I’m cleaning my air conditioning system

I’m waiting for the afternoon this week when I see someone with a t-shirt that says “I survived the New The UK heatwave of 2018.” Normally, I’m not a single to complain about the heat. I adapt. I wear loose clothes. I plan my afternoon around the heights of the heat so I can get things done & not melt. But this summer time was a single of the worst on record, though I’m not sure it will even make records. While both of us didn’t have a afternoon over 102, both of us had over three weeks of temperatures above 90 degrees. I get that this is normal in most parts of the country, however this far north people are not equipped for it. Most homes up here don’t have central air conditioning. This is because our summers usually only have a single week of those hellish temps, & then its back down to the 71s. A week of 90 degrees or higher is just enough to make people consider getting central air conditioning, only to have it end & folks decide its not worth the cash. Our winters are so long here that summer time is usually a blessing, no matter how severe. But this year people were scrambling to go out & get even a window air conditioning unit. The ductless mini chop models were gone by week 2, sold out everywhere. But now that’s the middle of June, we’ve had enough afternoons of cool rain to put the temperature back down to 77, then now that no a single needs them, apartment improvement stores are slashing the prices on multi chop ductless A/C units. I don’t want a single, although I think my sister does. I told him if there was ever a time to get an air conditioning unit, this is it. Next year could be worse.

programmable thermostat 

This is charming

I’m waiting for the day this week when I see someone with a t-shirt that says “I survived the New England heatwave of 2018.” Normally, I’m not one to complain about the heat. I adapt. I wear loose clothes. I plan my day around the heights of the heat so I can get things done and not melt. But this summer was one of the worst on record, though I’m not sure it will even make records. While we didn’t have a day over 102, we had over three weeks of temperatures above 90 degrees. I get that this is normal in most parts of the country, but this far north people are not equipped for it. Most homes up here don’t have central air conditioning. This is because our summers usually only have one week of those hellish temps, and then it’s back down to the 80s. A week of 90 degrees or higher is just enough to make people consider getting central air conditioning, only to have it end and folks decide its not worth the money. Our winters are so long here that summer is usually a blessing, no matter how severe. But this year people were scrambling to go out and get even a window air conditioning unit. The ductless mini split models were gone by week two, sold out everywhere. But now that’s the middle of August, we’ve had enough days of cool rain to put the temperature back down to 78. Now that no one needs them, home improvement stores are slashing the prices on multi split ductless AC units. I don’t want one, but I believe my brother does. I told him if there was ever a time to get an air conditioner, this is it. Next year could be worse.

air conditioning filter 

We had our time

When I was younger, both of us lived in a nice home in the mountains.  The weather there was moderate; therefore, both of us had cooler weather in the fall and Winter, and mid 69’s during the Spring and Summer weeks.  All of us would always go swimming in our pond in the backyard to cool off, and snuggle up inside during the Winter. Even though both of us didn’t have serious heat in the Summer, or serious chilly in the Winter (most years), it was still imperative that both of us had both efficient heating and cooling systems inside our house.  In the Summer, it was always pretty humid. So, it was so refreshing to go inside and guess the undefined blasting while both of us sat down with a glass of water. During the Winter weeks, our home was so warm and cozy while the outside air was below freezing. After being outside shoveling snow or sledding, walking inside to a blast of heat from our furnace was a feeling both of us always looked forward to… During the Summers, both of us were 1 of the only houses that genuinely had an air-conditioning unit, so all the town kids would come over and enjoy our cool air when it was hottest.  Looking back, those days were some of the best of our childhood. My family and I were so fortunate to have had the apartment and resources both of us did.

home comfort 

I’m getting the rating report out

My community newspaper runs Q & A articles each month that include consumer interest topics from, for example, the auto and HVAC industries as well as home improvement. The questions range from car fuel efficiency to how to lay tile in a kitchen. I’ve learned a lot from each of the articles, especially from those pertaining to heating, ventilation, and A/C. There are answer basic questions such as – “What does HVAC stand for (heating, ventilation and air conditioning)?” And they answer more in-depth questions such as – “How does our heating and A/C system flow through our house?” (A fan draws indoor air through vents called return grills located throughout your home. The air travels through ducts that run to your system’s air handler, where it is returned into the conditioned space through supply vents or registers in your walls, ceilings, or floors.) I especially loved their recent answer to the question – “We are replacing our A/C…what advice can you provide?” The answer had multiple parts, including the expected life of an A/C system (15 to 20 years) and how to choose the an HVAC company. It was recommended that consumers should not only shop for price, although that is often the only thing for which they shop. People should find out what the reputation of the supplier is regarding quality work and customer service. In fact, the article stated that the name brand of the unit isn’t as important as the installing company. They added – “Do your homework, identify quality companies, and find someone you trust and you will experience a successful installation that will bring you years of comfort.” I could clearly see their point. (5 mins)

commercial heating and air conditioning 

This is all okay with me

When I was younger, both of us lived in a nice home in the mountains.  The weather there was moderate; therefore, both of us had cooler weather in the fall plus winter, plus mid 74’s while I was in the Spring plus Summer months.  The people I was with and I would always go swimming in our pond in the backyard to cool off, plus snuggle up inside while I was in the winter. Even though both of us didn’t have serious heat in the summer, or serious freezing in the Wintertide (most years), it was still imperative that both of us had both efficient heating plus cooling systems inside our house.  In the summer, it was always pretty humid. So, it was so refreshing to go inside plus think the air conditioning blasting while both of us sat down with a glass of water. During the Wintertide months, our home was so hot plus cozy while the outside air was below cold. After being outside shoveling snow or sledding, walking inside to a blast of heat from our oil furnace was a feeling both of us always looked forward to. During the summers, both of us were one of the only houses that absolutely had an air-conditioning unit, so all the neighborhood kids would come over plus prefer our cool air when it was hottest.  Looking back, those days were some of the best of our childhood. My family plus I were so fortunate to have had the beach home plus resources both of us did.

