After my second year of college, I was desperate to move out of the dorms. I hated the cramped space, lack of privacy and continual noise. When a buddy of mine offered the basement of a rental house, I quickly accepted. The basement provided a very large space that was all mine, and the rent was super reasonable. I also had access to a washer and dryer, kitchen, and a safe place to park my car. The only drawback of the basement was the moisture. After living there for a couple of weeks, I started suffering from a stuffy nose, sore throat, red eyes and headaches. I was constantly sneezing and coughing. I started worrying about potential damage to my collection of guitars. I started looking into different makes and models of portable dehumidifiers. Some of them require the reservoir to be emptied constantly. If the reservoir became full, the system would shut down and the standing water would become a further threat to air quality. There are models of dehumidifiers, however, that feature a hose attachment. I was able to hook up a section of simple garden hose to the back of the dehumidifier. I then ran the hose so that it drained into a wash basin in the laundry area. This eliminated the need to empty a reservoir. The dehumidifier runs non stop and pulls a tremendous amount of moisture out of the air. There is a constant trickle of water from the hose. The dehumidifier is not overly noisy and makes a significant improvement in the comfort of the basement apartment. I no longer deal with clammy feeling bed sheets, musty smells or mold growth.
My husband, Arnold, suffers from severe allergies.
He’s bothered by dust, lint, fur, pollen, and just about everything that floats around in the air.
There is rarely a time of year that he isn’t complaining of headaches, sore throat, and itchy eyes. His symptoms can quickly escalate to the point where he misses work and has trouble breathing. Although he takes prescription allergy medication, I decided we needed to improve the indoor air quality of our home. I hoped that by taking proactive measures, we could lessen his dependency on the medicine, help him sleep at night and better his quality of life. I started researching different types of air quality accessories. I quickly realized that we didn’t want anything portable. The smaller products might cost quite a lot less but they require continual maintenance and are not as effective. We definitely needed an air quality option that would install into the existing HVAC system, treat the whole house and run 24/7. I was surprised by the many different models available. Air quality has become a more pressing concern and the industry has responded. I had my choice between an array of ventilators, air purifiers, air cleaners, germicidal UV lights and filters. After a significant amount of research and consulting with a knowledgeable HVAC contractor, I chose an air purifier. The particular model I selected installed into the air handler of the HVAC system and cleans the air approximately eight times per hour. It not only traps contaminants that are too small for the human eye to detect, but also kills microorganisms such as mold spores, bacteria, viruses and mildew. The system operates silently and only needs annual service.
Over the past several years, teachers at the local school have repeatedly petitioned the school board for air conditioning in the classrooms.
Whenever this issue gets put up for a vote, the taxpayers turn it down. The teachers are frustrated, but the majority of them don’t live in town. The burden of paying for air conditioner installation, upkeep and electric bills would not be their responsibility. We live in a very small community with limited funds. Most of the taxpayers are more than willing to spend money to improve the education of our children. We’re happy to invest in computers, sports equipment and whatever is necessary. Air conditioning is definitely not necessary. Our community is located in the northeastern part of the country, in an area that is known as the snow-belt. We get massive amounts of snow and brutal temperatures. The school typically runs the heating system from late September until mid April. If we are very fortunate, we get some warm weather in May. However, it’s not unusual for us to have frost on Mother’s Day. Most of the homes in the district do not have central air conditioning. For our brief summer season, it’s not a hardship to get by with box fans, open windows and portable air conditioners. Since the school year is completed by the end of June, there is simply no reason to invest in an expensive cooling system. There are certain sports teams that practice over the summer. The thespian society often meets in the auditorium and there are summer school classes. This small number of students should be able to endure a few weeks of heat and humidity.
I never thought I’d be able to afford heated floors in my home.
- I figured the cost of installation and operation was probably astronomical.
