What kind of a/c do I need?

Anyone who doesn’t already have a central air conditioner more than likely owns a portable AC, a tiny AC, or ductless mini split, or some variation of those options

Living in the south, moderate weather is consistently frustrating for me. I was born and raised in the northern midwest plus spent the better portion of more than two decades with four seasons year after year. Although the gas costs were consistently wild, I remember getting through difficult winters with just an oil heating system plus a wood stove in the residing room. The mild summers were spent with windows cracked plus strategically placed fans to keep a cross breeze going at our heads. Not only were air conditioners considered not a needed fixture in summertime life in our hometown, but several of our friends growing up never even had 1 in their homes. Ours was an outdated window air conditioner that sat tucked in 1 of the windows in our small residing room. That thing really got us through even the warmest of summers. But these afternoons, our current weather conditions sees normal highs in the upper 90s throughout the year with 100 degree weather through the most dire Summer heat waves. By contrast to where I came from, air cooling systems are an absolute requirement here. Anyone who doesn’t already have a central air conditioner more than likely owns a portable AC, a tiny AC, or ductless mini split, or some variation of those options. Unfortunately, finding the right air conditioner that will survive with steady performance is not as easy as 1 might think. Additionally, all air conditioners come with different ratings. You never know what kind of a/c you are going to get.

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I need a thermal curtain

I have made an effort this year to take advantage of a few holiday sales.

I wanted to get as many deals as I needed to.

Although, this is limited to gifts plus necessities only. For example, I needed a bigger iPad since the late summer. I got the model I wanted for $200 less because I waited a few weeks for a pre-holiday sale. If I randomly saw a pair of sneakers I didn’t need for 50% off, there is nothing in the world that will get me to make the buy unless the 1s I own are worn out. When you start finding these amazing sales for gifts that you were already planning to buy for friends plus loved 1s, it’s an amazing feeling. I’ll start saving a portion of the currency that I initially expected to spend. Despite these prices from so several strange stores, I am having considerable difficulty finding the right set of insulated curtains for our dining room. Initially it began as wanting to block out more light since our window faces the east plus is blasted with sun as early as 6 am in the morning. But, then I started to believe about finding curtains that were also thermal coated to increase the R value of our home. In other words, I wanted to find blinds that kept warm or cool air escaping through the leaky windows depending on the season. A year after this, I’m still looking for the right set of curtains, consistently seeing blinds available, but rarely finding the right sets with thermal foam padding already connected to the back surface of each curtain.

Commercial air conditioning

I don’t count that as an a/c repair

My experience with landlords in the past has been hit and miss.

On the 1 hand, I have had quite a few hits. These landlords were all easy going plus dependable people. If I had a problem in my rental unit, I never feared calling them plus getting a run around over basic necessities plus amenities. But, the other end of the spectrum, I have had even more terrible landlords over the course of our long rental history. One thing that seems to be shared among several of the bad people was this total lack of respect and class when it came to personal privacy. In other words, I didn’t enjoy the people who purposefully barged in unannounced on a day to day basis as a direct show of power. There was 1 uniquely embarrassing experience on 1 date I had with my girlfriend. The landlord decided to open my front door without even knocking when I had my girlfriend inside with me. This was simply to let in would-be customers as the apartment had been put up for sale at that point. But, they saw something they should not have. But, the most horrible experience I have in our rental history is the time our landlord substituted our Heating and Air Conditioning control unit to hide not connecting the air conditioner itself. My machine was consistently turning down during cooling cycles plus I had to essentially beg him to do something about it. It was getting real close to Summer so I knew I really needed an air conditioner as soon as possible. Unfortunately for me, our landlord thought it would be okay to simply swap out our control unit instead.

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Trying to renovate and older home

When I purchased a home built in the 1920s to renovate, I could have never guessed the degree of work that would be required to get this venue livable.

My neighbor plus eventual roommate assured me that he had the time, effort, plus tools to finish everything without us needing outside assistance.

