Turning your A/C off and on doesn’t save you as much money as you might think

Since I’m usually yelling at my son to turn off the lights and the television, it would probably make sense if I would turn off the air conditioning whenever I leave the house, right? But in reality, I end up saving more money on cooling my house if I don’t turn my air conditioning off when I leave for work during the day. See, the way that the HVAC technician explained it to me is that the best way to save money on your cooling bills during the summer is to turn your thermostat up instead of off. He said that if you turn your thermostat up from seven to nine degrees during the time period that you’re going to be away from home, it will end up saving you money. It can even save you up to ten percent on your cooling costs over a period of three months during the summer. When you raise the thermostat inside your home, you are actually decreasing the difference between the outside temperature and the inside temperature. That, of course, will keep your air conditioner from having to work quite as hard. The way the HVAC technician explained it to me made a lot of sense. I’m thinking of investing in a digital programmable thermostat, though. That’s just because I don’t trust myself to remember to adjust the air conditioner temperature every day when I leave the house for work. I have a hard enough time remembering my keys and my purse when I leave for the day! If I get a smart thermostat, I’d even be able to adjust the A/C from my phone!

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My air conditioning runs most efficiently at a certain temperature

For the past several years, I have graphed my home’s energy usage on a computer program that I have.

I know that might sound a little bit crazy, but I have a Type A personality and I like to know where I’m spending the most money! Last summer, the money I spent on air conditioning my house was ridiculous.

I used to manually adjust my thermostat up and down depending on whatever the forecast for the day was. Then I read this article written by an HVAC technician that said your air conditioning runs more efficiently if you set the thermostat and then leave it alone to do its job. He also said that air conditioning systems tend to run the most efficiently when they are running at full speed. In other words, I need to just set it and forget it and that will lower my A/C bills for the summer. I think that in the part of the country where we live, a thermostat setting of 74 or 75 degrees should be plenty cool enough. Even though my kids will probably yell that the temperature in the house is too hot, I found out that for every single degree you raise the thermostat, you can save almost five percent on your energy expenditure for that month! That’s crazy! So this year, no one else is going to like it, but the thermostat is going to be set rather high. Maybe with all the money we save on the A/C bills this summer, we will go on a nice vacation in the fall.

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Extreme home makeover includes radiant heated flooring installation

Our family was so happy when we learned that we were going to get an extreme makeover for our household.

I learned that my wife actually signed up to see if we could win the extreme makeover, and we actually ended up winning! Basically, they interviewed us for this TV show and learned what we would want for our house.

The kids explained how they wanted their rooms to look like, and I was saying how I would like the ultimate heating and cooling system. I told these people how I always wanted to have radiant heated floors, and a fancy cooling system with rapid cooling technology. I also wanted a smart thermostat with a type of HVAC zone control technology. Well, they worked hard on our household and they paid to have us stay in a hotel for a certain period of time while they worked on all the improvements on our household. When they gave us the grand showing of our newly transformed house, we were all very emotional and blown away by all the changes! We could hardly recognize the home, it was entirely new all the way around! The thing that I loved the most of course was the fact that they installed radiant heated flooring in the whole place, and we had the smart thermostat! We also had the fancy cooling system with the rapid cooling. This would allow for me to control the temperature control settings from anywhere, and we would save a great deal of money on the energy bills. The house looked absolutely wonderful, and everyday I walk into our home, I can’t believe it is really our place!

