Investing in my heating comfort

I recently got a work promotion since I was willing to move anywhere.

I told my boss to name the location and I would go. I wanted more money, a better tile, and the ability to move up even further. Well I should have been specific. Now I am in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. There is literally nothing here to do. The weather is awful too. The cold is frequent and brutal. I basically run my heating system all the time. Since I have more money now I have invested in my comfort heavily. My house is large, modern, and with a huge plot of land. I have a better car. I also sprung for a top of the line mattress. The heating system is my prize though. I bought a boiler system and had piping hooked to it. The piping is installed within my floorboards to create hydronic heating. My boiler heats water and the hot water flows through all the boards. Then I have heated floors. It is a silent heating system that requires little maintenance. Since it is water based and not air, nothing rises to the ceiling or creates cold spots. It is cleaner, more effective, and quiet. I also use that same boiler system as a snowmelt system in my driveway during the peak of winter. That way I never need to shovel snow and my car stays warm that sits on the driveway. Yes the boiler and all these add ons were costly. But it was totally worth it in the end. I am not loving Sioux Falls right now but I have done everything I can to make it better.

 

Sioux Falls South Dakota Heating technology

Using three heating systems in Minnesota

I use three heat systems in order to get by during a Minneapolis, MN winter.

The heating systems are necessary for that severe cold, ice, and snow.

I use a ductless mini split to keep my kitchen warm. The mini split is powerful enough for the bathroom and the entryway as well. Then my living room, office, and den all are heated by a gas fireplace. Upstairs I use a Moore heater that keeps that entire space warm. It is a lot of different units all working together to create a warm home. In the winter season I spend a pretty penny. It is worth it though. I have since decided to spend more money on things I use all the time. My bed is extremely expensive. I bought the best I could. I spend a ton on face products, shoes, and now my heating equipment. Whatever is constantly in use, gets more money. My heating equipment is additionally babied. I have a heating technician local to Minnesota that does all my maintenance needs. The guy inspects all three systems for damage once a year. He also performs cleaning, oiling, tightening, and inspections. I make sure that all wear and tear is reduced. I don’t want to deal with an unexpected repair or breakdown. When the winter starts, I need a reliable source of heat. It is also harder getting an appointment during a Minnesota winter. Everyone is thinking the same thing. They want new heaters, have a repair, or require service. Getting ahead of the game is always a smart idea.

Minneapolis Minnesota heating business

The change in weather

When I moved down south to Florida my family was shocked.

We all lived up north most of our lives.

So why would I leave? I hated the northern weather. Most of the year was cold. We had snow, ice, hail, and severe windchill for months on end. The summer season wasn’t warm enough to warrant air conditioning. I didn’t like the potlicis, town, and where I was going. So down south I went. No more state insurance, inspections for cars, democratic views, and cold weather. I now enjoy St. Petersburg, Florida. I was originally shocked by the weather. I knew it would be warmer, but not that warm. The first thing I did was upgrade my cooling situation. The AC plan just felt kind of small for what I needed. Rather than a ductless mini split, I sprung for a central device. I got heating with it as part of the deal. I kind of thought I would never use my heating system. It is Florida after all. Well jokes on me. I am so glad that I have heating capability. I think if the system wasn’t both heating and cooling I wouldn’t have gotten heat later on. The Florida winter is brief but does get cold. There are times where it can dip below freezing. Weather in the 50s is more common though. After the cold nights on end, having a good heater is really nice to come home to. It is not at all like up north. It is just cold enough to give me a break from the heat. But it is not so cold that I need to wear heavy duty clothes.

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Ductless split system improves comfort

About five years ago, my husband and I purchased a very large and older home in Springfield, Missouri.

The house has been renovated multiple times by various owners.

