Our house is going to be so much cooler now that we have an air conditioner

It may sound funny to some people, but I have never owned an air conditioner.

My husband and I have always just lived with the heat.

When I was a little girl, my parents were too poor to afford air conditioning, so we did not have air conditioning when I was younger either. I was so used to not having air conditioning that I did not mind not having it for so many years as an adult. I think it has gotten hotter where we live. The last two summers have been quite a bit warmer than what we are used to, so we decided to buy our very first air conditioner before summer begins this year. It is May, so my husband and I went to the store last night and picked out an air conditioner for our house. We are so excited to start using it. We actually took it out of the box last night, and we plan to install it in the living room window tomorrow. I am so excited to finally have a cool house. It will be really weird for sure, and I hope that we like it. I am a little afraid that we will not like having such a cool house, but we shall see. My husband is even more excited than I am about our new air conditioner because he works outside all day long, so he thinks it will be refreshing for him to come home to a nice cool house. I am super thankful to have an air conditioner for the first time ever.

 

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I wish that my mom liked the house a little cooler

I guess I am like my dad when it comes to how warm I prefer the house to be

I love my dear sweet momma. She is so wonderful. I cannot believe that she is seventy-five years old. Time just flies. You would never guess that she is in her seventies because she is still so active. She is in really good health, and I am so thankful for that. My dad passed away about three years ago, and my mom got really lonely. It was so hard to see my mom that lonely, so I decided to move it with her. I offered to let her move in with me, but she did not want to sell her house because of all of the memories that she has there of my dad and us kids. I really love living with my mom especially because that house was my childhood home, and I have many memories there as well. It feels so good to be home again. My mom and I get along so well, and I love being able to spend so much time with her. The only thing that I would change if I could is her temperature preferences. She likes to keep the house at about eighty degrees. I cannot believe that she likes to be that warm. She has always liked the house to be warm, but my dad did not, so the house was usually around seventy degrees. Now that dad is gone, she keeps the house much warmer, and I really wish that she wouldn’t. I guess I am like my dad when it comes to how warm I prefer the house to be. Seventy degrees seems perfect to me, but not eighty.

 

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My son finally decided he didn’t need to be rich and famous

There was a time when my son always talked about being rich and famous one day. Eventually I pointed out something to him though. I told him that he could always go for his dreams, but I said that being rich and famous wasn’t necessarily a good kind of life. I said this because I knew that my son was on the shy side and I wanted him to think about what his life would be like always being in the spotlight like all of these celebrities. When he thought about it, it seemed to be a little scare into him. He said if he wasn’t going to be a famous person, what was he supposed to do. I said only he could decide what he was good at and what would make him happy in life. I also pointed out that learning a trade was always a good idea. I mentioned how HVAC technicians made excellent money and that type of work would always be around. I pointed out the fact that Uncle Joey was a very skilled HVAC technician and he had a very huge home with radiant heated floors. He said he really liked Uncle Joey’s place and the radiant heated floors were great. When he started thinking about living a life like that, he seemed interested and decided not to dwell so much on being a rich and famous person. I’m really glad too because he became one of the best HVAC technicians later on. He even helps us out with our HVAC system and gives us a nice discount.

 

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Nothing but savings and perfect comfort with radiant heated floors

I think we have to take a moment and talk about the perfect heating system.

Boilers are great and have so many perfect uses.

The heating system that is ideal would have to be radiant heated floors though. Radiant heated floors can be hooked up to the boiler system so that heated water flows in piping underneath the floors. This heated water radiates the heat up through the floors. You don’t have to worry about any dirt or debris flowing from the ductwork system and your feet will always be nice and toasty everywhere you go. The beautiful thing about radiant heated floors is the fact that the heat rises completely slowly. With traditional forced air heating systems, all that heat goes straight up to the ceiling so you always experience uneven heating, drafts, and higher energy bills. And sure some people love to use radiators connected to a boiler, but with this you still get uneven heating in the home. When you have every single part of the floor feeling nice and toasty, you have the best heating system of all time! Some people love to even sleep on the floor because it feels that comfortable. If you think that radiant heated floors are not affordable, you are definitely wrong my friend. While the upfront cost may be up there, you have to think about the savings! You will save so much on your energy bills that the cost for investment will be recovered in a few years and then you will enjoy nothing bit savings and perfect comfort!

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Lost in the woods, lucky to find a heated refuge

In hindsight, perhaps a group of us “bros” from college bit off a lot more than we could chew.

We are all very athletic, and were studs when it came to hiking and rock climbing, so we thought that a winter trek through the mountains would be an adventure.

It most certainly was that, and a whole lot more. I guess this area of the mountains has a history of idiots getting lost in the snow, because we stumbled upon an empty cabin called a “rescue station” that literally saved all our lives. Were it not for the timely discovery of this place, and the furnace it had inside, I totally wouldn‘t be here to write this for you. When we got inside we were happy to just be out of the cold, but then we saw the ancient wrought iron wood burning furnace in the middle of the room and we all about cried from joy. Along the back of the cabin was a very neatly stacked piled of firewood, as well as a couple of axes, with a note asking us to replace whatever we burned in the furnace. We were welcome to use the place for shelter, to use the furnace for heating, and to use some of the canned food in the pantry. The only thing we had to do was replace whatever we used when we could. Gathered around the furnace, eating old peaches out of a mason jar, ended up being one of the happiest moments of my life, but I guess almost dying has that effect.

 

 

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My grandma’s house still needs A/C

My grandmother left me a very generous gift in her will, so this has been a very bittersweet time for me.