But, even with his experience in building, he eventually admitted that he took over more than he was prepared to. When my buddy and I discovered wiring throughout the house, him and I were less anxious about it not being up to standards plus more concerned with the fatality complications. Then came the awful plumbing that was eventually redone from scratch after the multiple of us cracked the water valve going into the house. The “project” ended up costing as much as a tiny multiple dining room condo in our immediate area. Instead of being a practical plus affordable way to become homeowners in our early 40s, it honestly turned into a harrowing experience from start to finish. On top of everything else, the condo had an uninsulated attic with an unfinished air duct. Anytime all of us ran the heating system, at least fifty percent of the heat would escape into the freezing air above. In fairness, that number is really a decent estimate, since it rarely feels moderate even if the heating system is left on for a few minutes at a time. Trying to heat plus cool this newly renovated condo was a frustrating idea that all of us only partially remedied by installing a few mini splits at multiple locations inside.

 

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What kind of heating do we use?

For the longest time, I have struggled with locating effective ways to keep our southern home moderate in our on again, off again Winter time weather.

  • Sometimes it gets as cold as the low 40s.

This is during the night hours and the low 50s are in the morning. But, a week of freezing weather can then go to a week of warmer weather with highs getting into the 80s. With this in your head, it can seem quite difficult setting the heating equipment right. What kind of heater do you use and how often do you turn it on? Generally speaking, I have usually owned properties where an electric heating system was set up plus essentially nothing else. Although these gas furnaces might seem effective enough, 1 issue arises when the heating system is left off for most of the year. The microbial plus dirt buildup inside is heated when the heating system is fired up again each Fall season, creating a gross plus unpleasant smell. For people with pollen irritations like myself, this can be a deal breaker when it takes satisfactory burn-in time to get the smell out of the heating system every other year. Some people use heat pumps that harvest ambient heat in odd temperatures above 40 degrees, allowing for satisfactory cooling plus warming at half of the cost. Unfortunately, I can’t afford to change to a heat pump yet, so I have resorted to using portable heaters. Thankfully, our portable oil furnace has an emergency shut off switch on the bottom of the device that is engaged the moment it starts to tip over if you bump into it unknowingly.

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So many features on my thermostat

I am really impressed by current tech.

When I purchased our 1st touchscreen device about 8 years back, I was instantly floored by the ease of use plus the number of things built into such a small plus handy device.

Having access to the internet, wherever I go, when I want it, was a game changing addition to our life. Some afternoons I don’t think that I couldn’t live without our smartphones, I’m very thankful for it when I’m lost trying to find a friend’s apartment or some other current appointment. Those GPS features are a lifesaver if you’re already strapped for time. With the great experiences across the board with our initial smart devices, it didn’t take long for me to get used to the idea of a smart control unit for a residential heating plus cooling system. Essentially, you connect the control unit to your home’s wireless network so that it can connect to an application that you access with your iPhone or ipad. Starting off, this allows full control of the device, anywhere, from any spot your iPhone can get a signal. But, since the device is consistently using the internet, that also means that it can do things like check local weather conditions plus get air filter alerts. You can even tailor particular cooling plus heating cycles that maximize energy efficiency for your particular home plus needs. Since it also monitors your usage of the basic control, such as your general temperature preferences plus whether your home or away, this data will also factor into your HVAC settings.

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Getting a weird but great gift

My mother and father often send me strange or untraditional packages during the year.

One example is a giant magnet I have only used a handful of times since they gifted it to me 10 years ago.

