HOA Gets Crazy Over HVAC Condenser Cabinet

Most of us play by most of the rules.

We want the HVAC on during the summer so, we pay the utility bill right? I don’t think there are too many people who are one hundred percent compliant when it comes to minding the regulations of our society.

But, by and large we all try to stick to agreed upon norms. Then there are those who are responsible for compliance of said rules. Thankfully, the vast majority of those intrusted to enforce the rules are trained professionals. Then there are those who are so drawn to wielding authority that they lose total sight of what the rules are for. I live in a neighborhood with a Homeowners Association. Much of the country does. The idea is to have sufficient standards so all of our property values are increased and not diminished by a neighbor with a junk yard. It makes sense. But of course, in the wrong hands, the HOA gets stupid. They are getting very stupid with my neighbor accross the street. This guy was attempting to teach his son how to trim a hedge. Believe it or not, it takes a bit of practice. Unfortunately, the young man cut part of the hedge too short so my neighbor had to even it out. The result was that the HVAC condenser cabinet can be seen from the street now. The HOA just went into immediate hysterics. They have literally been harassing my neighbor throughout the intervening weeks. The HOA is threatening all sorts of action from fines to litigation. I told the guy to ignore the HOA and not pay a dang dime but just let the hedge grow back. If he got anymore beef, I would represent him legally.

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Being born and raised in the South, a person is sort of predestined to find cool spots.

The sun shines down here.

It shines a lot and makes for some lovely weather most of the year. However, that sun also has the ability to break a person down if they don’t know how to handle it. I can’t tell you how many transplants I’ve seen go into total shock as the heat rises during the summer. They pretty much stay sealed inside some HVAC controlled environment all summer. This is no good. It’s hot yes but, shutting oneself in for the entire summer is not the answer. In fact, I would argue that staying inside all the time makes it seem even that much hotter when you go outside. But, those are rookie mistakes. Don’t get me wrong, no one loves that cool HVAC anymore than I do. However, I keep the thermostat set relative to how hot it is outside. Many people set their thermostat at 70 and leave it. This is insane to me. It’s just so expensive and wasteful to do that. I grew up with an evaporative cooling system at my parents house. Along with fans, we got by fine during the summer. But, I guarantee that the temperature was much higher than 70 degrees. But again, that was relative to the temperature being near triple digits. I often counsel newcomers to the area to embrace the heat a bit. Get outside in the early morning or late evening. It helps also to not go straight for max cool inside the house. Maybe keep the setting closer to 80 than 70.

 

 

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There Really is No Other Option So, Get the HVAC Maintenance

Appointments fall through the cracks in this house like cake through a toddlers fingers. It is simply rampant. We have tried having a giant white board so everybody’s events are clearly displayed. That lasted about a week. It only works if stuff gets written on the white board. My kids ended up doodling all over it while my wife and I used it as a sort of message pad. And still, the appointments fell away life so many dandelions in the wind. I kept missing a big appointment. We like to have our HVAC maintained on a semi annual basis. We live in an area where the A/C runs for nearly 6 months straight. I like to have the heat pump looked at after the load it carries during the summer. It’s a good time too because the weather still hasn’t gotten cool enough to turn on the heat. I then have the HVAC tech come out in late spring just before the HVAC cooling system gets that tremendous summer workout. However, I have noticed that I am only getting this vital maintenance done once a year if that lately. Again, the appointments get made and then someone forgets to be home to let the HVAC guy in. This even got to the point where I was actually skipping making the appointment thinking it really wasn’t all that necessary. Then, my neighbor’s HVAC went and died because of something that would have been noticed during normal preventive inspection. It’s going to cost him a bundle. And it was totally something that didn’t have to happen. I won’t let the HVAC appointment slip past ever again. It’s just too important.

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Fresh Air with Whole House Air Purifier

I can breathe deep again in my own home.

This was not always the case.

