I applied myself to the problem

I am easily impressed by new technology.

When I discovered that I could activate the flashlight on my cell phone by shaking it twice, I marveled at it like a child.

That same year, my wife bought motion detection lights for our driveway, porch, and the front of our garage door. They activate with movement within fifteen feet and then automatically turn off in twenty minutes after the last detection of movement. Granted, there’s nothing particularly new or interesting about motion activated lighting, but it was still a marvel to me. Better yet, different lighting technology soon found its way into our home. My wife and I suffer from asthma and are always looking for new ways to keep our indoor air as clean and allergen free as we possibly can. The owner of our heating and cooling supplier was telling us about ultraviolet lights that can be installed inside air handlers for a number of different applications. Some bulbs are designed to specifically prevent mold and pathogen growth between the air filter and evaporator coil. Often these are paired with a secondary bulb that goes after the coil and cleans air as it moves out the air handler and into the ductwork. But, you have to select the right voltages and style of bulb for the right application or it won’t do much of anything. If you use a bulb that is too weak, you can’t expect it to purify much if any of the air that passes around it. The same goes for the bulbs that prevent microbial growth inside the air handler enclosure primarily, you have to select the right strength or it won’t achieve the desired results. There are even bulbs with slightly different light spectrums to specifically target odor in the air.

 

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I bet I can find the solution

Everyday is a new struggle with my aging condominium.

Back when this building was erected in the early 1980s, it looked like a gem along the coastline and stood out among the other housing complexes in the area. The photos from the time period paint a thoroughly idyllic image of a condominium complex that is now in total disrepair. Trees are left to grow for years at a time with no trimming, leaving branches and leaves scattered around, both on top of and underneath cars. The grass grows up to my knees before it’s mowed and nothing is ever swept, be it dirt, yard debris, or dead insects and insect droppings. Once you step inside many of the units, the problems just intensify. Two major hurdles presented themselves about ten or fifteen years ago, following a few decades of seemingly no ill fate. The first was the plumbing—we found out that the pipes were done incorrectly from the start and that there was not proper venting to handle the load from a full building of occupants at a single time. The whole sewer system was given new venting to fix the problem. But, just as bad was the terrible ductwork design throughout. The ventilation is too narrow and the tiny air handlers in the condos are not sized for the ductwork installed. Either you pay around four thousand dollars to refit custom metal ductwork, or you deal with one end of the condo always being cold with the other always hot. Putting in a larger air conditioner, even if it could fit inside, wouldn’t solve the problem either because the ductwork then becomes too narrow to handle the extra load from the AC.

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Impressed by the thoroughness of my recent full-home inspection

It was nerve racking to make a decision regarding the purchase of my house.

I find it hard to make a two thousand dollar purchase, let alone a two hundred thousand dollar purchase. My real estate agent tried to put me at ease and assured me she had the fairest and most thorough home inspector in the county. Still, I spent the night before making a detailed list of any problems or concerns I had noticed during my quick visual inspection when I had my second walk-thru of the home. But, once the inspector got to work, I was stunned and amazed at how meticulous he was—checking every single electrical outlet, appliance, light fixture, door nob and hinges, plumbing, moisture spots or water damage, the HVAC system, and more. But, it was the HVAC system where I had most of my concerns. I wasn’t sure if the brand of AC installed currently was strong enough to handle the load of heat in this warm environment while cooling the indoor air. Thankfully, we determined that everything inside the heating, ventilation, and cooling system was working properly. We get strong air flow to every single air register throughout, even to the master bedroom and bath towards the back of the house. He used an infrared temperature meter to make sure the temperature differences between the ductwork and the rooms each section was attached to had the right temperature differential reading. In the end, I was confident that the house was in fantastic shape and was my best bet for homes within my budget. Now comes the stressful task of moving everything from my old house to my new one.
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The thermostat in my rental has a built-in override control to limit tenants’ usage

When I was busy in college seminars on molecular biology, I would have sworn up and down that I’d never become a full-time landlord and property manager at 35.

  • I had enough disdain for the landlord I had at the time to never want to get in the business of owning and renting to tenants.