 

 

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Childhood games and finding the best places for heating and cooling

It was an old house and you could hear the creaking sounds when others were walking or sneaking around

When we were kids, I remember one of our favorite games to play was hide-and-seek. What my siblings learned about me was the fact that I always went to the places it was the most comfortable to hide. I would often be hiding in different places in the basement inside the hot season. The basement was always nice and cool especially when the A/C was flowing. If I wasn’t in the basement, I would always be in areas that were near the HVAC vents so that I could feel the A/C blowing on me. This would always allow me to hide for a long while because I was entirely comfortable. In the winter months, I would typically try to find a place that was upstairs because the heat rises. And naturally, I would try to be near the HVAC vents to feel the heating flowing and I could remain entirely warm. I guess that after awhile, it was really easy to find me. I mean there are only so many places to hide in a household anyway, but we did have a pretty big house. It was an old house and you could hear the creaking sounds when others were walking or sneaking around. The attic was a little spooky to be in, but that is a place I liked to hide a lot. Oftentimes I could hide for a long time because my siblings didn’t like to be in there for very long, and they were afraid of ghosts. I would usually only go in there during the cold season though, because all the heat would rise to the attic.

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Space heaters during a Winter camp

At the camp I used to attend during the winter, life was always so exciting. The camp that I went to hosted a week of winter camping, which was always a ton of fun. Though you couldn’t do all of the outside things that you did during the summer, it provided a safe environment for us to spend our time when we were out of school for winter vacation. However, the winter camp was always a struggle because we were all in cabins that didn’t have actual furnaces. What was their solution to our heating needs at the camp? Installed in every cabin at this winter camp was a space heater. The space heaters were pretty powerful, but they were the dangerous kind that could catch something on fire easily if anything touched it. This was not safe in an environment filled with children. However, these were during the days when lawn darts and other dangerous pastimes were allowed, so it seems natural that space heaters would remain in the middle of the room, turned on high the whole day. However, during the chilly nights when it would drop well below freezing outside, all of us kids would appreciate the warmth of the space heaters. I can’t remember anybody burning themselves on space heaters, though I do remember a few blankets getting burned. Those were the good old days because of all of the safety regulations regarding the safe use of HVAC technology. Nowadays, the winters camps that I know of have dedicated furnaces that heat the rooms up at the beckoning of the thermostat.
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The hassle of using a space heater

If you are like me, then most of your life seems to be falling apart.

It seems like I can never get anything to work, and as soon as I get one problem settled, another problem is created.

In the last few months, I have had two vehicles break down, I have had to switch jobs, and I have made constant repairs to my house. One of the biggest struggles I have had is trying to get my furnace to work properly. Since my furnace is old, it doesn’t run nearly as efficiently as it used to, meaning that my house used to feel very chilly. However, I cannot afford to pay an HVAC company to purchase and installed a new furnace for my home. So I had to stick to plan B. I decided to purchase small space heaters for my home to help supplement the heater. After purchasing the heaters, I have realized how inconvenient space heaters are. Space heaters are awesome for supplemental heat, but there are many downsides that you should be aware of. First of all, space heaters should only be used with a receptacle that is on its own powerful electrical circuit. That is because if you use your space heater without this, it could literally catch the heater on fire. Also, space heaters are a fire hazard in the room. Space heaters require a space in the room that is not surrounded by anything flammable, but that usually means that it is located in the middle of the room, which makes the space heaters a tripping hazard. I wish I could just afford a better furnace.

 

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Why we don’t have enough HVAC workers anymore

HVAC workers are among the most underappreciated group of all time.

Why do I say that? It is because HVAC workers have one of the hardest jobs on the planet.

Imagine being underappreciated every time you go to work. Though people are typically thankful for your services, you are treated as if you are a common workman, and not intelligent. I want to HVAC trade school for 4 years to work this job! HVAC tradesmen have to work all days of the year, and they are often working in the cold. They have to crawl under houses, over houses, and into bad houses to install the ductwork and furnace. Often, they are working in the dark, and it is a very nasty job. When I started HVAC, it was a job for the manly men. However, since colleges and desk jobs have become more popular, it is getting harder to find anybody who is interested in learning HVAC. Often, we draw the crowd of people who can’t find another job. HVAC is a skilled field that requires dedication. Also, the benefits of HVAC aren’t awesome usually. Unless you are part of a union, you often miss out on the benefits of a normal job. However, I believe the HVAC job is amazing. Though there is room for improvement, the world needs us. They need somebody to fix their HVAC units when something goes wrong. They need an HVAC company to install the furnace when their house is being built. Our job is important. Where is the next generation of HVAC workers? We need you!
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Why the world needs more HVAC workers

