It took me awhile to get responsible with my indoor climate control

When us teenagers were coming up, Wednesdays were constantly something to look forward to; our father would constantly get up early to make sure everything was looking nice around the condo and he would prepare a nice brunch. However, after the people I live with and I enjoyed a delicious brunch of waffles, pancakes, bacon, red juice and occasionally muffins, the people I live with and I would get ready for church, but honestly, enjoying his amazing brunch constantly made getting ready for church fun. However then the people I live with and I would go to church and do our Wednesday university classes as well. Something I constantly enjoyed about our church growing up was that they had a pretty great weather conditions control system… It constantly felt comfortable in the building and that was something that I easily enjoyed. They even cranked up the air conditioner more at the church building than our parents did. I suppose that’s because church was only one single afternoon per month as opposed to having to keep up with the utility bills on a bi-weekly basis. I can’t blame our parents for constantly being strict about the temperature control settings, it allowed them to save big on the utility bills. This was a lesson I had to learn myself when I finally got our own locale; my father warned myself and others that I was going to be tempted to want to be comfortable and adjust the temperature control settings to make it just right… But he said I had to go a little bit out of our comfort zone to be able to afford those utility bills. He was right too, our first bill was somehow close to $300, but I was able to lower that to $120 when I sealed up our condo slim and disciplined myself on the temperature control settings.

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I wasn’t careful with my temperature settings when I moved out on my own

When us kids were coming up, Sundays were always something to look forward to! Our mother would always get up early to make sure everything was looking good around the apartment and she would prepare a nice lunch, but after the two of us enjoyed a delicious lunch of waffles, pancakes, bacon, orange juice and occasionally muffins, the two of us would get ready for church.

Honestly, enjoying her amazing lunch always made getting ready for church fun, but then the two of us would go to church and do our Sunday children’s classes as well… Something I always enjoyed about our church growing up was that they actually had a pretty good climate control system.

It always felt comfortable in the building and that was something that I really enjoyed. They even cranked up the a/c more at the church building than our parents did. I guess that’s because church was only one day per month as opposed to having to keep up with the energy bills on a daily basis. I can’t blame our parents for always being strict about the temperature control settings, it allowed them to save pressing on the energy bills. This was a lesson I had to learn myself when I finally got our own site. My mother warned myself and others that I was going to be tempted to want to be comfortable and adjust the temperature control settings to make it just right, but she said I had to go a little bit out of our comfort zone to be able to afford those energy bills. She was right too, our first bill was close to $300, but I was able to lower that to $120 when I sealed up our apartment slim and disciplined myself on the temperature control settings.

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Had to discipline myself on the temperature control settings when I lived on my own

My father warned me that I was going to be tempted to want to be comfortable and adjust the temperature control settings to make it just right

When us youngsters were coming up, Sundays were always something to look forward to. Our mother would always get up early to make sure everything was looking good around the house and she would prepare a nice breakfast. After we enjoyed a delicious breakfast of waffles, pancakes, bacon, orange juice and sometimes muffins, we would get ready for church. Honestly, enjoying her amazing breakfast always made getting ready for church fun. Then we would go to church and do our Sunday school classes as well. Something I always appreciated about our church growing up was that they had a pretty decent climate control system. It always felt comfortable in the building and that was something that I really enjoyed. They even cranked up the A/C more at the church building than my parents did. I suppose that’s because church was only one day per week as opposed to having to keep up with the energy bills on a daily basis. I can’t blame my parents for always being strict about the temperature control settings, it allowed them to save big on the energy bills. This was a lesson I had to learn myself when I finally got my own place. My father warned me that I was going to be tempted to want to be comfortable and adjust the temperature control settings to make it just right. But he said I had to go a little bit out of my comfort zone to be able to afford those energy bills. He was right too, my first bill was close to $300, but I was able to lower that to $120 when I sealed up my house tight and disciplined myself on the temperature control settings.

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My husband didn’t know what he was in for when we met

When we met online several years ago, my husband was really oblivious about what he was in for with me.

We fell in love right away and we never really even talked about the places where we lived and the climates there.

So whenever he decided that he was going to move here from the small tropical island where he was from, he had no idea what he was getting into. I know that was really silly and that we should have absolutely gotten to know each other better before we moved in together, but love is blind, as they always say. Love also doesn’t check the climate of where you’re going to live. Unfortunately for us, that meant that I was going to have to get used to living somewhere where the weather is freezing cold for more than half of the year! I grew up in a tropical climate down in the south and we used the A/C literally all the time during the late spring, summer, and early fall. My husband never even had an air conditioning system when he was growing up because the weather where he grew up was always cold. He was much more concerned with the heating system at his house and whether or not he and his family were going to be warm enough throughout their long, cold winters. Now that we are living together, I feel bad for him because I am literally always freezing around here. He’s thinking of putting in radiant heated flooring for me to help keep me warm.

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My son dropped a space heater on my foot yesterday

I was pretty happy to see him pitching in and helping with the attic cleanout

Yesterday we were cleaning out the attic and my teenage son was helping me with it. He was doing it without complaining, which was shocking to me in the first place. He usually gripes and complains any time that I ask him to do something remotely helpful. I guess that’s just how most teenagers are, though, and so I don’t usually yell at him about it or anything like that. I usually just let it go. But yesterday, we decided to clean out the attic over the garage and he came to help me without any prompting from me at all. He decided that he would take over the whole section in the attic that we had devoted to storing all of our heating and cooling supplies. In that part of the attic, we have all of our air filters, our window unit air conditioning systems, some supplies for our gas fireplace, and our three small electric space heaters. He said that he would carry all of that stuff down out of the attic for me and I was really grateful. He’s pretty big and strong and so it’s easier for him to carry the heavier things like the space heaters and the air conditioning units than it is for me to try and carry them. I was pretty happy to see him pitching in and helping with the attic cleanout. That is, I was happy up until the minute that he accidentally came down the stairs to the attic and he tripped over one of the air filters that were on the ground. He dropped the space heater that he was carrying right onto my foot!
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I don’t think they’ve ever cleaned the air ducts in the office before

I really don’t think that they have ever cleaned the air ducts in our office before they did it this week.