heat and AC 

I have a good feeling about the project

When I was younger, we lived in a nice home in the mountains.  The weather there was moderate; therefore, we had cooler weather in the fall and winter, and mid 71’s while we were in the Springtime and Summer weeks.  All of us would always go swimming in our pond in the backyard to cool off, and snuggle up inside while we were in the winter. Even though we didn’t have extreme heat in the summer, or extreme chilly in the Winter (most years), it was still imperative that we had both efficient heating and cooling systems inside our house.  In the summer, it was always pretty humid. So, it was so refreshing to go inside and feel the air conditioning blasting while we sat down with a glass of water. During the Winter weeks, our home was so hot and cozy while the outside air was below freezing. After being outside shoveling snow or sledding, walking inside to a blast of heat from our oil furnace was a feeling we always looked forward to, and during the summers, we were 1 of the only houses that really had an air-conditioning unit, so all the town teenagers would come over and like our cool air when it was hottest.  Looking back, those mornings were some of the best of our childhood. My family and I were so fortunate to have had the home and resources we did.

cooling and heating 

I’m looking to get a new heater and air conditioner

When I was younger, every one of us lived in a nice cabin in the mountains.  The weather there was moderate; therefore, every one of us had cooler weather in the fall and winter, and mid 68’s during the Spring and summer time weeks.  Both of us would always go swimming in our pond in the backyard to cool off, and snuggle up inside during the winter. Even though every one of us didn’t have extreme heat in the summer, or extreme frosty in the Winter (most years), it was still imperative that every one of us had both efficient heating and cooling systems inside our house.  In the summer, it was always pretty humid. So, it was so refreshing to go inside and think the cooling system blasting while every one of us sat down with a glass of water. During the Winter weeks, our cabin was so hot and cozy while the outside air was below freezing. After being outside shoveling snow or sledding, walking inside to a blast of heat from our oil furnace was a feeling every one of us always looked forward to! During the summers, every one of us were one of the only houses that actually had an air-conditioning unit, so all the neighborhood youngsters would come over and love our cool air when it was hottest.  Looking back, those days were some of the best of our childhood. My family and I were so fortunate to have had the condo and resources every one of us did.

emergency HVAC service

A long day

When I was younger, we lived in a nice house in the mountains.  The weather there was moderate; therefore, we had cooler weather in the fall and winter, and mid 80’s during the spring and summer months.  We would always go swimming in our pond in the backyard to cool off, and snuggle up inside during the winter. Even though we didn’t have extreme heat in the summer, or extreme cold in the winter (most years), it was still imperative that we had both efficient heating and cooling systems inside our house.  In the summer, it was always pretty humid. So, it was so refreshing to go inside and feel the A/C blasting while we sat down with a glass of water. During the winter months, our house was so warm and cozy while the outside air was below freezing. After being outside shoveling snow or sledding, walking inside to a blast of heat from our furnace was a feeling we always looked forward to. During the summers, we were one of the only houses that actually had an air-conditioning unit, so all the neighborhood kids would come over and enjoy our cool air when it was hottest.  Looking back, those days were some of the best of my childhood. My family and I were so fortunate to have had the home and resources we did.

cooling system 

I still think this is a good idea

When summer comes to our area, you have no real clue what is going to happen. The springtime is rather mercurial, with temps ranging from fifty to eighty or so. When summer arrives, you don’t really know if it will be in the seventies or in the nineties. I do love living here, no matter what the weather may be. Our home has a wonderful heating unit but lacks a real air conditioning unit. We do have a couple of window air conditioners, though. There is one in our bedroom and another one in the kitchen. Although we don’t have more than those two air conditioners, our home is always cool during the summer. I usually don’t even use the air conditioning until the middle of June. Until then, the nights are relatively cool, so you can open the windows and sleep comfortably. Once the air conditioner goes into your window, you no longer have the option of sleeping with the breeze blowing in. The window air conditioning equipment takes up most of the space. My hubby and I have talked about installing central A/C, but it worries us because of the weather conditions where we live. Honestly, we don’t have a place where the air conditioning equipment would be sheltered from the inclement weather. Our house is surrounded by tall trees, you see, which does provide some cover, but during the winter there is always a deep cover of snow. I’m thinking that we’ll probably be using the window air conditioners until they simply stop working. And then we’ll just buy up-to-date ones, unless they no longer make them of course. But I sincerely hope that never actually happens.

more about heating 

I decided to leave the AC on

I was sure that I should not have believed my husband when he said that he would be able to install an Heating, Ventilation, and A/C unit in our newly renovated house. Due to the cost of renovations, both of us wanted to save money, so hubby thought the best way to do this would be to install the new A/C unit all by himself. While he has lucked out working on car and doing minor repairs to our home, he has never taken on a project like this. There are so various things that can go wrong with installing an HVAC unit. It makes me a little concerned that he did not hire a professional HVAC serviceman to do the task. For example, if the unit is not installed correctly, it can cause leaky ducts and reduced airflow. The leaky ducts are taxing to service plus the cost to repair can be quite expensive. This project also requires some special tools that are not commonly used in a home toolbox. Also it requires a great deal of effort. I’m just not positive that my husband has the skill or necessary experience to install this unit in our home. I keep trying to convince him to hire an HVAC serviceman, however he will not hear of it. I hope this project ends up saving us money in the end. If it did not and we had to pay for extra repairs, I would not be happy with my husband.