I love the wood burning stove in the cabin

When my grandfather bought this property I was thrilled! We could finally build the hunting cabin he had talked about for so long.

Of course, we didn’t build the cabin ourselves.

Grandpa is too old and the only thing I ever built was a box in woodshop. However, we had the cabin built by a company that comes out and puts together a prefabricated cabin. It was not super expensive. However, it doesn’t come with any of the bells and whistles either. There is no plumbing, no electricity, and no internet. We had a well dug and an outhouse. Grandpa said it was all just like his house when he was a kid. The cabin even has a wood burning stove to keep us warm. I can chop wood and I actually find it relaxing. My mom keeps telling Grandpa that I will grow tired of the cabin and that he shouldn’t have bought it because it is too much work for him. Mom is wrong. I think I love this cabin more than Grandpa does, I think. This living off of the land, even for just a weekend, is something I could never grow tired of. I especially really like the wood burning stove. There is something nice about sitting next to it. Hearing the wood crackle, seeing the glow, and feeling the incredible warmth is just something you don’t get from central heat. I find it to be very relaxing. It is so nice to get away from “normal” life for a bit. To leave behind all of that technology and just enjoy life as it has been for hundreds of years.

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Ductless mini split system for the dog house

When we adopted our lab-mix, Stella, she was already at least 2 years old.

We wanted her to be an indoor dog but Stella had other plans. She was never really comfortable inside. She much preferred to live and sleep outside. Even when it is very hot or cold outside, Stella refuses to come in the house. Don’t get me wrong, Stella loves us and sees us as her family, she just wants to remain an outside dog. After a lot of attempts to change this, we decided to just accept this. However, I worry about making the dog comfortable in her dog house. My husband is just as concerned. Together we found something that might help. There is this thing called a ductless mini split system. It provides both hot and cold air. The main compartments goes outside of the house and then a hose runs into the house and attaches to a dissipater. It is not cheap. After all, the ductless mini split is made to heat or cool an entire room, or even a house. We just want it for the dog house but I think it will work really well if we get the smallest ductless mini split that we can find. It can also be hooked up to a thermostat so we don’t have to worry about making the dog house too hot or too cold. Of course, we would have our usual HVAC company hook it all up right for Stella. I just hope she appreciates all of the thought we are putting into keeping her comfortable.

 

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Loud A/C Unit in Living Room

Every Sunday, there is football on the TV at my house pretty much all day.

The other day, I noticed my boyfriend listening to football much louder than usual.

I could hear the TV from the driveway! I thought that maybe it was a good game and he was just excited. I did not see any other cars in the driveway so I did not think that there were a lot of people in the house. I wondered if maybe there was a window open that I was not aware of. When I sat down on the couch, I noticed that the AC unit was very loud and that he was unable to hear the TV over the loud noise! I was not sure if it was normal, so I decided to contact the landlord about it. She send an HVAC technician out take a look at it the following day. When he arrived, he took a few minutes inspecting the AC unit. He told us that this was one of the hottest weeks of the year and that the AC unit was having to work harder to cool the house, which was causing the loud noise. We were happy that that’s all that was going on. The following weeks brought cooler weather and we used the AC less and less. We are excited for the winter months to come so we can turn the AC unit off and open the windows on Sundays and enjoy the rest of football season.

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HVAC Unit on Side of the Road- Hazard to Drivers

Driving is one of the most dangerous things we can do in our day to day life.

Almost everyone has to drive at some point in their lives.

Recently as I was making my daily commute to work, I noticed a large piece of machinery on the side of the highway. I did not think much of it and continued on with my drive. The next day, the object was still there. I started to wonder what it was. On my way home, there was a bad accident backing up traffic on the opposite side of the highway. I read on the news that there had been a bad accident involving an HVAC system on the side of the road! There was an investigation and the police went to the HVAC company that was listed on the back of the unit. According to the manager at the HVAC company, someone had stolen one of the air conditioning companies work vehicles and ditched all of the equipment inside. There happened to be an old HVAC unit in the van from a replacement an HVAC technician did earlier that week. The HVAC company was not held accountable for the accident. They were able to find the person who stole the work van and arrested him on the spot. It was a bad day for the theft, the driver who hit it, and that old HVAC unit on the side of the road!

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Smart thermostat makes life easier

My husband and I both have very demanding jobs and often work long and odd hours.

  • We have four sons who are heavily involved in hockey.

They have practices at the rink throughout the week, games on weekends, and frequently play in tournaments across the northern part of the country. We also have two dogs and a cat to take care of. Our lives are so busy that it’s difficult to keep up with everything. I struggle to find time to get groceries or do the laundry. We finally hired a yard service to mow the lawn and trim the hedges. We found a cleaning lady to vacuum, dust and scrub the bathrooms. We also invested in a smart thermostat to make temperature control a whole lot easier. Before the smart thermostat, we were relying on a manual dial. We needed to remember to adjust the thermostat before leaving the house. We typically forgot and then paid to maintain an empty house at the perfect temperature. We sometimes headed off to a tournament for the entire weekend and left the furnace blasting. If we remembered to adjust the thermostat, we then came back to either a freezing cold or overheated house. We always neglected to replace air filters until we noticed a problem with the furnace or air conditioner. The smart thermostat has solved all of these issues. It automatically adjusts to accommodate our schedule. Through a feature called geofencing the thermostat keeps track of the location of our smartphones. We conserve energy when the house is empty yet return to perfect comfort. Plus, the thermostat reminds us when it’s time to take care of regular maintenance. We get alerts if there’s a severe temperature fluctuation in the home or a problem with the furnace or air conditioner.

