Getting our ductwork washed

I hate struggling with my allergies.

My struggle seems to never end.

That is the way it has been for much of my life. Although, I guess compared to some people I’m not as bad. Allergies have simply been a fact in my life since I was a little kid. When I was a pre-teen, I had to be on prescription medication in order to get through the warm season. Fortunately, as I grew older, the allergies lessened a bit. But, they never went away entirely. Living in a section where all of us have the HVAC device on for half the year, you’d think my dust irritations would be better. However, I can go through periods of time when the recycled air is worse for my dust irritations. Although all of us change the special air filters on the HVAC unit every month, the air in the home is still stale. I so wanted to find a way to inject some fresh air into the house. I wasn’t sure how to though. Not only can you not open a window when the air conditioner is on, but our home is sealed super tight. This is to keep all the HVAC treated air inside the home. I just couldn’t see a way to get some fresh air in my home until the HVAC was off. So, I called the local HVAC corporation to ask if they could solve this problem. Not only did they solve it, but it took less than a day. They installed plus HRV vent on an exterior wall. This vent periodically pulls in fresh air from outside as the HVAC plan exhausts heat. It has helped a ton.

 

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Air duct cleaning

I’ve had allergy issues my entire life.

It seems like it will never end.

That is the way it has been for much of my life. Compared to a lot of other people, I don’t have so bad. Allergies have simply been a fact in my life since I was a little kid. When I was a teen, I had to be on prescription medication in order to get through the springtime and summer. Fortunately, as I grew older, the allergies lessened a bit. But, they never went away entirely. Living in an area where every one of us have the HVAC cooling on for half the year, you’d think my pollen allergy would be better. However, I can go through periods of time when the recycled air is worse for my pollen irritations. And we both have pets. Although every one of us change the special air filters on the furnace and AC every month, the air in the condo is still stale. I so wanted to find a way to inject some fresh air into the house. Finding out how to do that was harder than I thought. Not only can you not open a window when the air conditioning is on but, our condo is sealed super tight. This is to keep all the HVAC treated air inside the home. I just couldn’t see a way to get some fresh air in my condo until the HVAC was off. So, I called the local HVAC supplier to ask if they could solve this problem. Not only did they solve it, but it took less than a day. They installed and HRV vent on an exterior wall. This vent occasionally pulls in fresh air from outside as the Heating and Air Conditioning method exhausts heat. It has made an incredible difference!

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Dust in our air vent

I had a dust sensitivity for a long time. It seems like it just never ends. I’ve had this most of my life. Compared to a lot of other people, I don’t have as bad. Allergies have simply been a fact in my life since I was a little kid. When I was a pre-teen, I had to be on prescription medication in order to get through the springtime and summer. Fortunately, as I grew older, the dust sensitivities lessened a bit. But, they never went away entirely. Living in a space where I have the HVAC cooling on for half the year, you’d assume my dust sensitivities would be better. But there’s times I can go through periods of time when the recycled air is worse for my dust sensitivities. I have pets, which doesn’t help. Although I change the special air filters on the HVAC every month, the air in the condo is still stale. I so wanted to find a way to inject some fresh air into the house. Finding out how to do that confused me. Not only can you not open a window when the HVAC system is on but, our condo is sealed super tight. This is to keep all the HVAC treated air inside the home. I just couldn’t see a way to get some fresh air in my condo until the HVAC was off. So, I called the local HVAC provider to ask if they could solve this problem. Not only did they solve it, but it took less than a day. They installed and HRV vent on an exterior wall. This vent sometimes pulls in fresh air from outside as the HVAC system exhausts heat. It has made a tremendous difference.

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The vent installed wrong

I hate struggling with pollen allergies.

