The house is not safe heating wise for a baby

My wife and I are going to start trying for a baby real soon.

I thought my duties would take a few minutes and then I would be done. I thought my wife would tag me back in when it was time to set up a crib and maybe change some diapers. Instead she is going insane prepping for a child that isn’t even in her belly yet. My wife is nuts about making our house safe. She recently told me our fireplace isn’t good for the baby and it needs to go. Not only does it produce dusty indoor air, but it has a glass front plate that could burn the baby. My point was the baby won’t get hurt by the glass plate until the walking stage, so we have time. My wife has berated me and nagged me to the point aht I am now looking at other options. She really would like the house to have heated flooring. In order to do this installation I would need to rip up all our rugs, add cement board and the electric heated mats on top. Then I would need a brand new rug or tile to sit on top of that. Do you know how much that is going to cost? I also am only one man. How am I supposed to do that heating installation in nine months? I am thinking my wife will have other projects for me too. I really don’t want to take this one down. I have been looking at ductless heat pumps and thinking that might be an easier option.

 

Dial thermostat

Making the home comfy during the winter

In the wintertime up north there is really nothing to do.

Basically you can sit at home and watch movies and TV.

I also take that time to catch up on some reading and do projects around the house. Everything needs to be indoors though. The outside temperatures can get in the negative twenties with scary wind chills. Nobody wants to be outside in the snow either. I make sure every year to have my heating equipment up to date. I know I am going to be stuck indoors for a long time and I want to make it pleasant. In the fall I get my heating tune up where my equipment is lubricated, moving parts are tightened and any possible heater repair is taken care of. I also have gone one step further and tackled my air quality. Since I am in a sealed up home for months on end, the same air is circulating around. I don’t want gross, stuffy air. I have HEPA filters that clean the air better than the normal brand. I also have an air purification system that works with the heater. The air purifier removes any dust, dirt and smells from the air quality. Since the heater is constantly drying out the air too, I recently bought a humidifier to add some moisture. Having more moisture in the air makes the house feel warmer. I also experience less bloody noses, chapped lips, static shock and electronics having issues. It is necessary to make being inside not as painful during the winter.

boiler

Making the HVAC closet more functional

I never realized how large a water heater and indoor air handler with a HVAC unit is.

My house has very few closets in it. What stinks is that I moved from an apartment that had tons. Now I am at a loss on where I put all my stuff. The HVAC closet is designed really dumb. The water heater is one side and the HVAC equipment on a little wood platform is the other side. You only have the small patch of floor under the heating and cooling equipment but that is a vent. I was informed by my boyfriend that I can’t block the vent. So nothing can sit on the floor unless I can shimmy it around my water heater. I have managed to wedge a mop and bucket in there, but that is it. Now I am looking at what I could mount on the walls and even the ceiling. I recently purchased a small, lightweight vacuum. I think I can attach the vacuum to the wall right by the HVAC device without interfering. Then I could put shelving up on the opposite wall to hold some cleaning supplies. It is really tempting to place hooks on the ceiling and have things hanging down above the HVAC technology and water heater. I really need the space to be functional. I never realized how large a water heater and indoor air handler with a HVAC unit is. Working around them isn’t all that fun. Also, no matter what I do I can’t make those giant, grey boxes look any prettier. They are centrally located where everyone wants to open the door too. So everyone gets to see the ugly part of the house early on.
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I need a quieter HVAC system

This is ridiculous but I am actually thinking of getting a new HVAC device because of my cat.

I recently moved into a new home and my cat came with me.

The house is really great for the two of us. There are rugs everywhere, which my kitty just adores. I have plenty of property and privacy. The home has a bigger kitchen and two bathrooms. When I moved in I kind of scrunched my nose up at the HVAC equipment. I didn’t like that it was 17 years old, noisy and dirty looking. I had a HVAC contractor perform a tune up and he ensured me everything was fine. The HVAC was good to go for another few years, he said. Well I noticed that the outdoor unit makes a high pitched whistle every now and then. It drives me bonkers and there is nothing I can do to fix it. The indoor unit clicks on and operates very loudly. It can wake me up out of a dead sleep when it turns on. It is also hard to watch television with the HVAC operating. The worst is that my cat freaks out when the HVAC turns on and is running. He runs to my bedroom closest and hides under my dresses when it happens. He won’t come out until the HVAC stops running. I hate that he is scared in our brand new home. The HVAC is old and I don’t like it anyway, so out it goes. I am thinking of a silent heating system for my sweet kitty, perhaps heated flooring? The installation looks pretty rough so I could do a fireplace. No matter what though, it won’t be something that scares him.

 

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Living over an HVAC shop has its perks

I live in a really weird neighborhood.

  • I don’t mean weird like it’s filled with creepers and goons, nothing like that, it’s just the first time I have lived in a place where buildings have businesses on the ground floor and apartments up above.

I have only ever lived in neighborhoods with houses in them, or buildings, but not a set up like this. It’s actually really convenient, and I enjoy it quite a bit, but it’s still a little weird. I live on the third floor of a 3 story building, along with 11 other tenants, and the entire ground floor is filled with an HVAC dealership. This is the most trendy ,upscale HVAC shop I have ever seen, more like a Geek Squad type of place than a blue collar business. The entire store is a showroom for heating and cooling systems, with a few offices in the back for meetings with clients. They say they have a skilled crew of certified HVAC technicians to suit any issue, but the thing is that they don’t actually have any on staff. They have a neat, clean look to the place ,so why mess it up with scruffy HVAC techs, work vans, and tools? They subcontract all their work out through a network of heating and cooling contractors that they have vetted. So it’s almost like they are a clearinghouse for local HVAC work, which is pretty smart. Also they give me the friends and family discount for any HVAC work that I would ever need to have done, which is nice.