A strange series of events preceded this career change. First, my parents unexpectedly passed away several years back within a three week time frame. As hard as that year justifiably was, I was tasked with an enormous financial and sentimental responsibility over handling their estate and the decisions regarding their assets and properties. They had a house in the south near the coast that was used as a vacation home. I tried to list it but got no offers on the upside-down housing market at the end of the last economic recession. I didn’t have the funds to pay the property taxes and mortgage, so I had no choice but to rent. The first family I rented to were wonderful and never abused the appliances or HVAC system, which is common among renters. I decided to invest what little money I was making from my other job and bought an inexpensive condo to rent and expanded my enterprise. But, the new renters weren’t as responsible and I found myself with hefty HVAC repair bills from frozen air conditioners set at 68 degrees in the dead heat of mid afternoon. Thankfully, my heating and cooling technician showed me a sub menu on my digital thermostat that acts almost like a parental control on a television set. You create a password and lock the thermostat from moving past predetermined temperatures. You can also control how the system is operated and how often it’s allowed to cycle. This solved my air conditioner problem within days of installation, but I can already tell the tenant who spurred this change is angry with the transition.

 

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Putting my thermostat too low in a hot environment led to constant freeze ups

My wife and I were planning a vacation.

On a whim we found travel packages to fly down south and stay at an ocean resort for a week.

The package included plane tickets, car rental, hotel fares, and food at the hotel restaurant. It seemed like a fantastic deal so we made the necessary arrangements. Neither of us had ever ventured this far south in our lives, so it came as a huge surprise when we got off the plane and left the airport, finally feeling the full effects of 100 degree heat with little to no wind. Still, we were excited to see our accommodations and the beautiful beach behind it that was promised in the advertisement. When we arrived, we couldn’t believe our eyes. We thought that having our own villa meant great conditions, but it was like a damp and aged motel, stuck in the 70s era and frozen in time. It had a single window air conditioner and no heat source, the latter of which was probably unnecessary year round in a climate like this. Hoping the beach would prove relaxing, we were shocked to see the trash along the coast for as far as the eye could see. I didn’t know what to expect having never seen a beach before, but I knew this was terribly wrong. Plus, the water was murky and full of algae and seaweed. It was absolutely disgusting. We thought we would get respite back in our room with the air conditioning, but we couldn’t get it below 82 degrees. The hotel maintenance said that we were freezing up the air conditioner trying to run it so low. The machines were so old that they froze up constantly from normal use. Going below 82 degrees constitutes normal use in my book. My wife and I collected our things and left. We booked the nearest flight home, learning our lesson about too good to be true travel deals and promotions.

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I was very happy with the answer we got

Everyday is a modern struggle with our aging condominium.

Back when this building was erected in the early 1975s, it looked love a gem along the coastline and stood out among the other housing complexes in the area.

The photos from the time phase paint a thoroughly idyllic image of a condominium complex that is now in total disrepair. Trees are left to grow for years at a time with no trimming, leaving branches and leaves scattered around, both on top of and underneath cars. The grass grows up to our knees before it’s mowed and nothing is ever swept, be it dirt, yard debris, or dead insects and insect droppings. Once you step inside numerous of the units, the complications just intensify. Two major hurdles presented themselves about numerous or fifteen years ago, following a few decades of seemingly no ill fate. The first was the plumbing—we found out that the pipes were done inofficially from the beginning and that there was not proper venting to handle the load from a full building of renters at a single time. The whole sewer system was given modern venting to fix the problem. But, just as poor was the poor air duct design throughout. The ventilation is too slimand the tiny air handlers in the condos are not sized for the air duct installed. Either you pay around numerous thoUSAnd dollars to refit custom metal air duct, or you deal with a single end of the condo always being chilly with the other always hot. Putting in a greater air conditioner, even if it could fit inside, wouldn’t solve the problem either because the air duct then becomes too slimto handle the extra load from the AC.

 

 

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Why can't we hang at the beach all day?

Sometimes I wish my family and I would hang out at the beach all day, especially during the summer when the outdoor temperatures are about 95 degrees.

  • Sunday’s the temperatures can be even warmer and they are close to 100.