 

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Air conditioner failure caused by buildup of contaminants

Last July, the central cooling system in my home abruptly quit.

There were no warning signs.

It simply shut down and refused to start back up. At first, I suspected a power outage. When I realized that we still had lights, I checked the batteries in the thermostat. I then replaced the air filter and tried the reset button on the control panel. Absolutely nothing worked. Since the outside temperature was 88 degrees, with high humidity, my family was unwilling to go without air conditioning all weekend. I ended up paying extra for after-hours service from a local HVAC contractor. The technician started by taking the air conditioner apart and inspecting the inner workings. He showed me the alarming build up debris within the system. The fan blades were thickly coated in dust. There was a significant amount of mold and mildew growth on the equipment and algae thriving in the condensate drain. The HVAC technician explained that the accumulation was blocking airflow through the system. It was also causing friction for the moving parts and forcing the air conditioner to work much harder and consume more energy. Eventually the cooling coil froze up. He said that the contaminants within the air conditioner were most likely getting spread throughout the home whenever it ran. My family was breathing in harmful spores, dust and bacteria. A dirty air conditioner is a health risk as well as a drain on the budget. The technician performed a thorough cleaning, tightened electrical connections and lubricated the moving mechanisms. When he was finished, the air conditioner started right up and ran perfectly.

 

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Removing the broken fireplace

We had a real problem in our house recently.

You see, we have one of those really old fireplaces in here, and the thing is broken.

It doesn’t work right at all. We have been wanting to get the fireplace completely removed and blocked off. Turning the fireplace in the wall into normal walls of the home, so we can place other things there. We didn’t even use the fireplace when it kind of worked. We have central heating and air conditioning. So what was the point? This fireplace did not even look nice to use it for romantic evenings or even family holidays. It was just plain ugly! So, after doing some hunting around, we were able to find out what kind of professional we needed to call to have this fireplace completely removed. Once the fireplace was removed, we had to look into some serious home renovation to be able to convert the empty space in the wall into regular walls. Everything else we had sealed off when we first moved into the house, so that part was taken care of. This whole process was going to cost us several thousand dollars. But, it was something we just had to do. So we were going to make the investment to get rid of this fireplace once and for all, even if it ended up costing the family two zillion dollars! We may do what our friends did and buy an electric fireplace for show. But, if we were to do that, it would be in the distant future.

 

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Life is best with air purification

If you live in a household that everyone has some kind of allergies, you really have to take a look at your indoor air quality.

The air quality in your home can either make or break the allergy issue.

In our case, this is my family totally. Every single last one of us around here has serious allergy issues. So this is why we have one of the best (if not THE best) whole home air purification systems. For a while, we were using regular portable air purifiers, and this was not doing the job in controlling our allergies. It was when we were watching something on TV talking about the latest things in HVAC technology that we even found out about what a whole home air purification system actually was. Having a whole home air purification system seemed like a great idea all together after they showed what it did, how it worked and the benefits of having a whole home air purification system. When we called our heating and air conditioning dealership and found out the cost of the whole home air purification system, I have to say we were very put off at first. The price was a bit high, and we knew we’d have to either use our credit to get it, or take out a loan. But, we figured this was for sure worth it, because it would put an end to the allergy issues in our family. And it sure did! Things have been really great ever since the installation of the whole home air purification system!

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I prefer the wood burning fireplace

When my Grandpa bought this property I was ecstatic! All of us could finally build the hunting cottage she had talked about for so long.

Of course, we didn’t build the cottage ourselves, grandpa is too outdated plus the only thing I ever built was a box in woodshop.

However, we had the cottage built by a supplier that comes out plus puts together a prefabricated cottage. It was not super extravagant. However, it doesn’t come with any of the bells plus whistles either. There is no plumbing, no electricity, plus no internet. All of us had a well dug plus an outhouse. Grandpa said it was all just prefer her home when she was a kid. The cottage even has a wood burning stove to keep us warm. I can chop wood plus I actually find it relaxing. My Dad keeps telling Grandpa that I will grow fatigued of the cottage plus that she shouldn’t have bought it because it is too much work for him. Dad is wrong. I guess I prefer this cottage more than Grandpa does, I think. This residing off of the land, even for just a weekend, is something I could never grow fatigued of. I especially actually prefer the wood burning stove. There is something nice about kneeling next to it. Hearing the wood crackle, seeing the glow, plus feeling the incredible warmth is just something you don’t get from central heat. I find it to be genuinely relaxing. It is so nice to get away from “normal” life for a bit. To leave behind all of that technology plus just prefer life as it has been for hundreds of years.

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There happened to be an old Heating & A/C component in the van from a upgradement an Heating & A/C serviceman did earlier that week

Driving is a single of the most dangerous things both of us can do in our day to day life! Almost everyone has to drive at some point in their lives. Recently as I was making our weekly commute to work, I observed a big piece of machinery on the side of the highway, then i did not suppose much of it plus continued on with our drive, but the next day, the object was still there. I started to wonder what it was, however on our way home, there was a awful accident backing up traffic on the opposite side of the highway. I read on the news that there had been a awful accident involving an Heating & A/C system on the side of the road! There was an investigation plus the police went to the Heating & A/C supplier that was listed on the back of the unit. According to the manager at the Heating & A/C supplier, someone had stolen a single of the air conditioner companies work vehicles plus ditched all of the component inside. There happened to be an old Heating & A/C component in the van from a upgradement an Heating & A/C serviceman did earlier that week. The Heating & A/C supplier was not held accountable for the accident. They were able to find the person who stole the work van plus arrested him on the spot. It was a awful day for the theft, the driver who hit it, plus that old Heating & A/C component on the side of the road!

 

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