize plus inform him I understand his ways now. He laughed non-stop at first, then completely understood! Right then and there he kindly gave myself and others a whole list of energy saving tips and advice for my home. I paid close attention plus even wrote most of them time. Some of them seemed as if they were respected sense and repetitive, although I wanted to make the most of out of his efforts anyway. I implemented the tips he gave myself and others from that point on. When my next energy bill came in, I was shocked at how much money I was saving. The heating bill alone was nearly halved. I was incredibly grateful to have my brilliant sibling now teaching me such valuable lessons.

air conditioner