The house is too warm for my liking

Every year, my family and I have a disagreement about the temperature of the house. I know that it sounds ridiculous, and it honestly is ridiculous. We should not have to argue about the temperature of the house, but we do. It is mostly in jest, but sometimes, we get carried away. I try to set the thermostat at about sixty degrees during our holiday celebrations. The house does feel a little bit chilly for a few hours, but once all of the family shows up, it warms up. My family does not exactly agree with my strategy. They do not like being chilly for a few hours before family shows up. I tried just turning the heat down once everyone showed up, but by that time, it was too late. It was already really warm. It had to have been around eighty degrees in the house last year once the family showed up, and I was sweating to death. It was awful, especially because I was in the kitchen which was even warmer. This year, I plan to turn the heat down without telling anyone, and I hope that they will not notice because I do not want to have to deal with the heat like last year. I really hope that they will let me keep the heat down for the entire day because I have to do even more baking this year than what I usually do. I think that my husband will be the only one to notice that I change the thermostat. He is pretty sensitive to those sorts of things.

 

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I just bought my very first space heater

I found a really good deal on a space heater last week, and I decided to buy it.

I do not know what made me decide to buy it because I have always been against having a space heater in my house.

I have heard so many horror stories about space heaters causing house fires that I just did not want one in my house. I visited my parents last weekend, and they had a small space heater in their space bedroom that I stayed in. It kept the room so toasty and warm. I slept the best that I have slept in a long time, and I could not figure out why at first. I know that it was not the mattress because I have the same mattress that they do in their spare room. I finally figured it out. It was because the room was so warm. I guess that is probably why I decided that getting a space heater for my bedroom was not such a bad idea. I still do not know how I actually convinced myself of that though because I was super worried the entire time that I was at my parents house that the space heater would catch the house on fire. I looked up some safety rules about using space heaters online last night. I think that I should be fine using my space heater only during the night. I hope that it will be safe. I know that it will definitely improve my sleep, so that is a huge plus. I will be using it for the first time tonight, and I have to say that I am a bit nervous still.

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Keeping my guard up with my brother

Sometimes I wish I had a different family, but still, I know that I care about them.

I remember always getting my brother in trouble when we were younger like me telling out parents he broke the thermostat.

He always resented me for things like that and he gave me hell growing up. Even to this day, we still have our problems, but I realize that I probably wouldn’t be the man I am today without my family. Even though we have our problems like most families, we do okay otherwise. I decided to become an HVAC technician while my brother went to school to be a lawyer. He tries to compare our salaries and who has the better home. I show him who has the better HVAC system though. I have radiant heated floors in my property while he has a forced air HVAC system that costs him a fortune to heat and cool his property. I would help him install radiant heated floors in his home for a reasonable price, but he has way too much pride. It doesn’t matter to me though, he is grown and he can do whatever he wants. I’ve mentioned to him a few times that radiant heated floors would save him a great deal of money on the energy bills, but he just gives me a look and changes the subject or tries to give me a hard time about something unrelated. I don’t feel like I need to always be in a competition with him, but I do always keep my guard up because I know how he is.

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We should always be honest even when it’s not easy

While honesty is the best policy in most cases, it’s not an easy thing.

I remember when I was young and my parents always said I needed to always tell the truth and be honest.

Everybody seemed to hate me because I was always too honest. When my brother broke the thermostat once when he threw a baseball in the house, I told our parents about it. Suddenly I wasn’t the honest kid, I was the snitch. I didn’t like it but my parents did tell me I did the right thing. It didn’t feel right though when my brother was grounded for a week. He gave me a hard time whenever he had the chance and I wished that I never told on him. These days with my own family, I tell my kids they should be honest too. I don’t want them to feel the way I did though, so I tell them to think about it before they bring anything up to me. It was kind of like deja vu when our smart thermostat was broken one day. Instead of getting mad about it, I calmly asked what happened to my children. My oldest son told this story about our dog getting excited and knocking the thermostat off the wall. Then my younger son said what really happened, that my older son and his friend were rough housing and slammed into the thermostat knocking it off the wall. My older son gave my younger son a look and that brought back that terrible memory of mine. I talked to them and said it didn’t matter that the thermostat was broken and that we should always be honest. I didn’t punish my son severely, I just had him save up to pay for the new smart thermostat we had installed.

