Needing it to be more quiet

When you buy something like a portable space heater or a portable air conditioning system, the last thing you expect is for them to be noisy. Well, this was unfortunately the case with both the portable air conditioning system and portable space heater I bought for my home. I found myself not being able to use them at night while I was trying to sleep because they were way too noisy when they would turn on and off. So I could only use them in the day time hours to reduce the use of my central heating and air conditioning system unit. In the day and evening while I am awake and at home, I will turn off the thermostat completely and have just the portable space heater or portable air conditioning system running, depending on the time of year it is of course. My original plan though was to run the portable space heater and the portable air conditioning system at night while I was sleeping to cut back on energy use of the central heating and air conditioning system unit. I am not sure if it is the brand of portable HVAC equipment I bought that makes the difference with the noise level of these things or not, but it is something I may look into at some point when I have some time to read more information about heating and air conditioning products that are portable online. The answer has got to be out there somewhere! Until then, I will keep things as they are.

 

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The winter and my skin

If it was not for central heating I am not sure what on earth I would do. I have a problem with my skin in the winter when it gets really cold. My skin happens to dry out and crack. And with central heating, this helps this not happen as much. When I am outside going to work or having to run errands, I am without central heating so I have no choice but to deal with the dry cold weather. But when i get home, that central heating system of mine really cleans things up! I also have a humidifier which helps a bit as well. Between the central heating system and the humidifier I can reduce the way my skin reacts to dry and cold weather in the winter months of the year. I also sometimes use hand creams for my hands in conjunction with the central heating system and the humidifier. All of these 3 methods together helps make everything ok in the end. I have had this issue with my skin in the winter since I was a little kid. Back then, we had furnace heating which did not help as much as central heating does today. The HVAC technology since back when has advanced so much and it is a true godsend! Like I said, I am not sure what I would do without my central heating system and my humidifier. It is pretty strange that when it is hot out in the summer and dry, my hands and skin do not crack up like that. I guess it is just the mystery of the human body!
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Too much cold gives me headaches

When it gets really cold out I tend to get headaches from it.

This is just the way my body reacts. So because of this factor, every single winter I always make sure my home is heated really well. Either through my central heating system or from the multiple amounts of portable space heaters I have around here. I sort of alternate between both the central heating system and the portable space heaters because I try to save on energy use when it is so cold out that you need to be running the heater twenty four hours a day and seven days per week. Central heating in itself sometimes does not warm my home enough because of how cold it gets. And this would require me to really crank the heating system. However this would make it so that I am pretty much paying a fortune in energy use. So this is where the portable space heaters that I have come into play. I have a portable space heater for each and every room in my house to act the same way as the central heating system would. It creates whole home heating for me with all of these portable space heaters. And this is what I need when it is this cold to avoid those headaches that the freezing cold ends up giving me every single year. It helps with the energy bills as well. So just food for thought…if you have a cold climate, try buying a bunch of portable space heaters to save on energy use of your central heating and air conditioning system during this time.

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In-laws have overheated house for the holidays

My in-laws have a gas well located on their property.

This provides them access to free natural gas.

It costs them nothing to heat their home, use the oven and run the hot water heater. Since we live in an area that is well-known for our extreme winter weather, this is very advantageous. It costs my husband and I a small fortune to heat our house. We set the thermostat as low as possible and bundle up in layers of sweaters in an attempt to reduce the strain on our budget. My in-laws take full advantage of their free gas. The whole family gathers at their house for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We all have learned to wear shorts and tank tops. It doesn’t matter what the outside weather is, the house will be horribly overheated. My mother and father-in-law have no qualms about turning the thermostat up to 85 degrees. It’s so hot that everyone is wet with sweat within ten minutes of arriving. We all fight over who gets to take out the garbage just for the chance to step outside. We try to open a window without letting my in-laws notice. The fresh air is such a relief. My mother-in-law always catches me and shuts the window. She gets upset that I’m letting the heat escape. She says it forces the furnaces to work harder. If she’s so concerned with wear and tear on the heating system, I would think she’d lower the thermostat to a tolerable setting. It’s absolutely bizarre that we arrive in wool coats and snow boots and are forced to strip down because it’s so stinking hot at her house.

