Smart products make me unhappy

I decided to add all smart components to my home.

  • I got security cameras, a new door bell, smoke detector and a control component that are all smart products.

They actually all are on the smart app that I can run on my iPhone, computer and kindle. In theory, I think that this should be an amazing thing. I am supposed to be able to set weekly programs for each and every thing. I can get alerts on concerns. The cameras let myself and others know exactly when there is movement. The doorbell shows a real time image of someone standing on my front step. The smoke detector lets myself and others know exactly when it detects heat. My smart control component should tell myself and others about ongoing humidity concerns, air quality concerns, air filter fluctuations or all manner of inefficient Heating and Air Conditioning settings. The concern is that I am too stupid for my smart products. It took myself and others forever to download the management app and get all my products on there. Now organizing timed programs has been a major issue. I never know what system is alerting myself and others and what to do about it. I frequently have my smart control component set at 90 degrees and then I find that I have to frantically mess with it. I seem to either have it severely heating or entirely turned off. I don’t know what I am doing wrong. My doorbell camera even regularly alerts myself and others when there is a squirrel running on my front porch.I should be able to save currency and have more security with these smart products. The key word is should though.

 

Cooling equipment

Heating the floors is amazing

I am gutting my lavatory to make it perfect for the first time ever.

I want to transport the toilet, expand the shower and get all brick installed in the room.

I want to take out the window and do a ceiling to floor glass block arrangement, as well. I am additionally hopeful to get a LED lighted mirror and flush lights in the ceiling as a major upgrade. Another luxury I am hopeful for is heated flooring. I went online and the cost will bump up my budget quite a bit. I suppose it might be worth it in the end though. You are supposed to do this heating installation while you do the floor replacement anyway. Electric heated mats are laid over the stone board and then current pieces of brick goes on top of that. Then you have electric heating at the flooring level, instead of at your ankles. There is no noise, dust or chilly spots with this system. I really appreciate the method of having toasty toes when I use the lavatory or rest in the large tub on a chilly afternoon. Electric heated flooring is supposed to last around 15 years at that point. So I either can split off the connection to the control component and lose heating at the point when it dies, or I can redo the floors and start fresh. Either way, I suppose the heating system lifespan is okay with this gas furnace. I also can save currency on the next installation since it seems quite simple to do myself. I won’t even need to buy the system from a Heating and Air Conditioning dealer. I want heated flooring and I am not going to split corners.

Heating maintenance

Don’t cut corners

My woman is so cheap. When the two of us were going out and buying a house she tried to get currency off on the house because the local house inspector said the Heating and Air Conditioning component wasn’t going to last super long. The woman said the AC system didn’t keep the house cool and that it was at least 17 years old; My woman basically wanted numerous grand off the house cost at that point because of needing to buy a current Heating and Air Conditioning device… Not surprisingly the local seller’s weren’t keen on this method and told him no. I really don’t blame them for saying no. The Heating and Air Conditioning works, it will be up to us to change it. Thankfully I can tell you that the two of us purchased the house and moved in instantly. My woman was so up in arms already about buying a current Heating and Air Conditioning I offered to go out and purchase our washer and dryer. Well I purchased both systems and paid for the professional installation. Our Heating and Air Conditioning component seems to be working perfectly at this point. I changed the air filter and the cooling system now keeps the house unquestionably cold each day. That was the sizable issue, however even though the system is already 17 years old, the Heating and Air Conditioning company told myself and others one day that it was in unquestionably nice shape. If I keep on it with Heating and Air Conditioning maintenance, it’s likely that I could keep the Heating and Air Conditioning unit running for a few more years. So I guess I am kind of salty that I paid for a washer and dryer while my woman just kicks back and enjoys working Heating and Air Conditioning.

Zone controlled HVAC

I think this boiler is a game changer

When I moved into my new little house and saw the boiler system, I wasn’t cheerful.

  • I hated that the substantial furnace apparently took up most of the basement.