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I escape to a climate controlled storage locker

If there is one piece of advice I would give to you, it is this — when you have as many children as I do, it is almost impossible to find a quiet place all your own.

  • I implore you to do whatever you can to find such a place.

The crazier and more boisterous your home life is, the more important it becomes to have a refuge where you can go to clear your head, if only for a few minutes. If, like me, you simply cannot find a place like this in your home, then you need to get creative. To answer my own problem, I rented a small climate controlled storage locker from the facility down the street. No one knows that the storage unit has air conditioning, nor do they know I keep an easy chair and a laptop computer there. All they know is that I spend a couple of hours there every weekend, so why should I tell them I am enjoying the peace, quiet, and air conditioning? If I tell them all of this someone will want to tag along, and then it is no longer a sanctuary. The only problem is that the storage locker doesn’t have its own dedicated thermostat, it’s on the central system. This means I can’t select my own perfect temperature, which means it isn’t always as cool as I would like it to be. I think that bringing in a small fan to circulate the air would be the perfect accent to the central cooling system, and make it even more comfortable.

 

 

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Climate control is essential for your collection

Collecting toys is very different from playing with toys.

Let’s just make that very clear right up front, because I am going to be talking very seriously about toys, and at no point is playing with them part of the equation.

Playing with toys is for kids, and should only involve the clunky toys that benefit their development. Really, little kids don’t need the well sculpted action figures with removable weapons and such, those should be left for the collectors, like me. When it comes to being serious about toys, there are a few rules you should follow so your roys retain their value. First of all, do not scrimp on the air quality, because this is so important to the long term life and value of your toys. I recommend a small climate control system on its own remote power source, so you can make sure your storage area always maintains the perfect temperature and humidity. There is so much more to air quality that the temperature, but that is what most people tend to focus on. The temp being a few degrees high or low won’t really impact the value of the toys at all if you maintain superior air quality and keep humidity to a minimum. If you can’t afford or find a small climate control system, that is OK. Start with a dehumidifier, and check it every day to see how much moisture is being pulled from the air. Add a portable air filter to keep dust and skin particles from accumulating, and you are off to a good start.

 

 

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Changing Classrooms Because HVAC Unit Was in State of Disrepair

In 2001, I got a job teaching English in a typical, rural American high school. I ended up staying there for seven years, but there was no year more memorable than the third year. The third year was the year that almost did me in as a teacher, and I nearly threw in the towel. That was the year the HVAC system failed. Over the summer, about seven weeks before school started back, I had surgery. Then, I got a staph infection and my healing was delayed by weeks. I went back to the school year still with a huge incision in my belly, only to discover the HVAC wasn’t working. I assumed the HVAC guy would repair the bulky old HVAC unit, but alas, he said he could no longer get parts for it. It was so hot in my classroom that I was sweating by midday, and that was not helping my incision heal. I was pure miserable, and so were the students. There was no money, apparently, in the budget, to replace the HVAC system, so we just had to suffer, and suffer we did. Finally, I told my assistant principal about my surgery, so she decided to try to find me a classroom in the other building that still had fully functioning air conditioning. The problem was that she would have to find someone to trade, and who in the world would want to give up their nice comfy room for one with a thermostat reading 90 degrees every day? No one, that’s who! I ended up not being able to change classrooms, and I hated life that year.

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Where Should I go on My Vacation?

