The blanket fire

One thing I never thought could even happen was the fact of the blanket on my bed actually causing a small fire! I don’t smoke, so no, I did not smoke in bed and fall asleep! This was actually a very unusual thing that happened, and I learned a little lesson from this as well.

To make a long story short, I was very tired one night and went to bed without turning down my space heater that I keep right next to my bed.

I usually turn down the little temperature control dial on the space heater because it can get to be pretty powerful, and I do not want to overheat. Well, what happened was, my blanket ended up sliding off of my bed and onto the space heater with it cranked full blast! The heat coming out of the vents of the space heater was so hot, after my blanket had been laying on top of it for about 10 minutes or so, it began to catch fire! I was so darn lucky I woke up from the smell if the blanket starting to burn! Right away, I knocked the blanket off of the space heater, ran into the bathroom and back while half asleep, bringing a full cup of water into the bedroom. I then threw the water over the small fire that was on the blanket caused by the space heater. Thankfully, it went out with one shot of the water, and nothing was damaged other than my blanket! This all could have been a lot worse had I not smelled the smoke and woke up!

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The beautiful fall leaves

I absolutely love the fall time of the year.

The beautiful leaves is what really gets me.

All the different colors, the sound of the leaves falling and hitting the ground…all of that. Also, I love the air quality that comes with fall. It is really the most perfect time of year. You don’t have to run your central HVAC system on either heating or cooling, this saves energy use as well. The natural air from the good air quality coming through an open window while watching and hearing the fall leaves is nothing short of pure heaven. But, with those leaves comes one thing you need to do. And that is to make sure the leaves do not get too piled up or crowded around your central HVAC system. When the leaves pile up, they can block the grates of that central heating and air conditioning. This in itself can lead to having some serious problems that would cost you so much in HVAC repair, that it would be like the summer or cold winter months in terms of money spent. In order to avoid this from happening, always stay on top of raking those leaves. Even if you do not decide to rake your entire front and back yard, at the very least, be sure to rake all around that central HVAC system unit! I made the mistake one time of forgetting to do that, and I can tell you that I paid dearly! Literally and figuratively. The bill I had to repair the damage to my HVAC system’s inner workings was quite high! Ever since, I always rake around my HVAC system.

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Testing HVAC Efficiency:

As someone who works in the finance industry, I’m a well trained professional in reading numbers and saving money.

Saving money and investing in the future is one of my strongest qualities.

Unsurprisingly, I have a perfect understanding of the finances that my wife and I acquire in our household. I can tell you exactly how much we spend on anything, down to the dime. When we first got married, I spent months merging our finances and planning how every penny could be best spent. Some would say that I’m a penny pincher, but I’d say that I’m smart and setting my family up for a successful future. My wife and I do as much as we can around the house to save money, such as using all the products until their completely finished, not spending money on unnecessary things, and buying things in bulk in order to save the most money. However, recently, I discovered ways to save even more money around the house. When our HVAC technician came over for our bi-annual service appointment at the beginning of the summer, he told me that there were ways for me to test the efficiency of our HVAC system. By purchasing a reasonably priced thermometer, I could test the temperature of the air being drawn into the air filter. I could also test the temperature of the air leaving the AC vent. After finding the two temperatures, I could subtract the AC vent temperature from the air filter temperature. My HVAC technician said the temperature difference should be between 16 and 20 degrees for optimal efficiency. I’m so excited to save more money by testing our HVAC system’s efficiency!

 

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There Was No Air Conditioning at The DMV:

The other day, I was forced to go to the local DMV.

I don’t know anyone who actually enjoys going, because it’s such a dreadful place.

