There’s no way that my sister can live without A/C

My sister is quite possibly the most spoiled person alive.

I have always said this about her from the time that we were little kids, and honestly, she hasn’t gotten any better since we have grown up! It’s like she thinks that the whole world should revolve around her for some reason.

It’s really annoying. Anyway, a few months ago at the beginning of the summer right about the time that the weather was heating up, my sister decided that she wanted to move out of our parents’ house. It’s mainly because she didn’t like the rules anymore and she wanted to be out on her own where she could do whatever she wanted. Well, the problem was that my sister wants a lot of money but she doesn’t want to work for it. She figured out pretty quickly that the only place that she could afford wasn’t that great of an apartment. It turned out that the place didn’t have central air conditioning in it. As a matter of fact, it didn’t have any air conditioning in it at all! As soon as she told me about the A/C situation in this new place, I knew right then and there that there was absolutely no way that she was going to be able to stay in this new apartment. I just laughed about it to myself. She is so sure that she’s going to move out and be just fine without any A/C in this place, but there is just no way that it is going to happen. She is way too spoiled and used to having great indoor air quality for that. I give her a couple of months, tops!

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They gave me a free cover for my air conditioning system

They gave me a free cover for my A/C unit when I purchased my air conditioning system earlier this year. I guess you could say that I am one of those people who always falls for a good marketing ploy. My husband makes fun of me because if someone is giving something away with a purchase, then I’m the first one in line to have them take my money. I am fully aware that most of the time, the promotional items that businesses give away aren’t the greatest quality. But once in a while, you get something that is really good! That’s what happened to us this past spring when we bought a brand new central air conditioning system from one of the local HVAC companies here in town. This particular company was advertising that they were giving away a free outdoor cover for any A/C unit that you purchased there. I mean, a plastic cover for my exterior A/C unit isn’t all that big of a deal, but it actually ended up being a deciding factor for me as far as where to purchase the new A/C unit that we wanted. There were a couple of places here that had the same kind of unit and they were the same exact price. So of course, I went with the place that said they were going to give me a free cover for the new air conditioning unit! I mean, I guess you could call me cheap or gullible, or whatever you want, but the fact is that I really like to get something for nothing!
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My husband bought me one of those cooling devices

My husband decided that he wanted to buy me one of those little personal cooling devices this past summer so that I could stay cool at ball games.

I don’t know if he was really trying to do something nice for me to make me feel more comfortable when there are high temperatures outside or if he is honestly just sick and tired of hearing me complaining about the heat and the weather every summer. Either way, I’m glad that he decided that getting one of those little personal cooling devices was the right way to go. I think that having one of those will really help me in the long run during all of those games next year. This past year, the heat during the summer was absolutely awful. We had a terrible time trying to pay all of the air conditioning bills during the summer and our house still never really felt like it was cooled off enough, especially during the night when we were trying to sleep. I was hot literally all the time and going to all of the ball games that my son played in during those hot summer months was the absolute worst. A few games, I actually thought that I might melt into a puddle on the floor. I know that my husband got sick of hearing me complain about wanting to go to the car to sit in the air conditioning. I probably only said it a couple of thousand times throughout the duration of those games! Anyway, for whatever reason, I’m glad that he got me that little personal cooling device. I’m hopeful that it will be very helpful for me next summer when I’m needing some A/C.

 

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Sometimes you need more than an air filter to keep your house in good shape

Sometimes you need more than just a regular air filter to keep the indoor air quality in your home at the levels that you want it.

I know that I’m one of those people who tries to save money whenever and wherever I can.

I would have to admit that over the past few years, a lot of the time I have tried to save money at the expense of the indoor air quality in my own house. Many times, I will find myself purchasing cheap air filters from the hardware store and I know for a fact that they aren’t the greatest for my HVAC system nor for my breathing. And yet, I will still continue to buy the cheap air filters anyway. I don’t know why I persist on doing that, but I’m hoping to change my ways in the near future. I read an article about how the indoor air quality in your home is so important for the health and well being of everyone in your home. Apparently, sometimes, you need more than just a cheap old air filter to improve the air quality in your home. From what I have read, sometimes you need to buy higher quality air filters like HEPA filters and sometimes you really need to pull out the big guns in order to fix your indoor air quality. When that ends up being the case, then you should think about buying something called a whole home air purification system. With one of these air purification systems, you don’t really even have to worry about your air quality at all. The purification system will fix it for you!

 

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We need to get covers for the A/C before winter

We need to get a cover for our exterior air conditioning unit before winter.

I’ve actually been thinking about getting a cover for our air conditioning unit for a while now, but it’s been one of those things that I don’t think about until it’s too late to actually do it.

Last year, for instance, I wanted to get one for the outside A/C unit and then before I even knew what was happening, it was already cooling off outside and it was snowy and freezing outside. I guess that’s just how things go sometimes. I never really think about things that I need to get before I actually need them. I’m not good at planning ahead, that’s for sure. Anyway, I told my husband the other day when we were talking about getting the yard ready for the winter that we really need to get the covers for the air conditioning unit that we keep talking about getting. I know that having the A/C unit protected is actually much more important than I’ve been giving it credit for. I think that having it covered up in the winter probably protects the inside of the unit more than I ever realized. I think keeping the ice, snow, and debris out of the fan coils will really make your A/C unit last much longer than it would otherwise. Since we purchased a new HVAC system a few months ago, I’m glad that I figured out that covering it with a new A/C cover will help it to last longer!