As a little girl, I used to love spending the holidays with my grandma at her little bungalow by the beach.

It wasn’t much, just a few rooms right on the shore, with a long, narrow porch facing the water. She never went down on the sand, didn’t like the way it felt between her toes, but she loved to just sit and watch the water. And now that bungalow belongs to me. Grandma really did not care for air conditioning, she thought it made the air taste like plastic, so she never had an AC installed. I knew she would hate it if she knew I was getting an HVAC system put in, but if I was going to live there I needed better air quality that what she had. To grandma, that salty sea spray in the air was invigorating, but personally I need better air quality and a lot less moisture. I had an HVAC contractor come out for an inspection before I moved in, just to see what it was going to cost me. Since the house was so old, and it didn’t have the needed infrastructure of air ducts and vents in the walls, it would be a major job. The guy instead recommended that I think about a smaller AC unit for the bungalow. The range of cooling is a whole lot smaller, but the cost is just a fraction of the other option.

 

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I Visited Horse Stalls at Racetrack and Discovered The Horses Live Better than I Do

My daughter has always been an animal lover, as have I.

I have always had at least one dog as a pet, and I allowed her to take in a stray cat when she was just a little girl.

That cat lived with us all the way through her college years before she passed away. BUt, I have never really liked horses. Like many young girls, though, my daughter loved them, and loves them still to this day. I got her riding lessons when she was little, and eventually, she just went there to ride for fun, not for lessons. But, as always, life moved on and she got a job and time ran short, and she stopped riding. Recently, though, she became friends with a vet who has several horses, and she has started riding again. And, she had the chance to go to a big, famous horse race, and I went with her. That is when I visited stalls at the horse track and discovered the horses live better than I do. The stalls are gorgeous, and gleamingly clean. And they have the most modern HVAC system I have ever seen. The horses live with great heaters in winter and beautiful air conditioning in the summer. The HVAC system filters remove contaminants from the air, and there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers to keep the moisture in the air just right. The people who tend the horses have old window a/c units in their little residence halls. Granted, they are expensive racehorses, but I still think the people should have better heating and cooling than the horses do!

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Heated Flooring is Efficient but Seems Extravagant

Now that we are coming to the colder temperature of this time of year, I am reminded of my late father-in-law. He was such an interesting man, albeit he could be really annoying at times. He did have a good heart, though, and did his best to help me and my husband during the early lean years of our marriage. One thing I found interesting about him was the choices he made when building his little retirement house. He built it over the course of a few years, and he did things I had never heard of before. He got these special windows that were supposed to keep the a/c or heating inside. Apparently, they were especially resistant to air leakage. Next, he got really wide doorways put in. This was because he knew he was only getting older, and he thought a wheelchair might be in his future. He never did need that, but it was a good idea. Finally, the thing I found most amazing was that he installed heated floors. He was a northerner, and so am I, but I had never heard of heated floors before. They are incredible, though, and if I ever build a house, I will get radiant heated flooring if I can. Before they put down the flooring, between the subfloor and the floor, they lay radiant heating pipelines. Then, the water heater heats up water, and it sent through the pipelines. Heated flooring is born! Itg is so efficient and a much nicer heater than forced air heating. I love those heated floors!

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I wish that my mom liked the cabin a little cooler

I prefer my dear sweet momma! She is so charming, then i cannot assume that she is seventy-more than four years old, time just flies, however you would never think that she is in her seventies because she is still so active.

  • She is in certainly great health, & I am so thankful for that; My dad passed away about multiple years ago, & my mom got certainly lonely.

It was so strenuous to see my mom that lonely, so I decided to transport it with her. I offered to let her transport in with me, although she did not want to sell her cabin because of all of the memories that she has there of my dad & us youngsters. I certainly prefer living with my mom especially because that cabin was my childhood home, & I have multiple memories there as well. It feels so great to be home again. My mom & I get along so well, & I prefer being able to spend so much time with her. The only thing that I would change if I could is her temperature preferences. She likes to keep the cabin at about eighty degrees. I cannot assume that she likes to be that warm. She has regularly liked the cabin to be warm, however my dad did not, so the cabin was usually around seventy degrees… Now that dad is gone, she keeps the cabin much warmer, & I certainly wish that she wouldn’t. I think I am adore my dad when it comes to how boiling I prefer the cabin to be. Seventy degrees seems perfect to me, however not eighty.

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Nothing however savings plus perfect comfort with radiant radiant floors

I assume both of us have to take a moment plus talk about the perfect heating system; Boilers are good plus have so several perfect uses! The heating system that is ideal would have to be radiant radiant floors though… Radiant radiant floors can be hooked up to the boiler system so that heated water flows in piping underneath the floors.

This heated water radiates the heat up through the floors, however you don’t have to worry about any dirt or debris flowing from the ductwork system plus your feet will always be nice plus toasty everywhere you go.

The charming thing about radiant radiant floors is the fact that the heat rises completely slowly. With traditional forced air heating systems, all that heat goes straight up to the ceiling so you always experience uneven heating, drafts, plus higher utility bills, but and sure some people love to use radiators affixed to a boiler, however with this you still get uneven heating in the home. When you have every single part of the floor feeling nice plus toasty, you have the best heating system of all time! Some people love to even sleep on the floor because it feels that comfortable; If you assume that radiant radiant floors are not affordable, you are definitely wrong my friend. While the upfront cost may be up there, you have to assume about the savings! You will save so much on your utility bills that the cost for investment will be recovered in a few years plus then you will love nothing bit savings plus perfect comfort!

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