Replacing the temperature control

I am consistently tackling unusual types of house improvement projects, but i’ve painted every room & replaced windows, doors, light fixtures & furniture.

  • I’ve gutted both bathrooms, refinished the hardwood floors & renovated the dining room; The exterior of our Fort Worth house now features a big back deck, swimming pool & charming landscaping, however while I’ve made positive changes to nearly ever aspect of the property, I completely overlooked the temperature control.

When a licensed Heating & A/C company offered annual service for the a/c, I complained about the high cost of utility bills. I mentioned that I would frequently forget to adjust the temperature control before my family left for work & university in the days. The heating or cooling system would then blast all day long, maintaining ideal temperature throughout an empty home! On the sparse opening that I remembered to adjust the temperature control, my teenagers would be really unhappy returning to either an hot or freezing house. The Heating & A/C company commanded a smart temperature control. I realized that our new temperature control was already installed when my buddy and I purchased the house in Forth Worth nearly ten years earlier. When I started researching smart temperature controls, I was amazed by the technology. There are models that respond to voice commands, learn the family’s schedule or include occupancy sensors. This week’s temperature controls automatically make adjustments to conserve energy whenever possible while also making sure of ideal comfort. Plus, it’s straight-forward to access features & make changes through an app on my Iphone. In Fort Worth, where my buddy and I experience four distinct seasons & really extreme temperature fluctuations, the temperature control plays an essential role.

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Replacing the thermostat

I am always tackling different types of home improvement projects. I’ve painted every room and replaced windows, doors, light fixtures and furniture. I’ve gutted both bathrooms, refinished the hardwood floors and renovated the kitchen. The exterior of our Fort Worth home now features a large back deck, swimming pool and beautiful landscaping. While I’ve made positive changes to nearly ever aspect of the property, I completely overlooked the thermostat. When a licensed HVAC contractor provided annual service for the air conditioner, I complained about the high cost of energy bills. I mentioned that I would frequently forget to adjust the thermostat before my family left for work and school in the mornings. The heating or cooling system would then blast all day long, maintaining ideal temperature throughout an empty home. On the rare occasion that I remembered to adjust the thermostat, my kids would be very unhappy returning to either an overheated or chilly house. The HVAC contractor recommended a smart thermostat. I realized that our current thermostat was already installed when we purchased the home in Forth Worth nearly ten years earlier. When I started researching smart thermostats, I was amazed by the technology. There are models that respond to voice commands, learn the family’s schedule or include occupancy sensors. Today’s thermostats automatically make adjustments to conserve energy whenever possible while also making sure of ideal comfort. Plus, it’s easy to access features and make changes through an app on my Iphone. In Fort Worth, where we experience four distinct seasons and very extreme temperature fluctuations, the thermostat plays an essential role.

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Taking energy saving measures

I moved to Birminham, Alabama, nearly ten years ago. I relocated to the area because of a job opportunity. I knew no one in the city and was not familiar with any of the attractions. I was delighted to discover Hillsboro Trail, the Moss Rock Festival and Red Mountain Park. I just love kayaking and paddle boarding on the Cahaba River. Birmingham offers a diversity of opportunities because of the landscape and four distinct seasons. There are an average of 213 sunny days per year. We can expect about 26 inches of rain and around one inch of snow. The winter temperature drops down into the thirties. The summer season brings days in the mid nineties. While I spend as much time outdoors as possible, keeping a comfortable living environment is important. Both heating and cooling are requirements. The cost of running the furnace and air conditioner adds up quickly. In an effort to minimize energy waste, I’ve made a mission of tightening up the home. I’ve invested into Energy Star rated windows and doors. I’ve installed ceiling fans to help push heat down from the ceiling over the winter and create a cooling effect in the summer. Caulking and insulating have also helped to create an effective thermal envelope. While I’ve managed to reduce the workload of the heating and cooling systems, my energy saving measures have also eliminated essential ventilation. When I started having concerns with musty smells, airborne dust and other air quality issues, I asked a Birmingham HVAC contractor for advice. He suggested a whole-home air purifier.

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Winter trip to Tampa

Every winter, we take a family vacation for ten days. We choose a new destination each year. While I am determined that the kids experience different landscapes and attractions, we always head somewhere warm. Living in the northeast, the winters are especially long and extremely cold. I typically turn up the thermostat by the end of October. We might have several inches of snow on the ground at Halloween and still need to run the furnace at Easter. Getting away from blizzard conditions, brutal wind chill and sub zero temperatures is such a welcome relief. This past year, we chose to explore Florida’s Gulf Coast. We stayed in Tampa, which is a city located right on the water. I really enjoyed exploring the historic Ybor City neighborbood and the waterfront. The kids had a great time at Busch Gardens. The theme park covers 335 acres and is designed around themes of Africa and Asia. There is a nearly endless selection of amusement park rides, shows and restaurants. We also spent a day at Caladesi Island State Park, which is absolutely stunning. The beach is somewhat secluded and features pure white sand and truly blue water. My only complaint with our trip is with the accommodations. While I read reviews and chose a highly rated hotel, the room was a disappointment. The biggest issue was the air conditioner. The unit was obviously old and struggled to keep up with demand. It made such a rattle that it woke my whole family every time it started up. Overall, our vacation was wonderful, and I would love to go back to Tampa sometime soon.

 

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Snowmelt system for Lowell winters

In Lowell, Massachusetts it snows quite a bit.

The winter season arrives early and doesn’t let up.

I am used to shoveling feet of snow and dealing with ice. During the winter getting to work is a mess. I shovel a path, push snow off my car, and then deice it. It takes me around twenty extra minutes in the morning. I just hate it. Recently I started looking for solutions. I found an automatic car start and a snowmelt system were ideal. I already owned a boiler system for home heating in Lowell. Now all I have to do is add piping to the obiler and have it stretched to my driveway. The piping goes under the blacktop or cement. Then the boiler heats water that flows through the pipes to create a heating effect. It then heats the driveway to the point that the snow melts once it hits it. Then you never have to shovel. Another benefit to having a snowmelt system ist that since my car is sitting on a heated surface, no ice adheres to the windshield. I don’t have to preheat my car for melting purposes or to be better to the engine. Also I get a freshly melted path to my car every morning. Having a snowmelt system has saved me time, energy, and effort. I really enjoy being able to make something in Lowell a lot easier than before. Changing to a snowmelt system was very simple too. I recommend it to anyone who lives in cold states like Massachusetts.

 

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