Bad allergies due to my HVAC filters

I think I have figured out what is causing my bad allergies. I always had allergies to dust mites and pollen, but they were never this bad. When I wake up in the morning, my eyes are red and itchy. My throat hurts and I sneeze a hundred times. It’s really starting to affect my sleep and my overall quality of life. I went to the doctor’s office but all he did was prescribe an over-the-counter antihistamine. I already tried taking medication though. I’ve dusted and vacuumed my house thoroughly but the allergies still won’t go away. After doing some research, I realized that I have not had my HVAC filters cleaned or changed in a very long time. It must be what’s causing my terrible allergies. My HVAC gets used year round. The air conditioner gets used half the year, and the heater gets used the other half of the year. I never shut it off. Apparently, I am supposed to change the air filters every few months. I think the last time I bought new HVAC filters was over a year ago! This all makes a lot of sense because my monthly energy bills were very high over the last few months too. Changing the air filters helps the air conditioner and heater work more efficiently and that keeps the energy bills down. I am going to go to the store tomorrow and buy new filters for my entire HVAC system. I am going to set reminders on my phone to change the filters every three months too. Hopefully my allergies will be gone soon.

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Son wants HVAC but with no stress of it

My boy Wade has consistently been on top of things.  Of course, when I say on top of things, I mean a stressy cat.  It is great to have this trait in some areas of life, but it can be actually frustrating to those with you.  When Wade and his girl Paula were shopping for a home it was actually becoming a real concern.  Wade had a picture in in his head of a “decent” home and they just couldn’t find it.  After almost 6 months of looking at countless homes, Wade’s girl Paula finally had enough.  Paula said that Wade needed to compromise or they would just stay in the condo where they currently lived.  When it came down to it, Wade made a list of must haves and they began a modern look.  Paula was surprised that the first thing on the list was a modern Heating & Air Conditioning system.  When Paula asked Wade about it, Wade said that he had become accustomed to the idea based on where they lived.  Wade loved that it kept the condo comfortable year round and that they didn’t have any kind of HVAC service that they were responsible for.  Wade figured that if the home they bought had a modern Heating & Air Conditioning system, the two of them would not have to pay for repairs for multiple years because it would still be within its warranty.  Wade also wanted one device with a maintenance agreement so they would not even have to ponder about it needing furnace filters or cleaning.

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Must haves for new home HVAC

My boy Taron has typically been entirely odd.  Of course, when I say odd, I mean a stressy cat.  It is great to have this type of style in some aspects of life, but it can be entirely  frustrating to those with you.  When Taron and his spouse were shopping for a current apartment it was entirely  becoming a real pain.  Taron had a picture in his head of a “great” apartment is and they just couldn’t find it.  After almost four months of looking at countless homes, his spouse finally had enough.  The spouse said that Taron needed to compromise or they would just stay in the home where they currently were in.  When it came down to it, Taron made a list of things they needed and they began a current search.  My son’s spouse was surprised that the first item on the list was a brand new Heating and A/C system.  When the spouse asked Taron about it, Taron said that he had become accustomed to the plan where they lived.  Taron loved that it kept the house comfortable year round and that they didn’t have any kind of fixes that they were in charge of.  Taron figured that if the apartment they got had a current Heating and A/C system, then they would not have to pay for repairs for 4 years because it would still be under warranty.  Taron also wanted one with a repair plan so they would not even have to consider doing anyting about air filters or HVAC cleaning.

