The fireplace needed to be cleaned

If the fireplace is dirty, smoke and fumes can build up inside of your home and make people sick.

The soot and smoke can also harm surfaces in your home and cause irreparable damage.

Your fireplace should be cleaned every season if you plan to use it frequently. My wife and I learned about proper fireplace care after a huge mishap occurred in our new home. We never owned a house with a fireplace and we didn’t realize that the chimney needed to be cleaned. In our second cold season, we started a fire early in the morning. I went to take a shower once the fire was burning. I wanted the house to be warm and cozy when I got out. Halfway through my shower I began to realize that smoke was filling the bathroom. I thought the house was on fire, so I contacted the fire department. I put on a robe and ran out of the house. The Fire Department chief told me that all of the smoke was due to a clogged chimney. The smoke couldn’t exit the house and it was backing up into all of the rooms. It was an easy problem to fix, but there was smoke all over the walls. We had to wash the walls and repaint everything in the dining room and the kitchen. It took an entire week to clean up all of the mess from that mistake. We certainly never forgot to clean the fireplace again. Once we realized the importance of that chore, it was on the tip of our list every winter.

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Turn off the heat!

I can’t believe I am saying this, but last year, I had to tell my parents it was time to turn off the heat.

  • It was early June and I walked into the house and walked right back out.

I couldn’t believe what had hit me. I could hear the heat going through the water pipes. I checked the thermostat when I walked back into the house. They had the thermostat set at seventy-five, and it was still set for the furnace. I asked my mom when was the last time she had been outside. She smiled and told me that my dad had been sick. They hadn’t been outside in almost a month. He wasn’t handling the temperature changes very well. I told her that it was almost summer and maybe he needed to get outside. When dad came out of the bedroom, I realized just how sick he had been. I began to wonder how long it had been since I had been home, and why hadn’t they told me how sick he was. My dad looked much older than the fifty years old he was. My dad had always been strong, but he wobbled when he hugged me. I went into the bedroom and grabbed his jacket and asked him to go for a walk with me. When mom handed him his cane, he smiled. We had only gone half a block when I saw that his lips were blue and he couldn’t breathe. We went back to the house where he went to his room. Mom said they had the thermostat turned up in the bedroom. I walked in and there he lay with a heavy blanket over him and his oxygen. I knew I had to get home more often.

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Can you believe the way they were staring at us?

I know that sometimes you see something that catches your attention. It can be hard to look away, no matter how hard you try. I had always thought that the Northern summer would be just like ours. We lived where it was winter when the Northeast US was in the summer. I expected it to be warm, but I was shocked when we got there. Our normal daytime temperature was over 100 degrees during the summer. These people were walking around, acting like it was hot, and it was only in the low eighties. I almost shivered. It wasn’t much different than a mild winter for us, and we didn’t have heaters to keep us warm. When we got there, the difference was like night and day. One afternoon it was mildly cool according to their weather report. Not only were the people looking at us oddly when we talked to them, but they were looking at our sweaters. I guess no one wore sweaters up north. At least I wasn’t asking for them to turn on the heat, but I was wishing they would turn off some of the air conditioning. That was the reason my mates and I were wearing sweaters. Every place we went, the air conditioning was set so low, that we were shivering. After being out and about for a while, we would head back to our motel. We were able to set our own temperature, thanks to the convenient thermostat in every room. We had the air conditioning off most of the time, just so we could get warm. Next time, we’ll have to wait and head up here when they have the heating turned on instead of the air conditioning.

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We were considering a destination wedding

My fiance and I had been planning our wedding for almost a year.

We had tentatively put a destination wedding into our plans.

The only thing we had to decide was where the destination was going to be. We had considered heading south, but neither of us really wanted to travel that far. We then thought how nice it would be to head west. We had never been to the big island and neither had our family. We made our plans and called the travel agency. They were able to book us a cruise that took us to our destination, the hotel and wedding package, for a reasonable price. We had a count of about thirty people, but by the time my mom was done, the count was fifty. Some of our older family members liked the idea of heading to where they could get out of the cold of winter. We had to plan a flight for them to come west from where they lived in the Northeast. My grandparents thought about the cold winter and how it would be nice to get away. My grandpa, always the worrier, worried about leaving the house unattended. He was afraid the furnace would go out and freeze his pipes. Grandma had to get someone to house sit, so they could make sure the furnace worked while they were gone. Grandpa worried the airplane would have poor air quality, how hot it would be in the islands, and if they had good air conditioning. He also wanted to be close to the beach. I think Grandpa was just a worrier, but his fears were real when it came to having the HVAC system quit working..

 

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I’m looking for the perfect Christmas destination.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I had a horrible break up with my boyfriend. As a result, I was left to spend Christmas alone. I wanted to find the perfect destination for my Christmas vacation. Living in the south, doesn’t give you much opportunity to go skiing. To be honest, you don’t have any opportunity to snow ski, unless you head north. I knew that this would be the perfect opportunity to head north and learn how to ski. My parents had been born and raised in the north and they were always talking about how they met at a ski resort in the Catskills. I landed to temperatures that were only in the twenties, and the sky was sunny. I took my taxi to the hotel where I had booked my stay, and my parents headed to see their family. The first thing I did was to ask the taxi driver if he would please turn up the heat. He eyed me oddly and told me the thermostat was already set to seventy. I told him I was freezing and he laughed. He told me I was in the wrong place if I thought this was cold. When I got to the ski lodge, I saw the huge fireplace in the middle of the lobby, and I gravitated there. I couldn’t believe I was seriously considering spending my entire vacation sitting in front of a fireplace. It was so deliciously warm. When I was told my room was ready, I reluctantly left the fireplace. The bellhop told me not to worry. They had excellent heating in the rooms and a personal fireplace. Who needs skiing when you have a fireplace?