In a society where college degrees and desk jobs are becoming more popular, we are developing a problem. Nobody wants to work a trade job anymore. It seems that people look down on those who learn a trade rather than get a degree. It carries a stigma that those people are uneducated and are not smart enough to attend college. Rather than being equal, they are treated like underlings, servants of the lower class. However, have you ever thought about what life would be life without a tradesman, like an HVAC worker? Without HVAC workers, our life would become pretty difficult pretty quickly. The summer wouldn’t be as big of a deal. You could easily survive a summer without an air conditioner if yours happened to break. No HVAC worker would be there to fix it, but you could sweat it out. Air conditioners haven’t been around for a long time, so it is definitely possible to live without it. However, as it got closer to winter, you would have to worry about your broken furnace. As it begins to get colder in your house, you will have no way to heat your house. At first, it is uncomfortable but possible. However, the lack of the furnace will start to make you sick. After a while, your pipes will freeze because your heater isn’t preventing that any longer. Finally, your house will begin to warp because of the cold temperatures, causing significant damage. HVAC workers are important, and we should treat them properly. When your HVAC unit breaks and you need somebody, thank an HVAC worker.

 

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Finding the solutions for me

When all of us were youngsters, I remember 1 of our number one games to play was hide-and-seek.

What our siblings l earned about myself and others was the fact that I always went to the venues it was the most comfortable to hide! I would often be hiding in odd venues in the basement inside the sizzling season, then the basement was always nice as well as cool especially when the A/C was flowing.

If I wasn’t in the basement, I would always be in areas that were near the Heating as well as Air Conditioning vents so that I could suppose the A/C blowing on me. This would always allow myself and others to hide for a long while because I was absolutely comfortable. In the Wintertide months, I would properly try to find a venue that was upstairs because the heat rises; And naturally, I would try to be near the Heating as well as Air Conditioning vents to suppose the heating flowing as well as I could remain absolutely warm. I believe that after awhile, it was absolutely easy to find me. I mean there are only so several venues to hide in a household anyway, but all of us did have a pretty big house. It was an old home as well as you could hear the creaking sounds when others were walking or sneaking around. The attic was a little spooky to be in, but that is a venue I liked to hide a lot! Oftentimes I could hide for a long time because our siblings didn’t love to be in there for particularly long, as well as they were afraid of ghosts. I would usually only go in there during the cold season though, because all the heat would rise to the attic.
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A very drastic makeover

Our family was so blissful when both of us l earned that both of us were going to get an drastic makeover for our household.

I l earned that my wife honestly signed up to see if both of us could win the drastic makeover, and both of us honestly ended up winning! Basically, they interviewed us for this television show and l earned what both of us would want for our house. The kids explained how they wanted their rooms to look like, and I was saying how I would prefer the ultimate heating and cooling system. I told these people how I always wanted to have radiant radiant floors, and a fancy cooling proposal with rapid cooling technology. I also wanted a smart control machine with a type of Heating and Air Conditioning zone control technology. Well, they worked taxing on our household and they paid to have us stay in a hotel for a particular phase of time while they inspected all the improvements on our household. When they provided us the grand showing of our newly transformed house, both of us were all entirely emotional and blown away by all the changes! We could hardly know the home, it was actually modern all the way around! The thing that I loved the most of course was the fact that they installed radiant heated flooring in the whole locale, and both of us had the smart control unit! We also had the fancy cooling proposal with the rapid cooling. This would allow for me to control the temperature control settings from anywhere, and both of us would save a fantastic deal of cash on the energy costs. The house looked actually lovely, and everyday I walk into our home, I can’t guess it is particularly our locale!

 

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