If you spend enough time with the over-65 crowd, you will find they like the thermostat set a bit warmer than most. If you are over 65, you are probably looking for a sweater when younger folk set the temperature just a bit lower than you prefer. There is much more than meets the eye, here. It is not as simple as “old people feel the cold” as there is some medical science behind how our bodies sense our surroundings. The best article I have read is reproduced below. The author is Andrea Gallagher, from Senior Concerns in California. She writes: “As we sailed into the second hour of our meeting and the early-morning coolness gave way
It was my privilege to have lunch the other day with 8 young men. They will soon graduate high school after having studied HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration) for the past 4 years. They are sharp, well-trained, and ready to enter the work force. During lunch, I tried to gain some insight into what makes the next generation tick. Here are some of my questions – the answers both surprised and inspired me. Why Study HVACR? This is not an easy trade. As one graduate put it, “it didn’t take me long to figure out that wherever I went, the air conditioning wasn’t working.” Yes, it’s often a hot and uncomfortable job, working in a hot
This is the beautiful time of year – cool mornings and temperate afternoons that only sometimes require us to run the air conditioners. Even so, Mother Nature can sometimes use a bit of help when it comes to keeping the home cool. Open the Windows My home has a total of 31 windows and glass doors. I am told that is a lot – certainly it is the case when it comes to keeping windows clean and the home secure. The great advantage is, I can open up and let the air blow circulate through nearly every room. There are, however, a few hot spots. When the afternoon warms up and be breeze dies, they
In March and April, the last thing on the mind of most South Floridians is, “it’s time to replace my air conditioner.” These are the months we enjoy near-perfect weather. A gentle breeze, low humidity, and clear skies are the order of the day. Temperatures are cool at night and actually quite pleasant during the day – even standing in the sunshine, the outdoors is often more comfortable than indoors. A few open windows are all that is needed to keep the home comfortable. So, why would anyone replace their home comfort system, when it is not even being used? Let’s explore some of the advantages. Finances As with any industry, vendors (those who supply
Many consider November and April to be the two nicest months in South Florida. Temperatures are mild, often accompanied by a gentle breeze. But change means rain and humidity. At lower outdoor temperatures, indoor humidity control is a challenge. Home comfort systems are designed for the heat of summer and the cold of winter. The in-between times of spring and fall are problematic. The air conditioner that removes humidity does not run in cool weather. At times, it is more comfortable outdoors than in. Here are a few solutions: Open the windows Open windows are the ultimate free solution. Ventilation is a great way to freshen up your home. Closed homes tend to concentrate pollutants (cleaning products, pet odors, and the like).