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It sounds rather silly to say this, but I’ve actually never had completely new furniture. The prices for couches and chairs have always seemed outrageous, and while I was in college I didn’t have enough money to pay for it. And, I had so much personal debt from credit cards when I was much younger that I wasn’t even able to get on a payment plan that some furniture shops have. I always got hand-me-down furniture, either from friends or relatives, one time I purchased a chair at a steep discount from a local secondhand store. But I have finally graduated and now have a great paying job, I’m finally in a place where I can buy my first brand spanking new furniture set. I was incredibly excited for my new couch and the loveseat to come so I spent all of the morning cleaning the living room. About fifteen minutes into cleaning, though, I started sweating. I was pretty sure that I had turned the air conditioning unit on, but there just didn’t seem to be any cool air coming out through the air vents. I walked up to the thermostat, and made another adjustment, and then kept on cleaning. Within just a few minutes, I still couldn’t feel any shift in temperature. I picked up the telephone to call the HVAC technician for service when the doorbell rang. The furniture delivery men were here early! They had to hoist my couch and loveseat up several flights of stairs to get it into my apartment, they were sweating the entire time. I felt really awful that the air conditioner wasn’t working, and apologized repeatedly. I wish that I would’ve noticed that the air conditioner was broken before I had those men moving heavy furniture up multiple flights of stairs!

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I have a five year old son that in some way likes animals. I have always despised animals and refuse to own a pet. I have no idea of how his love of animals happend but I’ve tried to discourage it. Nonetheless, whenever he spots a pet he bursts with excitement. Recently my son found an abandoned dog near our house. The dog was huge, aged and smelly. My son cried and begged us to keep the dog inside our home, so, as a loving mummy, I got it washed, watered and fed. I looked for a home for the dog, but I found one way too late. My son is attached now and has named the dog Sam. Sam apparently is here to stay. I think my son would really panic if I tried to give Sam to another individual. Now I have to decide if he or she is an indoor or outdoor pet; I would really prefer to hold him outside though. This would work great in the summer but what would I do for heating in the winter? My garage is not heated, I would have to add a heater to it. I would need to buy at minimum three space heaters. Or I would have invest in radiant flooring to warm the cars plus the dog. I honestly think it would be cheaper to keep the puppy inside. That way our heating and cooling costs is a same. The dog would also get the chance to benefit coming from my superior HVAC system. That problem is that I don’t want a huge, gross dog inside of my home.

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Every two months or so, I make a trip to go see my parents. Of course, when the holidays come around, I’ll bring my family with me and we make an extended visit. Once my wife and I started looking for houses, we realized that the house we bought actually needed a ton of work. Every wall needed to be repainted, and the carpeting was so old that it needed to be replaced, too. The plumbing in the house was really outdated as well. Everything from the faucets to the shower heads needed to be completely replaced. We decided to hire a local plumber to help us with the process, and he came to evaluate our water pressure. We found out that there was hardly any water pressure in the bathrooms. He explained that the cause of low water pressure could either be from some sort of build up inside the actual shower head, or it could be a problem with the piping. Luckily, he fixed the issue in almost no time, and was even able to give us a new shower head at zero extra cost. Now that we have fixed the low water pressure issue in the shower, it is much more enjoyable to take a shower! This makes it even harder for me to spend long periods of time at my parents house, though. The water pressure inside their showers is absolutely terrible. It is so low that sometimes it takes almost 20 minutes just for me to wash all the soap off. As a result, I try to only stay with my parents for about 2 days.

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When my son was a little kid, we realized that he had an allergic reaction to heat. Who has ever heard of such a thing? It is basically termed heat-induced urticaria, his body reacts to heat in much the same way others react to, pollen, for example. And so, for a youngster at school, it was very tough for him to go outside for phys ed or recess. The physician ordered a prescription for antihistamines, but my wife usually would attempt to have him take less medicine on a daily basis. We quickly discovered that the absolute best medicine for his condition is air conditioning. An efficient HVAC system works miracles for him. We live down south, so avoiding heat is normally tough, but once inside, most places run their HVAC unit, which is very helpful. Later, when my son grew in years and began to travel to more places, we discovered that it’s not necessarily just heat that gives the boy urticaria, it’s also cold temperatures. His girlfriend has family in the midwest and it gets incredibly cold there. He went there for a visit, and he was broken out in terrible hives the whole time. Unfortunately, it was much worse there, actually.  He had a reaction when he went outside, because of the extreme cold, but he would also have a reaction indoors as well. You may ask why? It was due to the heaters, they would be on and would heat the air so much. All of their furnaces are extremely efficient due to the weather, and so he literally suffered no matter if he went outside or stayed inside.

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When I made the transition from renting to owning, I realized that there were tons of things that I was just not prepared for. I always had different landlords and maintenance men to help me with any issues inside the apartment, but now that I was actually living in my own house, all of the maintenance calls had to be made by me. This meant that there was a lot for me to learn about how to do basic maintenance in the house, like switching the air filters for HVAC systems, or draining out the hot water heater. After a few weeks of living in my new house, I started to notice a few plumbing issues. For one, the hot water seemed to run out much quicker than it should be, and the water pressure was extremely low. Another weird thing was that the drains seemed like it took forever for water to actually go down. I told my mom about it, and she just told me to get a hold of a plumbing service. I didn’t think that the issue was that bad, and furthermore, I didn’t really want to pay a ton of money for a big plumbing repair. Of course, the plumbing could have been a lot better, but at least it was still working a little bit. It took until my toilet started running and overflowing for me to finally cave in and call for a plumber. It really only took a few hours, and he was able to fix all the issues. I was so impressed that I decided to enroll in regular plumbing service. From now on, he will come once a year and make sure that the entire plumbing system is efficient.