I need air conditioning when the thermostat outside is nearing triple digits! Doing this thing would be more like a suffering mission than a vacation! In their ads, they claim their bungalows are built to encourage cross breezes, with windows facing the cooler north, and all this helps keep the place cool without the need for energy-draining air conditioning

I get three weeks vacation every year, which I dearly treasure, although I do not usually take big vacations. I simply feel that I am too close to retirement to be spending money needlessly. I haven’t been able to save much money over the years, so I will have to depend on my social security and a tiny state retirement for the fifteen years I worked for the state. Even so, this year, I am considering taking a nice vacation,and I am trying to figure out where I should go. One of my friends suggested I take an eco-friendly tropical vacation. I liked the sound of that until I discovered what eco-friendly actually means. It means there is no air conditioning! There are whole resorts that do not have air conditioning, even though they are located in the tropics. That sounds like pure misery to me, and I cannot even believe anyone would spend their hard-earned money to vacation in such a place. I do understand that I can swim in the ocean, which of course is cooling, but that is not good enough. I need air conditioning when the thermostat outside is nearing triple digits! Doing this thing would be more like a suffering mission than a vacation! In their ads, they claim their bungalows are built to encourage cross breezes, with windows facing the cooler north, and all this helps keep the place cool without the need for energy-draining air conditioning. I admire the people who would go to such lengths to have a smaller carbon footprint, but that is just not for me. I think I will go on a vacation at a real resort with a swimming pool and lots of ice cold a/c in the rooms!

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The home is too warm for my liking

Every year, my family plus I have a disagreement about the temperature of the house.

  • I suppose that it sounds ridiculous, plus it genuinely is ridiculous, we should not have to argue about the temperature of the house, however the people I was with and I do.

It is mostly in jest, however sometimes, the people I was with and I get carried away. I try to set the thermostat at about sixty degrees while in our holiday celebrations, however the home does think a little bit chilly for a few hours, however once all of the family shows up, it warms up, my family does not exactly agree with my strategy. They do not adore being chilly for a few hours before family shows up. I tried just turning the heat down once all the people showed up, however by that time, it was too late. It was already easily warm. It had to have been around eighty degrees in the home last year once the family showed up, plus I was dripping with sweat to death. It was awful, especially because I was in the study room which was even warmer. This year, I program to turn the heat down without telling anyone, plus I hope that they will not notice because I do not want to have to deal with the heat adore last year. I easily hope that they will let myself and others keep the heat down for the entire day because I have to do even more baking this year than what I usually do. I suppose that my wife will be the only a single to notice that I change the thermostat… She is pretty sensitive to those sorts of things.

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Both of us should consistently be legitimate even when it’s not easy

While honesty is the best policy in most cases, it’s not an easy thing, and i remember when I was young plus our parents consistently said I needed to consistently tell the truth plus be honest… Everybody seemed to hate myself and others because I was consistently too honest! When our brother broke the thermostat once when he threw a baseball in the house, I told our parents about it, and suddenly I wasn’t the legitimate kid, I was the snitch.

I didn’t appreciate it but our parents did tell myself and others I did the right thing.

It didn’t recognize right though when our brother was grounded for a week. He gave myself and others a hard time whenever he had the option plus I wished that I never told on him… These days with our own family, I tell our youngsters they should be legitimate too. I don’t want them to recognize the way I did though, so I tell them to guess about it before they bring anything up to me. It was kind of appreciate deja vu when our smart thermostat was broken a single morning. Instead of getting mad about it, I calmly asked what happened to our children, but my oldest child told this story about our dog getting excited plus knocking the thermostat off the wall. Then our younger child said what honestly happened, that our older child plus his neighbor were rough housing plus slammed into the thermostat knocking it off the wall. My older child gave our younger child a look plus that brought back that awful memory of mine. I talked to them plus said it didn’t matter that the thermostat was broken plus that the two of us should consistently be honest. I didn’t punish our child severely, I just had him save up to spend money for the modern smart thermostat the two of us had installed.

 

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