2016

1
Jan

2016

Monthly Archives: January 2016

How water heater

My husband and I are the happy parents of three wonderful children. We bought a quaint little home within a suburb of the nearby city where we could raise them. The neighborhood everything we wanted it to be and my neighbors all have kids too. I have run into some trouble being a parent, though, especially now that the kids are getting older. One glaring problem that has recently come up is that our hot water tank is not large enough for all of us to take a shower. My wife and I get into gear earliest and shower. When the kids wake up for school each will shower one after the some other. Because of this high demand on hot water the tank runs out quite quickly. Our youngest child gets his turn and by that time there isn’t a hot water left. At first we tried putting limits how long each kid could take to shower. We even tried limiting how warm they could make the water. However, neither solution seemed to work. I guess this is a product of our family growing faster than the house did. I called a local plumber after numerous complaints from my own youngest child. When the plumbing company directed someone out they brought a large capacity hot water heater with them that could accommodate the high demand for showers each day. The next morning my youngest child went to the shower after the other four people had already showered and they were pleased to have nice, steamy water for a change.

water heater repair

This entry was posted in Uncategorized on  by admin.

A clogged drain is the worst

I’m the proud owner of a beautiful purebred dog that I choose to take to dog shows. He is a golden retriever with long shiny golden hair. As part of the preparation to show my dog I need to groom it constantly. I do my best to hold him out of dirt and mud but as a dog he finds ways to get filthy anyway. Because of this I had a dog washing station installed in my garage. It is just a little tub with hot and cold water attachments and a hose to wash and rinse with. I ran into some problems, recently, when the drain of the tub clogged just before a dog show. My dog had been caught in the rain and got very muddy so when I washed him all the dirt and dog hair were heading down the drain of the tub. I had to stop the bath and call a nearby plumbing company. All I could picture was that this pipes below the tub were clogging with long dog hair and filthy water. I was relieved as soon as the plumber showed up. He got straight to work and took apart enough of the pipes to discover the clog and remove it. I was surprised by just how much hair and dirt got down into the pipes. Before my plumber left he suggested that I put something within the drain to trap the hair before it goes down through the pipes. I have followed his guidance and my dog washing bathtub and been draining properly from the time that.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized on  by admin.

My humidity control tips

Just after my son was born, I remarked that my skin had red patches on my knees. I assumed it had been from constantly kneeling down for the rug to change his diaper or perhaps to play with him. Gradually, the spots got bigger and more painful, and the same problem appeared on my elbows just as badly. After trying all sorts of over-the-counter skin creams, I finally visited the doctor. My problem has been diagnosed as psoriasis. I did my research, and I found out that the remedy for psoriasis has not been determined. It could either be hereditary or a result of stress, and the cause is not yet known. As you can guess, none of this was good news. The condition is quite ugly, and at times, it can get bad enough that I don’t even want to wear shorts. I have wound up with scarring on my knees as well as my elbows, and I’ve completely stopped trying home remedies and even prescription medication. I finally invested in a humidifier for my house, and this has been the very best solution. I had noticed that symptoms were getting noticeably worse in the dead of winter, when the furnace was constantly blasting and frying the air. My whole family has difficulties with dry skin and hair during the winter. I chose a steam humidifier because this style handles a larger than average home, and steam is an incredibly natural way of creating moisture. The unit was added directly to the already existing HVAC system, but can operate without help from the furnace. It monitors the in-house air, and regulates humidity amounts. Since installing the humidifier, we’ve have felt better and been in a position to lower the thermostat during winter months.

jr frederick and sons

This entry was posted in Uncategorized on  by admin.

