Simple Temperature Gun Improves HVAC Situation

My dad raised me to be a tool guy.

He wanted me to be the kind of man that could fix any sort of household or automotive problem.

Unfortunately, that just never took. I am just so not the handy person nor do I like tools and gadgets. I stick pretty much to just the electronic stuff like phones and computers. However, thanks to one of my handy neighbors, I was able to be far cozier through the winter months while saving on HVAC costs. One fall afternoon while we were enjoying a beer on my patio, I mentioned how I was dreading winter. Our home is heated my an HVAC furnace but, I never feel really warm. There seems to be a draft. I even called the HVAC company to check the HVAC to be sure that it was properly sized and operating as it should. The HVAC tech said my chill problem was not HVAC oriented. I was telling my neighbor about this when he jumped up and sauntered over to his garage. We waited til dark and the temp dropped to where the HVAC heat was running pretty steady. He brought out a temperature gun. All you had to do was point this thing and it would tell you the exact temperature of that surface. We started going around the entire house attempting to find where HVAC was leaking out or cold was seeping in. I was stunned to find that there were so many spots all around my house. We marked each one. Over the course of a couple of weeks, I was able to see or insulate all those areas. The results are astounding as the house is actually cozy. And, the savings on the utility bill have been awesome.

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Don’t Forget, There is a Reason HVAC Professionals are Licensed

I have been silently dreading this but, it has happened and I need to do what I need to do.

  • The HVAC tech told me a couple of years ago that our heating and cooling unit was starting to fail.

The HVAC had like 17 years on it at that point. The idea that it was going to give out was not any great surprise given how long it had been heating and cooling our home. But, I sure could have done more to be a bit more prepared than I am. Now, I am faced with a definitely dead HVAC unit. The house was humid and hot first thing this morning. I thought maybe someone left a window open. However, it only took me a few minutes of being awake before I knew that the HVAC unit was done. I called the HVAC people who sent out an HVAC technician who confirmed what I already knew. An HVAC contractor showed up an hour later to go over our options. Man, was that guy a godsend. He came in the house with a “we got this” attitude that was totally infectious. The drama of the situation just seemed to melt away due to this guy’s professionalism and knowledge. It took a few hours but we found an HVAC that would be great. The model we chose would also fit our budget because the HVAC contractor made the financial terms easy to accept. He then went to his truck and brought in several portable air conditioners for free. We could use these to stay comfortable until the new HVAC was installed.

 

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Being More Aware Helps Save on HVAC Operating Costs

I am always keeping an unblinking eye on our household budget.

My parents worked hard and their household budget reflected that effort.

Times are a bit different now. My wife and I both work well over 50 hours a week but, our household budget hasn’t grown along with rising costs. This is why we are very careful about paying attention to that budget. With a growing family, we do our best to save anywhere we can. One of the areas of concern the last few years has been the cost of HVAC. Our home is in an area where the summer heat can be extreme to say the least. This results in the HVAC using a high amount of kilowatt hours in order to cool the house. The utility bill in the summer is simply dominated by the HVAC cooling costs. So, we decided to pay a bit more attention to how we use the HVAC. By doing so, our behavior changed and we began cutting that utility bill significantly. First we went about attempting to keep as much HVAC treated air inside the house. We scoured the house to find any gap or crack that would allow the cool air to seep out. Once the house was sealed up tight, we turned to mitigating the effects of direct sunlight heating. Solar cling went up on all of the windows receiving direct sun during peak heating hours. We also hung drapes as well. However, the biggest difference was made by changing the thermostat setting. We learned to do live with a higher HVAC setting. It really wasn’t even that tough.

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Lodging Choice Depends on HVAC Method

It feels like I might have missed out a bit by not pursuing a more normal family trajectory.

My wife and I met in grad school.