I didn’t appreciate that the heat had to rise through a dedicated grate in my dining room floor. Thankfully a lot of things took priority over adjusting to living with a working gas furnace. Once I went through a Winter with the boiler, I acquired ways to like it. The boiler is harshly powerful and can heat my whole house with no issue no matter the temperature. Another pro is that I realized the boiler can do so numerous things. I actually now have hydronic heating flooring throughout my entire home. I had piping rapidly fastened to the boiler and installed within floorboards, then hot water flowed straight from the boiler and through the pipes to heat the floorboards. Having the heat source be boiling water is way cleaner, quieter and more efficient. Heat definitely doesn’t rise and gets wasted on the ceiling. All the piping is installed in each and every floorboard so there are no chilly spots. I can set the temperature a little lower to save monthly currency and I am still perfectly heated. I realized that my boiler could actually do this in my driveway and be a snowmelt system. It could additionally be a large swimming pool gas furnace or just heat my family’s water via a water heater. It is so adjustable and I haven’t even begun to explore all the options in the house. I just know the system is a tank and be able to live in my house for an unquestionably long time. It is supposed to live around fifty years old.

 

HVAC maintenance

Gas should be better

I like the gas furnace so much better.

For years I just made due with an old school oil furnace in my home, however that is the gas furnace that came with the house when I bought it! I figured adjusting to a different fuel type would be unquestionably invasive, ultra time consuming and extravagant. I hated that my oil furnace needed an on site oil tank all the time. It looked hideous and took up so much room. The fumes from the oil furnace were not exactly pleasant to deal with either. The worst was the fear of not having heat though, then sadly waiting for oil shipments in the Winter was consistently a nail biting experience, but I can tell you that occasionally the shipment got delayed, lost or on back order. It was consistently horrible to always worry that my family would be chilly during the holiday season. I finally decided once and for all that I was willing to do anything to get a gas furnace instead. The local Heating and Air Conditioning business I called up was just fantastic. The woman I talked to was superb at explaining the process and she said it wouldn’t be a sizable deal to change it for us. The oil tank was unfastened and gas hookups and flue network were installed quickly. I like the gas furnace so much better. The old gas furnace needs to be frequently cleaned and tested to make sure it doesn’t rapidly overheat. It could leak carbon monoxide or catch on fire, and since I am seriously such a neat freak, this isn’t a worry. The furnace operates reliably for us all year long and I never worry about my family being cold. I even signed up for brand new yearly heating maintenance services to ensure that I don’t have any accidental heating mishaps.

oil heater

Too dumb for smart products

I decided to add all smart equipment to my home.

I got security cameras, a door bell, smoke detector and a thermostat that are all smart products.

They all are on the smart app that I can run on my phone, computer and ipad. In theory, this should be an amazing thing. I am supposed to be able to set weekly programs for each thing. I can get alerts on issues. The cameras let me know when there is movement. The doorbell shows a real time image of someone on my front step. The smoke detector lets me know when it detects heat. My smart thermostat should tell me about humidity issues, air quality concerns, air filter changes or inefficient HVAC settings. The problem is that I am too dubm for my smart products. It took me forever to download the app and get all my products on there. Now organizing timed programs has been an issue. I never know what system is alerting me and what to do. I frequently have my smart thermostat set at 90 degrees and then have to frantically mess with it. I seem to either have it severely heating or totally turned off. I don’t know what I am doing wrong. My doorbell camera even alerts me when there is a squirrel running on my front porch. The smoke detector keeps asking me to test it when I walk by. I kind of want to rip everything down and go with a basic model. I should be able to do this though. I should be able to save money and have more security with these products. The key word is should though.

 

Air conditioning installation

Think I will add heated flooring to the bathroom

I am gutting my bathroom to make it perfect.

I want to move the toilet, expand the shower and get all brand new tile installed.