Windows should always be closed when you are running a heater

About three months ago, I moved into a smaller apartment with my girlfriend. She actually is really cute and nice, and for the first month or two, everything was great. Since winter weather started to roll in, she has been making me crazy. I’m not sure that I can tolerate living with her for for a long time. We are both still taking college courses, working part-time jobs, and following a very careful budget. We struggle to cover the expense of groceries, gas, and rent. We seek to ride our bicycles whenever feasible, to save on gas funds. We never go out and do anything fun. I keep the thermostat in this apartment turned down as low as possible. And yet, about every few days, my girlfriend will come home from the mall with a ton of shopping bags. She buy herself new and expensive stuff that she doesn’t need. Yesterday, I came home to the furnace blasting and a window open. She explained that the heated air makes her feel sick. There was snow blowing inside the apartment. I can’t even picture what she cost us with energy bills, just because she didn’t think to turn down the thermostat. I gave up and bought a programmable thermostat for our apartment. She accused me of wasting our money on ridiculous stuff. I tried to show her that the thermostat would actually help us with saving money. We can today conserve energy, by keeping conditions lower, while we’re at work or in class in the daytime. The thermostat will automatically bump the temperature up before we go back home. Unfortunately, the heater won’t prevent my girlfriend from opening the windows when it’s freezing outside.

heating

This entry was posted in Uncategorized on  by admin.

Products to control your humidity

My family and I reside in the northeastern part of the nation, and our winters sometimes last for nine months of our year. Very often, the temperature drops below what one would consider cold, and stays there for weeks at any given time. Our furnace is crucial to survival, and it runs twenty-four hours a day. There are drawbacks to having a furnace that is running all the time. Although my heating system is reasonably energy efficient, my fuel bills can get extremely expensive all winter long. The heated air inside your home is also very dry, which causes a lot of problems. Having to deal with static shock isn’t just annoying, but it can also do damage to low voltage electronics. There’s also the concern that the wood furnishings in my house will abnormally wear, leading to cracking and splitting. Throughout the entire winter, my loved ones experience chapped lips, wild hair, and dry skin. I experience psoriasis, and my symptoms get really bad due to the lack of moisture in the house. We tend to end up with plenty of headaches, colds, and respiratory problems. I finally decided to invest in a proactive solution to our winter, seasonal discomfort. I decided to give the local HVAC technician a call, and asked him to schedule the installation of a whole-house humidifier. After doing research, I decided to opt for a steam-style humidifier, because these units are perfect for a larger house like ours. The humidifier was conveniently installed straight into my current HVAC system. As for efficiency, the device runs even while the furnace does not. It infuses the necessary level of moisture into the air, maintaining a pleasant and healthy humidity. Not only has my spouse noticed a drastic difference in the healthiness of our skin, hair, and quality of life, my energy bill is much lower.

HVAC

This entry was posted in Uncategorized on  by admin.

I love having a smart thermostat

Global warming just isn’t very friendly. The ever changing temperatures, and the temperamental seasons that every part of the country is experiencing is cause for concern. With these changing seasons and weather patterns come many seasonal issues inside our homes. I recently downloaded an app on my smartphone that allows me to turn lights off and on, lock and unlock my doors, and open and close my personal garage. This app may seem pointless to a lot of people, but it has proved to be very useful. I work within an office about an hour from my home in the surrounding suburbs. Unfortunately, my company has brought me to this extremely windy place, and in the winter months, it’s a very snowy city. Because winter drags on and the storms continuously become worse I often find that we cannot make the drive to work. Rough weather conditions leave me stranded inside my office or sometimes a nearby hotel until the storm front clears. Recently I was stuck inside my office for three days. However, thanks to this app I was able to make certain that everything in my house was off and my doors were locked. However I came home to see that with my heat turned off, all of my pipes had frozen. So I got to thinking how great it would be if I could have an app on my smartphone which allowed me to control my thermostat. Clearly this app couldn’t connect to any regular thermostat, so a “smart” thermostat was going to be necessary. A thermostat that connects to your residence WIFI and can be controlled by an app with your smartphone, or even tablet for instance, would help many families that travel, business men, and those who never know what the weather will be similar to.

 

 

This entry was posted in Uncategorized on  by admin.

Heating and cooling at the races

Yesterday horse racing was on television so I stopped to watch for a little bit. The horses were on the back straight away and there was a large crowd in white hats and sunglasses throughout the track. The race was over quickly and so they started announcing the finishing positions of each horse. The names they provide these horses with are absolutely nuts and I quickly lost attention and flipped the channel. I am lost and uninterested when watching horse racing, almost as lost as I felt a few days ago when I tried to fix my own heating and cooling system. My HVAC unit had been making crazy strange noises when the fresh air fan came on since about early this morning. It was louder than normal and there was an occasional banging sound. I figured since it ended up being just the ventilation fan the complication of fixing it would not be hard at all. Perhaps it was just that the fan had a smashed blade or something and I really could go buy a new a single in no time. It was a whole long story, though, when I actually tried to solve it. It was so difficult to even open up the HVAC unit and get in it which I should have just stopped right then and there. When I finally got it open and realized I was way in over my head I called an experienced HVAC technician to come fix my system. He then arrived with all the current tools and parts he needed and was able to have my HVAC system thoroughly installed and operating that same day. Now I know horse racing and HVAC systems are not in my league and I should leave the work to the people that know how to do it best.