 

 

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An HVAC system with a 20 year warranty

When you are looking for the perfect house to buy, you can never ask too many questions.

I have found that a lot of people are not comfortable with straight up lying to your face, but many of those same people don’t mind lying by omission. Do you know what I mean by that? Like when a child spills a drink and doesn’t mention it, but if you directly ask them about spilling the drink they will be truthful. For homeowners, a lot of them may not confess all the issues that come with their house, but they will answer questions honestly. So ask the right questions! The house we got had an HVAC system that was 14 year old, but they didn’t mention that. It did not end up being a deal breaking, but I’m glad I asked because that is pretty old for a central air conditioner, right? I wanted to go ahead and have an HVAC tech come in and do an inspection to see how much life the old thing had left in it. The HVAC tech said it was in remarkable shape, and had been built to last. It turns out the system was still under warranty with the original HVAC manufacturer, for some reason it came with a 20 year extended warranty! I don’t really know what that means, other than I don’t need to worry about the cooling or the heating systems breaking down for a while. Which is great, because I have a lot of other things to worry about than this!

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Teaching myself about HVAC

In the day and age of the Google search, having knowledge is not as important as knowing how to find that knowledge.

I mean, in certain jobs having an encyclopedic knowledge of things in your mind can be the different between success and failure, but that is for people like cops, doctors, lawyers, etc.

For people like me, who work in an office, or build websites, then we don’t have to memorize everything, we just have to know how to find the info we need when we need it. For example, I was recently working on a website for an HVAC dealership. Did I need to be able to remember everything I read about air conditioners and furnaces? No I did not, because I had multiple reference sites for HVAC systems pulled up in other tabs, and I could refer to them as needed. It doesn’t matter how detailed the question is, about what aspect of HVAC work or which piece of equipment, Google can find you the answer. HVAC owner’s manuals are digital now, fully accessible if you know where to look, so I don’t have to memorize anything! The ability to find and use information is the new IQ score, because I have been working wonders with this site having known nothing about HVAC systems previously. The best thing is I know that I can do this with any other subject besides HVAC, as well. With Google search proficiency I can track down information on dentistry, drugs, fitness, or male pattern baldness as easily as I learned about heating and cooling systems.

 

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No A/C at the supermarket

I am part of an extended group chat that irritates the heck out of me sometimes ,but also leads to some great deals.

My friend started this chat, and put about 12 or 15 of us committed bargain shoppers on it.

This chat thread is not for small talk or “hey how ya doin?” it is to report great bargains and deals to the other members. There are days where I will get dozens of notifications, and it drives me bonkers, but I can never quit the chat. I have serious FOMO, Fear of Missing Out, and I don’t want to miss opportunities like when the A/C system at the supermarket died last week. First of all, I know that the main air conditioning system in the grocery store is not the same system they use for the various foods. The cooling system in the frozen food section and the product section were both still functional. The thing is that the store’s internal temperature was getting so warm and humid that it was overpowering the produce cooling system. The crispers were starting to get drained, and the produce was going to turn, so they cut that cooling system off entirely and put everything on a flash sale. Huge discounts, get them before they wilt, all you have to do is brave a jam packed, sweltering hot supermarket with no air conditioning! I ended up spending 75$ for over $200 worth of fruit and veggies, so it was well worth going without A/C for an hour don’t you think?

 

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Making the house comfy during the winter

In the wintertime up north there is entirely nothing to do, then basically you can rest at house plus watch movies plus TV.

  • I also take that time to catch up on some studying plus do projects around the house, but everything needs to be indoors though.

The outside hot plus cold temperatures can get in the downside twenties with horrifying wind chills. Nobody wants to be outside in the snow either. I make sure every year to have our heating unit up-to-date. I guess I am going to be stuck indoors for a long time plus I want to make it pleasant. In the fall I get our heating tune up where our unit is lubricated, moving parts are tightened plus any possible furnace repair is taken care of. I also have gone 1 step further plus tackled our air quality. Since I am in a sealed up house for weeks on end, the same air is circulating around. I don’t want gross, stuffy air. I have HEPA filters that scrub the air better than the normal brand. I also have an air purification system that works with the heater. The media air cleaner disconnects any dust, dirt plus smells from the air quality. Since the furnace is typically drying out the air too, I recently bought a humidifier to add some moisture. Having more moisture in the air makes the house know warmer. I also experience less bloody noses, chapped lips, static shock plus electronics having troubles. It is necessary to make being inside not as painful during the winter.

indoor air quality

Making the house comfy during the winter

In the wintertime up north there is actually nothing to do, then basically you can sit at house and watch films and TV. I also take that time to catch up on some reading and do projects around the house, and everything needs to be indoors though. The outside un-even temperatures can get in the negative twenties with terrifying wind chills. Nobody wants to be outside in the snow either. I make sure every year to have my heating unit modern. I think I am going to be stuck indoors for a long time and I want to make it pleasant. In the fall I get my heating tune up where my unit is lubricated, moving parts are tightened and any possible furnace repair is taken care of. I also have gone a single step further and tackled my air quality. Since I am in a sealed up house for weeks on end, the same air is circulating around. I don’t want gross, stuffy air. I have HEPA filters that scrub the air better than the normal brand. I also have an air purification proposal that works with the heater. The air cleaner detachs any dust, dirt and stinks from the air quality. Since the furnace is constantly drying out the air too, I recently bought a humidifier to add some moisture. Having more moisture in the air makes the house know warmer. I also experience less bloody noses, chapped lips, static shock and electronics having issues. It is necessary to make being inside not as painful during the winter.
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