It was time to renew my driver’s license and I waited until the very last day to do so. Like everyone else in town, I showed up 15 minutes before opening in an attempt to get the renewal process over quickly. Unfortunately, there was a line wrapped around the building, and I needed to wait regardless of my early arrival. As soon as the doors opened, the line shuffled inside to grab their ticket place and wait. As soon as I took a seat, I started fanning myself with the clipboard I held. It was very hot and humid inside. I could tell that there wasn’t any air conditioning running. I assumed the employees forgot to turn on the air conditioner before opening. However, after 10 minutes of sweating in my seat, two employees rolled out two tiny floor fans and opened the doors. I was left to assume that the air conditioner just wasn’t working. My time at the DMV couldn’t have been worse. I heard another person ask someone why the air wasn’t working, and they said that it had gone out the previous afternoon. They couldn’t get an HVAC technician out to service it for another week. I had to sit for forty-five minutes in a hot and humid room filled with people and screaming children. The two small fans did nothing to keep me cool, as I was sitting in a seat far away. If I wouldn’t have procrastinated about going to the DMV in the first place, I wouldn’t have had to sit there in the heat without proper air conditioning.

 

 

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Emotional Neighbor Losing it Over HVAC Refrigerant Issue

Calm and steady rule the day for me. I prefer to simply allow for things to happen in life that are out of my control. If I feel compelled to act, then I will. However, I have never seen much value in running hot about every single issue out there. I would simply explode before lunch if that was the way I handled things. I prefer an air conditioned approach to hot button issues. Unfortunately, many other people don’t approach life as I do. I have a male neighbor is at the complete other end of the spectrum when it comes to living life. It appears every single complaint he has is forever coming out of his mouth. In fact, I don’t think I have ever heard him say anything positive at all. Ever. He caught me yesterday as I was mowing the lawn to holler about the HVAC issue which is his newest pet peeve. Who stops someone while they are mowing anyway? But, that is beside the point. My neighbor was literally foaming at the mouth over the banning of R 22 refrigerant. This will happen the first day of next year. He is beside himself because he still has an HVAC unit which uses R 22. That man is certain that the fact that R 22 is going away is proof positive of some sort of radical green overthrow of our government. He went on and on. I actually had enough so, I responded. I suggested that he might upgrade that junk he calls an HVAC system. This would ultimately save him a bunch of money in energy due to efficiency. And, he could then just shut up about it and let me mow my lawn.

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Consistent HVAC Soothes a Weird Internal Temperature

Today is a beautiful day with sun and blue skies.

It’s for sure warm.

The thermostat is tipping toward the mid eighties but it still feels just wonderful. While I still hear the ever present hum of HVAC units within our neighborhood, I also see people out playing tennis or riding bikes. It’s just a beautiful day to be alive playing outside. Yet, my daughter complains about the heat as she walks around in old hoodie she stole from me. She looked at me as though I was simply cracked when I asked her to join me for a short bike ride. It was as though I asked if she might enjoy hiking through broken glass. Meanwhile, our HVAC is pumping out the cold air so she can stay comfortable in her layers and sweats. She is definitely her own person. Good for her, we raised her to be herself. But, I fully don’t understand what is going on with her internal thermostat. It appears she has only about a 12 degree zone of comfort. If it’s below 68 degrees she wants the furnace running. However, if it’s above 80, it’s completely too hot to do anything at all. To her credit, she doesn’t go around complaining about the temperature. It’s just that I can so see it on her face or by the 6 layers of clothes she sleeps in. Actually, I have been discussing adding zone control to our existing HVAC system so she can at least be fully comfortable in her bedroom and bathroom. But maybe first, I’ll suggest she take a few layers off when she’s hot. Then, maybe, put a quilt or a comforter on her bed at night.

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I can’t stand when people use the air conditioner too much.

I think that it is far worse to turn your air conditioner on to a higher setting than necessary than to use your furnace too often. Sweating is not bad for the body. When you sweat, you are naturally cooling yourself off while also getting rid of harmful toxins. If you adjust your thermostat to make your furnace extremely warm, you will begin to sweat, and your body will be healthier because of it. However, when you adjust your thermostat to a colder setting and make the house freezing cold, you will make everyone feel miserable. There is nothing worse than walking into a house that is freezing cold. You can’t get comfortable no matter what you do, but you also don’t want to ask people to turn the air conditioner down, because people get very defensive about their air conditioners. Sleeping is even harder with an air conditioner than a furnace. People can sleep when it is a little too warm, even if it may take them a while. However, if the air conditioner is running and it is too cold, you will toss and turn the entire night, not being able to sleep. Air conditioners need to be used at a reasonable level if you want everyone to be comfortable. Air conditioners are a relatively new invention, and people aren’t required to have air conditioners to survive. We would probably all do better if we monitored our use of the air conditioner to make sure that we aren’t making everyone too cold. Moderation is the key to HVAC units.
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The trouble with furnaces and trailer parks