Some perfect afternoons me going over to the beach. My mom and my dad have taken all of us over to the beach on several occasions, but the summertime temperatures mean that we have to work on a few things at the same time. What Happens most of the time is going to the beach during the morning and then all of usually spend the afternoon running errands. Sometimes my mom and my dad would let us sit in the car with the cooling component on instead of making us walk around the store at the same time. It seemed to be something that all of us would enjoy, but running the cooling component inside of the car was actually spending some money that did not need to come from the area. The natural sunlight was always warm for a long time and most of the days all of us were forced to walk around the mall and even the store. The mornings when we had to leave the beach and head out to run errands, many of us thought we were having the worst time. Many of our friends did not even get to spend the morning at the beach before being carted all over town. In retrospect, all of us were probably pretty lucky to spend our mornings hanging out at the beach and enjoying the sunshine and fries.

 

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Heated floors are great for allergies

In this neck of the woods, most people have some type of central heating program.

It may not entirely be the same type of heating program all over, but its necessary and this cold place to have something that’s centrally warms the air.

My family and I have chosen the heating components that are perfect for our own place. These heating components are radiant floors which actually heat the furniture and the people alike. Our own place is actually quite small, so the radiant heat is the perfect heating solution. This request goes out to many of the owners of places, and the efficient heating is a great way to work on the there are several Pros for radiant heat, such as the official warm that means no draft spots and some or other rooms. Many benefits are unusual small repairs, unlike official gas or electric furnaces which add up to Lavish expenses. The furnace is without the largest noises in addition to the heated flooring does not have this problem. It has come to the attention of many. The biggest reason the both of us have chosen this form is due to the allergen concerns. The both of us have seen this type of heating component help with the drawbacks to ventilation concerns. Awful flu symptoms can be especially harmful in this situation, because the children consistently have issues with the allergens. When speaking to the doctor and also the heating in addition to AC company, radiant flooring seemed the perfect choice for our family’s health and even our pocketbook.

 

 

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Thief turns out to be an idiot

The heat from the furnace was enough to lull them into a somber sleep.

My friends and I all work at the same grocery area. During the winter holidays, things are extremely busy and we always have a lot of money in the safe. Some thieves decided to hide out in our grocery store overnight last winter, hoping to get away with a lot of cash and other things. The thieves must not have planned out their getaway very well, because they ended up locking themselves inside of the room that holds our Heating and Cooling equipment. There are cameras inside of the store which caught everything, but not the faces of the would-be Rascals. The employees in the store coming to the morning found everything on the cameras. The police carefully reviewed all of the markers and decided that it was evident the would-be Escape artists were still locked inside of the grocery area. Since the door seemed to be jam from one side and another, the police crew had to wait for a locksmith and even a furnace repair center to help with the problems. After 45 minutes, it was found to the thieves being inside of the room. The heat from the furnace was enough to lull them into a somber sleep. They were far too lethargic to attempt an escape when the door was opened. The thieves didn’t plan ahead during any of that robbery and they didn’t pull off a crime that could have been perfect. Instead, they will end up doing 5 or 10 years inside of a prison. I think it’s funny that they didn’t pull of the perfect espace

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Storms hurt during the coldest winter days

Both of us knew this winter season was going to be awful, because the Farmers Almanac told us that year was going to be worse than the past 5.

Both of us thought we were ready for anything that the weather through at the both of us. We had a full service tune up performed on our furnace, so we didn’t have any issues like during the previous year. The both of us ran into some gas furnace issues in addition to had to replace that system. We made sure things during this season. The storms were of no consequence, but a very rare snow storm that included ice pellets cause a lot of damage in our neighborhood. Both of us did not anticipate what would occur if the power was out during the dead days of winter. We didn’t think to buy a backup generator at that time, so both of us had to deal with temperatures that were less than ideal. We couldn’t use the furnace at all during this time, and both of us felt those temperatures were extremely cold. Both of us crawled into the bed and covered up with a bunch of wool blankets. We hoped the furnace would come on and just some time, but even at midnight the power had not been restored. Both of us fell asleep with those covers tightly around our neck. The next time we woke up was when the birds were singing. The furnace was on, but it was still chilly inside of our place.

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