One of the big attractions for both of us was how focused and driven we were about our prospective careers. We went at those careers like gangbusters for over a decade before we realized that we were in our forties. Then, we realized that we sort of preferred to have a life without children. After much discussion and consideration, we chose to be a family together with our animals solely. Due to not having children, we have been able to be really free to travel a great deal. The main mode of transportation was commercial flight. But, the grew old with all the hassle involved. Plus, I just hate the HVAC in airports and inside the plane itself. I can never be comfortable. One is far too hot while the other is far too cold. So now, we primarily just travel by our small SUV. I always know the air conditioning and the heater in the car will be comfortable. However, HVAC takes precedence when we stop along the road for the night. Both my wife and I choose our lodging based on a specific type of HVAC method. We prefer those big wall units you can see from outside. I have never spent an uncomfortable night where those HVAC units were in place. Plus, they are always clean and reasonably priced for travelers. It’s sort of weird how much of a role HVAC plays in our travels.

 

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Consider Cleaning Your Air Ducts

I try awfully hard to be sure that our home is kept clean but, it can really be a struggle sometimes. Our budget doesn’t allow for domestic cleaning help so, we do all the cleaning ourselves. It would be so nice to have someone come each week just to do specific areas. That would certainly take a load off of me. I might even come home from work and just sit in the HVAC comfort of my home to read a book. But, I do the best I can to simply make time to clean the house. My family does join in and we normally set aside a 3 hour window on the weekend to clean. It was during one of these recent cleaning sessions that the topic of the HVAC air ducts came up. My youngest looked up at one of the air vents and asked me why we didn’t clean inside there as well. This hit me like a ton of bricks because I had no ready answer at all. I was honest in my response when I told her that we have never cleaned the air ducts. They were not a part of the home that we could readily access. However, this stuck with me so I went online to see if that sort of thing was offered locally, Turns out, I found a local, licensed company who did nothing but clean HVAC air ducts. I signed up on the spot. I have to say I was a bit disgusted by the amount of stuff cleaned out and taken away. However, the house feels and smells so much cleaner.

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Lowering your a/c costs

If you care about sunshine then, this is the right spot for you.

The sun seems to entirely focus on our area most of the year.

It can entirely change your life. It did mine. Plus, the weather here is just unpredictable most of the year. I say most of the year very emphatically. The warm seasons are just incredibly hot. The kind of hot that makes most folks scurry and stay home for the rest of the day. I know that I have to spend at least the peak hours of the warm season either in the water or right next to my cooling device. But, it’s totally worth it to me. I still love all the elements of the locale the people I was with and I live while in the warm season. I just have to option our spots. However, HVAC cooling while in our warm season doesn’t come cheap. Some of the weekly checks have resembled a mortgage payment more than what it cost to cool a house. Again, it’s the sun. I became tired of this and started trying new things. For the most exposed windows, I put up some solar cling to block much of the sun. The rest of the new home was covered by some automatic blinds that I had installed. They are cool because they can be synced to a smart control unit. The control unit will then deploy them at the first sign the air is heating due to direct sun. It amazes me. I also started pushing up the HVAC cooling setting the hotter it gets outside. Just these numerous things allowed me to trim over 10 percent on our weekly utility bill.
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AC reduction

If you adore the sun, then you’ll love our area.

Our region gets far more of the giant orb than most of the rest of the nation.

It can easily change the way you live. It did mine. Plus, the weather here is just crazy most of the year. I say most of the year very emphatically. The summer time is just incredibly overheated. The kind of hot that makes most folks stay at home all day. I usually have to spend at least the peak hours of the summer time either in the water or inside in the HVAC component. But, in the end it’s worth it. I still prefer all the elements of the locale both of us live during the summer. I just have to change our spots. However, HVAC cooling during our summer time doesn’t come cheap. Some of the yearly checks have resembled a mortgage payment more than what it cost to cool a house. Again, it’s the sun. I started changing the way I did things a few years ago in order to mitigate the effects of direct sun heating the rooms in our home. For the most exposed windows, I put up some solar cling to block much of the sun. The rest of the home was covered by some automatic blinds that I had installed. They are great because they can be synced to a smart temperature control. The temperature control will then deploy them at the first sign the air is heating due to direct sun. It amazes me. I also started pushing up the HVAC device setting the hotter it gets outside. Just these numerous things allowed me to trim over 25 percent on our yearly utility bill.