It seems it will continually torment me. That is the way it has been for much of my life. Compared to a lot of other people, I don’t have so bad. Allergies have simply been a fact in my life since I was a little kid. When I was a pre-teen, I had to be on prescription medication in order to get through the spring and summer. Fortunately, as I grew older, the irritations lessened a bit. But, they never went away entirely. Living in an area where both of us have the HVAC cooling on for half the year, you’d think my pollen allergy would be better. Unfortunately, I can go through periods of time when the recycled air is worse for my pollen irritations. Both of us have pets. Although both of us change the special air filters on the HVAC system every week, the air in the home is still stale. I so wanted to find a way to inject some fresh air into the house. Finding out how to do that stumped me. Not only can you not open a window when the HVAC machine is on but, our home is sealed super tight. This is to keep all the HVAC device treated air inside the home. I just couldn’t see a way to get some fresh air in my home until the a/c was off. So, I called the local HVAC company to ask if they could solve this problem. Not only did they solve it, but it took less than a day. They installed plus HRV vent on an exterior wall. This vent periodically pulls in fresh air from outside as the HVAC plan exhausts heat. It made a tremendous difference.

 

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New HRV vent installed to help with allergies

I hate struggling with allergies.

  • It seems like it just never ends.

That is the way it has been for much of my life. Compared to a lot of other people, I don’t have so bad. Allergies have simply been a fact in my life since I was a little kid. When I was a pre-teen, I had to be on prescription medication in order to get through the spring and summer. Fortunately, as I grew older, the allergies lessened a bit. But, they never went away entirely. Living in an area where we have the HVAC cooling on for half the year, you’d think my allergies would be better. However, I can go through periods of time when the recycled air is worse for my allergies. We have pets. Although we change the special air filters on the HVAC every month, the air in the house is still stale. I so wanted to find a way to inject some fresh air into the house. Finding out how to do that stumped me. Not only can you not open a window when the HVAC is on but, our house is sealed super tight. This is to keep all the HVAC treated air inside the home. I just couldn’t see a way to get some fresh air in my house until the HVAC was off. So, I called the local HVAC company to ask if they could solve this problem. Not only did they solve it but, it took less than an afternoon. They installed and HRV vent on an exterior wall. This vent periodically pulls in fresh air from outside as the HVAC system exhausts heat. It made a tremendous difference.

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Quick Move Made Easier by Splendid HVAC Company

I work from home in a perfectly HVAC controlled home office.

My schedule is basically mine and I am provided with a great deal of freedom doing what I do.

However, I also end up being the go to guy when it comes to household situations. A kid is sick at school? I got them. That, plus all the other household stuff. I am the shopper, the cleaner, the cook and the laundry guy. This is actually a fine trade off and I wouldn’t have it any other way. This way of life just took a big hit. My wife took a promotion that her company offered her. This job will require us to move more than a thousand miles away. And, much of that mileage is north. It gets worse. She has to leave in a week so, I will be doing the majority of the move myself. Thankfully, her company will provide all the assistance I need but, it will still be quite a big deal. My wife will be so busy that she won’t be able to find a place until we join her. So, we are renting for the first six months. I called our HVAC people to help me because I know nothing about heating a home up north. They are awesome because not only did they put my mind at ease, they told me they would find a reputable HVAC dealer where we are moving. This is such a nice touch. Now, I won’t have to deal with that as I attempt to set up a new routine for the kids and myself. While searching for a home, I will at least have a good HVAC company to rely on.

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I Never Even Knew that Air Ducts Could be Cleaned!

Being a working mom, I am full on stuck to a fairly structured schedule.

  • I have three children under the age of 10.

And, I have a job that I work from home. My husband works a stressful job that keeps him out of the house at least 50 hours a week. However, the both of us have always been committed to keeping a clean, well organized home. We were both raised that way and feel it’s an important component to a well lived life. The summer can be particularly tough. And not just paying for the HVAC that runs all the time. No, the kids are in and out of the house all day. They drag a lot of dirt into the house. I definitely prefer them to be outside doing things but video games sure don’t produce this much dirt. The kids are decent at keeping their rooms clean. But, they aren’t so good at the actual cleaning. I can’t really expect my 7 year old son to know the finer points of cleaning behind the fridge. However, I did get some unexpected help recently that made such a difference to our home. I called my HVAC company to set up the seasonal HVAC maintenance. They offered me a deal on getting the air ducts cleaned. Honestly, I didn’t even know there was such a service. I jumped at the opportunity. This crew came out and cleaned the entire duct system in just 3 or 4 hours. It was amazing really and the amount of debris pulled out of our ducts was stunning. The air in the house feels so much more clean and there isn’t near as much dusting to be done. I think I’ll be doing that once a year going forward.