When my wife and I purchased an older home that required a great deal of renovation, I decided to look into the possibility of radiant flooring. Because of already having a boiler for heating, we were able to take advantage of a hydronic heated flooring system. Due to a great deal of moisture damage in the home, we needed to tear out all of the carpets and floorboards down to the studs. This access made the retrofit of the necessary pipes much easier and more affordable. After an in-home estimate from a local HVAC contractor, I was pleasantly surprised by the reasonable cost. With the energy savings provided by the new system, I expect the upgrade to pay for itself in under eight years. A series of pipes link the boiler and are concealed entirely under the floor. Hot water from the boiler passes through these pipes and radiates heat evenly across the floor. Because the heat isn’t blown but rather infused into the room, it rises much more slowly. The highest temperature remains closer to the floor, where it does the most good. Plus the radiant heating warms all the surfaces in the room. With no cold surfaces stealing body heat, I’m able to get by with a lower thermostat. My home is perfectly comfortable, no matter how cold it gets outside. The radiant system accommodated the easy setup of zone control, so I save money by not maintaining empty rooms at the perfect temperature. I absolutely love walking barefoot across the warm floors in the middle of winter. It is the ultimate in luxury and comfort, and yet the radiant floors have reduced my monthly utility bills.
You don’t think about long term societal and environmental issues as a kid, but as a young adult I felt compelled to change my lifestyle to help the planet. To me it isn’t about politics, because we all live on the same rock orbiting the sun, and we all have an interest in keeping the place habitable. I can’t control the world, and I am not the type to go protest, but I vote my conscious and I do my personal best every day. What else can a woman do beyond that? One of the first things I did to take control of my own environment was to invest in a geothermal heat pump. I won’t lie to you, the up-front cost for the purchase and installation of a geothermal heat pump is expensive, and might seem very off-putting. But trust me, switching over to geothermal heating to power your home has such huge benefits it more than pays for itself over time. My utility bills are almost nonexistent, and the only reason we get them at all is that the government has made it illegal to disconnect from the power grid. It’s another form of control for us, because with technology like geothermal heating, and the ability to harness and store that energy, makes us less reliant on the power industry. This seems stupid to me, so to fight back I have been allowing a few of my neighbors to connect to my geothermal heat pump a few days a month. Just to stick it to the man at the power company.
It’s funny to me how the bosses always like to tell their employees that people are their most valuable resource.
If this were true, more companies would place more focus on the importance of morale amongst their workers. A lot of startups are really embracing this idea, and giving small incentives to their employees to keep morale high. It doesn’t always have to be a pay raise, giving people paid days off, good coffee, and a nice break room can really go a long way. When people feel appreciated and valued, then they will work harder, and with higher quality. The office air conditioner has been acting erratically over the last few weeks, and with summer oncoming this was not good for us. The building has so much glass that the AC basically needs to run from 9 to 5 to keep the place tolerable. Now it seems the cooling system is struggling, and the average temp of the office gets a little higher every week. I had a private meeting with the supervisor and explained how much the lack of cooling was affecting office morale. If the office temperature controls were making it uncomfortable, then the quality and quantity of work would decrease across the board. I am glad she listened to me, because the next week we returned to find a brand new central HVAC system, with a smart thermostat and zone control functionality. Now office morale is through the roof, not only because the climate control system is better than ever, but also because the bosses put our needs first.
There are laws about truth in advertising, and yet some businesses continue to twist words and trick people whenever they can.
In particular I take major issue with the phrase “all natural” which legally speaking means nothing at all.
Foods can claim to have all natural ingredients, and use the same ingredients they always have. All food is natural, even if it comes from a can, so it is not technically a lie even though it absolutely is a lie. Of course, this term in particular will forever be a trigger for me after this last vacation we just took. The cabin advertised that it had all natural air conditioning, and I didn’t know what that was but it sounded good. When we got to the beach and looked around the cabin, we saw there was no form of cooling system at all. There were ceiling fans, and box fans to put in the window sills, but there were no HVAC components to be seen there! I called the rental office to confirm we had the right cabin, and that is when she explained none of the rentals come with AC. When they advertised all natural air conditioning, what they meant was the natural breezes from the ocean. This was a dirty rotten trick on their part, because no one would want to rent a beach cabin with no AC. Yet technically they didn’t lie because opening up the house for fresh air is a “natural” form of cooling. Let me tell you, a week with no AC was not a good vacation.