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Daughter wants HVAC system but no work with it

My daughter Penny has consistently been very certain about things.  Of course, when I say certain, I mean she has to have things a certain way.  It is great to have this trait in some aspects of life, however it can be very difficult to those around you.  When Penny plus her hubby were shopping for a up-to-date home it was genuinely becoming a real issue.  Penny had a picture in her head of a “good” home plus they just couldn’t get it.  After almost a year of looking at many homes, her hubby finally had enough.  The guy said that she needed to compromise or they would just reside in the cabin where they currently lived.  When it came down to it, Penny made some points of must haves plus they began a up-to-date search.  My son-in-law was upset that the first item on the list was a up-to-date Heating plus A/C system.  When he asked my Penny about it, my girl said that he had become spoiled by the method where they lived.  She loved that it kept the cabin nice year round plus that they didn’t have any maintenance that they were in charge of.  She figured that if the home they bought had a up-to-date Heating plus A/C system, all of us would not have to pay for repairs for tons of years because it would still be under warranty.  She also wanted a system with a maintenance agreement so they would not even have to consider about it needing filters or cleaning.  She wanted the convenience of cabin living plus no repair plus the luxury of owning our own home.

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Child wants a HVAC repair plan

My kid has always been truly weird.  Of course, when I say weird, I mean a perfectionist.  It is nice to have this personality in some aspects of life, however it can be truly upsetting to those around you.  When my kid plus her partner were shopping for a current apartment it was truly becoming an issue.  She had a picture in her head of the “ideal” apartment plus they just couldn’t locate it.  After almost a year of looking at tons of homes, her partner finally had enough.  She said that she had to compromise or they would just stay in the condo where they currently resided.  When it came down to it, she made a checklist of must haves plus they began a new search.  My kid’s partner was shocked that the first item on the list was a current Heating plus Air Conditioning system.  When she asked her about it, she said that she had become ruined by the system where they lived.  She adored that it kept the condo comfortable year round plus that they didn’t have any fixes that they were responsible for.  She figured that if the new place they obtained had a current Heating plus Air Conditioning system, the two of us would not have to put money in for repairs for numerous years because it would still be under that warranty.  She also wanted 1 with a repair plan so they would not even have to know about it needing filters or washing.  She wanted the nice times of condo living plus no repair plus the luxury of owning her own home.

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In search of perfection

My daughter has always been very particular.  Of course, when I say particular, I mean a perfectionist.  It is great to have this personality in some aspects of life, but it can be very frustrating to those around you.  When she and her husband were shopping for a new house it was really becoming a problem.  She had a picture in her head of a “perfect” house and they just couldn’t find it.  After almost a year of looking at countless homes, her husband finally had enough.  He said that she needed to compromise or they would just stay in the apartment where they currently lived.  When it came down to it, she made a list of must haves and they began a new search.  My son-in-law was surprised that the first item on the list was a new HVAC system.  When he asked her about it, she said that she had become spoiled by the system where they lived.  She loved that it kept the apartment comfortable year round and that they didn’t have any maintenance that they were responsible for.  She figured that if the house they bought had a new HVAC system, we would not have to pay for repairs for several years because it would still be under warranty.  She also wanted one with a maintenance agreement so they would not even have to think about it needing filters or cleaning.  She wanted the convenience of apartment living and no maintenance and the luxury of owning our own home. I guess this should not surprise anyone.  She was not going to settle on that point so they narrowed their search to either new construction or newly remodeled. Within a matter of a month they found their perfect home.  I am so happy for them as they start this exciting step in their lives.

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Mother needed good thermostat control

My cousin is the most tech savvy person in this family. He subscribes to all all those technology magazines and reads technology blogs always. He is the best person to ask about any new electronics available because he is sure to be familiar with everything about it. When our mom asked him about whether she should obtain a smart thermostat or not, he seemed like he was practically a guru. He told her that the new smart thermostats can actually study her habits and behaviors. The thermostat has sensors which will tell when she is in the dwelling, so it automatically knows what to tell the air conditioner or furnace to do. She loves that she can control it without getting up, too, as most smart thermostats have apps that can be accessed from her phone or tablet. Some of them even send a monthly report to make sure Mom can see how competently her HVAC system is working. Some thermostats have “home” and additionally “away” modes, so that the heating or air conditioning doesn’t run as much when no one’s in the  dwelling. When a household member is at a certain range, the program will switch back to “home” mode so your indoor environment will be perfectly comfortable upon her / his arrival home. Smart thermostats come in all different styles. Some have touch screens, whereas others hold the look of a more conventional thermostat. My mom was also very serious about the models that allow for voice control. She didn’t realize there were so many options available, but she is very excited to find one soon.