I want to take out the window and do a ceiling to floor glass block arrangement. I am additionally hopeful to get a LED lighted mirror and flush lights in the ceiling. Another luxury I am hopeful for is heated flooring. I read online and the cost will bump up my budget quite a bit. I think it might be worth it though. You are supposed to do this heating installation while you do the floors anyway. Electric heated mats are laid over the cement board and then new tile goes on top of that. Then you have electric heating at the flooring level. There is no noise, dust or cold spots with this system. I like the idea of having toasty toes when I use the bathroom or sit in the tub on a cold day. Electric heated flooring is supposed to last around 15 years anway. So I either can cut off the connection to the thermostat and lose heating when it dies, or I can redo the floors and start fresh. Either way, I think the lifespan is okay with this heating system. I also can save money on the installation since it seems quite easy to do myself. I won’t even need to buy it from a HVAC company. I found the electric mats at my local hardware store. The cost is considerable but the time added will stink. All in all, I want heated flooring and I am not going to cut corners.

 

 

Cooling expert

He is cheaping out on HVAC

My boyfriend is so cheap.

When the two of us were buying a house he tried to get money off on the house because the home inspector said the HVAC unit wasn’t going to last long.

The guy said the AC system didn’t keep the house cool and that it was 17 years old. My boyfriend basically wanted ten grand off the house cost because of needing to buy a new HVAC device. Not surprisingly the seller’s weren’t keen on this plan and told him no. I really don’t blame them. The HVAC works, it will be up to us to change it. Thankfully we bought the house and moved in right away. My boyfriend was so up in arms about buying a new HVAC I offered to purchase our washer and dryer. Well I bought both systems and paid for the installation. Our HVAC equipment seems to be working perfectly. I changed the air filter and the cooling system now keeps the house very cold. That was the big issue. Even though the system is 17 years old, the HVAC contractor told me it was in very good shape. If I keep on it with HVAC maintenance, I could keep the HVAC machine running for a few more years. So now I am kind of salty that I paid for a washer and dryer while my boyfriend just enjoys working HVAC. I feel he should have to give me money for the machines I bought. Or, he needs to honor his end of the deal and update the HVAC even though it works.

 

Cooling

Turns out I love the boiler

It could additionally be a swimming pool heater or just heat my family’s water like a water heater

When I moved into my house and saw the boiler system, I wasn’t happy. I hated that the huge heating system took up most of the basement. I didn’t like that the heat had to rise through a grate in my living room floor. Thankfully a lot of things took priority over changing a working heating system. Once I went through a winter with the boiler, I learned to love it. The boiler is extremely powerful and can heat my whole house with no issue. Another pro is that I realized the boiler can do so many things. I now have hydronic heating flooring throughout my entire home. I had piping attached to the boiler and installed within floorboards. Hot water flows from the boiler and through the pipes to heat the floorboards. Having the heat be hot water is way cleaner, quieter and more efficient. Heat doesn’t rise and gets wasted on the ceiling. All the piping is installed in each floorboard so there are no cold spots. I can set the temperature a little lower to save money and I am still perfectly heated. I realized that my boiler could do this in my driveway and be a snowmelt system. It could additionally be a swimming pool heater or just heat my family’s water like a water heater. It is so versatile and I haven’t even begun to explore all the options. I just know the system is a tank and going to live in my home for a very long time. It is supposed to live around fifty years old.

Heating system

Changing to a gas heater

Since I am a neat freak, this isn’t a worry

For years I just made due with an oil furnace in my home. That is the heating system that came with the house. I figured changing to a different fuel type would be very invasive, time consuming and expensive. I hated that my oil furnace needed an on site oil tank. It looked hideous and took up so much room. The fumeds from the oil furnace weren’t exactly pleasant either. The worst was the fear of not having heat though. Waiting for oil shipments in the winter was always a nail biting experience. Sometimes the shipment got delayed, lost or on back order. That was always horrible to worry that my family would be freezing cold during the holiday season. I finally decided that I was willing to do anything to get a gas furnace instead. The HVAC company I called up was just fantastic. The guy was great at explaining the process and he said it wouldn’t be a big deal to change it. The oil tank was removed and gas hookups and flue network were installed. I love the gas furnace so much better. The gas heater needs to be frequently cleaned and serviced to make sure it doesn’t overheat. It could leak carbon monoxide or catch on fire. Since I am a neat freak, this isn’t a worry. The furnace operates reliably all year long and I never worry about my family being cold. I even signed up for yearly heating maintenance to ensure that I don’t have any accidental heating mishaps.

 

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