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Getting the air ducts cleaned out was a good decision

I never really thought that it was all that important to get the air ducts in our house cleaned on a regular basis. I thought that the whole idea of getting your air ducts professionally cleaned was somewhat of a hoax, honestly. I mean, why would you even need to get your ductwork cleaned out to begin with? There’s really no way for anything to get into your ductwork in the first place, since it’s a closed system in the first place. At least, that’s what I used to think. That was all before I read this article on an HVAC blog that I follow once in a while online. I was surprised to find out that over time, without proper air duct cleaning and maintenance work, then moisture may start to grow. That will, in turn, start to grow mold and mildew, which is never a good thing! If you end up with moldy air ducts, then you’re going to end up with mold being blown all over your home through the ventilation system. That’s never a good thing. Having your air ducts cleaned professionally by your local HVAC company the way that I just did is always a good decision. Having better indoor air quality is, of course, a great thing for you and your family. Removing any extra dust and debris from your ductwork system can definitely lead to increased air quality in your home. For us, that’s extra important because we all deal with seasonal allergies that can be super annoying. I’m glad we had it done!

 

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It was a really hot summer for baking

We own a home bakery business and it ended up being a really hot summer for all of us.

  • We usually keep the air conditioning turned down really low while we are working in the kitchen just to keep the house nice and cool.

However, this year, the cooling system didn’t really seem to be doing the trick for some reason. We weren’t really sure what the problem was, but it was definitely affecting our work and even the quality of our baked goods. I’m convinced that nothing tasted quite as good because of all of the heat and humidity that kept overwhelming us in the kitchen the whole time we were working. It’s like that humidity just ruined things for us. I kept turning the thermostat down more and more, but then you get to a certain point where the rest of the house is just freezing cold and yet the kitchen is still super hot and steamy. I finally gave up on the whole thing and closed all the air vents in the kitchen. Then I decided that I was going to get one of those ductless mini split air conditioning units for the kitchen so that it would have its own A/C system. That way, I wouldn’t have to keep the central air conditioning running in the rest of the house all the time and the kitchen would basically have its very own thermostat system. It’s worked out really well so far, too. I am really loving the ductless mini split air conditioning unit. I wish that I would have purchased one for the kitchen a long time ago.
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We got a generator and it was a great investment

We got a generator just to make sure that we could keep our A/C running after the fiasco we had last year when the power went out for so long.

We had such a long power outage here in our neighborhood that no one could even believe it. There were guys from the power company working around the clock, but everything was so messed up on the power grid that it ended up taking almost 2 whole weeks to get things up and running again. Meanwhile, everyone in our entire neighborhood was suffering without electricity and trying to learn to live without power for two whole weeks. That included us! The worst part wasn’t being without television or electric lights or places to plug in our cellphones, though. The worst part wasn’t even the fact that we had to warm things up in the fireplace like some old west settlers! No, the worst part of the whole situation was the fact that we had to go without our central air conditioning for two whole weeks during the summer. I don’t know about you, but living without my air conditioning was literally like torture for those two weeks. I love my A/C, and anyone who knows me will tell you that I keep the temperature in my house at a frosty 67 degrees during the summer months. So being without A/C because we had no power was really a big issue for us. By the end of that two week period, I had made the decision that we were going to be buying a generator for our house. I’m never going through all that again.

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My air conditioning system is what puts me to sleep

I have a really hard time falling asleep if I don’t have my air conditioning system running at night.

I don’t know why that is, but I do know that it’s an issue for me! I love having a fan or some other sort of white noise running at night so that I can fall asleep.

I know that a lot of people feel the same way and that’s probably why those noise machines are so popular these days. I don’t need a noise machine, though. I have an older central air conditioning system that’s actually pretty loud. A lot of people who have come over to my house in the past have told me that to them, it sounds as if I should probably get the blower motor in the air conditioning unit looked at. They say that it sounds like the fan in the A/C is going to go at any time. However, I don’t ever take those suggestions seriously at all because I love the loud whooshing sound that my air conditioning system makes every single time that it comes on during the summer. This is especially true for me at night, because that loud whooshing sound puts me right to sleep every single time. It’s like I’m a little baby riding in a car. Something about the sound of the air conditioning running in the night makes me fall right to sleep. I don’t know if I would even be able to sleep at night during the summer if I had a quietly functioning central air conditioning system! I sleep so well at this point during the summertime that I don’t really want to chance it by getting a new A/C installed!

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My brother James won the sweepstakes

You are not going to believe this, but my brother James won the sweepstakes last year.

It’s the one that you always see on TV, but you think that no one is ever really going to win it.

However, my brother actually ended up getting visited at his house by that guy with all of the balloons and the big check and he won a ton of money. The first thing that he decided to do with all of his winnings was to get a brand new heating and cooling system put into his house. I couldn’t believe that he won all of this money, and I also couldn’t believe that he wasn’t going to go out and buy a new house with some of his winnings. The place that he lives is not the greatest place, nor is it in the greatest of neighborhoods. With all of the money that he won, I thought for sure that he would go and buy a fancy place somewhere else. I thought that he might even end up in a gated community for him and his family. But no, I was really surprised to learn that instead of packing up and moving somewhere better, James ended up having one of the local heating and cooling companies come over to his house to install a fancy high efficiency heating and cooling system in his old house! I made fun of him a little bit and I told him that putting a fancy HVAC system in that house was like trying to put lipstick on a pig. It just doesn’t make sense. But I guess it’s his money and he has to do what he has to do in the long run. I just think that it’s a strange decision to make.

 

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