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Buying right HVAC device

Last year my spouse and I bought our dream house. We could actually buy a lot in a good developing neighborhood and hand select the plans for our house. It’s a nice craftsman style house in a good part of town. One of the best perks was that I was able to pick out all of the appliances and fixtures. Some of the things were easy, like the refrigerator with the double doors and the superb ice maker. Other things seemed even more difficult, like picking out the HVAC system that we wanted. We wanted a quality heating and air conditioning system which was fairly new, but also not too expensive, and energy efficient as well. Thankfully we had a wonderful HVAC contractor to help us in our decision. He was able to tell us what size HVAC system we had to have to keep our home comfortable. We were interested in finding a gas furnace as we were already going to have a gas line run for our stove. He told us that it’d probably be more energy efficient down the road to use the gas heater, as gas is typically inexpensive compared to electricity. Our winters tend to be pretty long, so we would probably use the heater more as opposed to the air conditioning. The system the technician talked to us about offered the forced-air heater we required, a humidifier, and an air conditioner. I didn’t even realize how useful a humidifier can be, but the HVAC contractor said it will also help with dry skin and hair in the winter. We are happy with our decision, and also the contractor we used, he was extremely helpful.

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Climate control at work is bad

I absolutely love my job. I graduated with a degree in English, and then went on to law school. I was lucky enough to get a government job within eighteen months of obtaining my license to practice. There are a lot of perks to the present job, including health and retirement benefits. I get a reserved parking space, and I work in a secured area. My co-workers are the best, and I love what I do. However, I hate where I work. That is because we cannot control the HVAC system coming from our office. Four out of five days for the week, it is either much too hot or too cold. Our home office has a policy that mandates that your air conditioning or heating system won’t be changed unless the outdoor temperature is now over eight degrees higher or decreased for four consecutive days. Consequently when the seasons are transforming, the heating and air system within the building won’t change unless four days in the row are more than eight degrees colder or warmer compared to the usual. We are based out of the southeastern part of the nation, so that rarely happens. During the end and beginning of seasons, there might be a stretch in which the high is on average 90 degrees, but with days of 66 degree highs peppered sporadically in the middle. Some days I go to work bundled up in layers of sweaters and coats, and never take them off when I get in the building since the air conditioner is still running full blast. Other times, the furnace blows heat through the entire office even though the outside temperature is in the mid to high 80’s. What’s even worse is that there are a dummy thermostat in our office that tricks us into thinking that we can control the environmental temperature, but it obviously doesn’t. The heating and cooling could be so uncomfortable it’s hard to even concentrate. The solution to my own problem, though, was to buy a small portable fan to remain under my desk that can perform as a space heater or a cooling fan. It works well enough for me, and helps me stay comfortable.

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Heating and cooling equipment sizing

I’ve always lived under the policy that bigger is way better. Why settle for something smaller that does exactly the same function as something bigger? Get the biggest out there. More is usually the correct answer. If slightly spicey is nice in an evening meal, a lot would be improved. Why put a little detergent in with all your clothes? Put a ton in and cause them to become smelling even nicer. Well I identified with HVAC that bigger is simply not the answer. I went searching for a new heating and cooling system. I established the model I wanted in my home and cleared a spot for it. Next was picking out how large my heating and air conditioning system would be. I was super excited to see how big they are. I wanted the biggest and most shiny one. That must mean it works the best, right? My HVAC contractor advised me about the biggest one. He said that with my size of house, the power of the HVAC system possessed was unnecessary. I wanted this untapped power for myself, it seemed like the best solution was just getting the biggest model. I wanted to have the grandest HVAC unit available. I bought it and had it installed in my home. I then realized my HVAC professional had not been joking. The unit was way too big and powerful. The problem is that it can quickly lower the temperature around my home. This is a bad thing since the device would go full power and immediately turn off. The rapid turning off and on at full power was not energy efficient, it was a huge of waste of money.

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