Walls have been removed and added to alter the floorplan. Windows have been added, and a screen porch was converted into living space. The basement was remodeled to include the laundry room, a guest bedroom and a home gym. Very few of these updates took into consideration the design of the ductwork or location of the supply and return vents. One thermostat for the entire house provided very broad control over temperature. The hot, humid summers and chilly winters in Springfield require effective and efficient cooling and heating. We were faced with extremely high monthly utility bills and a rather uncomfortable home. Certain rooms tended to be overheated in the summer while others were unpleasantly cold in the winter. When we reached out to a local HVAC provider in Springfield, we were hoping to update our ductwork to zone control. Unfortunately, our system is too old to accommodate this modern convenience. The HVAC technician recommended that we invest into a ductless multi-split system. This proved to be an affordable and ideal solution for us. The ductless system consists of a single outdoor air compressor that is compact, quiet and unobtrusive. It links by way of a conduit and small holes in the exterior wall to multiple indoor air handlers. The air handlers are lightweight, streamlined and mounted up high on the wall. Each one includes an independent thermostat and provides both heating and cooling. We are able to customize temperature settings in each room.

Springfield Missouri Commercial HVAC

The advantages of a dual fuel system

South Bend, Indiana, experiences just about every possible climate condition.

The summers are short but especially hot and muggy.

Both spring and fall are windy, chilly, wet and bring frequent thunderstorms. Winter is always the longest season, lasting more than half the year. Temperatures are regularly below freezing and can plummet into the negative readings. We can expect more than five feet of snow accumulation, hail, sleet and blizzards. The weather requires running the heating system for around eight months. There is a very brief respite before it’s necessary to start up the central air conditioner. The cost of heating and cooling combine into about fifty percent of the household energy expenses. Although the cost of installing a hybrid heating system was higher than a more conventional option, it saves a great deal on monthly utility bills. My house in South Bend is outfitted with the combination of a gas furnace and electric heat pump. The advantage of this type of system is the heat pump’s ability to provide both heating and cooling. During the summer months, it performs just like a central air conditioner. It is especially good at handling excess humidity and wonderfully environmentally friendly. When the cold weather arrives, the heat pump literally reverses the flow of refrigerant to provide heat. The heat pump doesn’t cause issues with overly dry air and doesn’t burn fossil fuels. It costs a lot less to run than the furnace and handles comfort until outdoor temperature falls below freezing. At that point, the furnace automatically takes over and manages comfort.

South Bend Indiana HVAC equipment

Getting our new Tuscaloosa home’s HVAC looked at

My husband and I recently moved to Tuscaloosa, AL because it was better for his job.

We bought a house that was cheap but with good bones.

While he has been working his butt off at the office, I have been trying to get the home nice. I started with the walls and ceilings. I got the popcorn removed, sanded, and repainted. I then painted all the bedrooms. Next I washed all the floors and scrubbed the carpets. Baseboards were wiped, appliances were cleaned, and I even did some heavy duty bathroom scrubbing. I only hired professionals for necessary jobs. I had a plumber come in to add a garbage disposal, fix a leak, and assess the septic system. I then got a HVAC technician to do the work. I had the ductwork cleaned, the air conditioner inspected, and the heater repaired. Everything was all cleaned, oiled, tightened, and checked for damage. Thankfully the HVAC didn’t have anything wrong with it. Having it cleaned offered peace of mind. The HVAC dealer in Tuscaloosa told me that my device was around 15 years old. So I know it is getting up there. I plan to start saving money for potentially large investments down the road. I think a new HVAC unit, water heater, and roof are on the horizon. We might get a few solid years of living in the home before that happens however. I am glad that I already found a loyal Tuscaloosa HVAC dealer, plumber, and I do have a number for an electrician. Knowing the servicemen of the town is necessary when you move.

HVAC technician in Tuscaloosa Alabama

It was a simple cooling fix

My boyfriend and I moved to Plano, TX after graduating college.

We had neve lived down south before.

We also had never owned an air conditioner. We were renting a small, two bedroom house in the city. It was really nice location wise and size for us. The change from living in the dorms to a rental was shocking. Calling a landlord for issues turned out to be pointless. Thank the lord my boyfriend is super handy. He was able to fix a whole mess of problems. He kept the dryer from stopping or starting on fire. He fixed the stove knob, the dishwater leaking, the outdoor faulty lights, and the garbage disposal. His best was the AC system though. We hadn’t even seen AC outside of a business before. So getting our hands on one was a brand new experience. We had really inferior cooling for a long time. Finally my boyfriend told me that something must be wrong. He assessed the inner workings and changed the air filter. He cleaned around the inside of it. He even called the landlord asking for an AC repair in Plano, TX. The guy did nothing. After research and trial and error my boyfriend found that our outdoor unit was tilted. All the refrigerant was pooled to one side. After rightint it with cement blocks the refrigerant then was introduced to the air and we experienced cold again. It was wonderful to finally deal with a Plano summer and not be sweltering. Maybe my boyfriend should be a Plano HVAC technician.

