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
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).
Certainly, you’ve heard of the ‘elephant in the room?’ It’s a popular metaphor for that thing which is obviously present, but nobody wants to talk about. Perhaps they are fearful, or the conversation might prove awkward. Have you considered the ‘elephant in the attic’ of your home? What Elephant? Some years ago, I (Jim) visited the home of a new client. The problem was, their air conditioner was not cooling the house as when it was new. Several other companies had been to the home and recommended a new air conditioning system – both the outdoor unit and the blower unit in the closet. As part of the inspection process, I brought my ladder and drop
The Inter·net of things (noun) – the Internet connection of computers embedded in everyday objects. By this, they can send and receive data. A friend of mine recently replaced his home air conditioning system. He is an air conditioning contractor. Over the years, he had changed the outdoor unit several times. He kept the blower unit from one decade to the next. Recently, he replaced both the indoor and outdoor units – a properly “matched” system. They installed one of the most technologically advanced systems available. He was thoroughly amazed at the difference in comfort and low electrical usage. He even looks forward to his next electric bill. Digital technology and precise control make this possible. Such efficiency we could only have