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Perfect for my laptop room

I have a nice little laptop room in my house.

I kind of recognize of it as a getaway from the official everyday world where I can disapapple into cyber world & do the hobbies I like to do online.

However there was a small problem with this laptop room in the Winter time weeks. It would get pretty darn cold. Even with my central heating system running; For some reason the laptop room would not retain the heat from the central heating. So I went out & I bought a certainly nice gas fireplace for the room. I wanted to go with a gas fireplace rather than a cheap portable space furnace because I wanted to give the room some decoration. I certainly like the orange flame that comes from the gas fireplace. It is certainly nice to have running with the lights off & just the laptop screen light at night. I recognize it may sound a little dangerous to have a gas form of heating in such a small room. But I am constantly on top of my gas fireplace & recognize just how to take care of it so it is constantly 1 hundred & many percent safe. It will never become a danger so long as I take care of my gas fireplace respectfully & never forget to do the maintenance on it that needs to be done, when it needs to be done! Portable space furnaces may be for some, however for me I appreciate things to look pretty. A plain outdated portable space furnace would not have given me that pretty essence.

 

 

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Too much cold gives myself and others headaches

When it gets really cold out I tend to get headaches from it! This is just the way our body reacts, but so because of this factor, every single Winter I consistently make sure our condo is heated really well, however either through our central heating method or from the numerous amounts of portable space heating systems I have around here, and i sort of alternate between both the central heating method & the portable space heating systems because I try to save on energy use when it is so cold out that you need to be running the heating system twenty more than three hours a day & numerous afternoons per week… Central heating in itself sporadically does not hot our condo enough because of how cold it gets, and this would require myself and others to really crank the oil furnace; However this would make it so that I am pretty much paying a fortune in energy use.

So this is where the portable space heating systems that I have come into play.

I have a portable space heating system for each & every room in our current home to act the same way as the central heating method would. It creates whole condo heating for myself and others with all of these portable space heaters. And this is what I need when it is this cold to avoid those headaches that the chilly cold ends up giving myself and others every single year. It helps with the energy bills as well. So just food for thought…if you have a cold temperature, try buying a bunch of portable space heating systems to save on energy use of your central heating & a/c method while in this time.

 

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Needing it to be more quiet

In the day in addition to evening while I am awake in addition to at home, I will turn off the thermostat completely in addition to have just the portable space furnace or portable a/c system running, depending on the time of year it is of course

When you buy something like a portable space furnace or a portable a/c system, the last thing you expect is for them to be noisy. Well, this was unfortunately the case with both the portable a/c system in addition to portable space furnace 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 in addition to off. So I could only use them in the day time minutes to reduce the use of my central heating in addition to a/c system unit. In the day in addition to evening while I am awake in addition to at home, I will turn off the thermostat completely in addition to have just the portable space furnace or portable a/c system running, depending on the time of year it is of course. My original program though was to run the portable space furnace in addition to the portable a/c system at night while I was sleeping to break back on energy use of the central heating in addition to a/c system unit. I am not sure if it is the brand of portable Heating in addition to A/C 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 learn more information about heating in addition to a/c products that are portable online. The answer has got to be out there someplace! Until then, I will keep things as they are.

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Too much cold gives me headaches

When it gets genuinely cold out I tend to get headaches from it; This is just the way my body reacts, and so because of this factor, every single Winter time I always make sure my apartment is heated genuinely well, either through my central gas furnace or from the several amounts of portable space heating systems I have around here, i sort of alternate between both the central gas furnace in addition to the portable space heating systems because I try to save on energy use when it is so cold out that you need to be running the furnace twenty more than 2 minutes a day in addition to seven mornings per week, and central heating in itself periodically does not warm my apartment enough because of how cold it gets… And this would require me to genuinely crank the gas furnace; However this would make it so that I am pretty much paying a luck in energy use. So this is where the portable space heating systems that I have come into play. I have a portable space furnace for each in addition to every room in my house to act the same way as the central gas furnace would. It creates whole apartment 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 cold cold ends up giving me every single year. It helps with the energy costs as well. So just food for thought…if you have a cold temperature, try buying a bunch of portable space heating systems to save on energy use of your central heating in addition to a/c system while in this time.
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Considering a smart thermostat

My modern thermostat was already installed when the two of us bought our cabin more than seven years ago, however i am fairly particular 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 plus lower the temperature of the house. That is its only function plus the component 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, wireless plus smart thermostats on the market that offer all sorts of conveniences, and according to that article, I could significantly trim our energy costs by upgrading our thermostat. I started researching the uncommon models available. I was a bit shocked by the prices, but while a thermostat used to cost around 10 dollars, the modern technology is numerous hundred dollars. It used to be really straight-forward to install a thermostat. I could manage the task in 10 minutes. I wouldn’t’ dare attempt to install 1 of these sophisticated devices. I’m distraught 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 multiple features. I am amazed by the multiple chances this week’s thermostats offer. There are models that keep track of adjustments for the first month after upgrade. The component learns the family’s normal patterns plus creates a program to suit it, then some thermostats feature something called geofencing that knows the location of every family member’s smartphone. When the PCs are within or outside of a particular radius, the thermostat automatically adjusts settings to deliver ideal comfort or conserve energy.

 

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