The last few years I have attempted to cover up or eradicate the stale air smell in our home. My nose is super sensitive and I will be the first to admit that. Still doesn’t change anything though. The fact that my husband and children aren’t bothered by the dank air in our home really doesn’t matter. I could tell and I hated it. Every time I walked in the door from work, I was met with pet smell combined with numerous cooking odors that had been recycled over and over. I found it truly disgusting. See, where we live the HVAC system is running all the time for about six months straight. There are no windows to open for some fresh air because the house must stay sealed up to retain as much HVAC treated air as possible. I tried deodorizers and even one of those portable air things. The super dooper air filters didn’t work either. I was pretty much at my wits end. A neighbor suggested calling the HVAC company to see if they had a solution. I still don’t know why I hadn’t thought of that. I made that call and boy am I glad I did. The HVAC tech told me, over the phone, that a whole house air purifier should do the trick. I was a bit skeptical after the failure of that expensive portable thing. But, there just wasn’t another adequate solution. Once the whole house air filter was installed in the air handler, I was amazed. It took about an afternoon but then, the house smelled so fresh! I could not be any happier with the results.

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Sunshine is the Perfect Compliment to HVAC

I really like staying warm in the winter.

  • While that is a priority for our species, I am perhaps a bit more focused on staying cozy.

I was born and raised in an area where we never had to worry too much about it being warm enough in the winter. So, you might understand why I have the HVAC heating system just banging all winter long. The winters, in my hometown, were very mild. We had a wood stove we used in the winter to knock the chill off during the night and early morning hours. The rest of the day just really was never all that bad. The summers were another animal altogether but, that’s another story. However, I don’t get to live in the land of the sun anymore. My wife is from the northern part of the country. We met during college and both relocated to new jobs down south after graduation. Well, my dear wife was offered a promotion to her dream job not too many years after we first settled down together. We still didn’t have children so, it seemed like an adventurous thing to do. Ten years later I am still trying to get used to winter. And, I have not acclimated yet. I just hate being cooped up inside. Most of the year is fairly cloudy. The only consistent sunshine happens during the winter. But it’s too cold to do anything. My lovely wife changed that for me. I now have my very own HVAC controlled sun room. So, even when it is miserable cold outside, I can still sit in the sun. Does a southern boy good.

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Heating and Air Conditioning Vs Separate Units

Being born and raised in the South, a person is sort of predestined to find cool spots. The sun shines down here. It shines a lot and makes for some beautiful weather most of the year. However, that sun also has the ability to break a person down if they don’t suppose how to handle it. I can’t tell you how several transplants I’ve seen go into total shock as the heat rises during the summer. They pretty much stay sealed inside some Heating and Air Conditioning controlled environment all summer. This is no good. It’s hot yes but, shutting 1self in for the entire Summer is not the answer. In fact, I would argue that staying inside all the time makes it seem even that much hotter when you go outside. But, those are rookie mistakes. Don’t get me wrong, no 1 likes that cool Heating and Air Conditioning anymore than I do. However, I keep the temperature control set relative to how hot it is outside. Many people set their temperature control at 69 and leave it. This is ridiculous to me. It’s just so lavish and wasteful to do that. I grew up with an evaporative cooling plan at our parents house. Along with fans, both of us got by fine during the summer. But, I guarantee that the temperature was much higher than 69 degrees. But again, that was relative to the temperature being near triple digits. I often counsel newcomers to the section to embrace the heat a bit. Get outside in the early morning or late night. It helps also to not go straight for max cool inside the house. Maybe keep the setting closer to 78 than 69.

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We are enjoying the HVAC plan in our home

I honestly enjoy staying sizzling in the winter.

While that is a priority for our species, I am perhaps a bit more focused on staying cozy. I was born & raised in an section where we never had to worry too much about it being sizzling enough in the winter. So, you might understand why I have the Heating & Air Conditioning heating plan just banging all Wintertide long, then the winters, in our hometown, were honestly mild. Both of us had a wood stove we used in the Wintertide to knock the chill off during the night & early afternoon minutes. The rest of the afternoon just honestly was never all that bad. The summers were another animal altogether but, that’s another story. However, I don’t get to live in the land of the sun anymore. My wife is from the northern area of the country. Both of us met during school & both relocated to modern jobs down south after graduation. Well, our dear wife was offered a promotion to her dream job not too many years after we first settled down together. Both of us still didn’t have children so, it seemed enjoy an adventurous thing to do. Ten years later I am still trying to get used to winter. And, I have not acclimated yet. I just hate being cooped up inside. Most of the year is fairly cloudy. The only consistent sun happens during the winter. But it’s too cold to do anything. My lovely wife changed that for me. I now have our honestly own Heating & Air Conditioning controlled sun room. So, even when it is angry cold outside, I can still sit in the sun. Does a southern boy good.

