I am the second oldest child in our family. I have two brothers together with sister. My parents tend to leave me in control often when they are out there somewhere because my older brother moved out. Sometimes they leave for a couple days. It’s fine, I’m eighteen years of age and more than capable of running our family. I make dinner for my siblings and make certain the house stays clean. Typically my brother and sister apparently enjoy when I am the leader because I pretty much let them get away with anything that doesn’t cause them or our house any harm. I usually like being responsible but my sister tends to be a tattle tale. I’m not allowed to have friends over when my parents are away, for illustration, and I should be capable of getting away with it nevertheless my sister will tattle on me. The one thing I can’t stand is that my own parents don’t want us even looking at the thermostat. When I am in charge I wish to just crank the air conditioning and relax inside the coolness of our home. If I had my way the house has to be around sixty-five degrees instead of within the mid seventy degree temperature that our parents leave the thermostat set at. Once again, I should be capable of getting away with adjusting the thermostat while they are away but every time I touch it my little sister complains about the cold and threatens to tell on me. I can’t wait until I am old enough to move away from home and get my own place where I am able to have the thermostat set to whatever I’d like.
Retirement was something that I had been looking forward to for many years. A few years before I actually retired I sat down and established my finances. I was in for some money due to all the hard work I had put in around my career and stored away. Two years before my retirement I began searching for my retirement house. I knew I desired beach front property so that could be where I searched. I found my dream house which includes a year to spare on retirement. I could afford it, so I purchased the home and started out paying the mortgage. Having a complete year before I was wanting to move in, I took vacations there at my dream retirement home and even rented it out to good friends before I was ready to move in. With the extra income I chose to put work into the house. Central air was my initial step. Smart thermostats were a near second step. The HVAC company I hired did a great job of getting the air conditioning and smart thermostats installed between visits on the house by me and my renters. The HVAC technicians also ensured to clean up after themselves which pleased me greatly. I have a sun room overlooking the beach that I tend to spend time in with the air conditioning on. Now that I am retired and living here daily, that is where I spend nearly all of my time. When the days and nights get inevitably hot, the air conditioning can be described as a welcomed addition and ensures we can remain there in comfort.
I go to a really large campus in an area that experiences severe winters. When I first started going to this particular college I was shocked at the dimensions of it. A whole semester takes place during winter and I knew it would definitely be brutal walking around the campus during these months. Parking was always terrible and I’d from time to time have to park a kilometer away and walk with my heavy books on the campus in freezing conditions. Between classes I normally discovered myself back outside hurrying over the cold wind and snow to my next class. I didn’t realize it until after a couple months, but all of the various buildings had tunnels leading to one another. Someone had the foresite to realize that the campus did little to fix the wind from whipping across the grounds and that to keep students comfortable they had to remain within heated areas. The tunnels weren’t very easy to navigate at first but they also did keep me very toasty. Each tunnel had no problem maintaining the temperature within the buildings that they connected. I must imagine that a college campus the size of this had some really pricey HVAC systems. I know that they couldn’t have just one HVAC system, plus I have experienced sections of campus where the HVAC system wasn’t functioning while other areas were heated perfectly. So there obviously must have been multiple systems. Now that I learned the tunnel systems, I came across that winter wasn’t going to affect me the maximum amount since I could now travel in HVAC controlled environments. If only the tunnels extended with the far away parking lots.
I favor taking long road trips just to move away from everything around me. Sometimes on these trips I find myself out of state as well as other times I just find a gorgeous piece of nature and sit and revel in it. I don’t usually leave for more than the day, but once in awhile I will find accommodations for the night and decide I’m not prepared to return yet. One particular moment, I went by myself and got myself lost in the back woods a few hours away out of my home. My car tire must have hit something because the device went flat. I pulled over aside of the quiet road and realized I didn’t have a spare. I called a friend to get help and they said they’d be able to come and get me as quickly as possible. I knew I was a few hours out so I decided to earn the best of it. It was a really hot day thus I sat in the car and cranked the air conditioning to be able to cool. I had nothing to accomplish while waiting so I decided to nap for a bit to pass the time frame. I set my phone to be able to wake me up after an hour. I knew the fumes through the exhaust were dangerous and sleeping in the running car was not shrewd. When the alarm went off I would turn the car off for a half hour and keep doing this. The air conditioning was a godsend from this heat. Without it I can have roasted whether I was inside the car or not. This manner of running the car for a bit with the air conditioning on thereafter leaving it off for a bit as well got me through till my good friend showed up with a spare tire to me.