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My son is the starting quarterback on the school football team. We are so proud of his achievements because neither me or my better half were athletic in high school and it is simply amazing to see our son flourish on the football field. We had no idea that he was this good until about a year or two ago. His attitude and body has changed a lot of since then. He is a classic wonderful young man. While I like to watch my son play, I must admit that these late evening games in the fall can be tricky. When you arrive, sunshine is still up and the temperature is okay. However, by the middle of the game, it is so darn cold I can’t wait to get home and revel in the furnace at our house. The last game they had went into overtime, so I had to sit out in the cold even longer. I just wanted someone to score so I could go home and utilize my HVAC accessories. My body was not built to survive temperatures like this with not a central heater. Some of these kids at the games with no shirts on and paint letters on their stomachs seem crazy to me. I could never do this. I love my son, but I’d personally rather read a book with a blanket and know the heating equipment is treating me right. He only has one more season left. After that, my Friday nights calls for less football and more with my furnace. I am looking towards that very much.

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My home is very old. I love that there is just so much history in our old farmhouse mainly because most of my ancestors lived in the same house through the years. We tend to keep the exact same traditions and decorations throughout the house to maintain the historical value. However, I feel like it is time to update the decorations and restore a lot of things in the house. One of them being the furnace. We have had the same exact heating system my entire time living in this place and it is certainly time for it to get an updated version. Needless to say we have no problem heating your house throughout the winter, but I worry that our smallest issue may turn towards a big one. We have been required to call the fire department on several occasions because our furnace was smoking throughout the basement. Of course, there was nothing to keep worrying about because it just happened to be old dust burning off the main equipment. Luckily, we caught it before anything bad might happen, but it only makes me nervous about what could happen when you need it. My father swears that this furnace and all its equipment is in perfect shape since he has had it serviced by a skilled HVAC technician for over a few years. But, after so many many years, I feel like there is not really much that the HVAC company is able to do to prevent a fire from happening. The only way is to keep the furnace safe rather than using a smoke detector to get off is if we replace it with a new one.

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Have you ever heard of heated floors and what about hydronic heating? I must admit that for a woman who grew up in the “dirty dirty”, I never really gave much thought of heating systems. Every person I’ve ever known either used a wood stove if there was ever a need for heat. Soon, though, We are moving to the north. As part of the move, I will be renovating an unusually old farmhouse. It gets amazingly cold there, so I have to give lots of thought to the type of heating and cooling system I will install. Right now, there is really an oil furnace from a time long ago. My father-in-law recommends I explore a hydronic heating systems. From what I am aware of, hydronic heating uses water to heat your property through the floor of the house. That seems like it might be a wise investment because water is a renewable resource. But, the water is required to be heated by something, and I am wondering if that process can really be energy efficient. Typically, I a boiler is required and then the water is sent through pipes and within the radiators. I guess there is this thing called a tankless water heater though now, supposedly how this thing work is it just heats the water on its way through and it work just like a normal water heater. I might get this it does sound good to have toasty warm floors on my feet in the winter.v

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Well then, i’ll ask you a question. Have you ever had a fire in your personal property? I have. There was a big and dangerous fire which started in my kitchen and spread to a number of the rooms in our condo. No one was injured, but it caused all varieties of problems. The water from the fire trucks ruined the majority of my books and my furnishings. However, the worst damage originated from the smoke. It filled our condo with tiny particulates. Soot, mud, dust and debris filled the air. Even though the fire happened almost a year ago, the air quality within my condo is very poor to this day. I wanted to make sure my family’s lungs were kept safe from disease like asthma and additionally allergies. So, I called the very best local HVAC provider and asked those to come and inspect my house. They sent out their best certified service technician. He examined my property and took samples of the air in my home. He recommended that I use a powerful, professional air purification product. This device will attach right to my existing HVAC system. It’s going to continually clean and filter mid-air as it flows through the ductwork. Whether the air is actually heated or cooled, it’s still purified. The HVAC technician shows my home will smell much better and my family’s health could improve. Attaching such a device to help my home heating and cooling system are going to be expensive. I don’t mind the cost. I would do anything to protect my family, and give them clean air. Wouldn’t you?

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I graduated college a few years ago and got a job.  I moved in the summer. I had a year long lease on my apartment and job contract.  After the year was up, I once again moved in the summer.  This pattern continued on an annual basis. I was living up north, and it was fortunate that I did all my moving in June, July, or August.  I was able to avoiding heavy snows, blizzards, ice storms, subzero temperatures, and slippery roads while moving my stuff.  I never got frostbite hauling my couch up the stairs into a new apartment.  I was lucky that most of my friends took vacation in the summer and were available and willing to help move.  Then I took a job down south and moved in the middle of July. I drove an ancient pickup with no air conditioning. I was driving down the road, stuck in traffic with a load of my stuff, with sweat running down my face.  The outside temperature was well over a hundred degrees.  The humidity was ungodly.  I suddenly realized how hard this would be. I had moved away from all my friends, so I was on my own.  I was worn just from the drive without air conditioning.  Hauling stuff up the four flights of stairs to my new apartment was awful. The lack of air conditioning had me feeling super fatigued.  I took one load up the stairs and then cranked up the air conditioning in my new apartment.  I was relieved that it worked.  I let the apartment cool down, and let the air conditioner run at full blast while I hauled my stuff.  I didn’t care that I was opening the door and letting the cool air out.  I needed the relief from the air conditioner just to survive the process.  I will no longer move in the summer if I am living down south.

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