I guess they just never really thought that it was something that needed to be addressed very often.

I can understand that for the most part. I mean, unless you’re doing some major remodeling work or work with sheetrock and tons of sawdust, there probably isn’t going to be much of a need for air duct cleaning on a regular basis. However, I do think that once in a while, the ventilation system in any building might need to be addressed. That’s how it was in the office building where I work. I don’t know that they ever even thought about it before everyone started talking about germs and bacteria and viruses all the time. That’s when they decided to do a completely professional air duct cleaning at work. I thought it was kind of funny. I mean, we have worked there for years without the managers caring one bit about the indoor air quality in the building. And now, it seems like the indoor air quality is their number one concern. I think it’s just because they are desperate for all of the employees to come back to work because they are losing money with all of the people being scared to come in to work. Either way, I guess I’m glad they are starting to care about the indoor air quality and our working conditions. Hopefully they will also install an air purification system one day soon.

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My husband gave away lots of free air filters

My husband wanted to do some good deeds for our community back when all of the shutdowns first started last year.

  • He is always really good at trying to find good deeds to do for others in the community.

That’s probably one of the reasons that I fell in love with him in the first place. He’s just a really good guy. He is also a really hard worker. He’s always been that way and he’s built a really good business with this work ethic and desire to help others. He owns a small local heating and cooling company here in town and the people here in our community really seem to like to do business with him. I guess that’s probably why whenever the shutdowns for the coronavirus started happening in our area, he started looking for ways that he could help the people around us. He knew that he couldn’t offer to give out free installations or free heating and cooling service during that time period because that would really cut into his profits and probably even ruin his business. So he started looking for something else that he might be able to do to help the community. What he ended up doing was offering half price ventilation and air duct cleanings for anyone who wanted one. He also gave away hundreds of free air filters to different people in the community. On top of that, he offered twenty percent off of whole home air purification systems. I think he ended up getting a lot more customers because of the coronavirus shutdowns. People remember it whenever you try to help them out during a crisis.
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I prefer the spring season without a doubt

It feels like everything is coming to life and I certainly appreciate the holidays during this time as well

Over the years, spring has easily become my favorite season. There was a time when I used to enjoy the winter more than ever because of playing in the snow or getting snow days from school. But these days after all the hard work with shoveling snow and scraping ice off the windows of my car, I just prefer the more comfortable seasons. I do enjoy the fall, but then I get depressed thinking that winter is directly around the corner. That’s the time when I must get the heating system tuned up or I know I might regret it later on in the winter. The spring though promises warm weather and good times. I do enjoy the summer, but it does get too hot for me at times. Of course, it always makes for a good reason to go out for a swim. But I just can’t tell you how wonderful I feel in the spring. I love not having to use my HVAC system for that period of time and opening the windows for a nice cross breeze. I can hang outside all through the day and it feels wonderful. It feels like everything is coming to life and I certainly appreciate the holidays during this time as well. Of course, I always have to make sure to get my HVAC system tuned up for the summer months. There is no way I could make it through the summer without my A/C system working great. It gets hot and humid, so the house would be susceptible to mold growth without the A/C system working its magic.

 

 

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Didn’t know working at home would be like this

Even though I always wanted to work from home, I didn’t want it to be like this. I had no idea that when I finally started working from home, I would also have to take care of my kids at home and assist them with their schooling needs. This was something that was mostly covered by the teachers at the public schools until the pandemic hit. Suddenly, my wish had come true about working at home. I definitely appreciated having my own temperature control settings and I also had a UV air purification system installed. It has just been crazy having everybody at home too. My wife was working from home as well and there was just a lot of stress and tension. It was actually very challenging just to focus on my work, but at least the boss was understanding about people making crucial adjustments during this time. For me, it took a long while to adjust. It was about a month in when I finally reached out to the HVAC company again and I wanted to know how we could fix this problem we had with fighting over the temperature control settings. They came up with the most excellent solution I had ever heard of, and that was to upgrade to HVAC zone control. This permits you to have different zones with different temperature controls. You are able to have customized temperature control settings in each zone, and nobody has to fight about that any longer. This was a dream come true for us, especially amidst this pandemic. Things are still stressful, but they are so much better now with HVAC zone control.

 

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I learned early on why we needed multiple sources of heating

I used to wonder why we had multiple sources of heating in our home when I was a youngster. That was until we had a power outage during a severe winter storm. With the power being out, the HVAC system was no longer working. Even if you had solar panels, they would be virtually useless with no sunshine, but at least you would be able to rely on your battery power reserves until they could be charged back up when the sunlight eventually came back. Unfortunately, we didn’t have solar panels and we didn’t have a backup generator either. But fortunately, we did have a couple of fireplaces in the house. With a fireplace at both sides of the house, we were able to keep the home nice and warm. The fireplace provided a satisfying glow and we were able to use candles until the power eventually came back on. I realized that if we didn’t have that fireplace, we definitely would have froze to death. With the severity of the winter storm, the roads were basically impossible to drive on. We couldn’t get emergency HVAC service and we couldn’t go anywhere to be warm. All we had was our home with our multiple sourcing of heating. Eventually when I got my own place, I made sure to have fireplaces as well. I also made sure to have a boiler system that could easily run even if the power went out. There was no way I wanted to ever be at risk of having my family freeze in the cold weather.

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