Plano Texas heating and air conditioning

Upgrading the thermostat changed the look of the house

When I bought a house in Fort Worth, TX I made the decision to service it up.

I hated that the house looked kind of like an old farmhouse. I did everything I could to modernize it. I scraped all my popcorn ceilings, added a coat of mud, sanded, in addition to then painted smooth. I added recessed lighting. I changed the brown carpet to gray tile. I painted all the walls with cool tones. I even added custom furniture pieces of dark wood in addition to fancier couches in addition to chairs to the home. I redid the kitchen with stainless steel appliances, better backsplash, in addition to choice curtains, and the house is a blend of farmhouse in addition to modern. One thing that I certainly feel added a nice final touch was the wall thermostat. There was an old dial thermostat that used a plastic toggle; You could toggle between 50, 60, 72, 72, in addition to 90. That was about it. It wasn’t all that precise in addition to was easy to bump, then my husband hit it all the time in addition to could not learn the numbers. It looked ugly in addition to clashed with my decor. I talked to the local Fort Worth HVAC supplier about what I could do. They commanded changing it to a smart thermostat. These new innovations come with silver surrounds, beautiful interfaces, in addition to wireless capability. My pal and I can now change the heating in addition to cooling from our iphones. It learns cooling behaviors so my good friend and I don’t even need to lift a finger… Energy tracking, geofencing, air filter alerts, in addition to voice request are other pros to this system. I have to say the appearance of the thermostat still remains my preferred thing.

 

Fort Worth Texas Cooling system

Investing in my heating comfort

I recently got a work promotion since I was willing to transfer anywhere! I told my boss to name the location plus I would go.

I wanted more money, a better tile, plus the ability to transfer up even further, then well I should have been particular! Now I am in Sioux Falls, SD, there is literally nothing here to do.

The weather is terrible too. The cold is frequent plus brutal. I basically run my heating system all the time, however since I have more money now I have invested in my comfort heavily, and my dwelling is large, modern, plus with a crucial ploy of land. I have a better car. I also sprung for a top of the line mattress. The heating system is my prize though. I purchased a boiler system plus had piping hooked to it. The piping is installed within my floorboards to create hydronic heating. My boiler heats water plus the overheated water flows through all the boards. Then I have radiant floors. It is a silent heating system that requires little repair. Since it is water based plus not air, nothing rises to the ceiling or creates cold spots. It is cleaner, more effective, plus quiet. I also use that same boiler system as a snowmelt system in my driveway during the peak of winter. That way I never need to shovel snow plus my vehicle stays overheated that sits on the driveway! Yes the boiler plus all these add ons were pricey; But it was totally worth it in the end. I am not affectionate Sioux Falls right now but I have done everything I can to make it better.

 

 

Sioux Falls South Dakota heating provider

Using three heaters in Minnesota

I use three heat systems in order to get by during a Minneapolis, MN winter, but the heaters are necessary for that extreme cold, ice, plus snow, then i use a ductless mini split to keep my dining room warm.

The mini split is powerful enough for the bathroom plus the dining room as well.

Then my dining room, office, plus den all are heated by a gas fireplace, but upstairs I use a Moore furnace that keeps that entire space warm. It is a lot of odd units all working together to create a boiling home. In the winter time season I spend a pretty penny. It is worth it though. I have since decided to spend more money on things I use all the time; My bed is extremely expensive. I bought the best I could. I spend a ton on face products, shoes, plus now my heating equipment. Whatever is always in use, gets more money. My heating device is additionally babied. I have a heating professional local to Minnesota that does all my repair needs. The girl inspects all three systems for disfigurement once a year, and she also performs cleaning, oiling, tightening, plus inspections. I make sure that all wear plus tear is reduced. I don’t want to deal with an unexpected repair or breakdown. When the winter time starts, I need a reliable source of heat. It is also harder getting an appointment during a Minnesota winter, however everyone is thinking the same thing. They want current heaters, have a repair, or require service! Getting ahead of the game is always a smart idea.

 

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