 

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Easing the Load on the HVAC is Not All That Complicated

We are all chasing our tails it seems.

You can see it in gadgets and services that are so popular right now.

People are ready to pay good money just to have a bit more time and convenience. I can still remember what it was like to be bored. That is not something that happens anymore because there is just simply no time for that. I see it in the faces of my colleagues and friends each and every day. The stress and tension in our lives can be overwhelming. Fortunately, my default setting is fairly calm. When I notice that I am starting to freak out a bit, I try to catch myself. Even if all I do is sit for a minute in the cooling HVAC of my home, I do something to just take a minute. Actually, my HVAC cooling situation had been adding to my stress until I decided to do something about it. The monthly utility bills are crushers, especially during the super heated summer months. The HVAC just runs and runs to meet the demand of our household. That had to end. The amount of kilowatt hours that were being used was just ridiculous. So, I got a smart thermostat to more precisely manage the HVAC use. I also decided that the temperature in the house needs to rise with the temperature outside. 70 degrees in the house when it’s 100 outside is simply not reasonable. These two steps were not that tough. Once, I got used to the temps inside, I was fine. I just used more fans but, I sure saved a ton of money while lessening the load on the HVAC.

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Dehumidifier partners with air conditioner

Living in the southern part of the country, a central air conditioner is a necessity.

I need to run my cooling system for approximately eight months of the year.

The temperature often hovers in the high nineties and even climbs into the triple digits. The cost of air conditioning the home adds up very quickly. Despite installing a high-efficiency air conditioner, the utility bills are a significant drain on the budget. One of the biggest problems is the high humidity. An excess of moisture in the air makes the home feel overheated and sticky. This led to lower thermostat settings, more wear and tear on the air conditioner and terribly expensive energy bills. I eventually complained to a local HVAC contractor and was told that air conditioners aren’t designed to manage humidity. Overcooling the air doesn’t target the source of the issue. I needed to install a dehumidifier to combat the moisture. I tried to make an improvement with portable dehumidifiers, but this didn’t work out. The portable units couldn’t keep up with demand and required constant maintenance. A whole-house dehumidifier incorporates into the air handler of the cooling system and treats the air as it passes through. The system operates silently and allows customized humidity settings. It has made a huge impact on the comfort and air quality of my home. There’s no longer concerns with condensation on the windows or that clammy feeling. My whole family sleeps better and feels healthier and more energized. I’m now able to set a higher thermostat setting and have saved a tremendous amount of money on energy bills.

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The house smelled really bad

I had gone shopping at the local farmers market a couple of days ago. I was enjoying all of the sidewalk vendors that were out on such a beautiful day. I didn’t need to have the heating or the air conditioning on in my home and this was making me really happy. I was thinking about all of the money I was saving on fuel and energy and where I might be able to use it. After I got done with my shopping, I walked into the house and I almost walked back out. I couldn’t believe how bad it smelled in my house. I could smell the salmon that I had for dinner the previous evening. I knew I had the ventilation fan running because as soon as I turn on the stove, I hit the switch. I went into the kitchen to make sure the ventilation fan was running. When I flipped the switch, nothing happened. I turned on the ventilation fan that was in the bathroom, hoping it would help to pull some of the odor out of my house. When my fiance showed up, he mentioned how bad it smelled in the house. He said the salmon was good, but it wasn’t good enough to want to smell it two days in a row. He checked the ventilation fan over the stove just as I had done. We opened all of the windows and headed out of the house so we could go purchase a new ventilation fan. I’m thinking that I should try to talk him into getting a portable air purifier while we are out.

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