Every weekend I love to tool around the town looking for garage sales, yard sales, estate sales, and swap meets.
Any time someone wants to clear out their personal belongings and sell them for cheap, I want to be front and center. Nine times out of ten the sales are nothing but garbage, but sometimes I get lucky and walk away with great stuff for dirty cheap. To be honest, I really don’t need any more stuff, I have more than enough for my own garage sale, but I just love doing it. A few weeks ago I went to the tail end of an estate sale, and walked away with an air conditioner. Mind you I had not been looking to buy an air conditioning unit that day, the one I had at home worked just fine. Since I had a nice central HVAC system in my house, there was no need to get a smaller window mounted unit. It turns out that the old box style AC unit was one of the last items left to sell at the house. The auctioneer told me that he had several offers on the A/C but he wanted to keep it for his own personal cooling that day. Now that the day was over he was ready to sell the air conditioner and be done with the sale. We haggled a bit, because I didn’t want or need an air conditioner, but he really did not want to carry it out. Finally I bought the A/C unit for two bucks, what a bargain!
However, it’s not unfamiliar for us to have frost on Mother’s Day.
Over the past several years, instructors at the local university have repeatedly petitioned the university board for in the classrooms. Whenever this issue gets put up for a vote, the taxpayers turn it down. The instructors are frustrated, but the majority of them don’t live in town. The burden of paying for unit installation, upkeep in addition to electric bills would not be their responsibility. The two of us live in a entirely small community with limited funds, but most of the taxpayers are more than willing to pay to improve the education of our children. We’re glad to invest in laptops, sports component in addition to whatever is necessary. Air conditioning is entirely not necessary, then our community is located in the northeastern part of the country, in an part that is known as the snow-belt. The two of us get large amounts of snow in addition to brutal un-even temperatures. The university officially runs the heating idea from late September until mid May. If the people I was with and I are entirely fortunate, the people I was with and I get some sizzling weather in May. However, it’s not unfamiliar for us to have frost on Mother’s Day. Most of the homes in the district do not have central ! For our brief summer time season, it’s not a hardship to get by with box fans, open windows in addition to portable units; Since the university year is completed by the end of June, there is simply no reason to invest in an costly cooling system. There are particular sports teams that practice over the summer. The thespian humanity often meets in the auditorium in addition to there are summer time university classes. This small number of students should be able to endure a few weeks of heat in addition to humidity.
With no freezing surfaces stealing body heat, I’m able to get by with a lower thermostat.
I never thought I’d be able to afford radiant floors in my home, then i figured the cost of installation in addition to operation was absolutely astronomical. When my fiance in addition to I bought an older apartment that required a great deal of renovation, I decided to look into the chance of radiant flooring. Because of already having a boiler for heating, the people I was with and I were able to take advantage of a hydronic heated flooring system, but due to a great deal of moisture damage in the home, the people I was with and I needed to tear out all of the carpets in addition to floorboards down to the studs, and this access made the retrofit of the necessary pipes much easier in addition to more affordable. After an in-apartment estimate from a local HVAC supplier, I was pleasantly surprised by the sufficient cost, then with the energy savings provided by the current system, I expect the upgrade to pay for itself in under eight years. A series of pipes affix the boiler in addition to are concealed entirely under the floor, then hot water from the boiler passes through these pipes in addition to radiates heat evenly across the floor. Because the heat isn’t blown but rather infused into the room, it rises much more slowly. The highest temperature remains closer to the floor, where it does the most good, however plus the radiant heating warms all the surfaces in the room. With no freezing surfaces stealing body heat, I’m able to get by with a lower thermostat. My apartment is perfectly comfortable, no matter how freezing it gets outside. The radiant idea accommodated the easy setup of zone control, so I save money by not maintaining empty rooms at the perfect temperature. I entirely enjoy walking barefoot across the sizzling floors in the middle of winter. It is the ultimate in luxury in addition to comfort, in addition to yet the radiant floors have reduced my biweekly energy bills.