I have nothing against people who live in a trailer. I used to live in a trailer too before I was finally able to move out. However, since I became an HVAC technician, I will tell you that when we are asked to fix the furnace in a trailer in our town, it always makes me a little nervous and irritated. The problem with trailers is that people don’t realize that trailers are not the most efficient home when it comes to heating and cooling. They try to treat them as a normal house with a normal furnace and central air conditioner, but they aren’t. I can’t tell you how many calls I have received from disgruntled customers who complain that their furnace isn’t keeping their trailer warm enough or that their furnace is making their electric bill way higher than they think it should. Somehow, they think that their furnace is broken, and I have to “fix” their furnace to make their bills cheaper. What they don’t realize is that the trailer is the problem. Since trailers are made cheaply and since they have poor insulation, trailers lose heat a lot faster than normal houses. This means that when you are using your furnace, you are spending more money in a trailer than in a house because you are losing that heat. Your furnace is not broken, it just isn’t running in an efficient house. There is a reason why trailers are so much cheaper than houses. If you live in a trailer and your furnace is driving your bills up, you probably shouldn’t call an HVAC technician. You either need to suck it up or live in a real house.

 

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The blanket fire

To make a long story short, I was really sleepy one night plus went to bed without turning down our space heating system that I keep right next to our bed.

One thing I never thought could even happen was the fact of the blanket on our bed entirely causing a small fire! I don’t smoke, so no, I did not smoke in bed plus fall asleep! This was entirely a really unproper thing that happened, plus I l acquired a little lesson from this as well. To make a long story short, I was really sleepy one night plus went to bed without turning down our space heating system that I keep right next to our bed. I usually turn down the little temperature control dial on the space heating system because it can get to be pretty powerful, plus I do not want to overheat. Well, what happened was, our blanket ended up sliding off of our bed plus onto the space heating system with it cranked full blast! The heat coming out of the vents of the space heating system was so hot, after our blanket had been laying on top of it for about 10 minutes or so, it began to catch fire! I was so darn lucky I woke up from the smell if the blanket starting to burn! Right away, I knocked the blanket off of the space heater, ran into the bathroom plus back while half asleep, bringing a full cup of water into the bedroom. I then threw the water over the small fire that was on the blanket caused by the space heater. Thankfully, it went out with one shot of the water, plus nothing was damaged other than our blanket! This all could have been a lot worse had I not smelled the smoke plus woke up!

 

 

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The appealing fall leaves

I really prefer the fall time of the year… The appealing leaves is what undoubtedly gets me, but all the odd colors, the sound of the leaves falling plus hitting the ground…all of that.

Also, I prefer the air quality that comes with fall, then it is undoubtedly the most perfect time of year, you don’t have to run your central Heating plus Air Conditioning program on either heating or cooling, this saves energy use as well.

The natural air from the nice air quality coming through an open window while enjoying plus hearing the fall leaves is nothing short of pure heaven, and but, with those leaves comes one thing you need to do. And that is to make sure the leaves do not get too piled up or crowded around your central Heating plus Air Conditioning system. When the leaves pile up, they can block the grates of that central heating plus a/c. This in itself can lead to having some drastic problems that would cost you so much in Heating plus Air Conditioning repair, that it would be love the Summer or chilly Winter weeks in terms of currency spent. In order to avoid this from happening, always stay on top of raking those leaves! Even if you do not decide to rake your entire front plus back yard, at the really least, be sure to rake all around that central Heating plus Air Conditioning program unit! I made the mistake one time of forgetting to do that, plus I can tell you that I paid dearly! Literally plus figuratively. The bill I had to repair the damage to our Heating plus Air Conditioning system’s inner workings was quite high! Ever since, I always rake around our Heating plus Air Conditioning system.

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