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Facts of life

I love winter! It’s always been my favorite time of year. Snow is awesome, and making snow angels was always one of my favorite parts of being a kid. People seem nicer around the holidays too. Our home state is particularly pretty in the winter, and we almost always have a white Christmas. I admit, driving in the winter when there’s snow, sleet and ice is not a fun thing to do, but if that’s the only things you’ve ever known – it becomes second nature. I started to ice skate when I was a kid, and it quickly became my sport of choice. Just by lacing up my figure skates and hitting the ice – it’s a thrill beyond belief. To me, winter doesn’t last long enough. I don’t feel the cold like others do. Maybe I’m just used to it, but I also know how to dress for the conditions. And for sure my home is equipped with a state-of-the-art, high efficiency furnace. We also have a fireplace, but we tend to only use if for the ambiance that it gives. Sometimes we’ll light a fire just to roast chestnuts or marshmallows, but most of the time our home gets too warm when we use it. We have always been diligent when it comes to keeping up with the necessary furnace maintenance. One year it went out during a really bad cold snap, and we had no choice but to completely replace our old furnace with a new one. But since that day, we’ve  stayed on top of furnace maintenance. I can highly recommend to anyone that they get the type of furnace that we go – it’s great.

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I got some suggestions

Last year I had the unfortunate experience  of having my air conditioner quit altogether. It was absolutely miserable, since it happened during the hottest month of the year. Luckily it didn’t take too long for an HVAC company to send a technician to my home to assess the situation. When I was telling my coworkers about the situation, they couldn’t believe it how easy I let the technician off. I guess I never paid much attention to my HVAC system, so I didn’t realize that I should ensure the thorough service that a technician should do. Apparently there are several things you should check that your HVAC technician does while servicing your HVAC system. For one thing, be sure that the tech checks the accuracy of the thermostat, which I don’t recall him doing. Next it’s vital to make ask him if he checked the exact amount of refrigerant and/or refrigerant leaks there might be in and around the system. It’s also worth noting that your specialist should collect any refrigerant that is lost while testing the system. He should also check for any duct leakage in all of the ducts. This could truly add to the costs on your utility bill over time. The air flow that runs through the evaporator coil should be checked, and the electric control sequence should also be tested. I started thinking about just how uninformed I have been about the workings of my HVAC system. The electric terminals connections should also be checked, cleaned and tightened – if necessary. Last, but not least, all the belts should be tightened and checked for wear – oh, and the motors need to be oiled.

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I’m very happy about the winter season

For as long as I can remember, the winter has been my favorite season. What could be more fun than making snow angels? It is such a great memory, and one of my favorite parts of being a kid.  And then there’s Christmas. Where I grew up, we always had a white Christmas – isn’t that what everyone wishes that they had? Now I know that snow makes it difficult to drive, but it just feels right when it snows on Christmas day. When I was twelve, I learned how to ice skate. I soon fell in love with it and became quite good at it. The whole process of lacing up my ice skates and getting on the ice is among the best things ever! Call me crazy, but the only issue I have with winter is that is simply doesn’t last long enough. I definitely am not bothered by the cold weather like other people are. Maybe I’m just used to it, but it’s just a matter of knowing how to dress for the cold. Naturally, it helps to have a house equipped with a good furnace. Many people that I know also have a fireplace, but they hardly use theirs – unless it’s a fireplace with a gas insert. Occasionally we light a fire just to roast chestnuts or marshmallows.  But most of the time our house is warm enough without adding the heat from the fireplace. When you live in the north, you know the importance of having regular furnace inspection and repair. We learned the hard way years ago when we needed to have our furnace replaced. But ever since that day, we’ve scheduled regular appointments with our HVAC technician. So my advice is that to really enjoy winter, keep your furnace in top shape.

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Making the minor adjustments

Last month I had the unfortunate event of having my air conditioner go out on me. It was really awful especially since it’s the hottest month of the year. Luckily it didn’t cost me too much for them to provide an air conditioner service. Unfortunately, When I was telling my coworkers about the situation, they made me feel like a complete idiot. Apparently there are certain things you should always have your technician check out while they’re servicing your devices. First off, the technician should check the accuracy of the thermostat. I don’t recall my technician even checking to see if it worked, let alone the accuracy of it. Another set of vital points is to make sure the technician checks for the correct amount of refrigerant and also checks for refrigerant leaks in and around the system. It’s also worth noting that your technician should also capture any refrigerant that is lost during its testing phase. The tech should also check for any and all seal duct leakage in all of the central systems. This could definitely save or lose on your costs over time. Another pivotal task for the tech is to measure air flow through the evaporator coil. The electric control sequence should also be tested and verified to make sure the heating system and cooling system cannot be operated simultaneously. I don’t think it’s even necessary to mention how that can be a bad thing in expenses and potential malfunctions in the long run. The electric terminals connections should also be inspected, cleaned and tightened if necessary. Last but not least, all the belts should be tightened and check for wear and the motors need to be oiled.

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Beautiful winter weather

Winter is my favorite time of year. I love the beautiful snow. Making snow angels was always one of my favorite parts of being a kid. People seem to be in a more giving mood since it’s near Christmas too. It’s also beautiful in our home state too. We get a white Christmas every single year and although it can be awful to drive it, it just feels right when it snows on Christmas day. When I grew older, I got to try out ice skating. Now that’s my single favorite hobby. Lacing up my figure skates and hitting the ice is among my favorite things in the world. The only issue I have with winter is that is simply does not last long enough. I can even handle the cold weather. Maybe I’m just used to it but I just dress warm and it doesn’t bother me much. It also helps that my house is equipped with a fantastic electric furnace. We also have a fireplace but we hardly even use it. Occasionally we’ll light a fire just to roast chestnuts or marshmallows, but most of the time our house is actually too warm. We are also adamant about keeping up with the necessary furnace maintenance. One year it went out and we needed to get an entirely new furnace installation. But since that day, we’ve learned to keep up to date with furnace issues and maintenance. I can’t recommend an electric furnace enough to anybody that likes to stay warm during the cold winter season.