Recently they purchased me a special crock pot to cook miniature pieces of veggies without getting them stuck in the pan. Another year they purchased me skydiving on a whim, despite me never expressing any interest in the interest whatsoever. But, sometimes their interesting presents turn out to be important benefits to our monthly life. There is an oil that you wipe onto the inside surfaces of your automobile windows to prevent them from fogging up in any weather conditions or climate. Ever since they purchased me an accessory pack with this product in there, I have been using it religiously on a weekly basis with current coats each time. This year, they bought me sun blocking curtains for my apartment. They knew I had a lot of light comes in from the low cost curtains that came with the venue when I moved in. But, what I didn’t know when I got them was how much they would help with keeping our windows from leaking excessive heat. We get a lot of freezing temperatures during the Winter time in our northern region, making any additional insulation well worth the money. Now I can sleep during daytime minutes if I need a break, while also having the comfort of knowing our energy waste has severely lowered now.

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Why the package system was a good idea

My best friend has been residing in the same small apartment for a few years.

It’s a ground floor unit with no lofts above or below.

There is only 1 to the north end since she happens to live in an end component. The whole building was constructed sometime in the late 90s, but it has stood the test of time miraculously well. We were told the plumbing was re-piped 8 years back plus current roofs had been set up only months prior to our lady signing her genuinely first lease there. The condition of the lofts was due in space to how meticulous the property managers are with service plus care all year long, no matter the time or weather conditions. Even the grass is kept care for about once a week through the wet season. As far as the central heating plus cooling systems are dealt with, the property managers recently installed package Heating and Air Conditioning systems for each specific apartment. Unlike traditional split-style systems that separate, or cut up, the cool air handler from the moderate condenser, package systems are exactly what the name suggests. Both portions of the air conditioner are kept in a single metal casing, allowing for easy permission for service plus service. Also, there is less energy loss compared to some split systems where the coolant has to travel farther to go back and forth between the multiple components. If they’re packaged together, the length of travel time is completely less. They’re also on the roof too.

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The set up on the a/c plan

Occasionally my anxiety gets the better of me, typically when I have a strenuous or stressful chore to handle.

  • Even the idea of raking the leaves in the yard after the first sign of Fall each year is enough to raise my blood pressure and get me anxious.

Although, once the grueling process is over with, it never ceases to amaze me how great I feel. I know it is wonderful getting a hard project done and over with. Painting the outside of our condo really took a few or many months in a row to get from start to finish. The entire time I kept worrying over every last aspect plus the daunting thought of knowing how much work I had ahead of me until I was almost completely done for. I didn’t believe the realization that I was done at last with the taxing chore until I finally put away all of my materials. I was leaving for work plus admired the job from the road while I pulled out of our driveway. Despite this, I got overly concerned when I purchased a current portable air conditioner plus slowly realized the updatement process wouldn’t be as easy and seamless as I had initially assumed. In reality, our little experience in the setup process with window air conditioners barely crossed over into the realm of the replacement process with portable units. I went on, and at last I found a helpful video online detailing every step of the process so I could learn it visually. In no time at all, I was finally ready to set up our portable heating plus cooling system. I just wish I had resources like this 15 years ago, knowing all of the times I quit something in frustration from not understanding written instructions.

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Making a fence around the a/c

I spent a good portion of last month improving the feel of my backyard.

Aside from the normal turf and weed trimming, I decided to cut back several of the trees in front of our house that are out of control from years of abuse.

My buddy complimented the new look which set me on a path of more updates to the house. In place of the worn path that sits between our front porch and our paved driveway, I decided to set up bright red brick pavers. This way it would look like an official sidewalk leading between the condo plus the driveway where I park our truck. But, most crucial of all, I had consistently been unhappy with how ugly our air conditioner condenser unit looks as it rests along the side of our house. One of our pals has bushes planted around his condenser, although I was anxious that poofy plants like that could possibly inhibit the air flow of the important fan inside. Instead, I came up with the thought of building a small custom wooden fence going around the device, about four feet away on each side of it. In place of traditional fencing material, I opted to purchase wood lattice board that allows for almost total uninhibited air flow for the pressing machine. To make it look even more official, I dug out an outdated can of white paint that I used on the outside of our house a few years back. In the end, I had a beautiful white fence wrapping around our once ugly air conditioner.

 

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