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Not happy with the cold up north

I live down south, where we run the air conditioner nearly all year round.

I never need to wear more than a sweatshirt to keep warm.

I don’t own a wool coat, knitted hat or heavy boots. I enjoy fresh air and sunshine. My brother lives way up north, where it’s cold and wet most of the time. He constantly begs me to come visit him for the holidays. He insists that a white Christmas is ideal. I finally gave in and bought a plane ticket this past December. I packed a suitcase with my warmest clothes. As soon as we stepped outside the airport terminal, I knew I’d made a huge mistake. I immediately wanted to go back home. The temperature was twenty-eight degrees. While the snow was certainly beautiful, I didn’t appreciate my wet feet. I also kept slipping and sliding on the icy pavement and tugging a wheeled suitcase through the slush was difficult. We then sat in my brother’s freezing cold car for approximately ten minutes waiting for the heater to provide enough warmth to melt the ice on the windshield. My brother finally had to get out and chisel the ice away with a scraper. Despite the heater blasting at maximum capacity during the drive to his house, I shivered the whole time. I couldn’t wait to get inside. However, my brother likes to save money whenever possible. He’d turned his thermostat way down before heading to the airport. His house was so cold that I could see my breath. I kept my coat on and stood directly in front of a heater vent, trying to thaw out. I was thankful for the heated blanket on the bed. While my brother wanted to take me skiing, sledding and go for walks in the snow, I just wanted to hide inside and stay as close as possible to his furnace. Whenever he wasn’t paying attention, I raised the thermostat setting.

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Dehumidifier is a necessary addition

I live far enough south that the heat is just about a year round issue.

There is no need for any type of heating system because the temperature never drops below fifty degrees.

A central air conditioner is essential because the temperature often climbs into the triple digits. Fortunately, technology has improved the efficiency and capacity of modern air conditioners. These advanced systems are able to automatically adjust speed to meet changing demands. The ability to operate at lower speeds for longer cycles uses less energy and maintains more consistent indoor temperature. The extended run times are also better at combating excess humidity. However, air conditioners aren’t designed to handle moisture. The system pulls heat out of the air to create a cooling effect. A dedicated dehumidifier is necessary to extract moisture. If there’s high levels of moisture in the air, it feels warmer and sticky. An abundance of humidity causes discomfort and fatigue. It creates the ideal environment for bacteria, dust mites, mold, mildew and all sorts of harmful contaminants. It can cause wood furnishings to swell and warp and be blamed for headaches, sore throats, congestion, sneezing and coughing. Whole-house dehumidifiers treat the air as it passes through the air conditioner, extracting moisture. With humidity levels maintained within the idea range, I’m able to set a higher thermostat setting. The cooing unit doesn’t need to work as hard and my energy bills are much lower. The house is far more comfortable. The dehumidifier wasn’t overly expensive, operates efficiently and makes very little noise. I only need to worry about maintenance once per year. I have it serviced at the same time as the air conditioner in the late spring.

 

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Considering a smart thermostat

My current thermostat was already installed when we bought our house eight years ago.

  • I am fairly certain that the thermostat is way older than I am.

It is a plastic model with a dial that needs to be manually adjusted. It allows us to raise and lower the temperature of the house. That is its only function and the device isn’t overly precise. It’s also rather ugly. I recently read an article that was talking about all the recent innovations in the thermostat technology. There are now programmable, wifi and smart thermostats on the market that offer all sorts of conveniences. According to that article, I could significantly trim my monthly bills by upgrading my thermostat. I started researching the different models available. I was a bit shocked by the prices. While a thermostat used to cost around ten dollars, the current technology is several hundred dollars. It used to be very simple to install a thermostat. I could manage the job in ten minutes. I wouldn’t’ dare attempt to install one of these sophisticated devices. I’m worried that I’ll never figure out how to use the thing. The reviews I read indicated that the majority of models are quite user-friendly. However, there were complaints of people having trouble accessing all of the many features. I am amazed by the many options today’s thermostats offer. There are models that keep track of adjustments for the first week after installation. The device learns the family’s normal patterns and creates a program to suit it. Some thermostats feature something called geofencing that knows the location of every family member’s smartphone. When the phones are within or outside of a certain radius, the thermostat automatically adjusts settings to provide ideal comfort or conserve energy.