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Getting some groceries

I live in a small rural town in the northwest and during the winter time it can get very, very cold. I am talking about temperatures at night falling down to negative temperatures and everything getting covered in a sheet of ice. It is not a fun time but we have learned how to adapt to it. For instance you won’t find a single vehicle around without four wheel drive. It is absolutely essential if you don’t want to get stuck a million times over. Also you have to have a generator for those times when the power goes out for an extended period of time. Otherwise you might find yourself turning into a Popsicle. It is also a good idea to have a good wood stove to help keep the heat going. The furnace is fine and all, but sometimes even a good HVAC system isn’t enough to combat the frigid conditions outside and having a secondary source of heat is always a good thing. Even our local grocer has a wood stove in a little area where people can sit and eat the fresh food made at the bakery. The HVAC system in the grocery store is insane! I was in there the other day and it was around five degrees out but in there you had to take your coat off to avoid sweating. It was so nice and toasty that there were actually some people stripped down to their tee shirts. It was pretty awesome actually to have that small respite from the winter weather.

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Spending time at the gym

I love to work out and I do it harder than anybody else. At least that is what I tell myself to keep me pumped up while at the gym. I have been an avid gym member for the past five years and the changes to my body and mind have been both dramatic and awesome. I used to be obese and I Was constantly depressed which led to more eating and weight gain and so on and so on. It was a vicious cycle that would have led to a premature death from a horrible life. Screw all that noise! Then one day my buddy turned me on to this podcast called The Joe Rogan Experience and it really turned my life around. I learned a lot about nutrition and exercise and ended up getting really into it and doing my own research. It’s all been an uphill battle from there and oh so worth it. The gym I work out at has all sorts of amenities like a swimming pool, yoga classes, and even a sauna. The only complaint I have is how hot they keep it in the winter. I understand that it is cold outside but that doesn’t mean you have to keep the furnace tuned up so high on the thermostat. People are working out in there which already breaks a sweat and keeps you warm so I really don’t see the need for it to be so hot already. Maybe they have a bad HVAC system or maybe the workers who aren’t exercising get cold.

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The waiting room

The one thing that holds true for every waiting room that has ever existed in every possible universe from here to infinity and back is that the people in them will be waiting. It doesn’t matter if it is a doctor’s office, accountant, spiritual healer, or the IRS, if they have a waiting room expect to be sitting there for a while. They try to make waiting rooms a bit more comfortable than their function would suppose by putting old magazines, cheap furniture, and a fish tank in them, but alas it really does nothing but serve to annoy the people waiting in these rooms even more. I had a fun experience in a waiting room the other day (and by fun I mean terrible). I was at the dentist office which is already not a good time and I had to sit in the waiting room twenty minutes before I had fingers and tools rammed into my mouth. This was all bad ion and of itself, but then there was the heat. It was ridiculously hot in there. It felt like someone just decide to turn the thermostat up all the way to see if the furnace had enough power to cook us with hot air. I was very close to losing it and with the patience of a saint asked the receptionist why they hated us so much. She replied that there were no heat ducts behind the window and that was the only way the HVAC system could keep warm. At that point to keep from going on a rampage I left.

Working on the climate control

I work at a fancy law firm downtown and one of the biggest hassles used to be finding somewhere to park. There’s lots of business down there and it was no easy thing to find a spot during the morning rush hour. A few times I remember even having to park at a meter and running out to the car every couple of hours to put more money in to avoid getting a parking ticket. My boss was gracious enough to give me the money for the parking but realized that a better solution had to be had. The solution came in the form of a parking garage that was built on a plot where an old abandoned building had been demolished. A bunch of businesses in the area all put in and bought the land off the city very cheap and put up the garage. It was an amazing effort and the parking garage was a top notch piece of architecture. It had everything, even heat! There were sliding panels that could be opened up when the weather outside was nice and closed when it wasn’t. The HVAC system in the basement was huge and the furnace was as large as a small studio apartment. There were ten different companies that put in on this project and all their employees could use the garage free of charge. Anybody else that wanted to use it had to pay a fee and those varied depending on if it was a single person or a company. It turned out to be very lucrative.

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We need the ducts cleaned

I have been so fortunate to have found the person whom I have spent the past twenty years of my life with. I couldn’t even think of having it any other way. We meant initially on her front porch. Don’t worry it wasn’t anything creepy, I work at the post office and her old apartment was on my route. We would strike up friendly conversation with each other whenever we saw each other and she was even kind enough to get me a present at Christmas time. One Friday night after work I was down at the local bar having some dinner when she walked in. I had never seen her outside of at work and had never seen her in that bar. She said hi and we started talking. Apparently she had been stood up on a blind date and was there to drown her sorrows. I invited her to sit with me and we could drown them together. Flash forward to today and it has been an amazing trip. There is only one thing we argue about and that is what temperature to set the thermostat at. I like it cooler than she does. Honestly I’d be fine with taking the whole furnace and throwing it out the window. I even went so far as to call the HVAC company and ask them if there was any way I could mess with the thermostat so it read hotter than it actually was. The guy on the phone laughed and said she would just turn it up more anyway. He’s not wrong.