 

This entry was posted in Uncategorized on  by admin.

Controlling my HVAC system

The way we consume media is so different than it used to be. Heck, it’s dramatically different than it was five or even ten years ago. Popular on demand sites have made this possible for us. People are now able to watch their most favorite movies and shows for the touch of a button, and they do not even include commercials sometimes. Because this has made movie watching a whole lot easier and more fun, my weekends can be filled with just that and I am completely content. You could find me buried in my lounger, watching whatever seems most exciting to me. The only thing that makes watching movies more pleasant is being cozy while within the couch of my living room. A bad HVAC system can certainly ruin any mood though, especially a family movie night for sure. Nobody wishes to become a frozen icicle while watching their favorite movie on the couch. Not a soul desires to be sweating during their favorite TV show either. A good heater and air conditioner have made my movie watching weekends far more enjoyable. Some people ask me plainly if I ever get bored of this specific routine each day. I just tell them if they had the same HVAC equipment I did they would be hunkering to spend time indoors and watching movies throughout the day too like me. I cannot wait until eventually I get my new thermostat for the system. Using this method, not only will I end up being comfy, but I will also have the ability to control my comfort level through the couch there. I am definitely pumped for watching movies. If you have any issues or concerns about your home’s HVAC gear, contact a professional right away. You will not regret calling someone soon.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized on  by admin.

Repairing your condenser

I am dealing with a real struggle being a single parent these days. While some single parents struggle financially to deliver for their children, I do not have that problem in any way. I make enough money to make certain this family is properly raised, clothed and has a good life. We are happy when we are together as a family. However, as my kids are becoming older, I am starting to question the home and area in which they’re being raised. I would like to move somewhere else and provide my kids the childhood I always never really had when I was little. There are a few things I hate about the current house in which we reside here. This may sound foolish, but the outdoor HVAC unit is really a terrible thing for us to have. To begin with, it is extremely ugly to the eye. I know people are dealing with bigger problems and I am lucky to even have heating along with cooling equipment that functions properly. However, it is such an eyesore and truly among the largest condenser units I have ever seen near to a house like that. Second of all, we don’t have a whole lot of yard space and the little that people do have is obstructed using this type of monstrosity of a unit. It is right down the middle of the side yard where my kids often tend to play when they want too. I want to move to a property that includes a solid heater and air conditioner, but doesn’t carry one of several largest HVAC units in the state. Is that too much to obtain these days? I will probably begin thinking about houses very soon and moving.

 

This entry was posted in Uncategorized on  by admin.

Pipe cleaning

Do you know those white ceiling tiles you see in most older organizations? They are usually rectangular in form and are laid into a design. Some people could even have them in their homes or in a finished basement of theirs. They are a great way to hide an industrial ceiling and they also look okay when they are first put in and perfectly white. However, these things can end up looking pretty rough over time. What is the worst possible thing that could happen to these tiles? Are you aware? Standing water is the worst thing that could occur. You will know these tiles have held even the littlest bit of standing water whenever you see those brown spots form. It looks hideous as soon as it happens. That alone shows you why standing water is really bad and it should be a lesson about your plumbing equipment. Even if you do not have a leak in a pipe anywhere in your house or business, standing water may very well be creating other problems without people even knowing it. If a new drain is clogged, and there is water just sitting stagnant on the inside of it, there may be a certain degree of combustion going on that could lead to unsafe water conditions or a future leak. These types of plumbing problems are incredibly difficult to cope with so the best idea is to get in front of the game and have a good plumber inspect one’s system regularly. I promise you you that you will not regret having this done.

 

 

This entry was posted in Uncategorized on  by admin.