I have enjoyed living with the same roommate for five years now. For the most part we get on pretty well. We have exactly the same interests, both of us are single and we do almost everything together. Our buddies rip on us about being a couple and can certainly say we are, but totally just as friends. With all of our similarities the one thing we differ on is the heating and cooling of our apartment. I’m a bigger guy and he is pretty small so he tends to get cold much simpler. I’ve woken up in the night to find myself sweating because he chose to alter the thermostat to some sort of warmer temperature. Then I would lower the temperature in the thermostat and I’d hear the next day how he woke up inside the night because of my routines. We’d go back and forth like this for a while. The one time I hated this the most was in coming home out of work. I would go home wanting to cool down and I would find the place warm. I had a smart thermostat installed and had the means to access it from my phone. I didn’t share the information with my roommate and before I leave work I actually turn the thermostat down so it’ll be nice and cool when I get home. I can lock the thermostat with my phone too. It took him several days to realize what was taking place and when he threatened to move out I had to share the details with him. But now we adjust the thermostat in the event the other isn’t there and we do this with ease.
Dating back to as far as I can remember, my grandparents left all of their faucets running a little in the winter. They said it was to prevent the pipes from freezing by keeping the water moving consistently. They had all sorts of setups in their sinks using dishcloths to refrain the water from making noise as it dripped into a cloth together which was muffled before running down the drain. I got older and decided as an alternative to going to college to take on a trade instead. I find out about HVAC systems and insulation. As I learned about these things I realized my grandparents could avoid leaving the water running if they merely got more insulation put in their basement and perhaps upgraded their HVAC system. They told me they didn’t want to pay extra for an HVAC technician to do the work and asked if I could undertake it. I couldn’t, because I was still learning but promised them that when I could, I would. I finished the HVAC guidance school and got an internship shadowing a practiced professional HVAC tech. When I felt I had learned enough, I let my grandparents know. They put their trust upon me and purchased a new HVAC system along with the materials for the insulation. I took care of the entire thing. When winter came around, my grandparents put more trust upon me and left their water off once they weren’t using it. With the revolutionary insulation and HVAC system I installed by having a vent that heated the basement some, their pipes made it along the winter with no issue.
The sea is something that has at all times fascinated me. We’ve concerned ourselves with space travel and what might be out in the universe, but we still haven’t observed everything that is hidden in the oceans of our Earth at this point. I love reading sci-fi stories about adventures below the sea and I also love watching documentaries regarding the real life explorations under the ocean. It amazes me every time new types of life are discovered right here on our personal planet. I’m sure there are many various types of fascinating things all the way down there. Under sea research stations and submersibles also fascinate myself. Nothing protects the researchers from vast amounts of gallons of crushing water but the walls they have trust in. It makes me wonder additionally, how the temperature of the water affects the temperature within the research facilities and submersibles. If they can be in tropical waters, do they require air conditioning in the warm waters that are heating up the facilities? When they are far down or in arctic water, I would imagine that they would require getting some sort of HVAC system heating their premises. Do these HVAC systems have to have an intake of air from the surface? It raises many questions in my thoughts. I also wonder how strong an HVAC system would be asked to run to battle the outer influences with the ocean’s temperature. I would imagine the HVAC system would be asked to run constantly due to the outer influences with the ocean water. That or perhaps the facilities themselves have insulated walls that stops this ocean water from affecting their inner temperatures much.