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Appointments fall through the cracks in this house enjoy cake through a toddlers fingers.

It is simply rampant.

Every one of us have tried having a giant pale white board so everybody’s events are clearly displayed. That lasted about a week. It only works if stuff gets written on the pale white board. My kids ended up doodling all over it while my husbandy as well as I used it as a sort of message pad. And still, the appointments fell away life so several dandelions in the wind. I kept missing a big appointment. Every one of us enjoy to have our Heating plus A/C worked on on a semi annual basis. Every one of us live in an area where the air conditioning runs for nearly 6 weeks straight. I enjoy to have the heat pump looked at after the load it carries during the summer. It’s a fantastic time too because the weather still hasn’t gotten cool enough to turn on the heat. I then have the Heating plus A/C tech come out in late Spring just before the Heating plus A/C cooling system gets that tremendous summer time workout. However, I have observed that I am only getting this vital repair done once a year if that lately. Again, the appointments get made as well as then someone forgets to be home to let the Heating plus A/C guy in. This even got to the point where I was actually skipping making the appointment thinking it entirely wasn’t all that necessary. Then, my neighbor’s Heating plus A/C went as well as died because of something that would have been observed during normal preventive inspection. It’s going to cost him a bundle. And it was totally something that didn’t have to happen. I won’t let the Heating plus A/C appointment slip past ever again. It’s just too important.

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There Really is No Other Option So, Get the Heating, Ventilation and A/C Maintenance

Appointments fall through the cracks in this loft like cake through a toddlers fingers.

  • It is simply rampant.

The two of us have tried having a substantial colorless board so everybody’s events are clearly displayed. That lasted about a week. It only works if stuff gets written on the colorless board. My kids ended up doodling all over it while my wifey and I used it as a sort of message pad. And still, the appointments fell away life so several dandelions in the wind. I kept missing a big appointment. The two of us like to have our Heating, Ventilation and A/C ran tests on on a semi annual basis. The two of us live in an area where the cooling system runs for nearly 6 weeks straight. I like to have the heat pump looked at after the load it carries during the summer. It’s a good time too because the weather still hasn’t gotten cool enough to turn on the heat. I then have the Heating, Ventilation and A/C tech come out in late Spring just before the Heating, Ventilation and A/C cooling system gets that tremendous summer time workout. However, I have noticed that I am only getting this vital service done once a year if that lately. Again, the appointments get made and then someone forgets to be home to let the Heating, Ventilation and A/C woman in. This even got to the point where I was really skipping making the appointment thinking it certainly wasn’t all that necessary. Then, my neighbor’s Heating, Ventilation and A/C went and died because of something that would have been noticed during normal preventive inspection. It’s going to cost him a bundle. And it was totally something that didn’t have to happen. I won’t let the Heating, Ventilation and A/C appointment slip past ever again. It’s just too important.

 

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Remodeling our kitchen and wishing for heated floors

My husband and I love gutting a room in the house and making it brand new.

Our newest project is the kitchen.

The kitchen has been a mess since we moved in. We have already removed the old cupboards, tile floors and countertops. The two of us have picked out all new furniture and appliances for the space. Right now we are at a pause since we are choosing new pieces. Since I have had time to step back and look at the space, I am thinking about HVAC. The home uses central air. My husband and I have already sealed off the air vent. Having the grease and steam from the kitchen go into the ductwork was a problem. Once a year we would get ductwork cleaning and the kitchen air vent got really disgusting. With the air vent sealed off, we need heating and air for the space. I sort of want to get heated flooring. We already have the tile ripped up. All we need is electric heated mats put under the floors. New tile goes over the top and then we have radiant heating. It would be so nice in the winter having that quality heating right under my toes. The problem is that cooling does not come with this system. Radiant heating is not cheap either. After buying and installing the heater, we might be tapped out on funds. I guess I would rather have quality AC and no heating than the other way around. What do we do for cooling that is not too expensive?

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