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Decrease the cooling bills

If you like sunshine then, this is the right spot for you.

  • Our region gets far more of the super orb than most of the rest of the nation.

It can easily change the way you live. It did mine. Plus, the weather here is just boiling most of the year. I say most of the year easily emphatically. Almost the entire summer time is boiling. The kind of hot that makes most folks scurry to find some nice air conditioned spot. I guess that I have to spend at least the peak hours of the summer time either in the water or inside in the HVAC cooling. But, it’s totally worth it to me. I still love about all the elements of the site we live while I was in the summer. I just have to pick certain spots. However, HVAC device while I was in our summer time doesn’t come cheap. Some of the biweekly checks have resembled a mortgage payment more than what it cost to cool a house. Again, it’s the sun. I got proactive a few years ago in order to decrease the effects of direct sun heating the rooms in our home. For the most exposed windows, I put up some solar cling to block much of the sun. The rest of the beach house was covered by some automatic blinds that I had installed. They’re fantastic because they can be synced to a smart temperature control. The temperature control will then deploy them at the first sign the air is heating due to direct sunlight. It’s really useful. I also started pushing up the HVAC cooling setting the hotter it gets outside. Just these 2 things allowed me to trim over 30 percent on our biweekly utility bill.

 

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Reduce your a/c bills

If you enjoy sunshine then, this is the right spot for you! Our region gets far more of the great orb than most of the rest of the nation.

It can particularly change your life.

It did mine. Plus, the weather here is just fairly sunny here most of the year. I say most of the year particularly emphatically. The summer time is just incredibly hot. The kind of hot that makes most folks scurry to find some air conditioning. I think that I have to spend at least the peak hours of the summer time either in the water or inside my house enjoying my HVAC system But, it’s totally worth it to me. I still love the general area and people nearby while we were in the summer. I just have to option my spots. However, HVAC cooling while we were in our summer time doesn’t come cheap. Some of the quarterly checks have resembled a mortgage payment more than what it cost to cool a house. Again, it’s the sun. I got proactive a few years ago in order to mitigate the effects of direct sun heating the rooms in my home. For the most exposed windows, I put up some solar cling to block much of the sun. The rest of the house was covered by some automatic blinds that I had installed. They are great because they can be synced to a smart thermostat. The thermostat will then deploy them at the first sign the air is heating due to direct sun. It’s really cool! I also started pushing up the HVAC cooling setting the hotter it gets outside. These things alone helped me save over 20 percent of my utility bill.

 

 

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How using the sun can reduce costs

If you like sunshine then, this is the right spot for you.

Our region gets far more of the great orb than most of the rest of the nation.

It can honestly change your life. It did mine. Plus, the weather here is just tremendous most of the year. I say most of the year very emphatically. The summer is just incredibly hot. The kind of hot that makes most folks scurry to find some HVAC treated cool spot. I know that I have to spend at least the peak hours of the summer either in the water or inside in the HVAC cooling. But, it’s totally worth it to me. I still enjoy all the elements of the place we live during the summer. I just have to pick my spots. However, HVAC cooling during our summer doesn’t come cheap. Some of the monthly checks have resembled a mortgage payment more than what it cost to cool a house. Again, it’s the sun. I got proactive a few years ago in order to mitigate the effects of direct sun heating the rooms in my home. For the most exposed windows, I put up some solar cling to block much of the sun. The rest of the house was covered by some automatic blinds that I had installed. They are great because they can be synced to a smart thermostat. The thermostat will then deploy them at the first sign the air is heating due to direct sun. It amazes me. I also started pushing up the HVAC cooling setting the hotter it gets outside. Just these two things allowed me to trim over 15 percent on my monthly utility bill.

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