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve enjoyed watching wrestling on TV. It is soap operas with regard to men basically. The story lines, along with the actual wrestling, I loved it all. I liked watching the best wrestlers and even liked booing the bad guys. Seeing new characters develop after a while into superstars was also exciting to do. I remember my dad asking me if I’d want to go see a match to look at when I was younger. I quickly said yes and some months later found myself going to a live event. It was winter, so we dressed very warmly since dad knew he’d opt for cheaper parking and we’d have to walk through the winter disorders before we got inside. When we did get inside, the building was heated well and there we had to take our winter gear off or we’d find ourselves too hot. Carrying our winter items to our seats, the stadium per se was also warmed well. People sat and enjoyed the demonstration. When the bells rang for the Undertakers theme music, the HVAC equipment switched from heating to air conditioning. The complete arena went cold to produce the desired effect for the Undertaker. This really was something that has stuck with me all my life, remembering the cooling effect the arena took on to bring the Undertaker to the ring. It was an impressive feat because of their HVAC unit, even if I didn’t realize that or care at that young age that this effect was created. It is, however, the most memorable HVAC system I’ve ever before encountered.
I’ve got hard water at my house, and it is a huge difficulty. Everything my water touches, it negatively impacts. When I remodeled my kitchen, I was very eager to set up a dishwasher. I have four young children, so we generate a number of dirty dishes. After the dishwasher was in place, I used it once and realized that I had totally wasted my money. Because of our hard water, the dishes do not appear clean but rather are stained and dirty. Any type of glassware will have water spots all around them, and appeared so cloudy that nobody will want to drink from them. After a single wash, my dishes are so stained with rust and covered in mineral deposits that I have to scrub them with scouring powder, by hand. This components of the dishwasher also became clogged along with scale, lime, and rust, and the unit not work properly. I now house a worthless dishwasher in my kitchen. It takes up space in my kitchen, but I never use it. I scrub all the dishes by hand, in my kitchen sink. Not surprisingly, I continually need to scrub the kitchen sink and replace the aerator to defend against the effects of the hard water. This hard water also plugs the shower head, reducing water pressure down to a drip. I need to replace the shower head about every half a year or so. To clean the tub, I use such nasty-smelling chemicals that I must open the window, and still get a headache from the fumes. The rust stains the tub, the faucet and shower curtain, and prevents soap from properly lathering. We end up using way more soap than necessary, which creates scum inside the tub and also accumulates in with the pipes. We have ongoing difficulties with our pipes, and frequently are forced to hire a plumber for repairs.
At my house, we deal with the consequences of very hard water. Because of mineral deposits caused by calcium, lime, and rust in the water, I have all sorts of difficulty with every aspect of my plumbing. The mineral deposits build up inside all of the pipes, restricting both the supply of clean water and drainage of wastewater. The plumbing fixtures and faucets also get clogged, stained, and corroded. My bathroom sink, tub, and toilet are all stained and ugly, as a result of the hard water. I am forced to use very toxic chemicals to clean the fixtures in my bathroom, and very often, these cleaners dull the finish. I constantly am required to clean or even replace the aerator on the different faucets, because I end up with a trickle of water flowing from them. It makes a shower very long and aggravating because of the very low water pressure, along with the fact that the dirty water won’t drain. Due to the hard water, soap doesn’t lather like it should, skin has a tendency to dry out, and hair can get frizzy. My washing machine is also more likely to wear out more quickly than it should. Because the inner components get clogged with rust and calcium deposits, there is not enough water to operate the washer, putting more wear and tear on the washer. I also end up buying a new my water heater every couple years. The tank gets destroyed by the rust, then floods my laundry room. I have tried adding a water softener to improve the quality of my water, but it didn’t work out. I have simply resigned myself to constant service and expense in regards to my plumbing, and frequent calls for the plumber. I do not use tap water for drinking or cooking, and I try to avoid washing my delicate clothes in my water. Having hard water is just a problem that can’t be solved at my house.