 

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My sister needs a new boyfriend

I know my sister thinks she is happy with her new man, but I think the guy is a total jerk.

  • He doesn’t let my sister hang out with friends and he barely lets her come see me.

My sister said he is just being protective, but I think he is being jealous and obsessive. Last week, the guy went berserk when he found out that my sister turned up the thermostat during the day. I guess they agreed to keep the heat set to 68, but my sister was cold so she turned up the heat to 70. James came home from work and saw the temperature on the thermostat and proceeded to have a mental breakdown. My sister called me crying because she said James yelled and screamed for an hour when he found the temp on 70. I told my sister that was a silly reason to yell and scream for an hour, but she dismissed the behavior and made an excuse for his bad anger problems. I know the temperature on the thermostat is no big deal, but this is just part of a pattern of behavior that is going to keep getting worse. The guy is a ticking time bomb ready to blow at any minute. I wish my mom would talk to my sister about the guy, but she doesn’t want to get involved. I don’t mind stepping over the boundaries, because I really think my sister is in trouble. She doesn’t recognize the warning signs of an abusive relationship, but I work with battered women all day. This guy is a textbook example of someone with anger issues waiting to boil over.

 

 

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The neighbor and his wife are fighting again

I can always tell when the neighbor and his wife are fighting, because the guy usually sleeps in the backyard.

It’s a really nice backyard with a gazebo and a sofa.

Honestly, it’s probably a lot nicer than most of the local hotels. I thought I heard them yelling and screaming last night, but I was trying not to be a nosy neighbor. It was pretty late when I heard the commotion. I looked at the clock and I think it said 3:23am. I immediately went back to sleep and I didn’t hear the sound again. When I woke up in the morning, it was really cold in the house. I knew the heat was off, because I could see my breath in the air. I had to put on two pairs of socks and a pair of slippers before I left the bedroom. I went to the thermostat first. I knew it was cold. The temperature reading was 52 degrees, even though the heat was set much higher. I toggled the switch for heat and cool, but nothing helped the problem. I called the heating company to get someone to help me. About three hours later, someone arrived at my place. The guy checked the furnace for lots of different problems. He asked me if I heard any strange sounds coming from the furnace and I started to think about the commotion that I thought was my neighbors. I really thought they were arguing, but the strange sound must have been when the furnace abruptly stopped working. The repair fees were significant and the damage was serious.

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I don't think the deal was very fair

I tried to stay calm and I didn’t ask a lot of questions

When my boss hired his son to work with us, I knew he was going to get all of the good jobs. I knew the guy was going to play favorites. It’s really hard not to favor someone when the person is your first born son. A few of my coworkers and I talked about saying something to the boss after one huge incident took place. A month or two ago, I was scheduled to work downtown at the bank. They were having some new HVAC sensors installed in the vault and the deposit room. I’m always the guy that installs new sensors and handles the building management systems jobs. I spent three weeks in a seminar learning everything I could about BMS products like HVAC and lighting options. I was getting ready to leave the office to head to the bank, when the boss pulled me aside and told me that Chad was going to work on the bank job that day. He told me to assist another coworker with a long and boring HVAC installation job at the grocery store. I thought the guy was joking, so I brushed him off and walked away. He grabbed my arm and told me that he was serious. I tried to stay calm and I didn’t ask a lot of questions. The anger and frustration grew inside me all day and I was ready to burst by three. I marched right into the bosses office and demanded an explanation for taking me off the bank job. The guy’s only reply was to tell me that he makes the schedule and I work for him.
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